Textbook p. 25-28

 

Q. Kore wa Nihongo de nan to iimasu ka?

これは にほんごで なん と いいますか。

As for this thing--in Japanese--How do we say/call it?

Answer:

"X to iimasu." 

X と いいます。

"We call it X."

OR X tte iimasu. って= contraction of と いう 

Xって いいます = It is called "X"

In this case, the X is book so we say,

Hon to/tte iimasu

Sore wa Nihongo de nan to iimasu ka? それは =that

 

What do you call that (thing) in Japanese?

The Answer is Chair so, "Isu" (いす) to/tte iimasu.

It is called a "chair."

Are wa Nihongo de nan to iimasu ka? あれは = that thing over there

Answer, a Phone do,

Denwa to iimasu = It's called "denwa."

OR, we can ask how we say some English word in Japanese:

[Some English word] wa Nihongo de nan to iimasuka? e.g.

[Some English word] は にほんごで なんと いいますかe.g.

"Love" wa Nihongo de nan to iimasuka?

「Love」は にほんご で なんと いいますか。

How do you say "Love" in Japanese?

「あい (Ai)」to iimasu. = You say or call ot "Ai"

 

"Bike" wa Nihongo de nan to iimasuka? 

「Bike」は にほんご で なん と いいますか。

"Jitensha" to iimasu = We call it a "Jitensha"

 

Or, the other way around: you hear someone say

すいか and you don't know what it means so you ask,

せんせい、「すいか」ってなんですか。

Sensei, what does すいか mean?

Answer, "Watermelon" desu = It means watermelon.

So we can use "desu" here to say the answer IS watermelon.

Practice:

Ask Sensei what the following mean using

X tte nan desu ka? e.g.

daigaku, だいがく tte nan desu ka?

senkou, せんこう

gakusei, がくせい

tsukue, つくえ

kokuban, こくばん

mado, まど

kuruma くるま

Let's work with Hiragana Reading Practice on pp. 6, and 10