Tivamoo in Japan – speaking Japanese in Japan

Yo my dear readers~๐Ÿ™ƒ I find my blogs are updated very frequently these days due to my Japan trip! Not too bad but I don’t think I can keep up with the standard next week๐Ÿ˜‘

Today I will share some of my Japanese experience (by talking to local people). Hope you will enjoy the blog and you can find other content from below index:

Firstly I have to confess that speaking Japanese constantly (and try to understand others) is quite exhausting for me in the end. On my last day there I couldn’t bother anymore so just used English everywhere๐Ÿ’”. That was probably also because I spoke a lot more than what I was capable of…๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

Here are the most common things I said:

  • ใฒใจใค/ ใตใŸใค – one piece/ 2 pieces: this was used when ordering foods. As I travelled with my mum only so we hardly went more than 2 pieces…๐Ÿ––
  • ใคใ‚ใŸใ„/ ใ‚ใŸใŸใ‹ใ„ – cold/ warm: this was used when order drinks, and sometimes noodles as some noodles come in cold/ warm with soup.
  • ใŠใญใ‹ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ – please: I used this when ending my order (actually my friend who worked in Japan taught me this). For example if I ordered noodle and ice cream, I would say ‘ใŠใญใ‹ใ„ใ—ใพใ™’ after telling all my orders.
  • ใฉใฎใใ‚‰ใ„ใ‹ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‹ – how long does it take: so we went to some activities such as tours or kimono make up. I used it to ask how long it took for planning the day. Very useful. To find out more about how to express a duration, read my blog here.
  • Number/ weekday – they were used those a lot. For example to pay or to make reservation. Definitely need to master.
  • ๅ…็จŽ (ใ‚ใ‚“ใ›ใ„) – well top used bword when I did shopping with my mum. It means tax free. As most of the shops are in deportment stores, this came with places such as ไธ€้šŽ/ ๅœฐไธ‹ไธ€้šŽ (level 1 or b1).
  • A lot of adjectives again for shopping: ๅฐใ•ใ„/ ๅคงใใ„/ ่ตคใ„/ ้ป„่‰ฒใ„/ ใƒ”ใƒณใ‚ฏ. It’s surprising how much I needed to say yellow and pink, esp when I went for shopping cloths. Apparently I prefer those colours more than I expected LOL.

I was quite happy with the speaking experience in Japan (even though it’s mentally tiring). It allowed me to use many words/ grammars and helped me remember them much better. ๐Ÿ˜˜ย I actually changed my learning strategy after I came back – so now I am going to speak to a tutor every week for 1-1.5 hour just for conversation, and I will learn the grammar/ vocabulary myself.๐ŸŠ I will keep you guys posted on how it goes.

P.S. – the picture was taken at Shibuya. The first day we arrived it was raining so hard but people still went for shopping. Totally impressed!

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