Study Japanese with Martin Acton Sensei

Martin Acton's Aikido Institute invites you to learn Japanese in Dromore!

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.
learning Japanese. Class of young girls at a Japanese language seminar. Martin Acton's Aikido Institute

Japanese Vocabulary for Colours

What colour do you like? なにいろすきですか. Nani iro suki desu ka,
red                 あか                     aka          
yellow        きいろ                      ki-iro
green        みどり                      midori
blue         あおい                       aoi
purple        むらさき                 murasaki
orange        オレンジ                orenji
brown        ちやいろ                 chairo
black        くろい                      kuroi
learning Japanese. Young Poster of colours for students to use to learn Japanese vocabulary for colours. Martin Acton's Aikido Institute


"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

Try This Practice Exercise

 Indicate if the sentence is affirmative (+) or negative (-) & 
  translate it
1.Watahi no uchi wa kiiro desu.
2. Watashi no noto wa aoi desu.
3.Watashi wa midori no kutsu o haite masen.
4.Watashi no otosan no kuruma wa aka dewa arimasen.
5.Watashi no suki na iro wa murasaki desu.

Here are the answers

The correct answer is:
1. (+) My house is yellow.
2. (+) My notebook is blue. 
3. (-) I am not wearing green shoes.
4. (-) My father's car isn't red.
5. (+) My favourite colour is purple. 

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

Sentences for "Animals 2"

1. There is a mouse in that hole. 
 あそこ に ねずみ の あな あります。
     asoko    ni     nezumi   no   ana    arimasu.   
2.  She has an orange cat.    
かのじよ は オレンジ   の ねこ  が あります。
 kanojo     wa   orenji   no   neko   ga    arimasu.
3. Peter has a white dog.
 ピーター は  しろい いぬ を かて います。
 Pi-ta-     wa   shiroi    inu      o    kate     imasu.
4. That bird has a nest in that tree. 
あの  とり は き に す が あります。
 ano      tori     wa   ki     ni     su   ga   arimasu. 
5. My friend is afraid of insects.
わたし の ともだち  は  むし が  きらい です。  watashi  no to modachi wa mushi  ga kirai desu.
6. That pond has ducks.
あの いけ に かも が います。
ano     ike      ni    kamo  ga    imasu.
7. That fish is very small.
 あの さかな は とても ちいさい です。
ano     sakana   wa  totemo    chisaii    desu.
8. A rabbit eats carrots.
うさぎ は にんじん を たべます。
usagi     wa   ninjin     o   tabemasu.

Poster of Japanese shrine and words encouraging people to learn Japanese.
Poster of Japanese shrine and words encouraging people to learn Japanese.

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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