Speakin’ Japanese: Hoops Talk

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 Pronunciation key: “A” is short (like “ah”); “E” is short (like “get”); “I” is short (like “it”); “O” is long (like “old”); “U” is long (like “tube”); and “AI” is a long “I” (like “hike”). Most words are pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable, but “OU” is a long “O” with emphasis on that syllable.
Pronunciation key: “A” is short (like “ah”); “E” is short (like “get”); “I” is short (like “it”); “O” is long (like “old”); “U” is long (like “tube”); and “AI” is a long “I” (like “hike”). Most words are pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable, but “OU” is a long “O” with emphasis on that syllable.

Speakin’ Japanese: Hoops Talk

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: September 26, 2016

Located on Okinawa and mainland Japan, the new Japanese basketball league, B.League, recently tipped off in Tokyo this month.
The professional league features more than 40 teams throughout Japan, so find the nearest arena and catch the exciting action.
The following Japanese words and phrases will help you enjoy the games with locals.

“Basukettobooru no shiai wo mini ikimasen ka?” = Do you want to go see a basketball game?
(“basukettobooru” = basketball, “shiai” = game, “.. wo mini iki masen ka?” = Do you want to go see..?)

“Chiketto wa dooyatte kae masu ka?” = How can I buy a ticket?
(“chiketto” = ticket, “dooyatte.. masu ka?” = how can I..?)

“Golden Kings ga katsu to omoimasu.” = I think the Golden Kings will win.
(“..ga katsu” = .. will win, “.. to omoimasu.” = I think that ..)

“Watashi wa Tokyo Alvark wo ooen shite masu.” = I’m rooting for Tokyo Alvark.
 (“watashi” = I / me, “ooen shite” = am rooting for)

“Are wa faaru desu yo.” = That should be a foul.
(“are” = that, “.. wa.. desu yo” = .. must be..)

“Ii shiai desu ne.” = This is a great game.
(“ii” = good)

“Katta!” = We won!

“Maketa!” = We lost!

“Ano senshu wa hadena puree (play) wo suru.” = That player has flashy moves.
(“hadena puree” = flashy plays or moves)

“Shitsuyouna mamori ga shouri ni tunagatta.” = The tenacious defense led to a win.
(“shitsuyouna” = tenacious, “mamori”= defense, “shouri” = win or victory, “tsunagaru” = lead to)

“Kare wa shourai yuubou da.” = He’s got a bright future ahead of him.
(“shourai” = future, “yuubou” = hopeful) 

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