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  • #42529

    Astralfox
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    Hi there,
    I’m suddenly meeting one of my penpals who is in the UK for a few months on an overseas language study trip, and speaks very little English. My reading and writing skills are my strong point, but I have practically no conversational experience.
    I’d like to hear everyone’s suggestions for emergency phrases that can be used to ease tension due to the language barrier. Or versatile words/grammar that can be easily used to construct such sentences. Things that will help keep conversation flowing rather than disrupt it. I don’t want to have to repeat a few set phrases over and over. My initial thoughts are;
    ・・・ってどういう意味?
    ・・・という意味?
    ・・・ということ?
    続けてください
    あまり分からないけど・・・
    つまり、
    というか、
    どんな感じ
    ・・・について

    #42530

    coclans
    Member

    語順がおかしい?

    Is my word order strange?

    #42531

    Astralfox
    Member

    I’m positive that will come in handy (^_^;)

    #42536

    Anonymous

    というか
    っていうか
    っつうか
    そのとおり
    それにしても
    なんてね
    なんちゃって
    だから
    だって
    でしょうね
    そうだよね
    大丈夫だから
    食欲がないの?
    そうだけど
    楽しそう
    すげぇ
    まぁ
    とにかく
    ところで
    まぁいいや
    These are just some things I just came up with in a minute. But most of these are casual…

    #42537

    Joel
    Member

    Every word you’ll ever need to learn to be functional in spoken Japanese:

    どうも
    どうぞ
    すみません

    =P

    #42546

    Aikibujin
    Member

    And if all else fails:

    何時ですか
    なに!?!
    じゃまたね

    Make a speedy exit! @_@

    Sorry I’d help more but my Japanese sucks. :P

    #42551

    Astralfox
    Member

    Hahah, thanks guys. I’m sure we’ll have fun even if we don’t have any idea what the other is talking about.

    #42552

    Aikibujin
    Member

    Enjoy the meeting!
    じゃまたね!

    #42555

    Since she’s on a language study trip, if you can’t think of anything to say, just say “Ok, now let’s practise English! :D” – that should buy you some time ;)

    As for serious suggestions, it might be better going to a bigger Japanese learning forum with more people that are more experienced; TextFugu’s ok and all, but there really aren’t that many people here that are anywhere near fluent. Like in my case, I’m just like you: “My reading and writing skills are my strong point, but I have practically no conversational experience.”; hell, even in English my small talk skills are no good :P

    These might be good places to ask (can’t say for sure as I’ve not used them):
    http://www.reddit.com/r/learnjapanese
    http://japanese.stackexchange.com/

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