Starting Line: Japanese

1japaneseSo if I am going to have any sense of progress in learning Japanese, I am going to have to know where abouts I currently am in my self-studying.

Sadly enough, I have been trying to study and learn Japanese on and off for about three years now. I have only started to get serious about it in the past four months or so but as it is with everything I do, I am already starting to skip out on studying and being completely lazy about the whole matter.

As such, here is a list of things that I currently know so I am aware of what I know and where to go from there:

As of July 24, 2015:

  • can understand some hiragana at a glance

あ い う え お
か き く け こ
さ し す せ そ
た て と
な に の
は ひ ふ へ
り る ろ

  • can count to 100 (hyaku – ひゃく ) successfully but requires pause to recall each appropriate number
  • no knowledge of kanji
  • no knowledge of katakana
  • know some basic greetings and helpful phrases
  1. onegaishimasu – おねがいします – please (very formal)
  2. moo-ichido – もういちど – one more time
  3. sumimasen – すみません – excuse me; I’m sorry
  4. doomoo arigatou gozaimasu – どおもお ありがとう ございます – thank you very much (gets less formal with each word omitted; domo – どおも – being very informal)
  5. itadakimasu – いただきます – said before eating; essentially a thanks for the food
  6. okaerinasai – おかえりなさい – welcome home (said in response to tadaima; informal: okaeri – おかえり)
  7. tadaima – ただいま – I’m home (said when returning home)
  8. hai – はい – yes
  9. iie – いいえ – no
  10. sumimasen. yukkuri hanashite kudasai – すみません. ゆっくり はなして ください. – excuse me, please speak more slowly
  11. shitsureishimasu – しつれいします – goodbye (formal; lit. I am going to be rude) used mainly when leaving a meeting or the office
  12. sayonara – さよなら – goodbye
  13. oyasuminasai – おやすみなさい – goodnight (informal: oyasumi – おやすみ)
  14. konbanwa – こんばんわ – good evening
  15. konnichiwa – こんにちわ – hello, good day
  16. ohayoo gozaimasu – おはよお ございます – good morning
  17. kore wa nan desu ka – これ は なん です か – what is this?
  • know how to introduce myself to someone new
  1. hajimemashite. emurisu desu. yoroshiku onegaishimasu – はじめまして. エムリス です. よろしく おねがいします – (essentially: How do you do? I’m Emrys. Pleased to meet you.)
  • know minimal grammar
  1. ikimasu – いきます (going), kimasu – きます (coming), kaerimasu – かえります (returning)
  2. no – – possessive particle; means noun belongs to the subject (ie. Emurisu no hon – エムリス の ほん – Emrys’s book)
  3. wa – – topic marker; depicts the topic of the sentence (ie. watashi wa – わたし は – makes I/me the subject of the sentence)
  • know minimal vocabulary
  1. nihongo – にほんご – Japanese (language)
  2. nihon – にほん – Japan (place)
  3. nihon-jin – にほんじん – Japanese (nationality)
  4. country-jin – specifies nationality (ie. Emurisu wa Kanada-jin – エムリスはカナダ じん – Emrys is Canadian)
  5. hikari – ひかり – light
  6. hon – ほん – book
  7. kasa – かさ – umbrella
  8. kagi – かぎ – key
  9. tokei – とけい – watch/clock (only one word for both)
  10. mizu – みず – water
  11. haru – はる – spring (season)
  12. natsu – なつ – summer
  13. aki – あき – autumn/fall
  14. inu – いぬ – dog
  15. neko – ねこ – cat
  16. kaba – かば – hippo
  17. kirin – きりん – giraffe
  18. nezumi – ねずみ – rat
  19. tori – とり – bird
  20. hana – はな – flower (and nose)
  21. hoshi – ほし – star
  22. sora – そら – sky
  23. e – – photograph
  24. y(en) – えん – Japanese currency (when pronounced, you only pronounce en)
  25. ki – – tree
  26. otou – おとう – father/husband
  27. okaa – おかあ – mother/wife
  28. onii – おにい – older brother
  29. onee – おねえ – older sister
  30. otouto – おとうと – younger brother
  • minimal practice writing hiragana (and some kanji; more out of curiosity than actually learning it); can write basic hiragana but need practice with extras that have dashes/circles – GA, ZA, DA, BA, PA – to know exactly where they’re placed
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