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Course 1 Pre-Lesson C: First Meeting (About This Lesson)
Post Date: 2021-09-21 18:12:48
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2021 Sep 20
In this lesson there are total 3 ways for telling your name in Japanese.I have heard an other phrase which is also used to tell names but i don't know when,where and how to use that phrase.
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JFZ Teacher (Kanako)
Post Date: 2021-09-23 23:57:01
2003 Mar 03
There are several ways of telling your name.
1)けんです。(KEN DESU) = (I am/It is) Ken.
2)わたしは けんです。(WATASHI WA KEN DESU) = I am Ken.
3)わたしは けんと もうします。(WATASHI WA KEN TO MOUSHIMASU)
= I am (called) Ken. - very polite
4)わたしは けんと いいます。(WATASHI WA KEN TO IIMASU)
= I am (called) Ken. - polite
～といいます is introduced in Course 3 Lesson 4 Grammar.
It is normally used when telling what someone has said. But Japanese people also use it when introducing themselves as in #4.
もうします is "humble language" for いいます.
By using humble language, your speech would sound more polite.
Keep up the good work :)