Monthly Grammar: Part II – Age in Japanese ConversationLet’s have a conversation about how to say your age in Japanese.
I already did a post about it in my previous blog but today I will add a simple conversation. If you want to check my previous post, here is the link: How to say your age in Japanese?
(Remember that some people would find it rude or uncomfortable when ask about their age, that’s why we should be sensitive with what we ask. )
The simple sentence structure in Japanese consists of:
Subject + Object + Verb
Where the Japanese particles are in between SOV. I already discussed the は particle in my previous blog. You can check it here: The Japanese particle は.
Conversation sample 1:
If you want
to introduce yourself in a simple way, you can use this conversation. You can just
change the レイコ’s
name to your name and レイコ’s age to your age.
こんにちは means Hello. It can also be translated as ‘Good Afternoon’.
はじめまして and よろしくおねがいします don’t have a direct English meaning. When you meet people for the first time and introduce yourself, you can use はじめまして. It is like a standard expression when you meet people for the first time. はじめまして can also be translated as 'Nice to meet you’. While よろしくおねがいします can also be translated as ‘Please be kind to me’ or ‘Please take care of me’.
おつかれさまです also doesn’t have a direct English meaning. It can be
translated as ‘Let’s do our best’ or ‘Thank you for your hard work’. This
expression is used to appreciate someone’s hardship. Use this expression when
you arrive at your workplace, when you meet your colleagues or when you leave
はい means ‘Yes’. あなた is another Japanese pronoun that means ‘You’. We will assume that Kris is Tony’s senior colleague but older than Kris because he uses ‘あなたは’ when asking Kris’ name. Even though あなたmeans ‘you’, it can also misinterpret as rudeness especially if you are using it to talk to someone older than you or someone in a higher position.
Notice that before Kris ask Tony’s age, she said すみませんですが, in order not to appear rude or insensitive as asking someone’s age is a bit not the norm in Japan. すみません can be translated as ‘Excuse me’ in this conversation, with ですが, emphasizing that Kris is asking apologetically to Tony about how old is he.
おいくつですか is another way of asking someone’s age. It is the polite form of なんさいですか？ Both also mean ‘How old are you?’.
Tony is a bit hesitant in telling his age as he said ‘あぁ～の’. It can be translated as ‘Uhm, well’ or ‘aah, I am～’. おれ is another Japanese pronoun that means ‘I’ and use primarily by Men and boys. よんじゅうさい means 40 years with さい as the counter for age.
Conversation sample 4:
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>> The Katakana Character
>> Examples of Katakana
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>> Word of the Week 8
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>> Japanese Words| Hiragana | I-adjectives PART 4
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>> Monthly Grammar: Part 1
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