Podcast 35: Motivational Japanese Phrases

In this lesson Ami Sensei and Alex teach you motivational Japanese phrases.

Everyone struggles from time to time and a word of encouragement can always mean a lot to someone. And in Japan, where teamwork is seen as a virtue, motivating other members in your group to do their best is an important part of building relationships.

You’ll find motivational phrases in manga, anime, J-pop and also in casual conversation with your friends.

So listen to the podcast and audio drills and download the PDF grammar notes to learn about motivational phrases in Japanese.

Main Podcast

Japanese Dialogues

Main Dialog 1 – Motivational Japanese Phrases
A: どうしたの?元気なさそうだね。
B: 最近日本語が全然上達しないんだ。
A: 日本語上手じゃん!
B: いや、思うように話せないんだよね。もうだめだ。
A: 大丈夫、大丈夫。塵も積もれば山となる、だよ。
B: それどういう意味?
A: 少しずつ頑張って行けば願いは叶うという意味だよ。
B: わかった!頑張るよ!

Main Dialog 1 – Motivational Japanese Phrases (Pronunciation)
A: Dōshita no? Genki nasasō da ne.
B: Saikin, Nihongo ga zenzen jōtatsu shinain da.
A: Nihongo jōzu jan!
B: Iya, omou yō ni hanasenain da yo ne. Mō dame da.
A: Daijōbu, daijōbu. Chiri mo tsumoreba yama to naru da yo.
B: Sore dōiu imi?
A: Sukoshi zutsu gambatte ikeba negai wa kanau toiu imi da yo.
B: Wakatta! Gambaru yo!

Main Dialog 1 – Motivational Japanese Phrases (English)
A: What’s the matter. You don’t seem very well/happy.
B: Recently my Japanese hasn’t improved at all.
A: Your Japanese is great!
B: No, I can’t express myself the way I want to. It’s no good.
A: It’s OK, it’s OK. Even dust when piled up becomes a mountain.
B: What does that mean?
A: It means if you try little by little you can realize your dreams.
B: Got it. I’ll give it a shot!

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