- Watashi wa _____ des. This means "I am ____." Such as, watashi wa Ann des. I am Ann! I will show you another way to use this phrase later.
- Umaletah. This is the verb for "to give birth." I learned this thanks to my dear ex-roommate whose sister was pregnant in Japan. This was the key word her family would use if she had her baby and Tomoko was not at home. I used to think it meant baby-- but not so!
- Hen. This means "weird". (It also means "behold" in Hebrew! Ben and I would say, "behold the weird hen" to help us remember!) So now you can say, "I am weird" in Japanese. Watashi wa hen des.
- Ringo. This means "apple." But "r"s are pronounced kind of like "l"s, so it almost sounds like lingo.
- Shiro. This means white, which is a very important word for me. So my name is kind of "Shiro Ann", which happens to be the same name as a popular food dish in Japan, so I'm told. That should entertain the Japanese for about 2 minutes.
- Atama. This is head. It's the first word in my little hiragana teaching book, so I've read it about a million times.
- In case this extensive list of useful vocabulary fails you when you're in Japan, you can always use the handy, wakarimasen. This means, "I don't understand."
There you go. Sensei Ann-san has done her best to teach you all she knows.
If anyone else out there knows any more useful vocab they'd like to share, please post a comment!PS- I'd like to thank Tomoko, Ben, and Jimi's Book of Japanese for teaching me the words I've mentioned here.