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Studying Japanese now will help you become very successful in the future.

Practical and enjoyable lessons

As part of the Aikido Curriculum at Martin Acton's Aikido Institute I teach the children basic Japanese. This is to help them understand and appreciate the Japanese culture, lifestyle and to get them speaking Japanese. 

The Aikido lessons are divided into parts and the first part looks at Japanese vocabulary. I hope you will enjoy this and find the information helpful. Please tell your friends and lets try to reach more children so we can help them learn this wonderful language. Thank you. 
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Japanese language courses. Young boy being testing on his Japanese languages skills. Martin Acton's Aikido Institute
Ethan Thompson - Age 11
Useful Japanese expressions

Japanese Daily Expressions:

  • Good morning    おはようございます。 Ohayou gozaimasu.
  • Good afternoon   こんにちは。  Konniciwa.
  • Good evening   こんばんは。 Konbanwa.
  • Good night  おやすみなさい。Oyasuminasai.
  • Good-bye  さようなら。Sayonara.
  • See you latter/ well then... では/じゃまた。Dewa/Ja mata.
  • I'm going & coming back soon. てきす. Ittekimasu.
  • So long, come back soon. てらしい。Itterasshai.
  • I'm back. ただいま。Tadaima.
  • Welcome back. おかえりおかえりない。Okaerinasai.
  • Before you eat a meal いただきます。Itadakimasu.
  • After you eat a meal ごちそうさまでした。Gochisosamadeshita
  • Thank you. ありがとうございます。Arigatou gozaimasu
  • You're welcome. どういたしまして。Dou itashimashite.
  • Excuse me. / I'm sorry. すみません。Sumimasen.
  • Please say that once more.もう一どいてくださいMoichi-do itte kudasai.
  • Please speak more slowlyもう一とゆくりいてくださいMotto yukkuri itte kudasai.
  • Is that so?そうですかSou desu ka.
DIALOG:
Mr. SMITH: Are you well? 
おげんきですか.                      
Ogenki desu ka?
Mr Suzuki: I'm fine, thank you. Thanks for asking.
はい、げんです。おかげさまで。
Hai,genki desu. okagesama de.
Mr Suzuki: Where did you come from?                                        
どこからきましたか。
Doko kara kimashita ka?
Mr. SMITH: I came from England.
イギリスからです。        
Igirisu kara desu.
Mr Suzuki: When did you come to Japan?                                   
いつ にほんえきまきましたか。
Itsu Nihon e kimashita ka?
Mr. SMITH:  Three weeks ago.
さんしうゅかんまえです。
San-shuukan mae desu.
Mr Suzuki: You speak Japanese very well. 
にほんごがおじょずです。                      
Nihongo ga ojouzu desu.
Mr. SMITH: No, I'm still poor at it.
いいえ、まだへたです。
Iie, I'm still poor at it.
learning Japanese. Class of young girls at a Japanese language seminar. Martin Acton's Aikido Institute
Winter in Kyoto Japan
A Japanese businessman meeting an English businessman for the first time

Japanese Vocabulary for School Subjects


math                 すうがく               suugaku
science         りか                        rika
history         れきし                       rekishi
art             びじつ                       bijutsu
P.E.             たいく                      taiku
music         おんがく                  ongaku
social studies     しゃかい                     shakai
geography      ちりが                     chirigaku
Japanese high school students studying at school. Martin Acton's Aikido Institute

Testimonial

"The classes were informative and interesting, with insight you couldn't learn through a textbook. It was interesting to learn about the mannerisms of the Japanese people, and what is socially taboo in Japan. We would recommend to anyone wanting to learn the language or visiting Japan as the social etiquette would prove invaluable. The teaching we received was exceptional. We were taught in a clear manner that made it easy to comprehend the complexities of the language. We also were given accurate and precise pronunciation. Without a doubt an invaluable experience."
- Eva McEvoy, 17 & Danny McEvoy, 15 

Making sentences using vocabulary for colours.

1. The sky is blue. そら は あおい です。
                              Sora wa  aoi   desu.
2. The clouds are white. くも は しろい です。
                                         Kumo wa shiroi desu.
3. Cherry blossoms are are pink. さくら は ぴんく です。
                                                            Sakura   wa     pinku    desu
4. This frog is green. この かえる は みどり です。
                                  Kono   kaeru    wa   midori      desu.
5. This ball is orange. この ボル は オレンジ  です。
                                    Kono boru    wa    orenji       desu.
learning to speak Japanese. You boy receives his certificate for graduating 6 week course. Martin Acton's Aikido Institute.
Danny McEvoy - Age 15

Arriving at someone's residence

 DIALOG
Mr. Smith: Gomen kudasai.ごめん ください
                                            Hello is anyone home?

Mr. Yoshida: Hai. Sumisu san. Yoku irasshaimashita. Dozo 
       oagari kudasai. 
はい。シミスさん。よくいらいました。どうぞ
おあがりください。
Yes. Mr. Smith. Glad you could come. Please come in.

Mr. Smith:Shitsurei shimasu.しつれいします。
                                              Sorry to disturb you.

Mr. Yoshida:Kochira e dozoこちらへどぞ。
                                              This way please.

Mr. Smith:Domo sumimasen. どもすみません。
                                                Thank you.
When you enter a Japanese house you must take of your shoes.

Japanese vocabulary for the Head & Face

The head and face  あたま と かお。 Atama to kao.
1. hair       かみ     kami
2. eyebrows   まゆげ  mayuge
3. eyes               me
4. nose    はな        hana
5. ears      みみ     mimi
6. mouth   くち      kuchi
7. teeth           ha
8. neck   くび         kubi
9. shoulder     かた       kata
10. chin   あご         ago


Japanese Vocabulary for "Animals 1"

1. mouse         ねずみ      nezumi
2. cat         ねこ   neko
3. dog            いぬ        inu
4. bird             とり        tori
5. insects       むし        mushi
6. duck          かも          kamo
7. fish          さかな          sakana
8. rabbit         うさぎ        usagi
Young girl getting Japanese certificate for completing 6-Week Course  with Martin Acton Sensei
Eva McEvoy - Age 17

General Sentences for "meeting new people,"

1. Where did you come from?. 
  どこからきましたか。
 doko kara kimashita ka?   
2.  I came from Northern Ireland.    
  キタアイルラドからです。
          kita airurando kara desu.
3. When did you come to Japan?
   いつ日本へきましたか
        Itsu Nihon e kimashita ka?
4. (Three) weeks ago.. 
    (さん)しゅうかです。
       (san)-shukan mae desu. 
5. You speak Japanese very well.
    日本ごがおジョズですね。
  Nihongo ga ojouzu desu.
6. No, I'm still poor at it.
    いいえ またへたです。
    Iie, mada heta desu.
7. This is my mother.
  ははです。
     Haha    desu.
8. I am very happy to meet you.
 はじめておめにかかります。どうぞよろしく
 Hajimete ome ni kakarimasu. Douzo youroshiku.
Poster of Japanese shrine and words encouraging people to learn Japanese.
Poster of Japanese seasons.

Japanese basic sentences

1. Kore wa tsukue desu.                              これ は つくえ です。              This is a desk.
2. Sore wa isu desu.                それは  いす です。                      That is a chair.
3. Are wa kokuban desu.                 あれ は こくばん  です。                That is a blackboard.
4. Are wa kaban desu ka.                 あれ は かばん です か。             Is that a bag?
5. (Are wa) kaban dewa arimasen.        あれ は かばん でわありません。   That is not a bag.
6. Kore wa nan desu ka.               これ は なん です か。                   What is this?
7. (Sore wa) shinbun desu.              それ は しんぶん です。                  That is a newspaper.



Watashi wa Nihon-jin desu.                       わたしは にほんじん です。                I am Japanese.
Anata wa Tanaka-san desu ka?   あなた は たなか さん です か。      Are you Mr. /Mrs. / Miss Tanaka?
Hai. Tanaka desu.          はい たなか です。                                  Yes. I am Tanaka.
Ano kata wa sensei desu ka?     あの かた は せんせい です か。    Is that person a teacher?
Iie (ano kata wa) sensei dewa arisen.  いいえ せんせい でわありません。           No, he is not a teacher.
Ano kata wa donata desu ka?     あの かた は どなた です か。          Who (or what) is that person?
Ano kata wa gakusei desu.      あの かた は がくせい です。               That person is a student.
Sono kata mo gakusei desu ka?    その かた も がくせい です か。       Is that person a student too?
Hai, sou desu.             はい、そう です。                                      Yes, he/she is.

10 Anime Fighting phrases

1. Kakatte koi yo!    かかつて こい よ!      Bring it on!
2. Namen na        なめん な。Don't underestimate me.
3. Omae no aite wa, oreda  おまえ  の  あいては  おれだ。I am your opponent
4. Kurae!            くらえ!           Eat this!
5. Shoubu da!    しょうば   だ。   I challenge you!
6. Yossha!          しゃ!           I did it!
7. Saseru ka!         させるか!      I won't let you do it!
8. Iku zo!         いくぞ!        Let's Go!
9. Chikusho!    ちくしょ!    Dame!
10.Yurusenai!     ゆるせない! I won't forgive you!
Two male Japanese anime characters
Japanese anime characters

Days of the week in Japanese

1. Sunday                       にちようび                 nichiyoubi
2. Monday                    げつようび         getsuyoubi
3. Tuesday                 ようび                    kayoubi
4. Wednesday              すいようび                suiyoubi
5. Thursday          むくようび               mukuyoubi
6. Friday               きんようび                 kinyoubi
7. Saturday             ようび                      doyoubi

What day is it today?    きょは なんようび ですか。
                                       kyo wa nan youbi desu ka.
Today is Wednesday.   きょは すいようび です。
                                      kyo wa suiyoubi desu,
Two Japanese women in traditional clothing holding an umbrella .
Traditional Japanese ladies

Months of the year

1. ichi-gatsu                一月              January
2. nichi-gatsu            二月                             February
3. san-gatsu        三月         March
4. shi-gatsu               し月                  April
5. go-gatsu          五月           May
6. roku-gatsu             六月                June
7. shichi-gatsu            七月            July
8. hachi-gatsu            八月            August
9. ku-gatsu          九月          September
10. juu- gatsu         十月         October
11. juuichi-gatsu                十一月                         November
12. juuni-gatsu                    十二月                        December

What month is your birthday?   たんじょび なんがつ です か。
                                                   tanjobi wa nan gatsu desu ka.
It is in November.                     十一月    です 
                                                   juuichi-gatsu desu.
Two male Japanese anime characters
Two male Japanese anime characters

Other time expressions

1. the day before yesterday       おととい         ototoi
2. yesterday                        きのう          kinou
3. today                            よう                kyo
4. tomorrow                         あした              ashita
5. the day after tomorrow       あさ           asatte
6. this morning                けさ                  kesa
7. this evening              こんばん                konban
8. last week                            せんしゅう             senshu
9.this week                             こんしゅう           kongetsu
10. next week                        らいしゅう       raigetsu
11. last month                          せんげつ              sengetsu
12. this month                          こんげつ              kongetsu
13. next month                         らいげつ raigetsu
14. last year                            きようねん      kyonen
15. this year                            ことし                kotoshi
16. next year                           らいねん              rainen

Are you free tomorrow?    あした おひま ですか。
                                          ashita     ohima    desu ka.
Yes, I am.                         はい そう です。
                                         haii    sou  desu,
Two Japanese women in traditional clothing holding an umbrella .
 Japanese businessmen
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