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    If we all list what we know, not only will we have fun but we'll learn hella quick.
    So then, post the word and the meaning, and Kana/Kanji. I can't really post Kana write now without my lap top but yeah... This list is all from memory by the way heh. Correct me if I'm wrong. I'll list as many as I can remember but I'll proabably start drawing blanks before I even list everything I know.

    1. hi, ho- fire
    2. mizu - water
    3. kaze - wind
    4. chi - soil/thousand
    5. den - electricity
    6. houou - phoenix
    7. ryuu - dragon
    8. uma - horse
    9. neko - cat
    10. inu - dog
    11. hito - person
    12. en - yen (cuz there's no ye sound in japanese)
    13. hashi - chop stick
    14. hane - feather
    15. ko - child
    16. tomo - friend
    17. haha - mother
    18. chichi - father
    19. tori - bird, chicken
    20. rei - zero
    21. ichi/mitsu - one
    22. ni/futatsu - two
    23. san - three
    24. shi/yon - four
    25. go - five
    26. roku - six
    27. nana/shichi - seven
    28. hachi - eight
    29. kyuu/kuu - nine
    30. juu - ten
    31. bakemono - monster/ghost
    32. katana - sword/katana
    33. gatari - story
    34. haru - spring
    35. aki - fall
    36. natsu - summer
    37. yoru - night
    38. okari - bright
    39. hikari - light
    40. hinata - sunny warm place
    41. sora - sky
    42. ao - blue
    43. aozora - blue sky
    44. hitori - alone
    45. temee - you (impolite) / not a nice word to call someone who was born illegitimately
    46. baka - stupid
    47. bakayarou - not a nice word to call someone who acts like a donkey
    48. ch... - not a nice sound to represent cursing someone
    49. yama - mountain
    50. sensei - teacher/doctor/professor
    51. gakusei - student
    52. genki - well (well being)
    53. anata - you
    54. kimi - you (loving version)
    55. migi - write
    56. hairu- enter
    57. watashi - i/me (formal)
    58. atashi - i/me (girly)
    59. washi - i/me/eagle (old people)
    60. ore - i/me (for confidence)
    61. boku - (boys and guys with friends)
    62. ta - rice
    63. tama - jewel
    64. gin - silver
    65. kin - gold
    66. nande - why
    67. naze - why
    68. nani - what
    69. honto - really
    70. eto - um
    71. itadakimasu - let's eat
    72. ohayo - morning greeting (don't spam)
    73. konnichiwa - afternoon greating (really don't spam)
    74. konbanwa evening greeting (don't spam)
    75. oyasumi nasai - good night bed time
    76. oiishi - delicious
    77. kakkoi - cool
    78. sugoi - cool
    79. matte - wait
    80. chotto matte - wait a sec/moment/a little
    81. ichiban - number one
    82. yatta - victory, i did it, it's done
    83. gomenasai - sorry
    84. sumimasen - exuseme
    85. iya - stop
    86. iku - going/doing
    87. kuru - coming
    88. miru - see
    89. mitte - saw
    90. yubi - finger/toes
    91. kao - face
    92. kubi - neck
    93. mi - eye
    94. kuchi - mouth
    95. hon - book
    96. -go - language (nihongo)
    97. -jin - people (nihonjin)
    98. kuro - black
    99. shiro - white
    100. midori - green
    101. murasaki - purple
    102. taoru - travel
    103. momo - peach/king
    104. hime - princess
    105. kagami - mirror
    106. neji - rotate
    107. togame - to challenge, crime
    108. yousha - adopt/reject
    109. te - hand
    110. kagashi - scare crow
    111. uzamaki - whirlpool
    112. ichigo - strawberry
    113. shita - down/below
    114. hai - yes
    115. iie - no
    116. migi - right
    117. yume - dream
    118. tsuki/getsu - moon/month
    119. ai - love
    120. arigato - thank you
    121. doumo - thank you
    122. karuma - car
    123. ebi - shrimp
    Last edited by Togame; 07-03-2013 at 08:29 PM.

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    Default Re: 10,000 Words Together

    I thought "Hai" meant "Yes, Sir" or "Yes, Madam." Can it mean just "yes" as well?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RainyDayMan View Post
    I thought "Hai" meant "Yes, Sir" or "Yes, Madam." Can it mean just "yes" as well?
    'Hai' is polite for 'Yes' and depending on the situation, like talking to a superior at work, it could mean 'Yes, Sir' or 'Yes, Ma'am'.

    'Un' is more casual and used between friends for 'Yes', 'Uun' is casual for 'No'... so be careful with it.

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    Hai doesn't mean yes. It means: I agree with what you just said.

    There is a classical example of this.
    Question: Banana ga arimasen ka. (Are there not bananas?/Don't you have any bananas?)
    Answer: Hai, banana ga arimasen. (I agree, there are not bananas./Yes, we have no bananas!)

    The advice to gaijin is to avoid negative form of verbs in questions, to avoid confusion.

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    124. Yuki - Snow
    125. Hana - Flower
    126. Ame - Rain
    127. Umi - Ocean
    128. Yuki - Snow
    129. Himitsu - Secret
    130. Demo - But/However

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    Quote Originally Posted by narakushiro jitenshade View Post
    Hai doesn't mean yes. It means: I agree with what you just said.
    True, but when people are first learning, saying 'hai' means 'yes' is more understandable than saying it means 'I agree'.

    Either way, best to keep both in mind, right?

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    131. Buta - Pig - 豚
    132. Uma - Horse - 馬
    133. Dake - Only - だけ
    134. Kami - God/Paper/Hair(on head) - 神/紙/髪
    135. Aka - Red - 赤
    136. Imouto - Younger Sister - 妹
    137. Otouto - Younger Brother - 弟
    138. Ane - Older Sister - 姉
    139. Ani - Older Brother - 兄
    140. Atama - Head - 頭
    141. Koori - Ice - 氷
    142. Ocha - (Green) Tea - お茶
    143. Fuyu - Winter - 冬
    144. Ou - King - 王
    145. Hidari - Left - 左
    146. Suki - Like - 好き
    147. Kirai - Dislike - 嫌い
    148. Sekai - World - 世界
    149. Chizu - Map - 地図
    150. Subete - Everything - 全て
    151. Ninjin - Carrot - 人参
    152. Negi - Green Onion - 葱
    153. Eien - Eternity - 永遠
    154. Tama - Soul - 魂
    155. Kimochi - Feelings - 気持ち
    156. Ryouri - Cooking - 料理
    157. Fukai - Deep - 深い
    158. Mori - Forest - 森
    159. Toki - Time - 時
    160. Mune - Chest - 胸
    161. Suna - Sand - 砂
    162. Shimai - Sisters - 姉妹
    163. Kyoudai - Brothers/Siblings - 兄弟
    164. Fuku - (Western) Clothes - 服
    165. Kimono - Kimono/Clothes - 着物
    166. Obi - Obi (Kimono Sash) - 帯
    167. Saru - Monkey - 猿
    168. Shika - Deer - 鹿
    169. Orochi - Snake/Serpent - 大蛇
    170. Sato - Village - 里
    171. Umi - Sea - 海
    172. Nomu - Drink - 飲む
    173. Kowai - Scary - 怖い
    174. Uta - Song - 歌
    175. Daijoubu - Safe/All right/OK - 大丈夫
    176. Itai - Painful - 痛い
    177. Warau - Laugh - 笑う
    178. Shigoto - Work - 仕事
    179. Namida - Tears - 涙
    180. Uso - Lie - 嘘

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    I am learning more every Day! *^___^*


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    @Togame : umm,,is it sukimasen or sumimasen?

    @Amber184 : i thought Older sister is Onee and older brother is onii

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    @ValiLucifer With @Togame 'sukimasen' I think it was supposed to be 'sumimasen' just a typo, but 'suimasen' is also used as 'excuse me'

    If I can remember

    O-nii(suffix) O-nee(suffix) is used when you are talking to your own siblings, and I think mostly young kids and girls(when they are older) use this way.
    The 'O' is an honorific and optional when talking to your own siblings, same with a suffix. Mostly you call them by their names.
    I.e.
    Kids&Girls: Oniichan, Oniisan, Oneechan, Oniisan.
    Girls: [name]nii (I'm guessing a cute way to call your older brother)
    Boys: Aniki (Older Brother), Aneki (Older Sister) - when talking to them. The 'ki' is optional, I'm guessing.

    The kanji just by itself though is 'Ane' and Ani', but with hiragana, it changes to 'Nee' and 'Nii', respectively.
    Just like Father and Mother is Chichi and Haha, but with hiragana it changes to 'Otousan' and 'Okaasan'.

    Hope this helped. ( ・ω・ )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber184 View Post
    @ValiLucifer With @Togame 'sukimasen' I think it was supposed to be 'sumimasen' just a typo, but 'suimasen' is also used as 'excuse me'

    If I can remember

    O-nii(suffix) O-nee(suffix) is used when you are talking to your own siblings, and I think mostly young kids and girls(when they are older) use this way.
    The 'O' is an honorific and optional when talking to your own siblings, same with a suffix. Mostly you call them by their names.
    I.e.
    Kids&Girls: Oniichan, Oniisan, Oneechan, Oniisan.
    Girls: [name]nii (I'm guessing a cute way to call your older brother)
    Boys: Aniki (Older Brother), Aneki (Older Sister) - when talking to them. The 'ki' is optional, I'm guessing.

    The kanji just by itself though is 'Ane' and Ani', but with hiragana, it changes to 'Nee' and 'Nii', respectively.
    Just like Father and Mother is Chichi and Haha, but with hiragana it changes to 'Otousan' and 'Okaasan'.

    Hope this helped. ( ・ω・ )
    oh i get it now, thanks for the explanation it really helped me to understand more about Japanese language..thanks ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by narakushiro jitenshade View Post
    Hai doesn't mean yes. It means: I agree with what you just said.

    There is a classical example of this.
    Question: Banana ga arimasen ka. (Are there not bananas?/Don't you have any bananas?)
    Answer: Hai, banana ga arimasen. (I agree, there are not bananas./Yes, we have no bananas!)

    The advice to gaijin is to avoid negative form of verbs in questions, to avoid confusion.
    Think about it, there are very little gaps between 'I agree' and 'yes'. They are loosely the same.
    Though what you said is more accurate, 'hai' as 'yes' is in almost every form of Japanese textbooks for learning.

    ---------- Post added at 03:14 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:07 PM ----------

    @Amber184
    So even with the difference in characters, they all pretty much mean the same.
    But is it all right if I refer to someone else's bro or sis as their Onee-san or Onii-san while I'm talking to that someone.. not the older siblings.
    I figure it may be inaccurate or something, but I'm sure they would understand what I'm saying.


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    @Albear
    There is a certain way to refer to your family and another person's family.

    Referring to Your Family
    Grandfather - Sofu - 祖父
    Grandmother - Sobo - 祖母
    Aunt - Oba - おば
    Father - Chichi - 父
    Mother - Haha - 母
    Uncle - Oji - おじ
    Older Brother - Ani - 兄
    Older Sister - Ane - 姉
    Yourself - Watashi/Boku - 私/僕
    Husband - Shujin - 主人
    Wife - Kanai - 家内
    Younger Brother - Otouto - 弟
    Younger Sister - Imouto - 妹
    Daughter - Musume - 娘
    Son - Musuko - 息子

    *Extra*
    Referring to YOUR lover
    Boyfriend - Kareshi - 彼氏
    Girlfriend - Kanojo - 彼女

    Referring to Another's Family (Can also be applied to Talking to Your Family) *Everything here ends in 'san' (さん) for politeness*
    Grandfather - Ojiisan - おじいさん
    Grandmother - Obaasan - おばあさん
    Aunt - Obasan - おばさん
    Father - Otousan - お父さん
    Mother - Okaasan - お母さん
    Uncle - Ojisan - おじさん
    Older Brother - Oniisan - お兄さん
    Older Sister - Oneesan - お姉さん
    Whoever you are talking to (Name) - [Namae]san - 【名前】さん *Suffix optional here depending on how good friends you are with the person.
    Husband - Goshujin - ご主人
    Wife - Okusan - 奥さん
    Younger Brother - Otoutosan - 弟さん
    Younger Sister - Imoutosan - 妹さん
    Daughter - Musumesan - 娘さん
    Son - Musukosan - 息子さん



    I hope this helped you out a bit more.

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    181. Kaku - Stroke/write
    182. kaichou - president

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albear View Post
    Think about it, there are very little gaps between 'I agree' and 'yes'. They are loosely the same.
    Though what you said is more accurate, 'hai' as 'yes' is in almost every form of Japanese textbooks for learning.
    Technically 'yes' means 'That is true' (I agree) whereas 'no' means 'That is false' (I disagree), however there is a strange inconsistency in the case of negative questions where you can say 'no' with the meaning of 'That is true'

    Q: Didn't you go to school?

    A: Yes <-- ambiguous
    A: No <-- implies 'That is true'
    A: No, I went <-- implies 'That is false'

    This is the main case where the distinction matters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Albear View Post
    But is it all right if I refer to someone else's bro or sis as their Onee-san or Onii-san while I'm talking to that someone.. not the older siblings.
    Oneesan is an honorable form, and Ane is a humble form. This is really a question about when to use humble forms and when to use honorable forms. The simple answer is that you, your possessions, and the people in your group get humble forms, while the listener, their possessions, and the people are in their group get honorable forms.

    So basically you apply this principle to any situation to figure it out.

    Case 1: Talking to your sister
    Since she is the listener, she gets honorable form, thus use Oneesan

    Case 2: Talking about someone else's sister
    If that someone else is the listener or their group, then use Oneesan
    If that someone else is in your group, then you'd use Ane

    Case 3: Talking about your own sister
    In most cases she is in your group, and you'd use Ane, though I suppose it is possible she could be there and you'd use Oneesan.

    This is the general principle to follow. The hard part is getting a sense of who is in your group and who is in the listener group. Also, Japanese will sometimes break these principle themselves, because it's confusing even for them.
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    Default Re: 10,000 Words Together

    Quote Originally Posted by Wio View Post
    Technically 'yes' means 'That is true' (I agree) whereas 'no' means 'That is false' (I disagree), however there is a strange inconsistency in the case of negative questions where you can say 'no' with the meaning of 'That is true'

    Q: Didn't you go to school?

    A: Yes <-- ambiguous
    A: No <-- implies 'That is true'
    A: No, I went <-- implies 'That is false'

    This is the main case where the distinction matters.


    Oneesan is an honorable form, and Ane is a humble form. This is really a question about when to use humble forms and when to use honorable forms. The simple answer is that you, your possessions, and the people in your group get humble forms, while the listener, their possessions, and the people are in their group get honorable forms.

    So basically you apply this principle to any situation to figure it out.

    Case 1: Talking to your sister
    Since she is the listener, she gets honorable form, thus use Oneesan

    Case 2: Talking about someone else's sister
    If that someone else is the listener or their group, then use Oneesan
    If that someone else is in your group, then you'd use Ane

    Case 3: Talking about your own sister
    In most cases she is in your group, and you'd use Ane, though I suppose it is possible she could be there and you'd use Oneesan.

    This is the general principle to follow. The hard part is getting a sense of who is in your group and who is in the listener group. Also, Japanese will sometimes break these principle themselves, because it's confusing even for them.
    Everything you said, I already know. I took Japanese for 2 years.
    But you also answered my question... I can use the honorable form in any case. I'd be super formal, but I would still make sense.


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    Going off on a tangent here... please stick to the point, it's one word... "one"

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    Default Re: 10,000 Words Together

    156, ryouri = food
    180, o-kuni = honored country
    181, nan/nani = what
    182, hajimete (verb) = (first time)/begin
    183, o-jouzu (na) = honored skilled
    184, ki-o-tsukete = take care
    185, sei = back /backbone
    186, takai = tall
    187, nato = fermented soy beans (stickyÖ)
    188, mada = yet
    189, made = to (place/time)
    190, kara = from
    191, kekkou (na) = enough (off food/drink)
    192, tadaima = I'm home
    193, ite kimasu (verb) = going coming= I'm going out
    194, toire surippa = toilet slippers
    195, mou ichi do = once more
    196, yukkuri = (take it) easy
    197, joudan = joke
    198, omou (verb) = think
    199, shaberu (verb) = talk (slang)
    200, kuu (verb) = eat (slang)
    201, nemuritai (verb) = wan't to sleep
    202, hoshi = want (noun) (if you ask what other want)
    203, o-negai = honored wish (tell your own wants)
    204, o-mae = honoured-in front of = you
    205, go-kyoudai = honored sibling(s)
    206, go-ryoushin = honored parents
    207, yappari = like "well" but different
    208, nan da = what is = damn it!
    209, kuso = grozit!
    210, hen = odd
    211, hentai = pervert (person)
    212, yasumu = leisure (verb)

    There are a few phrases you hear all the time in Japan:
    O-kuni wa nan desu ka. = Honored country what is?
    Nihon wa hajimete desu ka. = Japan first-time is?
    O-jouzu desu ne. = Honored skilled is (you (who speak more than a few words of Japanese))!
    Sei ga takai desu ne. = Back(/body) tall is!
    Nihon no ryori suki desu ka. = Japanís food likes does?
    Nato o tabemashita ka. = Nato, have eaten?

    You will keep saying "Mou ichi do itte kudasai = please say once more" whenever you donít catch all words.

    If you instruct someone to PLEASE tell when your Japanese incorrect, then your worst mistakes will receive a mild "chotto hen desu = a little odd is". Itís never wrong, only a little odd - politenessÖ

    There are no brother/sister words without age info in Japanese. Age is rank and rank is important. Gaijin cheats around this by asking about siblings. Onína no go-kyoudai is then honoured female siblings (with unspecified age order). (I hope I remember correctly that kyoudai goes honored in the same way as ryoushin, with a GO in front of it?)

    Everybody who learns English/German/Japanese should say well/Genau/yappari in every 20th sentence, or not? (I'm the greatest sinner. I never say those words.)

    Do learn every verb you use more than once!! (I'm a sinner here again).

    Now my best language mistake in Japan. I wrote a note and gave it to the staff in the postoffice: Please "FORWARD" our mail to my friends adress. Afterwards we realised that I picked the wrong verb. That verb meant "driving" cattle. They understood anyway, of course, from context.

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