Chapter Two: Vocabulary

Frank Dialog Japanese lesson graphic

Run through these a few
times until you can recognize them in the dialog

じゃ ない。 ja
Not…; Negates whatever was before;
Used at the end of sentences

なまえ namae Name; sounds
similar to the English ‘name’ (sort of!)

なん です か? nan
desu ka
is it?
This is a
very useful expression

なん nan
What? Another way to write NAN is NANI
なにか nanika Something; Notice there is a relation to NAN (what); the KA
adds the unknown (SOMEthing)


nomimasu To drink; it can also mean, “I will
はい、どぞ。 hai, dozo
Here you are; another very useful phrase used
when offering things to guests


karupisu Calpis – Japanese drink made
from milk and water;
This is spelled with katakana. This is a
strange name. It is spelled “Calpis” but pronounced
more or less as “cow piss” – pardon the low
educational value of this entry… The very first day I came
to Japan, I met a foreigner at the airport and he told me of
this drink. Our conversation went as follows: “You know
there is a drink here called Calpis.” I answered, “No…
really?” “Yes, it is spelled C-A-L-P-I-S but it’s

souka really, is that so? I see ; This is said to show that you
are still interested in what the speaker has to say and you
are not sleeping. It also has the feel you have learned something

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