Japanese Alexa Commands: Arekusa, Speak Nihongo!

Japanese Alexa Commands: Arekusa, Speak Nihongo!

Alexa! Speak Japanese.

Did you know you can set your Alexa device to answer in Japanese? Same thing with Siri and other AI assistants. While I am certain these commands work for other devices, let’s look at Alexa specifically.
Alexa speaks Japanese

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SETTING UP ALEXA IN JAPANESE

If you have a newer Alexa device, you should be able to set it to Japanese using your Alexa App. First generation Echos do not support Japanese, unfortunately.
  1. Open the Alexa App on your phone.
  2. Click on the bar icon to the top left and choose “Settings”
  3. Choose “Device Settings”
  4. Choose “Language”
  5. Choose “日本語”

JAPANESE ALEXA COMMANDS

You don’t need to be overly polite with Alexa. Drop the kudasai and masu/desu. Most of these commands are taken from the Japanese Alexa help page found here. https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_left_v4_sib?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201608460

COMMON ALEXA COMMANDS

アレクサ arekusa Alexa (the wake word; say this before a command)

Shut her up!

TIME

「何時ですか?」 nanji desu ka?  What time is it?

Most commands have a shortcut which usually can be used in casual speech anyway. For example, to ask for the time, you can just say:

WEATHER

Other weather questions

MUSIC


TIMERS AND ALARMS


INFORMATION

Just as you would in English, ask Alexa trivia, like how tall is Mt. Fuji or Who invented the light bulb.

「空はどうして青いの?」 sora wa doushite aoi no? Why is the sky blue?


MATH

Plus: 「1たす1は?」 ichi tasu ichi wa? What is 1 + 1?

Minus: 「1ひく1は?」 ichi hiku ichi wa? What is 1 – 1?

Multiplication: 「1かける1は?」 ichi kakeru ichi wa? What is 1 x 1?

Division: 「1わる1は?」 ichi waru ichi wa? What is 1 / 1?


NEWS

「今日のニュースは?」 kyou no nyu-su wa? What is today’s news?

To get Japanese news, you’ll need to find and enable the country/ language specific skill in the app and then add it to your briefing.

FUN


Learn More:
Alexa commands in Japanese: (most of the above was taken from this page)
Alexa commands in English:
A site with a great overview of Japanese commands (in Japanese):
https://yuki-no-yabo.com/what-is-amazon-echo/
Japanese Conversational Interjections 相槌 aizuchi

Japanese Conversational Interjections 相槌 aizuchi

Carrying on a conversation (in any language) isn’t just about getting your ideas across. It is also about showing the other person, the speaker, you are listening. This is especially important in Japanese since it is used all the time.

In English, we might say, “Oh, really?” or “Is that so?” or “Uh huh” to show the speaker we are interested and understanding what he or she is saying. This video lists several important 相槌 aizuchi for showing you are interested or agree with the speaker.

Aizuchi to show Attention

Let’s first look at 相槌  aizuchi that could be considered positive. None of these fully imply the listener even agrees with the speaker. But the listener is interested, engaged, and understanding what the speaker has to say.

Here are the main words (there are many more):

はい yes
hai

While this means “yes,” はい is often used in conversation to show attention and interest.


ええ yeah
ee

This is sometimes written as えー. This is a common substitute for はい with generally the same meaning. I’m listening and I’m interested. When said with a rising tone, it can show surpise or disbelief.


うん yep
un

This is a less formal but common way to say “yes.” As mentioned above, saying this doesn’t necessarily mean you agree with the speaker, but just that you are showing interest.


なるほど I see
naruhodo

When the listener explains something you didn’t previously understand, you can say, “I see” or “I get it” or “indeed.”


さすが As expected…
sasuga

This means “as one would expect” and is often used as a compliment. If the speaker says an accomplishment, compliment him or her with “I knew you could do it.”.


すごい! Amazing!
sugoi!

すごい means “amazing” and can be compared to the slang word “cool” or “awesome.” When the speaker says something amazing, use this.


そうですね。 That’s right.
sou desu ne.

Also shortened as そうだ, this literally means “That is so.” It shows mild agreement, but it could also just be used to show interest.


うそ  (surprise) No way!
uso

This literally means “lie.” When said with surprise, it means “Really?” but when said with disbelief, it can mean “I don’t believe that.”


うそ (disbelief) I don’t believe that.
uso

Depending on how you say this, it can show agreement (with shock) or disbelief (also with shock).


ほんと (I) swear; really; (I’m) telling the truth
honto

This can be used to agree with the listener. I swear. That’s for sure. I’m telling the truth. This literally means “true” or “fact.” In less colloquial circumstances, it really has a う at the end: ほんとう.


ほんとに really; truly
honto ni

The adverbial form can be used to confirm what someone said is really true.


まさか It can’t be…; no way; you don’t say
masaka

This is usually said when the listener suddenly realizes what the speaker is saying may actually be true despite it sounding absurd. It can’t be…


信じられない I don’t believe it

Literally, this means “I cannot believe.” but this can also be said when believing but not wanting to believe. I can’t believe (he did that).


ありえない impossible; no way
arienai!

This means impossible, but again, it may simply show the listener is shocked by what she hears.


おかしい That’s odd; funny; little strange
okashii

This means “odd” or “strange.” Something’s funny about that.


なんかへんな Something’s wrong with that; that’s odd
nanka henna

Literally, something strange.


 

Aizuchi Japanese Conversational Interjections

Makoto e-Zine #8 November 2018 Audio Files

Makoto e-Zine #8 November 2018 Audio Files


Issue #8
November 2018

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Japanese Vocabulary Lesson: How to Say I’m Sick in Japanese

Japanese Vocabulary Lesson: How to Say I’m Sick in Japanese

Feeling under the weather? Great! Uh, I mean, sorry you feel bad, but I have the perfect Japanese vocabulary lesson for you today. Here are five phrases you can use right now.

Japanese Vocabulary

Sick Japanese Vocabulary

のどがいたいです。
nodo ga itai desu.
I have a sore throat.
せきがでます。
seki ga demasu.
I have a cough.
頭がいたいです。
atama ga itai desu.
I have a headache. (lit. My head hurts.)
体がだるいです。
karada ga darui desu.
I feel under the weather.(lit. My body is languid.)
熱があります。
netsu ga arimasu.
I have a fever.

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5 Fun Anime Fighting Phrases in Japanese

5 Fun Anime Fighting Phrases in Japanese

5 Fun Anime Fighting Phrases in Japanese

Here are five kakkoii fighting phrases you might hear in anime Japanese or read in manga. Listen for them when you get to the fighting scenes.

Please note, all five of these can be rude–they are, after all, fighting words. Be careful how you use them, but saying them to your close Japanese friends could be fun.

Let’s get started with some Anime Fighting Phrases in Japanese

かかってこい!

Bring it on!

The かかって comes from a word that means “to start,” “to deal with,” “to handle.” こい is a somewhat rude command that means “come on!”


うけてたつ!

I accept your challenge!

When you are ready to take up the gauntlet, say, 「うけてたつ!」


まけるもんか!

I’ll never lose!

Said when things are not going well for the bad guy and he is about to lose. もん is an ender used for emphasis. もんか is used for creating rhetorical questions when the speaker actually believes the opposite is true. “Am I about to lose? No way!”


おぼえてろ!

I’ll get you for this!

The bad guy is lost and he knows it. He is in an embarrassing retreat, but to save face, he says to the victorious hero, 「おぼえてろ!」 Literally, this is “I’ll remember this.” It can mean, “You’ll be sorry!” or “You’ll regret this!” or “I’ll get even someday!”



ちくしょう!

Darn!

This is also pronounced ちきしょう. Literally, this means “livestock” or “beast.” When said when upset, however, it is a light curse. Dammit! Hang it all! Darn!


Anime fighting phrases
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kakattekoi
uketetatsu
makerumonka
oboetero
chikushou


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What Superpower Do You Want? Japanese Superpowers?

What Superpower Do You Want? Japanese Superpowers?

FLASH JAPANESE LESSON

Japanese Superpowers in Japanese

 

What superpower would you like to have? X-Ray vision? Ability to fly? Teleport? All of the above?

Well, sorry. That’s not happening, but I can help you with Japanese superpowers, that is, how to say common superpowers in Japanese.

 

① 透視能力

     toushi nouryoku
     X-Ray Vision


② 予知能力

     yochi nouryoku
     precognition; knowing the future


③ 念力

     nenriki
     telekinesis; mind-over-matter
     the ability to move or manipulate objects with only the mind


④ 瞬間移動

     shunkan idou
     teleportation


⑤ 怪力

     kairiki
     superhuman strength