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Learn Japanese Pod Show #110
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So today’s lesson is a little challenging but definitely very useful for everyday Japanese conversation. In this lesson Asuka teaches Alex how to use the word 確かに – tashika ni – which means something like”certainly”, “that’s true” or “for sure”. This is commonly used in everyday conversation Japanese conversation.
A: 今日あついよね - kyou atsui yo ne
B: 確かに – tashika ni
A: It’s really hot today isn’t it?
B: It sure is
Podcast Dialog 01
a) あーしかし、暑い。 b) 確かに。今年もかなり暑いですね。 a) 本当に暑い暑い。一杯ビールでもやるか？ b) ははは、そうですね。ちょっと寄りますか？ a) aa, shikashi. atsui. b) tashika ni. kotoshi mo kanari atsui desu ne. a) hontou ni astsui, atsui. ippai biiru demo yaru ka b) ha ha ha, sou desu ne. chotto yorimasu ka a) ah. Wow, it’s hot. b) It certainly is. This year is pretty hot isn’t it. a) It really is hot! Do you want to have a beer? b) Ha ha ha, right. Let’s go get one. (Let’s visit a place that has beer)
Podcast Dialog 02
a) そういえば、あの人ちょっと変わった人だったよね？ b) 背の高い男の方ですか？ a) そうそう。 b) ええ、確かに、 ちょっと気になりましたね。 a) souieba, ano hito chotto kawatta hito data yo ne. b) se no takai otoko no hata desu ka a) sou sou b) ee, tashika ni, chotto ki ni narimashita a) So, you remember that weird guy? b) The tall guy? a) Right, right. b) Yes, he certainly is a little weird. It’s bothering me.
Podcast Dialog 03
a) 先生の授業、今日は厳しかったね。 b) 確かに厳しかったけど、でも難しい題材だから仕方ないよ。 a) Sensei no juugyou, kyou wa kibishikatta ne b) Tashika ni kibishikatta kedo, demo muzukashii kyouzai dakara shikata nai yo a) Teacher, your class was really hard today. b) It certainly was hard, but it couldn’t be helped because the study materials were hard.
So go out and try using that phrase! Check out the podcast for more examples and other useful expressions.
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Download MP3 In this show we look at すればーするほど – sureba-suruhodo which means the more you do the more something happens. Check out the podcast for some examples. 日本語は勉強すればするほど上手になります – nihongo wo benkyou sureba suru hodo jouzu ni narimasu The more you study Japanese, the better you’ll get (It’s true you know!)
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Download MP3 In this podcast we study せっかく- Sekkaku – refers to an unappreciated or wasted effort. In English the closest translation would be “…even though I took the trouble to do something…”.
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