Part B: Language Choices and Perspectives


1. 原宿(はらじゅく)へ行こう

1 Context††

場所 ††††††††††††††††††††† 松井さんの家

話し手††††††††††††††††††† 弟のたくや(16才)

†††† このうちに来てから†† 5ヶ月


Your brother, Takuya suggests going to Harajuku together on Saturday: 土曜日(どようび)原宿(はらじゅく)へ行こうよ。


a) You have been there once and would love to go again. Accept the offer.How would you respond?



2Language choices


1. Accept the offer





Likely consequences






a)    行きましょう。






b)    いいね。行こう。






c)     うん。行こう。






d)    行く行く。







e)    (ちょうど)行きたかったんだ。






f)      そうしましょう。








b) You would like to go but have made an arrangement to see a friend that day. Turn down the offer. How would you respond?





a)    わたし・ぼくはいけない。






b) え、土曜日(どようび)? じゃあ、だめだ。べつの日じゃだめ?





c) 土曜日ですか。ざんねんですが、ようじがあるんです。





d) 行きたいけど土曜日はね。






e) ちょっと行けないね。












g) わたしは行くことが






h) わたしは行かれない。







6. Vocabulary


a. Odd one out

Which of the following means something quite different to the others?









b. Matching


Here are some words youíll have heard Misa use. Match the words on the left with the meaning on the right.

  1. よそよそしい††††††††††††††† friendly†††††††††††††††††††††
  2. うちとけて(い)ない†††† reply
  3. べつに††††††††††††††††††††††† in terms of getting the meaning across
  4. いみあいてきに*††††††††††† not in particular
  5. ノリノリっていうかんじ* seems to get too interested
  6. さそう††††††††††††††††††††††† as though youíve been cut off
  7. じょうきょう††††††††††††††† invite

8. へんじ††††††††††††††††††††††† hasnít become one of us/got used to our place

  1. うけとる†††††††††††††††††††† the situation†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

10. きれるかんじ†††††††††††††† take in/accept††††


(*Colloquial expression 2000 but outdated by 2004 according to the students of Gakushuuin.)


7. What Misa said

Listen again to what Misa said and complete the following.

Accepting the offer


  1. Misa rated two of the choices with ばつ saying that they were かたい(hard), which in reference to language means rigid or too formal when speaking with friends or family. What were those two choices?†† [†† ]and[†† ]††


  1. Misa said that choice [†† ]†† was acceptable.


  1. What response did Misa think the listener would have to the choice 行く、行く?



  1. Give one reason why Misa wasnít really satisfied with行きたかったんだ!as a choice.


  1. Misaís favourite choice seemed to be [†† ]


Turning down the offer


  1. Which choices did Misa describe as ぶっきらぼう? [†† ]†† and for what reason?


  1. Does Misa say itís better to give a reason, or better to not give a reason why you canít go?


  1. About the choice 土曜日ですか。ざんねんですが、ようじがあるんですwhat did Misa say



  1. In Misaís opinion responses like 行きたいけど、土曜日はね。are not acceptable because____________________________________.


  1. The choice which Misa describes as a translation of English is [†† ].


8. How Misa said it


a. Giving a personal opinion

Misa softens her opinion by saying things like ďseems likeĒitís sort ofĀE Circle any of the following expressions that you have heard her use.


なんか††††††† ではないかと思います†††† とかいう感じで†††† みたいな感じ


†† のようです   かんと思います  


b. Colloquial expressions

Listen again to what Misa said and complete the following question:

ぶっきらぼう, ぶっきらぼうすぎるから、何か気にして, その人の何か, 気にしないみたいになっちゃって、なっちゃうから。気づかいがたいかなってちょっと感じもするから。うん。


Misaís colloquial way of sayingなってしまいます meaning ďIt ends up (seeming like they , they donít care about that person )



やっぱis a spoken version of :