Japan-easy#4This sushi is delicious,
isn't it?

Expressing your impressions or feelings

1. Ureshii! Oishii!

Today's topic is talking about what you feel.
"Ureshii" means "happy." "Oishii" means "delicious."
These are adjectives used to express what you feel.

The title of the show, "Japan-easy," has an adjective too.
The adjective "easy" is "yasashii."
Our program will make it easy for you to learn Japanese."

"Ureshii" expresses that you are happy.
"Tanoshii" expresses that you are having fun.
"Kurushii" is used when you are in pain.
"Kanashii" means you are sad.
There's something unique about the sound. They all end in "i."

2. Oishii-desu.

In the next section, the adjectives are used to tell others what one feels.

Serena's boyfriend brought her to a top-grade sushi restaurant.
After enjoying the fresh fish and chef's superb skills,
Serena first said what she feels. She said "oishii."
There are two ways to use "oishii" to tell others what you feel.
First, when Serena was telling her boyfriend what she felt, she put "desu" at the end.
Serena: "Oishii desu."
In the other variation, the phrase was a little long.
Serena told the chef what she felt.
Serena: "Oishii osushi desu ne."
First, she used "oishii" along with the noun "osushi."
The "o" in "osushi" is added to be polite.
"Hontō ni" means "really" or "very." It is used to emphasize "oishii."
In this manner, adjectives can be placed before a noun to modify it.

3. Kanji-easy!

There are about 2,000 “kanji” that are regularly used.
This section will use various methods that will allow you to visualize kanji.
We hope you will become acquainted with kanji while having fun.

Japan is a land blessed with beautiful water.
Check out the video to learn kanji related to water.

4. "Na-adjectives" and "I-adjectives."

Next, let's study adjectives that end in "na."
Serena's on a date to see cherry blossoms.

Serena: "Shizukana kōen desu ne."
Serena: "Kireina sakura desu ne."

"Shizukana" means "quiet." "Kireina" means "beautiful."
The first adjective "shizukana" modified the noun "kōen," which means "park."
The second adjective "kireina" modified the noun "sakura," which means "cherry blossoms."

Both of these adjectives end with the sound "na."
Adjectives that end with "na" when modifying a noun are called "na-adjectives."

On the other hand, the adjectives we saw earlier that end in "i" when modifying a noun are called "i-adjectives."

Next, let's look at the form changes when "desu" is added to the na-adjectives.

The man said "shizuka desu" and "kirei desu."
When "desu" is added to na-adjectives, "na" is dropped.

5. Phrase-easy!

You will learn useful Japanese phrases and real-life experiences relating to those phrases.
The topic this time is "itadakimasu," a phrase said before a meal.

Tea Break

Dango

Dango

Dango is made by steaming or boiling dough made from flour of cereal grains and water. Mostly eaten as a snack or dessert in Japan, there are various kinds such as skewered dango or ones flavored with kinako soybean flour, soy sauce, or azuki bean paste.

Most dango are sweetened with sugar, but they were originally made as preservative foods, so there are recipes that do not use sugar and are served simply with soy sauce.

The picture shown is mitarashi dango. It is skewered and grilled, served with a kudzu starch sauce flavored with sugar and soy sauce.

Exercises
on the Net #4

Question 1

Instruction:Being the person in the picture, explain how you feel in Japanese.

1

Answer

かなしいkanashīですdesu

(kanashī desu)

2

Answer

たのしいtanoshīですdesu

(tanoshī desu )

or

うれしいureshīですdesu

(ureshī desu)

3

Answer

おいしいoishīですdesu

(oishī desu)

Question 2

Instruction:What expression will you say if you are the person in the picture?.

1

Answer

すみませんsumimasen

(sumimasen)

2

Answer

いただきますitadakimasu

(itadakimasu)

Question 3

Instruction:Translate the sentences into Japanese.

1

Emma’s dress is beaituful, isn’t it?

Answer

エマemaさんsannoドレスdoresuwaきれいkirēですdesune

(ema san no doresu wa kirē desu ne)

2

Chile wine is delicious, isn’t it?

Answer

チリchirinoワインwainwaおいしいoishīですdesune

(chiri no wain wa oishī desu ne)

3

Hip hop in Chicago is cool, isn’t it?

Answer

シカゴshikagonoヒップhippuホップhoppuwaクールkūruですdesune

(shikago no hippu hoppu wa kūru desu ne)