I knew the lesson plans would be in English but still, I wanted to learn some Japanese.
I found this channel and practiced a bit after the kids went to bed. I wrote down some basic phrases like “Good morning!” and “My name is…” After I memorized “good night”, I went upstairs to tuck in the kids and practice the phrase. But they were fast asleep.
I began the first class in Spanish: My name is ___. I don’t speak Japanese but I have YouTube.
Then I tried out a few of my new phrases. The students appreciated my effort and clapped.
“Really? How was his pronounciation?”
“He didn’t even try.”
Bummer. Not everyone is excited to sub as I am. Perhaps I would not have been as excited had there been little notice. Still, I told the kids I would learn more Japanese if I had the chance to sub for them again.
The gauntlet has been thrown.
Japanese phrases, Adventures of a Sarcastic Sub style
(If you speak Japanese and I wrote these wrong, please let me know so I can correct them. Thanks!)
The vowels are like vowels in Spanish. (Duh, and if you don’t speak Spanish?)
a = when you go to the doctor and say AHHH
e = long /a/ sound, hAte
i = long /e/ sound, like fEEt
o = oh
u = sometimes it’s silent, otherwise it’s OOH like in ballOOn
Hijimemashite = Nice to meet you
Watashi wa-_____ des = I am _____
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu = Please be good to me
Wakarimaska = Do you understand me?
Wakarimasen = I don’t understand
Ohayou gozaimas = Good morning
Konnichiwa = Good afternoon
Sayounara = Good bye
Duomo arigatou gozaimas = Thank you very much
Douitashimashite = You’re welcome
Chotto matte kudasai = Please wait
(when I was having technical difficulties with the CD player)
Ganbatte kudasai = Good luck
(before a quiz in third period)
Itterasshai = Go and come back
(to a kid who left to go to the bathroom)