Taking an interest in describing hobbies

| Apr 2, 2018

Taking an interest in describing hobbies

by Akemi Tanahashi and Hitomi Tashiro

Shōhin-ni tsuite go-setsumei-shitara, kyōmi-o shimeshite-kudasaimashita. (When I explained our product, they showed interest in it.) Situation 1: Section Chief Mr. Okubo asks Ms. Gray about her visit to the TK Co. offices. 大久保:  TK社の反応はどうだった? グレイ:  商品についてご説明したら、興味を示してください ました。 Ōkubo: TK-sha-no hannō-wa dō-datta? Gray: Shōhin-ni tsuite go-setsumei-shitara, kyōmi-o shimeshite-kudasaimashita. Okubo: How was ...

Joining up contradictory conditions in Japanese with 'ippo'

| Mar 19, 2018

Joining up contradictory conditions in Japanese with 'ippo'

by Akemi Takanashi and Hitomi Tashiro

Fudan-no seikatsu-wa setsuyaku-suru ippō, o-iwaigoto-wa hade-ni suru. (They economize in their daily lives on the one hand but pull out all the stops for celebrations.) Situation 1: Ms. Shiba's friend Ms. Kida is marrying a man from Nagoya. 木田:  名古屋の人って、ふだんの生活は節約する一方で、結婚式やお祝い事はすごく派手にするそうじゃ ない?心配だなあ。 芝:  名古屋の人がみんなそうだというわけじゃないでしょ。 Kida: Nagoya-no hito-tte, fudan-no seikatsu-wa ...