Category Archives: Self Study

Buying things (Part 3)

Dear all,

This is a repost.
Continuation from Part 2, today i will share more about buying things.

Sometimes if you buy medicine, electronics, the person at the counter will ask you if you have a loyalty card or something. It’s always good to make a loyalty card if you plan to always buy electronics at the same place. You will get some discount (8-10% of points that you can use to offset your next purchase). Example would be LABI or Yodobashi Camera.

Shop Employee: ポイントカードがお持ちですか (poin-to kaa-do ga o-mo-chi-de-su ka/Do you have a point card)

You: いいえ、ないです(iie, nai desu/No)   or はい、もっています (hai, motte imasu/Yes)

If you don’t have a point card, usually the person will ask you if you want to apply for a point card (usually it’s free)

Shop Employee: ポイントカードを作りますか (poin-to kaa-do o tsu-ku-ri-ma-su ka/Do you want to apply for one?) or

Shop Employee: つくりましょうか (tsu-ku-ri-ma-shou ka/Do you want to apply for one?)

You: はい、おねがいします (hai, o-ne-gai-shi-masu/Yes, please)

Usually, you can put in your hotel address. If unsure, ask the shop employee. =)

This will really help to bring savings if you buy lots of electronics.

Buying things (Part 1)

Good morning,

This is a repost of what i did few years ago. I would like to share with you all how to buy things in Japanese.
すみません. (Su-mi-ma-sen/ Excuse Me)
これ/それ/あれ を ___________   ください (kore / sore/ are   o  ________kudasai )
Give me _________ of this/that/ that thing over that (far from you and the listener)

これ: ko-re /this
それ: so-re / that
あれ: a-re / that thing over there (not near to you or listener)
ひとつ: hi-to-tsu/ one
ふたつ: fu-ta-tsu / two
みっつ: mi-ttsu / three
よっつ: yo-ttsu / four


これ を よっつ ください。 (kore o yottsu kudasai/ Give me 4 of this)

それ を みっつ ください。 (sore o mittsu kudasai/ Give me 3 of that)

For different items, there are different counters. For now, you can use the above first. We will learn more later. (^_^)
Usually Japanese will take the calculator and show you how much you need to pay.

Asking for Directions

Hi all,

This is a previous repost that i did a few years ago.
すみません. (Su-mi-ma-sen/ Excuse me)
道に迷いました。 (mi-chi  ni  ma-yo-i-ma-shita / I am lost)   / Optional to say
______(Place that you wish to go) まで どうやって 行きますか。
(_________(Place that you wish to go)  ma-de  dou-yatte   i-ki-masu ka / How do i get to _______)

すみません。 (su-mi-masen / Excuse Me)
道にまよいました。 (michi-ni-ma-yo-i-ma-shita / I am lost)
しんじゅくまで どうやって いきますか (shinjuku ma-de  dou-yatte iki-masu ka / How do i get to Shinjuku?)

You might hear words like ひだり (hidari / left)   ,   みぎ (migi / right) ,  まえ (mae/ front)  , うしろ (ushiro / back) ,
あがって (a-ga-tte / go up) , まがって (ma-ga-tte / turn) , つきあたり (tsu-ki-atari / end of the street) ,
わかりません (wakarimasen/ i don’t know)

Once you are done, don’t forget to say ありがとうございました (a-ri-ga-tou  go-zai-ma-shita)  (^_^)

How to introduce yourself in Japanese

Hi all,

This is a revisit of the post that i did a few years ago.
In lesson 1, i’ll be sharing how can we do a self introduction in a humble manner. (^_^)
This is how it goes.

はじめまして (Ha-ji-me-ma-shi-te / How do you do?)
_____(your name) と申します (__________ to mou-shi-masu / I am called __________)
よろしく おねがいいたします。 (Yo-ro-shi-ku o-ne-gai-ita-shi-masu / Please take care of me)


はじめまして (Ha-ji-me-ma-shi-te)
ケン と申します (Ken to mou-shi-masu)
よろしく おねがいいたします。 (Yo-ro-shi-ku o-ne-gai-ita-shi-masu)

If you watch youtube videos from Japanesepod101, etc, you would notice that
they will tell you to say 「わたしは________です」 (watashi wa _______ desu) in the second line,
「どうぞ よろしく」 (douzo yoroshiku) in the third line.

What i am teaching here is the humble way of introducing yourself in Japanese.
i feel it will impress the person that you are speaking to when you are able to use this way of introducing yourself.
Do feel free to send your recording of your voices to me and i’ll be glad to correct you if needed.

Have a good day!

Free learning space to revise/learn Japanese

Dear all,

I have collaborated with a classroom provider to provide a self-study room for you all to self study starting October 3rd.

Time: 7.00pm-830pm, every Wed
Location: Waterloo Centre
Classroom rental: Free for the 1st 5 who contact me. Subsequent members: $3/per person/per session

If you would like to come and meet up with like-minded people to study, please contact me to arrange.

Thank you.

Self study Japanese Lesson 9: Verbs 2

Dear all,

In lesson 9, we are going further into verbs.

As mentioned in lesson 7, there are generally 2 types of verbs, transitive (他動詞/たどうし/ta-dou-shi)  and intransitive verbs (自動詞/じどうし/ji-dou-shi).

As many of you may know, transitive verbs take in a object and intransitive verbs don’t take in an object.

The general structure is like this.

Person wa Object o Verb

HKさん は いちご を たべます。
HK san wa Ichigo o tabemasu
HK is going to eat/will eat strawberry


In lesson 9, we are going to learn how to say the location where you do an action.

The structure is like this.

Person wa Place de Object o Verb


HKさん は うちで いちご を たべます。
HK san wa uchi de ichigo o tabemasu
HK is going to eat/will eat strawberry at home.

If you at a 「か」 at the back, it will become a question.


HKさん は うちで いちご を たべますか
HK san wa uchi de ichigo o tabemasu ka
Is HK is going to eat/will eat strawberry at home?

。。。はい、うちで たべます。 (hai, uchi de tabemasu/Yes, he is going to eat/will eat at home.)

。。。いいえ、うちで たべません。 (iie, uchi de tabemasen/No he is not going to/will not eat at home)


To make the verb become negative, change the 「ます/masu」 to 「ません/masen」。


たべます (to eat)

たべません(not to eat)

のみます (to drink)

のみません (not to drink)


To make the verb become past tense, change the 「ます/masu」 to 「ました/mashita」。


たべます (to eat)


のみます (to drink)

のみました (drank)


To make the verb become negative past tense, change the 「ます/masu」 to 「ませんでした/masen deshita」。


たべます (to eat)

たべませんでした(did not ate)

のみます (to drink)

のみませんでした (did not drink)


Try the following sentences and see if you can get the answers. Email us your answers for a small gift on Japanese studies. This is applicable to all students from all over the world.

Subject of email: Self Study Japanese Lesson 9 quiz


Email address:

How long you have been self studying Japanese:


1. Annie drank a coke at KFC

2. Sister (いもうと/imouto) ate lunch (ひるごはん) at home

3. Bryan did not buy chicken (チキン/chikin) at Macdonalds. He bought it at Long John Silvers

4. Hiroki wrote a letter (てがみ/tegami) in Shibuya.

5. Did Peter buy coffee at Starbucks? No, he didn’t.


In Lesson 10, we will move on to describe things using adjectives.

Self study Japanese Lesson 8: Telling time /Trains Part 2

Dear all,

Lesson 8 is on telling time and trains part 2.

Sometimes you might wonder, how to ask the train station which platform to take your next train. Below is a good example.

Station Master: こんにちは (kon-ni-chi-wa/Good day)

You: __________(place that you want to go)へ いきたいですが、何番線ですか。 (__________(place that you want to go) e i-ki-tai-desu-ga, nan-ban-sen desu ka.)
I want to go to __________, which platform is it?

Station Master: ____ばんせんです(_______ban-sen desu)
Platform _______.

or sometimes he/she may say… depending on the time the train departs.

Station Master:  _________(time) はつ(ha-tsu) ____ばんせんです(_______ban-sen desu)
Departing at _______, Platform ___________

Station Master: こんにちは (Kon-ni-chi-wa/Good day)

You: 新宿(しんじゅく)へ行きたいですが、何番線ですか。 (Shinjuku e ikitai desu ga, nan ban sen desu ka/ I want to go to Shinjuku, which platform is it)

Station Master: 3番線です。 (3 ban sen desu/Platform 3)

Don’t forget to thank the station master.


You may also hear words like 「のりかえて/no-ri-ka-e-te」 which means change at ____________


しんじゅくでのりかえてください (Shinjuku de no-ri-ka-e-te-ku-da-sai)

Please change at Shinjuku.

Don’t forget the numbers.