Level 1 Beginner's Japanese Conversation 0 Let's get started! 0.2 Basic Japanese self introduction

0.2 Basic Japanese self introduction


こんにちは、ジェスです。 (Konnichiwa Jess desu.)

So this is the very first greeting that we are going to work with.

こんにちは (konnichiwa) means hello and also good-day! It works in the same way as good afternoon but you can also say it earlier in the day as well. 

こんにちは (konnichiwa) is a general daytime greeting. 

こんにちは (konnichiwa)!

The other thing that I said was ジェスです。 (Jess desu.) Now, Jess is my name and desu is like saying, "It is" or "I am".

So a very short introduction would be ジェスです。 (Jess desu.) 

Now, I want you to think about using that in terms of your name. So instead of saying ジェスです。 (Jess desu.) you are going to use:

[your name] です。 ([your name] desu.)

For example, my cat's name is Oliver, and if he spoke Japanese he would say:

オリバーです。(Oliver desu.)

My other cat's name is Pixie, and if she spoke Japanese she would say:

ピクシーです。(Pixie desu.)

So I would like you to say or write your name, followed by です。(desu.) as a self introduction.

Then I would like you to say or write:

こんにちは (konnichiwa)! 

[your name] です。 ([your name] desu.)

So you are going to say everything that I said when I started this video:

こんにちは (konnichiwa)! 

[your name] です。 ([your name] desu.)

So have a go at that and answer the quiz questions.

I look forward to seeing you in the next video!


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