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Q1 from Katarzyna P: What are common phrases for giving someone a gift?
Japanese people are big into gift-giving. We often give gifts to people when you casually stop by someone's home, visit people at work or in the hospital. You also give gifts when you come back from a trip, meet new neighbors after moving into a new place, received a care package from family, and many other occasions. This is because we want to show that we care.
There are many phrases associated with gift-giving.
The most common expression is:
つまらないものですが。(Tsumaranai mono desuga.)
And similarly, ささやかなものですが。(Sasayakana mono desuga.)
You say this as you're handing the gift. It basically means "This is nothing special." You say this to be humble regardless of how small or big, cheap or absolutely extravagant the gift is. It's kind of like saying "Here's a little something for you. I hope you'll like it."
If you're giving a gift to someone you want to show extra respect to, e.g. an important guest or your boss, try this phrase:
お気に召すといいのですが。(Okini mesu to ii no desuga.) I hope you'll like it.
This next phrase shows your appreciation for the other person.
ほんのお礼の気持ちです。(Hon no orei no kimochi desu.)
Try using these phrases next time you're giving a gift to someone. It'll make them smile. :)
Q2 from J Britton: What do you do when you have two verbs in a sentence?
Of the many ways you can connect verbs in a sentence, these are particularly common: てform and ~たり~たりします.
てform creates a specific sequence of actions, so it's good to use this when you are doing something in an order.
朝は8時に起きて、顔を洗って、コーヒーを淹れます。(Asa wa hachiji ni okite, kao o aratte, koohii o iremasu.)
I wake up at 8, wash my face, and then make myself coffee.
単語を勉強する時は、まず辞書で意味を調べて、フラッシュカードを作ります。(Tango o benkyou suru toki wa, mazu jisho de imi wo shirabete, furasshu kaado o tsukurimasu.)
When I study vocabulary, I first look up the meaning in a dictionary and then make flashcards.
On the other hand, ~たり~たりします creates a nonsequential list of actions to give examples. For instance, if I ask you "So, what do you often do on the weekend?" You may say:
週末はよく友達と会ったり買い物に行ったりします。(Shuumatsu wa yoku tomodachi to attari kaimono ni ittari shimasu.)
On the weekend, I often hang out with friends, go shopping - things like that.
If I ask you "What do you want to do when you visit Japan?" You can respond:
秘境の温泉に行ったり、日本の美しい景色を写真に収めたりしたいです。(Hikyou no onsen ni ittari nihon no utsukushii keshiki o shashin ni osametari shitai desu.)
I'd like to try things like going to secret hot springs, photograph beautiful landscapes of Japan, among other things.
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