Getting To Know Someone 2017-08-21T16:21:35+00:00

Japanese Phrases – Getting to Know Someone

  Let’s learn Japanese Phrases!  In this phrase guide, we will practice what we would say if we are getting to know someone.  This will include questions and answers so you are prepared for both.  Take your time, have fun and practice regularly!  🙂

Getting to know someone – Phrase #1

あなたのなまえはなんです
Anata no namae wa nan desu ka?
(What is your name?)
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Have you learned these points yet from my Grammar section?
Learn Japanese Grammar: Build a basic sentence with WA and DESU.
Learn Japanese Grammar: The Particle NO

Getting to know someone – Phrase #2

わたしはけいこです
watashi wa Keiko desu.
(I am
Keiko.)
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Substitute “Keiko” with your own name.

 Getting to know someone – Phrase #3

けいちゃんよんでください
Keichan to yonde kudasai.
(Please call me “Keichan“)
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This Japanese phrase is generally used to state a nickname.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #4

なんさいです
Nan sai desu ka?
(How old are you?)
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It is very common to learn someone’s age when you are getting to know someone. Their age will give you the information you need to choose between casual and polite conversation!  If they are older, use the polite form.  If they are younger, you can speak to them in Japanese with casual form.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #5

おいくつです
Oikutsu desu ka?
(How old are you?)
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This is a more polite version of our previous example.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #6

さんじゅっさいです
sanjussai desu.
(I am 30 years old.)
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This Japanese phrase is making use of “sai” as a suffix for age.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #7

なんねんうまれです
Nannen umare desu ka?
(What year were you born?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #8

わたしはせんきゅうひゃくはちじゅうろくねんうまれです
Watashi wa senkyūhyakuhachijūroku nen umare desu.
(I was born in 1986.)
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This is the type of response you are used to in English.  The Japanese, however will usually respond based on the year an emperor came to power.  I will talk about that more in my cultural lessons.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #9

たんじょうびはいつです
Tanjōbi wa itsu desu ka?
(When is your birthday?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #10

わたしのたんじょうびはじゅうにがつにじゅうろくにちです
Watashi no tanjōbi wa juunigatsu nijuuroku nichi desu.

(My Birthday is December 26)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #11

どこからきました
Doko kara kimashita ka?

(Where are you from?)
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Have you learned these points yet from my Grammar section?
Learn Japanese Grammar: The KSAD Pattern
Learn Japanese Grammar: MADE and KARA

Getting to know someone – Phrase #12

しゅっしんはどこです
Shusshin wa doko desu ka?

(Where are you from?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #13

わたしはカナダからきました
Watashi wa Canada kara kimashita.
(I am from Canada)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #14

にほんのどこからきました
Nihon no doko kara kimashita ka?
(Where in Japan are you from?)
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This is a more specific form of our last question.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #15

にほんのとうきょうからきました
Nihon no Toukyou kara kimashita.
(I am from Tokyo, Japan)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #16

にほんのとうきょうしゅっしんです
Nihon no Toukyou Shusshin desu.
(I am from Tokyo, Japan)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #17

どこにすんでいます
Doko ni sundeimasu ka?
(Where do you live?)
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Have you learned this yet from my Grammar section?
Learn Japanese Grammar: The Particle NI

Getting to know someone – Phrase #18

わたしはならにすんでいます。
Watashi wa Nara ni sundeimasu.
(I live in Nara)
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Nara is a beautiful prefecture.  Nara City was the first capital of Japan and has a lot of ancient history!

Getting to know someone – Phrase #19

 
どんなところにすんでいます
Donna tokoro ni sundeimasu ka?
(What’s it like where you live?)
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This Japanse phrase literally “What kind of place do you live?”

Getting to know someone – Phrase #20

わたしはとかいにすんでいます
Watashi wa tokai ni sundeimasu.
(I live in the city)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #21

わたしはいなかにすんでいます。
Watashi wa inaka ni sundeimasu.
(I live in a rural area)
 xx

Getting to know someone – Phrase #22

そこはどんなところです
Soko wa donna tokoro desu ka?
(What kind of place is it?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #23

なつはあついです
natsu wa atsui desu.
(It is hot in summer)
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In Japan you will hear me saying this a lot!  Atsui means “hot”.  Samui means “cold”.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #24

ちいさなまちです
Chiisana machi desu.
(It is a small town.)
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 We can also use “chō” instead of machi to describe a town.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #25

だいとかいです
Daitokai desu.
(It is a big city.)
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“Tokai” is city.  The prefix “Dai” makes it big.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #26

まえはきょうとにすんでいました
Mae wa Kyoto ni sundeimashita.
(I used to live in Kyoto.)
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Kyoto, Japan is famous for classical Buddhist temples.

Getting to know someone – Phrase #27

がくせいです
Gakusei desu ka?
(Are you a student?)
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Notice the similarity between “Gakusei” (student) and “Sensei” (teacher).

Getting to know someone – Phrase #28

どこがっこうにかよっています
Doko no gakkō ni kayotteimasu ka?
(Where do you go to school?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #29

おおさかだいがくにかよっています。
Osaka daigaku ni kayotteimasu.
(I go to Osaka University.)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #30

なんにんかぞくです
Nannin kazoku desu ka?
(How many people are in your family?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #31

ろくにんかぞくです
Roku-nin kazoku desu.
(There are six people in my family)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #32

きょうだいはいます
Kyōdai wa imasu ka?
(Do you have siblings?)
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Have you learned this yet from my Grammar section?
Learn Japanese Grammar: Arimasu and Imasu

Getting to know someone – Phrase #33

なんにんきょうだいです
Nannin kyōdai desu ka?
(How many siblings do you have?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #34

あねがひとりいます
Ane ga hitori imasu
(I have an older sister)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #35

いもうとがふたりいます
Imouto ga futari imasu
(I have two younger sisters)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #36

おとうとがふたりとあねがひとりいます
otouto ga futari to ane ga hitori imasu
(I have two younger brothers and an older sister)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #37

わたしたちはふたごです。
Watashi tachi wa futago desu.
(We are twins)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #38

ひとりっこです。
Hitorikko desu.
(I am an only child.)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #39

ペットかっています
Petto o katteimasu ka?
(Do you have pets?)
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 Have you learned these points yet from my Grammar section?
Learn Japanese Grammar: The Particle WO

Getting to know someone – Phrase #40

ねこかっています
Neko o katteimasu.
(I have a cat.)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #41

いぬにひきかっています。
Inu o nihiki katteimasu.
(I have two dogs.)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #42

ペットのなまえはなんです
Petto no namae wa nan desu ka?
(What is your pet’s name?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #43

ペットのなまえはハニーです。
Petto no namae wa Honey desu.
(My pet’s name is honey.)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #44

しょうらいのゆめはなんです
Shōrai no yume wa nan desu ka?
(What is your dream?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #45

しょうらいのゆめはダンサーになることです
Shōrai no yume wa dansaa ni naru koto desu.
(My dream is to become a dancer.)
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Have you learned this yet from my Grammar section?
Learn Japanese Grammar: NI NARU and NI SURU

Getting to know someone – Phrase #46

おしごとはなんです
O-shigoto wa nan desu ka?
(what do you do for work?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #47

わたしはえいごきょうしです
Watashi wa eigo kyōshi desu.
(I am an English teacher)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #48

アルバイトはしています
Arubaito wa shiteimasu ka?
(Are you doing a part-time job?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #49

わたしはアルバイトしていません
Watashi wa arubaito o shiteimasen.
(I am not doing a part-time job)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #50

どこでたらいています
Doko de hataraiteimasu ka?
(Where are you working?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #51

わたしはほんやではたらいています
Watashi wa honya de hataraiteimasu.
(I am working at a book store)
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Have you learned this yet from my Grammar section?
Learn Japanese Grammar: The Particle DE

Getting to know someone – Phrase #52

しんちょうはなんセンチです
Shinchō wa nan senchi desu ka?
(How tall are you?)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #53

わたしのしんちょうは150センチです
Watashi no shinchō wa
hyakugojuu senchi desu.
(I am 150cm tall)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #54

たいじゅうはなんキロですか
Taijū wa
nan kiro desu ka?
(How much do you weigh?)
xx

Getting to know someone – Phrase #55

ぼくのたいじゅうは70キロです
Boku no taijū wa nanajuu-kiro desu.
(I weigh 70 kg)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #56

せがたかいですね。
Se ga takai desu ne.
(You are tall.)
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Getting to know someone – Phrase #57

わたしはせがひくいです
Watashi wa se ga hikui desu.
(I am short.)
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