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Podcast 38: Making a Suggestion in Japanese

In this podcast Ami Sensei and Alex teach you how to make suggestions in natural, fluent Japanese.

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Main Dialog 1 – Making a suggestion (Japanese)
A: いや〜もうだめだ。
B: どうしたの?
A: 彼女と喧嘩したんだ。まだ怒ってるみたい。
B: じゃあ、花でもプレセントしたらどう?
A: そうだね。そうしよう。
B: 彼女きっと喜ぶよ。
A: わかった、じゃあ、そうしてみるよ。

Main Dialog 1 – Making a suggestion (Pronunciation)
A: Iyaa, mō dame da!
B: Dō shita no?
A: Kanojo to kenka shitan da. Mada okotteru mitai.
B: Jaa, hana demo purezento shitara dō?
A: Sō da ne. Sō shiyō.
B: Kanojo kitto yorokobu yo.
A: Wakatta, jaa, sō shite miru yo.

Main Dialog 1 – Making a suggestion (English)
A: Argh, this sucks.
B: What happened?
A: I had a fight with my girlfriend. It seems she’s still angry.
B: How about giving her flowers as a present?
A: Right. I’ll do that.
B: I’m sure she’ll be happy.
A: Got it. I’ll give that a try.

Extra sentence examples:
Example 1
A: 頭痛いな。

Atama itai na – I have a headache

B: 薬飲んだらどう?

Kusuri nondara dō? – How about taking some meds?

A: そうだね。そうするよ。

Sō da ne. Sō suru yo. – Right. I’ll do that.

Example 2
A: いいアイデアが思い浮かばないな

Ii aidea ga omoi ukabanai na – I can’t think of any good ideas.

B: 少しやすんだらどう?

Sukoshi yasundara dō? – How about taking a break?

A: そうだね。そうするよ。

Sō da ne. Sō suru yo. Right. I’ll do that.

Example 3
A: 肩凝ってるな。

Kata kotteru – I’ve got stiff shoulders

B: マッサージ受けたらどう?

Massaaji shitara dō? – How about getting a massage?

A: そうだね。そうするよ。

Sō da ne. Sō suru yo. – Right. I’ll do that.

Example 4
A: お腹が空いたな

Onaka ga suita na – I’m hungry

B: おやつ食べたらどう?

Oyatsu tabetara dō? – How about having a snack?

A: そうだね。そうするよ。

Sō da ne. Sō suru yo. – Right. I’ll do that.

Example 5
A: 退屈だな。

Taikutsu da na – I’m bored

B: 映画みたらどう?

Eiga mitara dō? – How about watching a movie?

A: そうだね。そうするよ。

Sō da ne. Sō suru yo. – Right. I’ll do that.

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