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.


I was wondering, is there by any chance anyone in the forums from Spain that would like to practise Japanese? Thanks!! :)

0 replies - Last post by Mireia - January 2, 2012

Let's practice Japanes - Introduction

Hello everyone I would like to put our Japanese in use here. Let's create a topic and write down something preferably in kana. You can write about yourself, ask questions to other people's replies and correct any mistakes you see (at least for my posts I'...

37 replies - Last post by Channa-Heng - December 31, 2011

why shutchou not shucchou

Why is business trip written shutchou and not shucchou in romaji. For instance we write shuppai not shutpai. Is it something to do with the kanji? 出張 (しゅっちょう in hiragana). How would you know how to pronounce it just looking at the kanji?

1 reply - Last post by Pascal-P - December 11, 2011

How to say "well done"

I should probably know this... but, how do you say "well done" in Japanese? :)

3 replies - Last post by Liam-K - December 8, 2011

Just memorizing the conversation?

Okay, so I've been doing the Japanese lessons but I feel like I'm mostly just memorizing each conversation. As in, if I heard a certain Japanese word in a different context than the lessons, I wouldn't recognize it or it would take me a while to recognize...

4 replies - Last post by Winter~Moon - December 5, 2011


hi! I want to know if their is anything that will help with kanji and hiragana?? Im really confused. The writing system is confusing any help?

2 replies - Last post by K.L.Erickson - December 3, 2011


i am struggling learning Hiragana it is easy to write but hard to remember i need help!

7 replies - Last post by 2679 - November 26, 2011


How do you memorize all the symbols?

8 replies - Last post by CatPanda - November 4, 2011

san, kun, sama...etc ?

konnichiwa, I was just wondering that in the Japanese anime, Ive heard them say these world after peoples names, but I want to know who we should use it after, san, sama, kun, senpai, sensai, chan, and if there is anything else? Thanks for the help. ari...

4 replies - Last post by 2679 - November 2, 2011

Baby Gift Help

Konnichiwa, I just started my Rocket Japanese so my vocab is limited. I have a gift for my grand children's teacher(they are in Japanese Immersion 1st Grade). I want to write, in Hiragana "best wishes" or whatever is normally said for a new baby in Japa...

2 replies - Last post by Carolyn-R2 - October 11, 2011

Where should I begining?

I like Japan because Japan is my Fav country..I really want to learn japanese language..

10 replies - Last post by Cristina--1 - October 7, 2011

Too feminine or too masculine

The rocket course seems to do a great job covering formal or "polite" Japanese, which seems to be fairly gender-nuetral most of the time. I am concerned though that my "polite" usage seems too feminine in casual conversation with friends. What are some ...

2 replies - Last post by Gordon-M1 - September 4, 2011

japanese file

Hi! i have some trouble with saving notepad with japanese character, it wont save or it types the text into the file name somehow, i tried too change it too utf-8 but still won't work, any ideas how to fix this, becuase i really dont want too write in rom...

7 replies - Last post by Robin88 - August 21, 2011


Hello, My name is Gordon and I am new to Rocket Japanese, my resin for learning Japanese is due to my work. I work for Honda of America and find myself involved with my Japanese counter parts on a daily bassis given the nature of the project that I am ...

7 replies - Last post by Murasaki - July 6, 2011


konnichiwa! ogenki desuka?

23 replies - Last post by Robin88 - June 23, 2011

Wedding Toast

My son got married in Japan in January. I could not attend because I had just had surgery. She is here now and we are going to have a party for them to meet pamily and Friends. Micheyo has be here several times and speaks english fairly well. I would li...

7 replies - Last post by Joe-D - June 9, 2011

Spelling in Hiragana

Hi Everyone, I noticed that there are some words in Romaji where certain letters are silent for example like desu. In English I was taught to sound out the words when spelling them; however, this did not always work for words that had silent letters in t...

3 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 29, 2011

Anata only for family?

I have read that the use of anata in a question to someone you do not know to will cause offense - the writer stated that anata, like omae, anta and temee are colloquial for 'you' such as here: Tanaka-san, anata no shigoto wa nan desu ka and would be...

7 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 18, 2011

hiragana katakana kanji

konnichwa everyone this is the kanji katakana and hiragana page welcome got questions? ask us!

9 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 4, 2011


Hello, I'm still on a trial period. So I'm still very very early on into the Japanese (obviously) Like the title suggests I'm wondering about Formality. Take "O genki desu ka?" From the very first lesson and the answer "Genki desu, ariagto, anata wa?" Fi...

8 replies - Last post by Rasmus-V - May 4, 2011


konnichiwa! i need help with the word imasu, i would just like to know how it is used and when it is used. oh and btw this course is fantastic!

1 reply - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 4, 2011

Let's practice Japanese - breakfast

みなさん、こんにち Here is a new topic to practice our learning material. What do you usually have for breakfast? (You can do it after lessons 1.2 and 1.3 and Food topic in Survival Kit in Premium course :0) 朝ご飯 (あさごはん) - ポリッジとチーズとたまごをたべます。こうちゃのみます。こうちゃをとあまう...

8 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 4, 2011

software problem

My course was working fine with all facilities apparently working well. I was browsing the "Help & Support" section and downloaded "Mozilla FireFox" and "Adobe Flash Player", thinking that these would open another facility. I have now lost all the a...

1 reply - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 4, 2011

my japanese names

can i hear and write my japanese name

1 reply - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - May 4, 2011

online sites that teach you japanese and characters

if you need help learning japanese and characters here are some sites thats all i know for now i hope i help. the one i recommended you to try is

1 reply - Last post by suzoom - March 29, 2011

Confusion with the Course

I'm studying Rocket Japanese Premium Stage 1 I'm confused by some apparent anomalies in the course material. 1. In Lesson 3.9 it appears that the columns headers are reversed in the list of 1 verbs. Are they? 2. I can't find any explanation as to ...

6 replies - Last post by 2679 - February 21, 2011

Japanese writing

I've now got my mind around the conventions/rules for using "Wa" and "Ha". In the lessons some words are given unborken in Ranji but then split in Hiragana. e.g. "Konnichiwa" in Ranji but then "Konnichi wa" in Hiragan. I'm noticing that this happens in a...

1 reply - Last post by 2679 - February 10, 2011


I've learned mandarin from Taiwan for more than 5 years. So I would be very happy to know where I can find the dialogues from the lessons in Kanji. Thank you

6 replies - Last post by saeed-h - February 7, 2011

Learning Hiragana

Konnichiwa! :) I have recently purchased Rocket Japanese (and I am pretty impressed with the software quite frankly :) ) and I was wondering if anyone could give me any quick tips on learning Hiragana. I am wondering how to approach the characters. Is t...

20 replies - Last post by Keyatta--2 - February 5, 2011

Maths words

Konichiwa I was learning some Japanese numbers and to help myself learn I started to do sums with them, but I don't know the Japanese words for add, subtract, times, devoid ect. If someone could list some translations of math words that would be great tha...

4 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - January 22, 2011

Japanese particles

Konnichiwa! Wondering when and where to use the partcles in a sentence and which ones?? Its confusing as there are quite a few.. 'de' 'wa' 'no' 'yo' 'ga' etc Any help? Arigato gozaimasu.

7 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - January 11, 2011


hey everyone!!! :3

3 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - January 11, 2011


Alright, I have recently run into confusion with this word. It's a Japanese dish... or I think it is. I'm fine with the pronunciation but what confuses me is the spelling. I thought in Japanese you could not have constants together like that. I know you c...

4 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - December 13, 2010


it seems like everythings vanished. None of my course is coming up. The page stays blank, only the quiz bit comes, not the actual learning bit. Now what??

2 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - December 9, 2010

Help with Kana?

Hello there, I bought my rocket Japanese course a long time ago and have not had the time to commit fully to it, now i have quite a bit of free time on my hands and want to get stuck in. I have probably bought most of the online Japanese courses availab...

3 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - November 30, 2010

Why can't I see the symbols?

Hi, I have just started using the free Japanese course and I like it, but when I click on the "hirigana and katakana" tab of the conversations I just get square boxes instead of the Japanese characters. Why is this?? Thanks, Heather

3 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - November 30, 2010


Hello I join the request to MegaKatakana and wish to extand it to MegaKanji :). At least for basic ones (for JLPT 5).

2 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - November 2, 2010

How will you memorize the symbols?

Konnichiwa! I have a question. Last time, I did Lesson 1.0 and 1.1 over and over again. But unfortunately, I can't remember writing down the symbols. How many more practices should I learn to write down the Japanese symbols. Is there a Lesson which you c...

7 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - November 2, 2010

When to use Kanji when writing

When you write in Japanese, how do you know when or where to use Kanji?

10 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - November 2, 2010

Katakana and Kanji picture mnemonics?

Hello Does anyone know sources with katakana and kanji picture mnemonics? Thanks PS I know only this one

6 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - November 2, 2010


Hello Does anyone know a good resource to study for the JLPT level 4 and 3 Kanji tests Thanks

3 replies - Last post by CatPanda - October 30, 2010

つ and っ

I noticed when repeating a double letter, for example "dda" it makes a つ symbol, but smaller. When reading the writing in Japanese, how will I know the difference to these two?

7 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - June 20, 2010

Explanation Please

You know how when you read books and the paper, it's got Kanji in it? I've seen most thing with Kanji that have Hiragana and Katakana on top of it, I guess to be able to read it better if you don't know much Kanji. What's the point of having the kanji if ...

2 replies - Last post by CatPanda - April 9, 2010


There is a new Jdorama this season called Tomehane! about a caligraphy club at a High school, with mainly girls. mildly amusing with stops o to explain techincal details on brush strokes etc. Links to the streaming sites via /

1 reply - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - March 29, 2010


Konnichiwa!! Hi all!! First of all id like to congratulate the Rocket Japanese team on the easiest and most educational language resource iv ever used, and iv used a few! Its made me more enthusiastic than iv ever been to learn this beautiful language,...

1 reply - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - January 6, 2010

Should I learn Kanji?

Hello! I was wondering if i really need to learn how to read and write Kanji. I already know the Hiragana and Katakana, but should i learn Kanji as well? I plan on going to Japan after I graduate High School for part of my gap year (3-6 months) before ...

2 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - January 4, 2010

う meaning ō or u?

Hello, I have been trying to move to just reading the hiragana/katana on the lessons instead of the romanji to improve my reading skill. I always see う used for ō, is it always used for that character or is it sometimes used for u? how can you tell when...

4 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - December 4, 2009


If I write a letter to someone in Japan using Romaji it easy for them to understand me..or do I have to learn Hiragana before they can understand me..

5 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - November 23, 2009

Assistance with characters

こんばん は! Hello everyone! First I would just like to say how brilliant Rocket Japanese is, and I would go into more detail but I feel it would be futile because you already know that. :wink: My question, actually, is kana-related. Obviously in English, y...

7 replies - Last post by Sayaka-Matsuura - October 1, 2009

How far do I come without kanji?

Learning hiragana and katakana isn't a big problem, but the kanjis are, so I'm curious about how much i can read without knowing kanji. Or is there a list with the monst important kanji? This would also be really useful because learning them all is a li...

12 replies - Last post by CatPanda - August 7, 2009

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