Yo my dear readers~🙃 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 week😑
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:
- Hep Five
- Kimono experience
- Night tour of Inari shrine
- Eating ramen in Japan
- Speaking Japanese in Japan – frequently used words and some thoughts
- My shopping items from Japan (this might or might not happen; let’s see~)
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 everywhere💔. That was probably also because I spoke a lot more than what I was capable of…💔💔
Here are the most common things I said:
- ひとつ/ ふたつ – 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…🖖
- つめたい/ あたたかい – cold/ warm: this was used when order drinks, and sometimes noodles as some noodles come in cold/ warm with soup.
- おねかいします – 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 ‘おねかいします’ after telling all my orders.
- どのくらいかかりますか – 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.
- 免税 (めんせい) – 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 一階/ 地下一階 (level 1 or b1).
- A lot of adjectives again for shopping: 小さい/ 大きい/ 赤い/ 黄色い/ ピンク. 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. 😘 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.🍊 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!