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Exercise 6: Requests


Situation 1: Sample Dialogue 1


(The parts in red are the request statement you've been asked to write down.  The parts in blue are important supporting strategies.)

ルームメイトA: どう、宿題は?  Dou, shukudaiwa?  ‘How’s your homework?’


ルームメイトB: うーん、どうもあんまり進まなくてね。  Uun, doumo anmari susuma nakutene.  ‘Well, not so well.’


ルームメイトA: 早く終わりにしてテレビでも見ようよ。  Hayaku owarini shite terebi demo miyouyo.   ‘Get it done soon and let’s watch TV or something.’


ルームメイトB: そうしたいんだけどさ、そのテレビの音がちょっと気になっちゃって、音少し下げてくれないかな?  Sou shitain dakedosa, sono terebino otoga chotto kini nachatte, oto sukoshi sagete kurenai kana?  ‘I’d love to do that, but that TV is bothering me a bit.  Can’t you turn it down a little?’


ルームメイトA: あ、そうだったの?ごめん、ごめん。  A, sou dattano?  Gomen, gomen.  ‘Oh, is it?  Sorry, sorry’


ルームメイトB: ありがとう。助かるよ。  Arigatou.  Tasukaruyo.  ‘Thanks.  That’s helpful.’


ルームメイトA: ううん。  Uun.  ‘No problem.’

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