TIL: Influent, Human Japanese Ch:18, Pimsleur 1-15

I’m so happy that Japan uses as many English loan words as it does. Memorizing vocabulary is horrible, but it’s a lot less stressful given that a lot of the words are the same between our languages. Banana, Toilet, Laptop, Neck tie ~ バナナ、トイレ、ラップトップ、ネクタイ… definitely easier than it could be. Amazingly, it also seems that I’m able to get a lot of reinforcement of vocabulary as I work my way through the three main sources I’ve been using to teach myself. So I’ll hear “lunch” one day in Pimsleur, and then read it in Human Japanese a couple of days later. Or I’ll learn “orange” in Human Japanese, and then again in Influent the next day. It feels like a great system!


After doing some random words to try and remember what I’ve already covered in this game, I went on to cover 50 more words tonight. This makes 200 nouns so far in Influent, and I appear to be retaining roughly 70% of what I’ve covered so far. Anything marked with a * has already been covered in Human Japanese.

パイ pie オーブンあみ oven rack
オーブン oven ダイヤル dial
コンロ stove スプーン spoon
そうさパネル control panel やかん kettle
なべ pot フライパン frying pan
バーナー burner ヘラ spatula
あぶら cooking oil しお salt
ミキサー blender さとう sugar
こむぎこ flour トースター toaster
カウンター counter しゃくせんき dish washer
レンジフード range hood ボウル bowl
さら plate ざる strainer
ピッチャー pitcher でんしレンジ microwave
つうきこう vent ペーパータオル paper towel
パン bread * おぼん serving tray
パイナップル pineapple バナナ banana
オリンジ orange * もも peach
りんご apple * パスタ pasta
ジャー jar マフイン muffin
サンドイッチ sandwich テイーカップ tea cup
ジャガイモ potato * たまねぎ onion *
すいはんき rice cooker トマトソース tomato sauce
トウモロコシ corn カボチャ pumpkin
ソースパン sauce pan ラップ cling wrap
めんぼう rolling pin ナイフ knife

Human Japanese Ch:18

This lesson is on demonstratives… as in “this” or “that”. In Japanese, demonstratives follow a KSAD pattern, meaning that the different words start with k,s,a, or d, and then have a common ending.

これ this
それ that
あれ that over there
どれ which?

English is able to use “that” to describe things that may be either within earshot, or things which might be very far away. IE: that apple, or that mountain. But Japanese makes a distinction. If it’s within earshot you would use それ while things that are further away would be あれ.

それわしんぶんです – this is a newspaper
あれはりんごです – that, over there, is an apple
それはいぬです – this is a dog
これははなですか – this is a flower?
どれですか – which is this?
えんぴつはどれですか – which is the pencil? … or more like “as for the pencil, which one is it?”

One thing to be aware of is that these are all nouns. You can say “this is a cat” but not “this cat” using these words. To use adjectives instead of nouns we need a different set of words:

この this _
その that _
あの that _, over there
どの which _?

Notice the use of the KSAD pattern.

このひとはせんせいです。 – as for this person, it is a teacher.
そのせんせいはカナダじんです。 – as for that teacher, it is a Canadian.
あのやまがすきです。 – I like that mountain.
どのみせがすきですか。 – Which shop do you like?

These words always attach to a noun, they are never used as a noun.

Notice the use of その when referring to the teacher above. Normally, you would refer to things that are not next to you using あの, however when context is known, it’s ok to use その. Meaning that if you were to say “Who was that teacher?” When you’ve left the classroom… the context allows you to know who is being referenced, and thus you can use その. If on the other hand, you were to say “look at that teacher!” out of the blue, with no context… then you would say あの.

The following has been used already in the Pimsleur lessons:

ここ here
そこ there
あそこ over there
どこ where?

Pay attention to the そ in あそこ.

ここはアメリカです。 – This is America.
どこですか。 – Where is it?
レストランはどこですか。 – Where is the restaurant?

こんな this kind of __
そんあ that kind of __
あんな that over there kind of __
どんな which kind of __?

Kind of, or sort of, or type… is also an adjective. It must be attached to a noun:

そんなりんごがすきです。 – I like that kind of apple.
まりこさんはどんなひとですか。 – Which kind of person in Mariko-san?
こんなにちようびが。 – I like this kind of Sunday.

And the last set for this chapter means “way”

こちら this way
そちら that way
あちら that way, over there
どちら which way?

These are commonly used when getting directions, or showing how something works.

おてあらいはこちらです。 – The bathroom is this way.
どちらですか。 – which way is it?
レストランはどちらですか。 – which way is the restaurant.

Pimsleur 1-15

One of these days I’m going to go to sleep before midnight. I swear it will happen.

Did more Pimsleur at the gym! I need to find some time to read more over here about the grammar, but here are the new words for the day:


たべられます – I can eat
たべられません – I cannot eat
かえます – I can buy (not to be confused with かいます which means I am going to buy)
かえません – I cannot buy
ぜんぜん – not at all
すこし – a little
たくさん – a lot
と – and (in addition)
で – with
あります – exists/is
あげます – give (is this the common word? I can see it defined here, but “give” isn’t the easiest definition to find in dictionaries….)
わたしに – for me?
あなたに – for you
いってきます – I’m leaving

すこしもっています。 – I have a little
じゅうごドルあげます。 – I’ll give you fifteen dollars.
なにかかえますか。 – can you by something?
ぜんぜんありません。 – there isn’t anything
二と二でいくらですか。 – two and two is how much?
わたしとひるごはんおたべませんか。 – won’t you have dinner with me? ((ruh roh…. this is a pretty simple sentence… and it’s already got Google Translate completely confused…


No wonder I’ve been warned against trying to play a Japanese video game so early into my education… attempting to look phrases up online is going to end up producing some pretty nasty translations…