Japanese Dialogues: Directions to the Library



How do I get to the library from here? More…


How do I get to the library from here?

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Excuse me.
[When trying to get someone’s attention, say "sumimasen."]


toshokan wa dokoka gozonji desu ka?
Do you know where the library is?
[An easier, but less polite way to ask is, "toshokan wa doko desu ka?" Where is the library?]

ใฏใ„ใ€ใใ‚“ใชใซ้ ใใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚
hai, sonna ni tookunai desu yo.
Yes, it isn’t that far.
["sonna ni" – so much; to such an extent]

ใ“ใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ ใจใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใฐใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹๏ผŸ
koko kara dato douyatte ikeba ii desu ka?
How do I get there from here?
["da to" here means "in such a case": considering from here, how should I go?]

ใ“ใฎใจใŠใ‚Šใ‚’ใพใฃใ™ใ่กŒใฃใฆใ€ไฟกๅทใงๅณใซๆ›ฒใŒใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚
kono toori wo massugu itte, shingou de migi ni magatte kudasai.
Go straight down this street and turn right at the light.
[When giving directions in a car or taxi, you should say, "migi ni magatte kudasai" (please turn right) or "hidari ni magatte kudasai" (please turn left)]

koko wo massugu, soshite migi ni magarun desu ne.
Down this street then turn right, right?โ€
["ne" is a sentence ender with many functions. It can be used for emphasis, requesting confirmation, showing agreement, or just to soften the sentence.]

sou desu. happyaku me-toru hodo iku to mietekimasu.
Yes. Go about 800 meters and you will see it.
["iku to" – if you go ~; miete kimasu – (you will) begin to be able to see]

arigatou gozaimasu.
Thank you.

่ตคใ„ใƒฌใƒณใ‚ฌ้€ ใ‚Šใฎใƒ“ใƒซใฎๆจชใซใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚
akai renga zukuri no biru no yoko ni arimasu.
It is next to a red brick building.
["renga zukuri" – brick built; ๆœจ้€ ใ‚Š ki zukuri – wood construction]

migigawa desu ka? hidarigawa desu ka?
Is it on the right or the left side?

migigawa desu.
It is on the right.

arigatou gozaimashita.
Thank you so much.


ใ™ใฟใพใ›ใ‚“ sumimasen excuse me
ใฏใ„ hai yes
ๅ›ณๆ›ธ้คจ toshokan library
ใฏ wa (topic particle–hiragana โ€œhaโ€ but pronounced โ€œwaโ€ when used as a topic)
ใฉใ“ใ‹ dokoka somewhere
ใ”ๅญ˜็Ÿฅ gozonji to know (polite)
ใงใ™ desu copula (a word used to link the subject of a sentence with a predicate; often like the English โ€œto beโ€)
ใ‹๏ผŸ ka? (question marker)
ใฏใ„ hai yes
ใใ‚“ใชใซ sonna ni to such an extent; so much
้ ใใชใ„ tookunai isn’t far; not far
ใ‚ˆ yo (emphatic)
ใ“ใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ koko kara from here
ใ ใจ dato assuming; thinking (from here)
ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใฐใ„ใ„ dou yatte ikeba ii which way is good
ใ“ใฎ kono this
ใจใŠใ‚Š toori road; street
ใ‚’ wo (direct object marker)
ใพใฃใ™ใ massugu straight
่กŒใฃใฆ itte go
ไฟกๅท shingou (traffic) signal; light
ใง de at (the light)
ๅณ migi right (direciton)
ใซ ni to (the right)
ๆ›ฒใŒใฃใฆ magatte to turn
ใใ ใ•ใ„ kudasai please (turn)
ใ“ใ“ koko this (street is implied)
ใใ—ใฆ soshite and then
ๅณใซ migi ni to the right
ๆ›ฒใŒใ‚‹ใ‚“ magarun turn [the โ€œnโ€ is used when explaining or asking confirmation] ใญ ne isn’t it?
ใใ†ใงใ™ sou desu that’s right
๏ผ˜๏ผ๏ผใƒกใƒผใƒˆใƒซ happyaku me-toru 800 meters
ใปใฉ hodo about
่กŒใใจ iku to if you go…
่ฆ‹ใˆใฆใใพใ™ miete kimasu will be able to see
ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ arigatou gozaimasu thank you
่ตคใ„ akai red
ใƒฌใƒณใ‚ฌ้€ ใ‚Š renga zukuri brick built (house) [the โ€œzuโ€ is a ใฅ and not a ใš.] ใƒ“ใƒซ biru building
ๆจช yoko side; next to
ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ arimasu there exists
ๅณๅด migi gawa right side
ๅทฆๅด hidari gawa left side


้ ใใชใ„ (not far) is the negative form of ้ ใ„ which is written ใจใŠใ„ with a ใŠ and not a ใ†.

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