Nihongo no Benkyou

By Roisin McGowan

Today’s Topic: Useful expressions for the novice.

Romaji: Otsu-kare-sama-desu!
Translation: Thanks for all your hard work.

Romaji: Umai–jyan!
Translation: Wow! This is delicious! (Not appropriate to say to superiors.)

Romaji: Ka-kou-ii
Translation: Cool! (E.g. He’s so cool.)

Romaji: Ka-wa-ii
Translation: Cute

Romaji: I-tai
Translation: It hurts. (E.g. Ashi ga itai. = My leg hurts.)

Romaji: Ta-su-kete!
Translation: Help!

Romaji: Do-ku-shin desu.
Translation: I’m single.

Romaji: Kare-shi / kano-jo ga iru.
Translation: I have a boyfriend / girlfriend.