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Learn Japanese – 3 Important Phrases for Japanese Classrooms


Three Japanese phrases for any sticky classroom situation. In this lesson, you are going to learn three
useful classroom expressions. They are super easy and you are going to learn
them in less than 3 minutes. So here are the three phrases.
First we have… もういちどおねがいします
(Mō ichi-do onegai shimasu.)
“One more time please.” ゆっくりおねがいします。
(Yukkuri onegai shimasu.)
“Slowly please.” かいてください。
(Kaite kudasai.)
“Please write it down.” “Once more, please.”
も、う、い、ち、ど、お、ね、が、い、し、ま、す。
(mo, u, i, chi, do, o, ne, ga, i, shi, ma, su.)
もういちどおねがいします。
(Mō ichi-do onegai shimasu.) もう (mō) means “again”.
いちど (ichi-do) means “one time” or “once”. おねがいします (onegaishimasu) is a
phrase to be used to request some kind of service and it literally means “please, do something for me”. Remember おねがいします (onegai shimasu.) from the first lesson, it means “please”. So, もういちどおねがいします
(Mō ichi-do onegai shimasu.)
literally means “again, one time please” and we translate this as “once again, please”. The second phrase is
ゆっくりおねがいします。
(Yukkuri onegai shimasu.)
“Slowly, please.” ゆっくり (yukkuri) means “slowly”.
So when you say this little つ (tsu), it means you are supposed to pause.
ゆ、っ、く、り
(yu, tsu, ku, ri) おねがいします (onegai shimasu.)
お、ね、が、い、し、ま、す。 (o, ne, ga, i, shi, ma, su.) This is the same as before and this is a phrase to be used to request some kind of service.
So when the teacher says something you don’t know, you can say もういちどおねがいします
(Mō ichi-do onegai shimasu.), “one more time please” and ゆっくりおねがいします
(Yukkuri onegai shimasu.)
“Slowly please.” Now the third useful phrase…
かいてください
(Kaite kudasai.)
“Please, write it down.” か、い、て、く、だ、さ、い。
(ka, i, te, ku, da, sa, i.)
かいてください。 (Kaite kudasai.) When you want to ask someone to write down something so that you can understand it better,
you can say かいてください (Kaite kudasai.) かいて (kaite) is a conjugation of a verb
meaning “to write” – かく (kaku) . ください (kudasai) is “please”.
So かいてください。 (Kaite kudasai.)
is “Please, write it down.” When you don’t understand something in the classroom, you can say…
すみません、せんせい。
(Sumimasen, sensei.)
“Excuse me, professor” or “Excuse me, teacher.” もういちどおねがいします
(Mō ichi-do onegai shimasu.)
“One more time, please.” And to have her say slowly, ゆっくりおねがいします
(Yukkuri onegai shimasu.) – “Slowly, please.” And if you still don’t understand something,
you can say かいてください (kaite kudasai.) – “Please, write it down.” Of course you can use these expressions outside of the classroom. Okay let’s practice.
すみません、せんせい。
(Sumimasen, sensei.) もういちどおねがいします。
(Mō ichi-do onegai shimasu.) ゆっくりおねがいします。
(Yukkuri onegai shimasu.) すみません、かいてください。
(Sumimasen, kaite kudasai.)

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100 thoughts on “Learn Japanese – 3 Important Phrases for Japanese Classrooms

  1. I already knew the first 6 lessons because I watched too much anime xD This one taught me something new! These have been really fun so far! Arigatou 😀

  2. I really like these tutorials and I learned a lot. But I've got a question. How can you say in japanese "Sorry, I don't understande. Can you say that in english?" Just in case. Arigato gozaimas for your lessons.

  3. I think the lesson is where it starts to get a little more complicated.
    I''ve watched these videos before but forgot most or all of it.
    Now I'm taking notes in a notepad. I highly recommend anyone watching take notes.
    Add your own personal texts and sub-notes to help you understand better when you read your notes again.

  4. But why can't I say "Kaite Onegai Shimasu" instead of "Kaite Kudasai"…..I thought "Onegai Shimasu" means please…..can someone please explain?

  5. hmmm yukkuri onegai simasu you guys know what i mean ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  6. it is a lot easier when you go along the video and take notes as i write this seems to get easier

  7. If you want to say "please say that again" instead of just "Once more time please" then you say
    "Moichido, itte kudasai."

  8. Question: If I need someone to slow down while they are talking and need them to repeat their sentence, could I say mouichido onegishimas and yukiri onegaishimasu both?

  9. Hiroko, plesse Help me in which lesson did you teach about onegaishimasu…..correct me if I'm wrong….please reply…🤗

  10. This one is a bit confusing, but these vids are amazing, thanks so much . I won't need this since I'm not in school but it's good to know lol

  11. thank you hiroko. you teach Japanese very nicely and in an understandable way. i managed to learn it very quickly. but one question: what is the exact word for please? onegai shimasu or kudasai

  12. How many lessons will all this be? I have an idea already about the ones introduced up to lesson 6 because you know. . "anime", but I like watching your lessons especially for the Hiroko Tips,

  13. Lesson 1- Hajimemashite(nice to meet you), Watashi wa ____ desu (___ desu( what is your name?), yoroshiku onegai shimasu(pleased to meet you)

    Lesson 2-Konnichiwa(hi,hello), genki desu ka ? ( genki ?( how are you)), genki desu(genki(I'm fine))

    Lesson 3- Ohayagozaimasu(good morning),  Oyasuminasai(before going to bed), Konbanwa( after sunset), Konnichiwa(good evening)

    Lesson 4- Arigatogozaimasu(arigato(thank you), sumimasen(excuse me, sorry), gomenasai(I'm sorry)

    Lesson 5- Itadaki(before meal), Gochisosama(after meal), oishi(delicious), kanpai(cheers)

  14. Yes! First episode I learnt something that I didn't already know from anime! To be fair it's only the words yukkuri & kaite, but still!

  15. I would definitely not use "Kaite Kudasai" word because I still can't read Japanese lol

  16. If taking to a teacher, wouldn’t you use Onegaishimas in all three?
    Isn’t Kudasai more informal and to be used to peers/people of lesser status?

    I thought Onegaishimasu was used to people above you and superior to you or strangers?
    And Kudasai was used to people below you, on the same level or below you and close friends?

    Am I wrong?

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