Thursday, February 11, 2010

In the meantime...


and to distract myself, I'm going to be self-teaching myself Japanese =) Or more specifically, useful Japanese phrases. There is a Japanese Language School around my house, but it's quite expensive to do a class and I don't want to burden my parents with more costs, so I think this'll be cheaper :) And hopefully effective.

Here's a list of what I'm learning:

  • Hello: Konnichiwa

  • How are you?: O genki desu ka?

  • I'm fine, thanks. And you?: O Kagesama de genki desu.

  • Where's the toilet? (haha funny, but will probably come in handy): Benjo wa doko desu wa

  • Thank you very much: Domo arigatou (mr. roboto, haha just kidding but that's how I memorized this phrase)

  • I'm sorry: Gomen nasai

  • Excuse me: Sumimasen

  • How much is this?: Ikura desu ka?

  • I don't understand. (something I'm probably going to use a lot ^-^ haha): Wakarimasen

  • Please speak more slowly: Yukkuri hanashite kudasai

  • Do you speak Japanese?: Nihongo ga hanasemasu ka?

  • Yes, a little: Hai, hanasemasu.

  • Have a nice day: Yoi ichinichi o

  • Good luck: Gokoun o inorimasu

  • Good bye: Sayonara

  • Good night: Oyasumi nasai

  • Pleased to meet you: Hajimemeshite

  • Welcome: Yokoso

  • What's your name?: O-namae wa nan desu ka

  • My name is Jordan: Jordan desu

  • Where are you from?: Doko kara desu ka?

  • I'm from the USA: Watashi wa U.S.A. kara desu
And yeah! I think that's all I need to focus on now. So far I've memorized about 6, and I've watched a few Japanese dramas (with English subtitles) to get the right pronunciation, so I'm off to a pretty good start! :D Although I don't even want to think about the Kanji for all those things O_o *head spins*. But I think this is a good list so far, I'll add more if I think it necessary ^^

Konnichiwa!!

Hi! My name is Jordan and I'm currently 16 years old and I go to school in Pennsylvania. I've always been interested in Japanese language and culture because of my numerous Japanese friends, and I've always wanted to go. At first I was looking into a program called "People to People", however that program is very expensive ($8000 for only 17 days! >.<). So I did a little more research and found a program called Youth for Understanding (YFU). 'They have a bunch of great scholarships, but I applied too late to get one :( However, I instantly fell in love with the concept of the program. Basically, you stay with a host Japanese family for 6 weeks and the cost is under $8000! :) So it took some convincing my parents, but I am going to try and figure out how to raise money... So long story short, I had my interview (nerve racking!! ><) and I'm going to send in my full application (plus the application fee) tomorrow. And then I play the waiting game, the hardest part :( But I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get accepted! :)