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Lesson 1

I'm Anna.

Anna is an international student from Thailand. Today she meets her tutor Sakura at the university for the first time.

Lesson 1 ( 10 min. )

Key phrase:

WATASHI WA ANNA DESU

Scripts

アンナ はじめまして。私はアンナです。 How do you do?
I'm Anna.
Anna HAJIMEMASHITE.
WATASHI WA ANNA DESU.
How do you do? I'm Anna.
さくら はじめまして。さくらです。 How do you do?
I'm Sakura.
Sakura HAJIMEMASHITE.
SAKURA DESU.
How do you do? I'm Sakura.
アンナ よろしくお願いします。 Nice to meet you.
Anna YOROSHIKU ONEGAI SHIMASU.
Nice to meet you.
さくら こちらこそ。 Nice to meet you, too.
Sakura KOCHIRAKOSO.
Nice to meet you, too.

Grammar tips

A WA B DESU

(A is B.)

WA is the particle indicating a topic.
Adding DESU after B forms a predicate.

e.g.) WATASHI WA ANNA DESU. (I'm Anna.)

Japanese characters

The Japanese language has three types of script: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji, each with its own specific role.

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The writing system of Japanese
The Japanese language has three types of script, each with its own specific role. When you write WATASHI WA ANNA DESU (I'm Anna), the noun for "I," WATASHI, is written in "Kanji."

Sound Words

PON
Japanese is a language with lots of onomatopoeia. A wide range of onomatopoeia in the Japanese language, from noises made by animals to expressions of feelings, is explained by audio.

Anna's Tweets

When people greet, they all bow. They hardly shake hands. It's just like in Thailand.

Anna

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