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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
    You’ve been asked about your various skills at an interview.
    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.
    2. The section chief is reading your report. Ask if there is any problem.
    3. Let a friend know that you have a problem because a) you forgot the password; b)
    you cannot use the Internet in this hotel; c) you cannot memorize kanji; d) you cannot
    tell this to your parents; e) you cannot forget an ex-boy/girlfriend.
    4. You are about to break some news. Ask a friend a) not to laugh; b) not to be
    5. A friend offers to make sandwich for you. Tell him what you do or do not want in
    your sandwich. How about in your coffee?

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