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The article "ka" is something you will hear a lot in the Japanese language. It is permanently placed at the end of a sentence to indicate a question. For example in the earlier posts, "toileto ha doko desu ka." Here you are asking, " where is the bathroom?" Where normally in English an interogative sentence ends in a "?" symbol, Japanese uses the simple word "ka" to make note of a question being asked.

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"Sumimasen" is another phrase that is a every day used word. It translates into "excuse me". The phrase is used for situations for when you are trying to get someone's attention. It is also used for pardon purposes. For instance if you bumped into someone you would say "sumimasen", bow and continue on your way.

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"sou desu ka" is a phrase that is used a lot in the language. It basically means "is that right?" it is used to agree with some one or a filler response for a conversation you may not be so on point with.

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a = the a in [ father ] i = the i in [ feet ] e = the e in [ pet ] o = the o in [ toe ] u = the u in [ poot ]

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ichi = 1 ni = 2 san = 3 yo/shi = 4 go = 5 roku = 6 nana/shichi = 7 hachi = 8 ku/kyu = 9 juu =10

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ao = blue akai = red midori = green kuro = black shiro = white pinku = pink kiiro = yellow murusaki = purple chaiiro = brown gurei* = gray ( the pronunciation for this word is gu ree, with a long e sound at the end) orenji = orange

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"toileto ha(wa) doko desu ka? Now in this sentence you will notice the () I put around the "wa", this in to indicate that the "ha" is supposed to be pronounced as wa instead of ha. Don't worry as to why right now, just know that it is important whenever your speaking out loud to pronounce it as "wa". Also in Japanese everything is pronounced just like it is spelled. There fore "toileto" is to-i-le-to. When speaking always remember to sound it out like a big English word you don't know. Once you figure out the phonetics then put it all together.

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"Hajimemashite" is the formal way of introducing yourself for the first time. Its the equivalent of "Nice to meet you". You would bow as you say this to show respect. Then you would say your name in English because if your a beginner, you don't want to mess up your first impression with your name. After you say your name you then follow it with a "Dozo yoroshiku". This basically means "Please take care of me". Your new Japanese friend will be very impressed with your greeting of a great beggining.

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