2.1.1: Drills and Exercises

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A. Cue: 読む？ Will you read it?
Response: すみません。読めないんです。 Sorry. I can't read it.
Cue: 食べる？ Will you eat it?
Response: すみません。食べられないんです。 Sorry. I cannot eat it.

B. Cue: ケータイ、使います。 I’ll use a cellphone.
Response: あ、使わないでください。 Oh, please don’t use it.
Cue: これ、食べます。 I’ll eat this.
Response: あ、食べないでください。 Oh, please don’t eat it.

C. Say it in Japanese
1. As for Japanese, I can speak a little, but I cannot read very much.
2. Of course I can use Word, Excel, etc. No problem.
3. I can make simple dishes, but cannot make difficult ones.
4. I can work in the evenings and on weekends, too.
5. I cannot do interpretation, but can do translation.
Give the following instructions to an intern in your office.
6. Don’t send this file. Send the PDF.
7. Don’t use your cellphone here. Use it outside.
8. Don’t forget the password. Don’t write it down. Remember it.
9. Don’t worry. Work hard (good luck!)
10. Don’t tell this to the section chief yet. Wait until next month.

D. Act in Japanese
1. You are about to take on a new project. Tell everyone not to worry; you’ll work hard.