Conversation in Japanese

Welcome ! This is a great opportunity to practice reading and writing in Japanese with your fellow Rocket Japanese learners. So browse some of the posts, take your Japanese reading skills for a spin and when you're ready, introduce yourself and get chatting! Don't be afraid to make mistakes - these are learners just like you and they're here to help.

Lesson 1 Question

Hello! I've just started the course. I just finished the first ever audio introcution. Regarding this conversation between Sayaka and Shota, may I clarify why Shota replied to “Ogenki desu ka” with “Hai, genki desu” while Sayaka replied with “Watashi mo g...

1 reply - Last post by Emma-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - August 27, 2023

Lesson 6.4 Ultra-Formal Introduction: でございます」を使うはずではありませんか

Hi everyone In lesson 6.4 there seems to be a somewhat inconsistent use of ultra-formal language in Kenny's part.  Kenny says: こちらは私の名刺です. Why does he not make use of  でございます? - ie.  こちらは私の名刺でございます (see Sayaka's part in the very same dialogue). Moreover, ...

1 reply - Last post by Emma-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - February 5, 2023

Voice recognition on Safari

Have on again off again speech recognition problems

5 replies - Last post by Margaret-RocketLanguages - July 19, 2022

How would you write...

How would you write this in Japanese:  Please speak to me.Thanks.

4 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - October 11, 2021

What's the best Android keyboard that includes Katakana input?

I'm using the app on my Android phone, and I'm having trouble finding a good all-around keyboard for inputting Japanese. I'm getting used to the "12-digit" type keyboards, but the ones that have a button to convert Hiragana into Katakana either are paid v...

5 replies - Last post by ssorgatem - June 10, 2021

Time in Japanese

Hello again If I am not logged in and I type in Google "Time in Japanese" I end up with a free online Rocket Japanese Language lesson. On the opposite, if I'm logged I can't find it under My Forum or wherever. How do I find it in the different subjects ? ...

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - February 23, 2021

Practise talking to other people in Japanese

Kon ban wa, genki desu ka

11 replies - Last post by Emma-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - January 7, 2021

私はアメリカ人でした、でもロケットの日本語で、英語を話す人じゃありません 。


39 replies - Last post by Jyuune - December 26, 2020

Great link for katakana/hiragana reading practice

Hello everyone,I wanted to share a link that I found very helpful in practicing my hiragana/katakana: started spending about 1-2 hours a day doing this and in no time, my speed at reading kana has skyrocketed.  I c...

2 replies - Last post by Tashyy - November 1, 2020

Anata wa

I heard a couple of days ago that “anata wa (あなたは?)” is considered rude.  Is this true and if so, what could be used instead?  Or is it rude only in certain circumstances?   Or not rude at all?  Thanks!

2 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - October 15, 2020

Parentheses in Japanese

In lesson 4.2, the first sentence of the conversation is:   すみません、さやか さん。なに を よんで (い)る ん です か? すみません、さやかさん。何を読んで(い)るんですか? Excuse me, Sayaka, what are you reading? Why is there a pair of parentheses around the い in いる?

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 9, 2020

pdf withour roumaji

i have made a pdf witnout roumaji for lesson 5.1 from the Rocket pdf file. Is there a way for me to make this available ? i will make another with no English and then one without optional kana. It is a chore and required purchase of a tool for PDF to D...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-S269 - July 17, 2020

JLPT Questions

For those who follow the forums I am about to take the next level of the JLPT in Canberra this July. I have already passed N5 and will be attempting N4. Just thought I would share some interesting sample questions from the test paper for others to answer...

4 replies - Last post by azenphish - June 15, 2020

Children's shows or movies in Japanese

Hello! I would like to ask if anyone could recommend some children's shows / films that I can watch in Japanese.  Movies are far too fast-paced for me - I can barely pick up individual words in some of the Japanese anime because the characters speak SO f...

11 replies - Last post by MariletaR - January 17, 2020

Link for beginners 『Song for Learning Japanese』 Mihara Keigo(三原慧悟)

ヾ(❀╹◡╹)ノ゙ It's like a 4 min. 30 sec. survival kit for beginners:

1 reply - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - January 13, 2020

What is my Name in Japanese?

How would one say Davis Lainey in Japanese? (I already put my last name first and my first name second)

1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - August 1, 2019

Rocket Japanese: Transcript Down Again

We seem to have an issue with transcripts with Rocket Japanese again. This March, the issue was that the kana (Japanese) characters appeared broken. This time, the characters are not present at all.  For a while the transcripts were in beautiful working ...

1 reply - Last post by teacup - June 22, 2019


僕の名前はガルシア イサクです。日本語を勉強したい、でもとても難しいです。平仮名とカタカナを読みことがあります、でもかんじを読みません。(My computer writes the Kanji for me, so I hope it is correct). 二ヶ月間日本語を勉強してます(Not sure about my grammar here)。がんばってます。。。 This is hard to write and it takes too long so I'll say it in Eng...

1 reply - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 30, 2019

What is my Name in Japanese?

My name is Keyatta but if you don't know it in Japanese and it won't translate then try my nickname Keke.

3 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 30, 2019

Printing quizzes and graded results

Hi, Is there any way to print out quizzes and the graded results so that I can put it with my school portfolio?

0 replies - Last post by aaronm0509 - May 30, 2019

あけまして おめでとう ございます!

みんなさん、あけまして おめでとう ございます! Happy New Year everyone! 「I cheated a little and skipped to module 13.1 for New Year's vocabulary. v(・∀・*) 」

11 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - May 26, 2019

Clarification on sentences that mix informal and formal verbs

はい。はいる の に おかね は いります か? はい。入るのにお金はいりますか? Yes. Does it cost money [do I need money] to get in? For this sentence, it looks like the verb "to enter" is in the informal form (はいる as opposed to 入ります--the former being informal, the latter being formal)....

5 replies - Last post by teacup - May 24, 2019

where to start Japanese

I know elementary Japanese so I don't want to start with aisatsu. where should I begin?  Do I have to start at level 1?

5 replies - Last post by Rindaru - May 24, 2019

Module 1.8 - honorific O

Hello everyone! I'm trying to grasp when the honorific "o" is used and when it isn't.  In the instances below, the honorific is used in the first two instances , but not the second two (module 1.8).  Is this a case where, just like with を, it's often dro...

2 replies - Last post by イ リ ニ - April 16, 2019

Japanese keyboard?

Hello, I am trying to find a Japanese keyboard here in the UK.....doesn't seem to be much choice, i was just wondering how the keys are laid out......does the keys have both Hiragana and Katakana on them? Thanks.

13 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - March 26, 2019

Kun or On reading

When I am learning kanji, I was taught that there are two types of reading. Kun or On reading What I am really confused is when to use kun or on reading. The rules I taught was this. If the kanji appears by itself, it will be pronounced as kun reading, ...

7 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - February 23, 2019

寒いです! (さむいです!)

きのうはここに4度でした。あしたは23度です。あなたの天気はどうですか? (Corrections welcome.)

3 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - February 3, 2019

日本語 を はなせます ひと は います か? d(>_・ )

Let's  have some fun. Answer a question, ask one in turn.  にほんごでおねがいします。 If you see a grammar mistake, please fix it. いっしょにやりましょう! \\٩( 'ω' )و /// ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ Update: ごめん!m(_ _)m トニーさんが 正しいです。 スレッド のタイトル: 日本語 を 話せる 人 は いますか?  * Phrase is taug...

7 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - December 24, 2018

how can I enable my microphone?

I mistakenly said "no" when asked permission for this site to use my microphone. How can I re-enable it? Using a Mac...

4 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - December 18, 2018

Tokui vs Jyozu

What is the difference between Tokui (good) and Jyozu (skillful) ? It seems when trying to say "I'm/You're  'good' at something, sometimes the Rocket Japanese lesson uses Tokui and sometimes it uses Jyozu.  What  is the criteria for using these two words?

6 replies - Last post by teacup - December 9, 2018

Thinking in Japanese?

I know several people have said to be good in a language (besides studying and such) you would have to actually think in that language instead of english. I'm wondering, how is that possible and how would you even go about doing it?

8 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - November 3, 2018

Practice writing

How do I do the Write it! exercises on my iphone? Specifically, how do I write kana or kanji in the box labeled "Write it in Japanese here"

2 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - August 7, 2018

Desu vs Desu =P

I'm a beginner to Japanese as a whole in terms of speaking it myself. I've watched a lot of anime and seen it in the grammar studies too, why is desu sometimes said fully and sometimes not? ie: Hai, totemo amai desu. In the practice part desu is pronounc...

1 reply - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - August 7, 2018

how can i read hiragana

i don't know how to read them because i'm only a starter :(

18 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - July 24, 2018

Is it really possible for a westerner to be fluent learning Japanese Online?

Hi there, I have just typed this topic into google and a lot of people say you will never be very fluent unless you live in Japan for many years........very discouraging. I have tried many programs over the years and have fully understood them all but s...

33 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - July 14, 2018

How do you practice speaking Japanese?

First of all, みんなさん、こんにちは! About 4 or 5 years ago, it seemed like the Rocket Japanese forums were lively and several of the memebers were conversing and sharing ideas.  But now things seem to have dried up to the point that it almost feels like a desert....

9 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR27 - July 14, 2018

How many Kanji

How many Kanji do you think that we need to learn before we can read a japanese newspaper..

20 replies - Last post by WilliamW14 - July 4, 2018

お or を ください

Hi everybody It seems that when hearing を ください I hear sometimes o and other times wo. What is the right pronunciation ? Olivier

1 reply - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - June 29, 2018

Gohan vs Shoku

I have heard these words used interchangeably and my coworker is having a hard time explaining in English. She told me there is no difference just difference in politeness. gochoshoku--->asagohan gochushoku-->ohirugohan goushoku-->ouhan Can you...

2 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - December 27, 2017

Kanji Characters

How many Kanji Characters are taught throughout the emailed grammar lessons? So far, I just have the one grammar lesson. Cheers

10 replies - Last post by VincentW - August 17, 2017

let's practice coversational Japanese together!

Hey everyone! I'm starting fresh with Japanese. I am beginning with the very first lesson and would like a conversational partner throughout every lesson. This way we will motivate and encourage each other to keep practicing. Perhaps we can get on contact...

2 replies - Last post by BruJo - June 19, 2017

Discord Channel

Hi! I was thinking it'd be nice if we had a discord channel for RJ users. Anyone interested in making one with me?

1 reply - Last post by John Dee - May 16, 2017


How and where do you use the phrase "は どのように"? Thanks,

1 reply - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - April 17, 2017

Not Smart Enough?

So tonight I was doing the 1.3 lesson (sushi) and during the "know it" part of the testing I had 6 phrases I kept going over for about a half an hour and every time I came to them for the life of me couldn't remember what they were. Is this normal or am I...

3 replies - Last post by Nick Hoyt - February 8, 2017

Have a conversation with Siri in Japanese!

Although I am JLPT N3 certified, I still find it difficult  to speak in simple Japanese. One of the reasons is that there is no opportunity for me to speak in the language. RJ is a good place to learn to speak Japanese but it is not enough. Lately, ...

1 reply - Last post by Nick Hoyt - January 4, 2017

Are certain Japanese words and phrases a regional or an etiquette issue?

はじめまして、みんなさん! I've been studying Japanese on my own since I was 13 years old.  I've tried various methods from Japanese and anime clubs in school, the internet, books, television, as well as a couple of other Japanese language programs (Talk Now! Instant ...

2 replies - Last post by trutenor - July 22, 2016

Any JLPT aspirants here on RJ or may be already certified ones ?

Hello Everyone, I understand and believe that learning is an eternal, everlasting journey especially when you are trying to learn a language. I would like to get in touch with JLPT aspirants using RJ or even those who are already certified..I think we sh...

14 replies - Last post by Pocketstash - March 14, 2016

Japanese verbs.

I feel that I'm doing really well with my reading of Hiragana and Katakana: consequently my ability to read build a vocabulary has picked up speed dramatically. I'm also happy with sentence structure. I feel I'm being held up by an inability to grasp what...

5 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 12, 2016

prounciation of desu

Sometimes in the speaking desu is pronounced with a u and sometimes not when it is a the end of a sentence. How do I tell the difference?

3 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 9, 2016


In Rocket Record, I  can hear the online voice and I can replay it, but it no longer allows me to record my voice.  When I click on the You record button nothing happens.  It worked at first, but then stopped working.  What is wrong?

2 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 8, 2016

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