Back in the summer of 2009, I found a few people who share the same passion and interest as mine for anime, Japan, and the otaku (geek) culture in general. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

We called our group CIO-AMAGE which stands for Cebu Integrated Organization for Anime, Manga, Arts, and Games Enthusiasts. Sounds cool, right?

We had load of activities during that time and one of them was a Nihongo class. We were blessed to have a member who is JLPT certified. We held our first session on another member's house and we started off with making in introductions in Japanese.

CIO-AMAGE is now inactive and I don't know if the group will get a chance to be revived. However, some of the members still see each other.

Before I proceed, I'd like you to know that I am not an expert in Nihongo. To be honest, I have forgotten majority of the things I learned on our class and I may need to re-learn everything. Hs ha. I am only sharing a very basic thing which I whole heartedly learned during that time.

Introducing Yourself

There are several ways to introduce your self in Japanese and their use will sometimes depend on the type of situation you are in and with whom you are conversing.

>> "Watashi wa Jane desu." (I am Jane)

"desu" is pronounced with a silent 'u'. This is a very popular among those trying to learn Japanese. Some of you may already know this phrase and have used it before.

>> "Jane desu"

This is an informal way of introducing your self. I believe it is giving a direct response when asked what is your name.

>> "Watashi no namae wa Jane desu" (My name is Jane.)

>> "Watakushi wa Jane de gozaimasu."

Our sensei (teacher) told us that this is a very formal way of introducing yourself to high ranking persons like the president or boss.

Introducing Someone

When introducing someone, you can be gender specific or not. Just like with introducing one's self, it can be done in a formal or non-formal way.

>> "Achira wa Tanaka-san desu." (This is Mr. Tanaka.)

This is a polite way of introducing someone and is not gender specific.

>> "Kare wa Nishimi-kun desu." (He is Nishimi.)

Introducing a male person.

>> "Kanojo wa Shuurei-chan desu." (She is Shuurei.)

Introducing a female person.

Note that the last two phrases are better used among peers or people within the same age group as they are in an informal form.

I think this should be enough for today. The Japanese language has a lot rules especially on fomal and informal forms but I am not the right person to discuss that. If this post gets a good feedback from the Bubblews, I might post other basic Nihongo stuff.

Let me know what you think.

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