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.

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 15, 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)....

4 replies - Last post by Lisa2412 - May 4, 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 ClaudiaR13 - 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

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(・∀・*) 」

2 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - January 8, 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 夫婦茶碗 - 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 ClaudiaR13 - 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 ClaudiaR13 - 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 ClaudiaR13 - 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 ClaudiaR13 - 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 ClaudiaR13 - 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

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 17, 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

はどのように

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

Recording

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

Games

Hi, Rocket Japanese has just got an update and I love it! But I can't seem to find the games anymore :( . Would anyone possibly know where they are or if they are still on?  Thank you - William

4 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 19, 2015

Lets Practice Japanese Together

konnichiwa ogenki desu ka?

49 replies - Last post by Chris-W60 - March 11, 2015

Accent

What accent does Sakaya さん carry? Is it Kansai accent?

3 replies - Last post by コウ日本語 - September 13, 2014

Japanese Anime and/or movie for beginners

I am wondering if anyone can recommend any Japanese Anime or movies with subtitles on YouTube for learning Japanese conversation. Thank you.

3 replies - Last post by james-S178 - August 30, 2014

Japanese translations

Good website for accurate japanese sentence translations with romanji

1 reply - Last post by コウ日本語 - August 11, 2014

About introduction

How can I say this in Japanese language '' Hello , My name is Ashish Khadka . I am from Balaju- 16 Kathmandu . I am student studying in Tri-chandra college which is located in Ghantaghar ,Ranipokhari .''

2 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - June 11, 2014

About introduction

How can I say this in Japanese language '' Hello , My name is Ashish Khadka . I am from Balaju- 16 Kathmandu . I am student studying in Tri-chandra college which is located in Ghantaghar ,Ranipokhari .''

1 reply - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - June 11, 2014

Need Help Learning Japanese for Pokemon XY TV Series

I need to learn additional Japanese since I don't believe RJ has lessons for animes. XD I really want this because Pokémon XY English version will be a couple of months before they get to episode 15 of the series with Delphox, my all-time favorite X and Y...

1 reply - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - January 27, 2014

Nihongo ga o jōzu desu ne

Is the 'o' before jozu honorific ? ga makes nihongo the subject of desu . But what is the o for ? Thanks !

4 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 23, 2013

Drink something hot

I am brand new to this series and learning Japanese, so please be patient. I was wondering about this lesson, PRACTICE could I have something hot to drink? nanika atatakai nomi mono o kudasai. なに か あたたかい のみ もの を ください。 I translate this as: somethi...

2 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 23, 2013

Difficulties in accent.

Hi,everyone.I am from Bosnia,and I have a hard time pronouncing in the lessons.By that I mean I cannot match my accent even close to that of the teacher.So is there anyone with tips on how do I make my accent better.Sincerely thanks.

2 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 23, 2013

Having troubles learning.

I've always been interested in the Japanese culture, and always wanted to learn to speak japanese. I finally get the oportunity, and I'm worried that I bit off more than I can chew. When I did the trial, I thought I was learning. Now, I realise I'm not le...

6 replies - Last post by Liam-K - November 18, 2013

How do you find your language partner?

Hello. I'm Japanese and studying English. It's difficult to find language partner here in Japan. So I start to look for a language community online. Do you know a good community to do text or voice chat? Or can I do it here? Please let me know. P.S. I'm...

18 replies - Last post by karan--4 - November 13, 2013

2 speech forms

I'd like to understand the use of 2 forms of speech like natokakanto shi, natokakanto shi, etc. and natokakanto tte, nantokakanto tte, and the equivalent in english. Can you help me? I'm already a member...

2 replies - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 11, 2013

Does particle marker "o" belong in this sentence?

わたしわにほんがにせんげつにひこきでいきました。 (Watashi wa) nihon ga ni sengetsu ni hikoki de ikimashita.

1 reply - Last post by risa-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 11, 2013

I am in Sydney city

Hello, I am in Sydney city and have been trying to learn Japanese for about a month. I think i love the language and want to learn faster than i am but i have nobody to talk to. Is there anyone in Sydney that maybe able to help or study together/speak. Co...

2 replies - Last post by Glen-F - August 27, 2013

how do you say"trouble"

I found a link that may help you. http://www.japanese-symbols.org/japanese-word-for-trouble I hope this helps.

1 reply - Last post by 2679 - August 14, 2013

Mac interface with microphone

I am on a new Mac and cannot get the microphone to function with the interactive features. I did purchase the Mac software with Rocket languages. Please advise me how to get the microphone to work so that I can record my voice. Thank you. triciahart@pre...

1 reply - Last post by Nichole-D1 - August 12, 2013

Onegai shimasu and Onegai Itashimasu

When meeting and expressing "nice to meet you", can it be said as "yoroshiko onegai itashimasu" instead of saying "yoroshiko onegai shimasu". Will it be extra polite to say this in case of a formal situation ?

6 replies - Last post by Shivam-S - July 22, 2013

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