Speakin' Japanese: Lego Lingo

by Shoji Kudaka and Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Okinawa

Hey, if you’re out and about in the land of Lego, here’s some lingo to help you fit in.

“Nichiyobi ni Legoland ni ikimasu.” = We are going to Legoland next Sunday.
(“nichiyobi ni” = on Sunday, “ni ikimasu” = will go to)

“Lego de nani wo tsukutteiru no desuka?” = What are you making with those legos?
(“nani” = what, “tsukutteiru” = are making)

“Ouchi wo tsukutte imasu.” = I am making a house.
(“ouchi” = house, “tsukutte imasu” = are making)

“Oshiro wo tsukutte imasu.” = I am making a castle.
(“oshiro” = castle, “kuruma” = car, “sunuupii” = Snoopy, “urutoraman” = ultra-man)

“Moosukoshi de dekiagari masu.” = It will be completed with just a little more work.
(“moosukoshi de” = with a little more)

“kono burokku wo aka ni shita hoogaii desu yo.” = I think this block should be replaced with a red one.
(“kono” = this, “burokku” = block, “wo.. shitahooga ii” = had better)

“kono oshiro ni ikutsu burokku wo tsukaimashita ka?” = How many blocks did you use for this castle?
(“ikutsu” = how many, “tsukaimashita” = used)

“Kuzusanaide!” = Don’t break it!

“Sekkaku tsukutta n desu.” = I have made my best effort to make it.
(“sekkaku” = have made best effort to, “tsukutta n desu” = have made it)

“Honmonono Efferu too ni miemasu.” = It looks like the real Eifel Tower.
(“honmonono” = real, “too” = tower, “miemasu” = looks like)

“Kodomo no tanjobi purezento ni Lego wo kaimasu.” = I will buy Legos for my kid’s birthday.
(“kodomo” = child/children, “tanjobi purezento” = birthday gift, “kai masu” = will buy)

“Omochaya-san ni ikimasho.” = Let’s go to a toy shop.
(“omochaya-san” = toy shop, “ni ikimashoo” = let’s go to)

“Chiisai kodomo muke ni motto ookii Lego wa arimasu ka?” = Do you have bigger blocks for smaller children?
(“chiisai” = small, “muke ni” = for, “motto ookii” = (much) bigger, “arimasu ka” = do you have?)

When on OKINAWA, you can also say it in “Uchinaanguchi” (island dialect) like this:

“LEGO Ippe Shichi” = I like Legos very much

“Kunu LEGO ya Taa ga Tsukuyabitaga.”= Who made this Lego?

“Kuree Wan LEGO Yaibiin.”=This is my Lego.

“Kunu LEGO Chassa Yaibiiga.”= How much do these Legos cost?

“kunu LEGO Chaa sshi Chukuyun ga.” =How do you make this with Legos?

kudaka.shoji@stripes.com
takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

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