in due course

Me talking about my awful Japanese experience today

LOVED Swing Girls! Amazing film, please watch it if you haven’t already! Tonight: Waterboys (I hear they’re kind of a pair!)

A lovely Japanese man came into my shop today (I say ‘my’ shop… but I actually only work there as some sort of sponsored slave!) I told him I was learning Japanese and he seemed eager to hear some of my awful skills so I basically just repeated the lamest introduction of myself that I did last year for my first ever assignment, as follows (written in romaji for those who can’t read kana)

Hajimemashite, O-namae wa Mona desu. Nihongo no gakusei desu. Totemo muzukashii demo tanoshii desu. Douzo yoroshiku.


HOW LAME IS THAT! I’ve learnt so much more advanced Japanese and that’s all I came up with? What a joke. Needless to say he just laughed at me… and then said something about the weather (sumui desune!)  This was my first ever experience talking to a Japanese native (that wasn’t my teacher) outside of education and it went AWFUL!

I really want to Skype with my Japanese pen-pals but the time difference makes that a bit of a problem! DAMN YOU WORLD!

So, tomorrow I am going to write another entry in Japanese, a much longer one because I need to be a bit harder on myself, I suck! Once again, corrections welcome 🙂



4 responses

  1. How do you go about getting a japanese pen pal? just keep practicing, i read about this guy, Danny Choo (he has a great blog) and he learned Japanese on his own by creting some sort of virtual Japan…its very ineresting.

    December 15, 2011 at 1:56 am

    • There are quite a few websites for foreigners to meet and exchange language, is what I’ve been using, but there are plenty more. Danny Choo is brilliant, I love his blog, one day mine will be that awesome 🙂

      December 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

  2. hideaki


    it is very difficult ,even if for japanese, how to use respect words ,humble words. perhaps these are the most difficult point to learn japanese.because japanese cannot use proper Honorific ourselves, you dont have to think it so is the same when thinking the difference between はand が,it becomes too complicated.
    above japanese there is one thing i feel funny that is,as [watashino]
    o-namae wa -this case you are saying your matter and you use 「お」on yourself.we use polite words very often in the daily life and it is rather easy .
    generally it becomes polite word attaching 「お」at the front word of things but nowadays we men dont say 「お」things and women dont have to say that too.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

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