Welcome our visitors from Japan

Task 1 Welcome the visitors!

Nyuujiirando e yookoso.     Welcome to New Zealand.                    


A: Konnichiwa                                                                          

B: konnichiwa.                                                                        

A: Boku wa Tom desu. Onamae wa nandesuka.            

B: Watashi wa Naomi desu.                                                  

A: Naomi san, NyuuJiirando e yookoso.                          

B: Arigatoo.


Your school sometimes has visitors from Japan and you would like to make them feel at home. It is important for you to be polite and friendly at the same time when you meet Japanese people.  You don’t know who is older than you, so it is the best to use the polite language when you meet them first time.  Remember to bow as well!



Use the right greeting expressions.

In the morning :  Ohayoo gozaimasu.     おはようございます。  

In the afternoon : Konnichiwa.  こんにちは。

In the evening: Konbanwa. こんばんは。


When you tell your name to the visitors, you say:

Boku/Watashi wa   (your name)    desu.     ぼく・わたし は (name) です。

When you ask someone his/her name, you say:

Onamae wa nan desuka. おなまえは なんですか。


It is often difficult to learn the name of different language. When you want to ask to repeat, you say:

moo ichido onegaishimasu.  もういちど おねがいします。

Remember to say ‘ Welcome to New Zealand/your city/your school’ in Japanese.

(Place) e yookoso.        (place)へ ようこそ。  

 e.g. Nyuujiirando e yookoso.      Welcome to New Zealand.                                                                               Ookurando e yookoso              Welcome to Auckland.

You can practise by clicking this link and listen Welcome our visitors Practice

Task 2: Get to know about the visitors

Supootsu wa nani ga suki desuka.  What kind of sports do you like?             

スポーツは なにが すきですか。

Finding something you can do together is the best way to make new friends. Try to find what the visitors from Japan likes.

Nani ga suki desuka. What do you like?

Sukidesu ka means ‘Do you like?’, Nani means ‘what’ so,  Nani ga suki desuka means ‘what do you like?


Choose the topic such as Supootsu(sport), Anime(anime), Tabemono (food), Geemu (games) and Kamoku (School subjects) . Practise to ask questions as in the examples blow.


Ask what kind of sports they like: Supoots wa nani ga sukidesuka.

Ask which anime they like: Anime wa nani ga sukidesuka.

Ask what kind of food they like: Tabemono wa nani ga sukidesuka.

Ask which gameみんなで「いただきます!」s they like: Geemu wa nani ga sukidesuka.

Ask which school subjects they like: Kamoku wa nani ga sukidesuka.




Try to ask the questions to all the visitors from Japan and find who shares the same interest with you!



Task 3 Invite the visitors to do something with you

Isshoni sakkaa o shimasennka.   Would you like to play soccer with us?                  

いっしょに サッカーを しませんか。

Invite the visitors from Japan to join you and your friends to spend lunchtime together, by saying:

Isshoni ……………………………o shimasenka?

Isshoni means together, shimasenka means ‘would you like to do ………with us?  You could say any sports and games before o shimasenka. 

Isshoni basukettobooru o shimasenka.  Would you like to play basketball with us?

Isshoni konpyuutaa geemu o shimasenka. Wold you like to play computer games with us?


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