Speakin' Japanese: Autumn repartee

Illustrations by 123RF
Illustrations by 123RF

Speakin' Japanese: Autumn repartee

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Let’s go chestnut picking! 

Kurihiroi ni ikimasho! 栗拾いに行きましょう!

(kurihiroi = chestnut picking, .. ni ikimasho = Let's go ..)

 

I can’t wait to try all the seasonal chestnut treats. My favorite is Mont Blanc cake.

Shun no kurirryori wa tamaranai desune. Watashi no kobutsu wa monburankeeki desu.

旬の栗料理はたまらないですね。私の好物はモンブランケーキです。

(shun no = in season, kuriryori = chestnut treat/dish, tamaranai desu = can't wait to try, watashi no = my, kobutsu = favorite)

 

Can you tell me how to cook some Japanese dishes using chestnuts?  

Nihon no kuriryori wo oshiete kuremasenka?

日本の栗料理を教えてくれませんか?

(nihon no = Japanese.., oshiete = teach me, .. kuremasenka? = can you give me .. ?)

 

I like grape picking too!

Budo gari mo suki desu!

ぶどう狩りも好きです!

(budo gari = grape picking, suki desu = I like, mo = too)

 

Today a nice day to enjoy the autumn leaves and go for a walk in the park.

Kyo wa koen de momijigari suruniwa chodoyoi akibiyori desu.

今日は公園で紅葉狩りするにはちょうどよい秋日和です。

(kyo wo = today is, Koen de = at park, momijigari = autumn leave hunting, chodoyoi = suitable/ good for, akibiyori = a nice autumn day)  

 

When does the fall foliage forecast say the leaves will change in our area?

Yoho dewa konoatari ga irozuku nowa itsugoro desuka?

予報では、このあたりが色づくのはいつ頃ですか?

(Yoho = (weather) forcast, dewa = according to, konoatari = around hear, idozuku = change (leaves) colors, itsugoro = when)

 

Can you tell me some autumn leave attractions near our area?

Konoatari no momiji no meisho wo oshiete kuremasenka?

このあたりの紅葉の名所を教えてくれませんか?

(momiji = autumn leaves, meisho = attraction)

 

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