Coto Sounds – Japanese learning Podcast Ep 3 – Having lunch with a friend

Listening to a language learning podcast is a great way for you to familiarize with how native Japanese pronounce vocabularies and phrases. It’s also a great way for you to know how to express yourselves in a natural and common way, compared to stiff textbook conversations.

In Episode 3 of Coto Sounds, we look at two friends meeting up for the first time in a while, and deciding where to go for lunch. You will learn how to also customize and order one of Japan’s essential foods: Ramen.

In Ep 3 – Lunch, the conversation includes:

  • 00:31 2 people greeting each other
  • 00:46 How to ask another person where to go for lunch
  • 00:55 Deciding where to go for lunch
  • 01:18 Discussing on how to customize ramen
  • 01:49 How to ask another if they have allergies
  • 02:11 English translation of the conversation
  • 05:07 Key vocabulary and phrases to know

Transcript

Tanaka san:鈴木さんお久しぶりです!

Suzuki san, o hisashiburi desu

Long time no see Suzuki san!

Suzuki san:田中さんご無沙汰しております。

Tanaka san, go busa ta shite orimasu

It’s been a long time tanaka san

Long time no see, but formal manner

Tanaka san: 元気でしたか?

genki deshitaka?

How have you been?

Suzuki san: 元気です。田中さんは?

genki desu. Tanaka san wa

I’m good, how about you?

Tanaka san: 私も元気です。ランチはどこに行きますか?

watashi mo genki desu. ranchi wa doko ni ikimasuka?

I’m good as well. Where do you want to go for lunch?

Suzuki san: そうですね。今日はラーメンの気分です。

sou desune. kyou wa ramen no kibun desu

I’m in the mood for ramen.

Tanaka san: いいですね、それではラーメンにしましょう。

ii desune, sorede wa ramen ni shimashou

Sure let’s have ramen.

Suzuki san:以前から一蘭というところが気になってまして、

izen kara ichiran to iu tokoro ga kininatte mashite

I’ve been wanting to try Ichiran for a while now.

Tanaka san:あー!知ってます。自分の好きな風に
ラーメン作ることができるんですよね。
私行ったことあるので、任せてください。

ā, shittemasu. jibun no sukina fū ni
ramen tsukuru koto ga dekirun desuyone.
watashi itta koto arunode, makasete kudasai

I know that place! You can customize ramen however you want right?
I’ve been there before, leave it up to me!

店員:いらっしゃいませ!食券機からラーメン食券を買ってください。

irasshai mase! shokken ki kara ramen shokken wo kattekudasai

Welcome! Please buy the ramen ticket from the ticket machine.

Suzuki san: これがラーメンのチェックシートか。

kore ga ramen no chekku shīto ka

So this is the checklist to customize ramen.

Tanaka san:そうですよ。私は卵が好きなので、
ラーメンに味玉のトッピングを追加します。

soudesuyo. watashi wa tamago ga sukinanode,
ramen ni ajitama no toppingu wo tsuika shimasu

I like eggs, so I will add a seasoned boiled egg to my ramen.

Suzuki san:そうなんですね。私は結構お腹が空いてるので、
ラーメンと替え玉の食券を買います。

sounandesune. watashi wa kekkou onaka ga suiterunode,
ramen to kaedama no shokken wo kaimasu

I’m quite hungry, so I’ll get an extra serving of noodles.

Tanaka san: 濃いめが好きでしたら、
とんこつラーメンがおすすめですよ。

koime ga suki deshitara,
tonkotsu ramen ga osusume desuyo.

If you like strong flavors,
Tonkotsu ramen is the best right. 

Suzuki san: ラーメンの食感にはそんなに
こだわってないから普通にします。

ramen no shokkan ni wa sonna ni
kodawattenai kara futsū ni shimasu

I do not have a particular preference over ramen texture,
so I’ll choose normal.

Tanaka san:そういえば鈴木さんはアレルギーなどないですよね。

sou ieba suzuki san wa arerugī nado nai desuyone.

Oh right, Suzuki san, do you have any allergies?

Suzuki san:花粉症ではありますが、 食べ物アレルギーはないので大丈夫です!

kafunshō de wa arimasuga, tabemono arerugī wa nai node daijōbu desu!

I have pollen allergy, but I don’t have food allergies, so it’s okay!

Key Vocabulary and Phrases to know:

  • 久しぶり(hisashiburi) – Long time no see!
  • 元気 (genki) – well
  • どこに行きますか (doko ni ikimasuka) – where shall we go 
  • 気分 (kibun) – in the mood/feeling like
  • 卵 (tamago) – egg
  • 麺 (men) – noodles
  • 食券 (shokken) – meal ticket
  • 一番いい (ichiban ii)– the best
  • お腹が空いてる (onaka ga suiteru) – I am hungry

We hope this episode has helped with understanding more Japanese conversations and phrases.
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