Speakin' Japanese: Weather

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Speakin' Japanese: Weather

by: Tetsuo Nakahara | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: March 11, 2015

How ‘bout that weather, eh?

As spring approaches the weather fluctuates, making it a great conversation topic.

“Ii tenki desune.“ = It is nice weather, isn’t it?
“Sugoku samui desune.“ = It is very cold, isn’t it?
“Kyou wa atatakai desu.“ = It is warm today.
“Ame ga futte imasu.“ = It is raining.
“Haru wa sugu soko desu.“ = Spring is just around the corner.
“Sakura ga tanoshimi desu.“ = I’m looking forward to the cherry blossom.

“Kahun sho” = Hay fever
“Kumori” = Cloudy
“Hadazamui” = Chilly
“Atsui” = Hot
“Suzushii” = Cool,
“Mushi mushi suru"= humid

Role play

Let’s practice with your friend or partner!

A: “Konnichiwa, kyo wa iitenki desune." = Hello, it’s nice weather today, isn’t it?
B: “Honto desune. Haru mitai desune." = Yes, it is true. It feels like a spring.
A: “Watashi wa Kahun sho ga tsurai desu." = I am suffering from hay fever.
B: “Kawaiso. Odaijini shite kudasai." = Sorry to hear that. Please take care of yourself.

Okinawan dialogue

“Ii uwahchichi yai binyah” = It is nice weather
“Achisai binyah” = It’s hot
“Hisai binyah” = It’s cold
“Hari” = Sunny
“Kumui” = Cloudy
“Kajihuchi” = Tyhoon
“Ami” = Rain
“Shidasan” = Cool

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.

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