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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Talk About the Weather

with Dai Ishiguro

Talking about the weather makes for easy small talk in any language. This About.com video will teach you some phrases to start a weather conversation in Japanese.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Talk About the Weather

Hello, my name is Dai Ishiguro for About.com. Today I'm going to teach you how to talk about the weather.

Discussing the Weather in Japanese

If somebody asks you what the weather is today, then maybe they will ask you, "Kyou No Tenki Wa Dou Desu Ka?" "Kyou" means "today." "Weather" means "Tenki."  "Kyou No Tenki" means "today's weather." "Dou Desu Ka" means like "how is it?" "Kyou No Tenki Wa Dou Desu Ka?" "How is the weather today?" This is the formal way of saying, "How is the weather today?" "Kyou No Tenki Wa Dou Desu Ka?"

The casual way, you can say, "Kyou No Tenki Wa Dou?" "Kyou No Tenki Wa Dou?" "How is today's weather?" You can just get rid of "Desu Ka." "Kyou No Tenki Wa Dou?" "How is the weather today?" And if it's sunny, you can say, "Kyou Wa Hare Desu." "Kyou" means "today." "Hare" means "sunny." "Kyou Wa Hare Desu." And casual way, you can get rid of "Desu" at the end. "Kyou Wa Hare." "Today is sunny."  Formal way, "Kyou Wa Hare Desu." Casual way, "Kyou Wa Hare." "Today is sunny."

And if it's raining, you can say, "Kyou Wa Ame Desu." "Today is raining." "Raining" means "Ame." "Today is raining." "Kyou Wa Ame Desu." Casual way, "Kyou Wa Ame." Okay?  

Writing About the Weather in Japanese

Now I'm going to write in Japanese. "Kyou," this is Kanji so "Kyou." "Kyou" means "today." "Kyou No Tenki." This is "Tenki." "Tenki" means "weather," "Tenki." "Today weather," "Kyou No Tenki." "Kyou No Tenki Wa Dou Desu Ka?" "How is the weather today?" This is the formal way.

The casual way, you can get rid of "Desu Ka" here. You can say "Kyou No Tenki Wa Dou?" "How is the weather today?" This is the casual way. Formal way, "Kyo No Tenki Wa Dou Desu Ka?"

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