Speakin’ Japanese: Father’s Day Talk

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Speakin’ Japanese: Father’s Day Talk

by: Shoji Kudaka and Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: June 14, 2016
Japanese celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June, just like Americans. So, this year on June 19 when you shower your Dad with gifts and cards, surprise him with a little Japanese lingo. Happy Father’s Day to all our hardworking and loving Dads!
   
“Chichi-no-hi omedetoo!” = Happy Father’s Day!
 
(“chichi-no-hi” = Father’s Day, “omedetoo” = happy/congratulations on)
 
“Otoosan itsumo arigatoo.” = Dad, thank you, always. 
 
 (“otoosan” = dad, “itsumo” = always, “arigatoo” = thank you)
 
“Otoosan daisuki!” = I love you, Dad.
 
(“daisuki” = love you) 
 
“Watashi kara no purezento desu.” = Here is my present for you. 
 
(“watashi” = I/me, “watashitachi” = we/us, “kara” = from, “purezento” = gift/present)  
 
“Otoosan ni tegami wo kakimashita.” = I wrote a letter to you, Dad.
 
(“tegami” = letter, “kakimashita” = I wrote)
 
“Doomo arigatoo.” = Thank you so much.
 
(“doomo” = so much, “arigatoo” = thank you) 
 
“Kyo wa yukkuri yasunde ne.” = Today you can just rest.
 
(“kyo” = today, “yukkuri” = slowly, “yasunde” = take a rest)
 
“Okaasan to ryoori wo tsukuri mashita.” = Mom and I made the food.
 
(“okaasan to” = with mother, “ryori wo tsukuri mashita” = cooked the dishes)
 
“Waa, sugoi gochisoo dane!” = Wow, they are really gorgeous!
 
(“sugoi” = wonderful, “gochisoo” = feast/gorgeous dishes)
 
“Otoosan, kyacchibooru shini ikoo yo!” = Let’s go play catch, Dad!
 
(“kyacchibooru” = play catch, “shini ikoo” = go to)
 
“Kon-ya wa soto de tabemashoo.” = Let’s dine out tonight.
 
(“kon-ya” = tonight, “soto” = outside, “tabemashoo” = let’s eat)
 
“Isshoni nomini ikoo yo!” = Let’s go get a drink, Dad!
 
(“isshoni” = together, “nomini ikoo” = let’s go drinking)
 
“Otoosan Kakkoii!” = You look sharp, Dad!
 
(“kakkoii” = looking cool/sharp)
 
“Otoosan sono shatsu niatterune.” = You look really good in that shirt, Dad.
 
(“shatsu” = shirt) 
 
“Otoosan yaseta?” = Did you lose weight, Dad? 
 
(“yaseru” =lose weight)
 
“Otoosan kore oshiete kudasai.” = Can you teach me how to do this, Dad?
 
 (“oshieru” = teach)
 
“Otoosan Ryouri honto joozu dane.” = You are really good at cooking, Dad.
 
(“ryouri” = cooking, “joozu” = good at) 
 
 “Otoosan ni misetai mono ga arunodakedo.” = Dad, I got something to show you.
 
 (“misetai mono” = something to show)
 
“Otoosan kenko ni kiwotsukete ne.” = Dad, please take care of your health.
 
(“kenko” = health, “kenko ni kiwotsukeru” = take care of one’s health)
 
“Otoosan, kata tatakouka?” = Shall I massage your shoulders, Dad?
 
(“kata tataki” = shoulder massage) 
 
“Otoosan, ofuro waiteruyo” = Dad, a hot bath is ready for you.
 
(“ofuro” = hot water bath,  “waiteru” = boil/ ready for bath)