As you know, we have been taking language lessons since October to help prepare us for the move next month. We have been learning speaking, writing and reading. It is so hard because the Japanese language does not translate word for word. In fact, not even close. And the grammar is different, as is the alphabet.
Today in class I learned how to type on a computer in Japanese. I am not sure how much I will need to do this, however it still is pretty cool to learn. I also learned how to write each of our names.
Here is some of what I learned today in my class.
はじめまして。How do you do?
アレキスです。My name is Alexis.
どうぞよろしくお願いします。Please to meet you
Here is my first Japanese letter.
直美様 Dear Naomi:
こんにちは。お元気ですか。Good afternoon. Are you fine?
ミーティングは９じから１２時までです。The meeting is from 9 until 12.
ではまた。さようなら。See you later. Good bye.
And the names of everyone in my family. Again, some of our names have to be reworked to make them fit within the Japanese language.