Question: I have started my internship in a Japanese company. It was my first day at work and it was almost time to go home. I wanted to leave a good impression on my Japanese supervisor so I said “Sayoonara” to her as I was preparing to leave. She looked at me in surprise and then she laughed and replied “Ja, mata ashita ne”. I was quite embarrassed. I had the feeling that I said something wrong, but I did not dare to clarify. Was I wrong to say “sayoonara” for “good bye”?
Question: My Japanese friend went to Kyoto and bought me a box of sweets. I have never seen anything like it before. The skin of the sweet looks like gyoza skin and the filling is red bean. I wanted to ask her what this sweet is. How do I say “what is this?” in Japanese?
Question: I was chatting with my Japanese friend online when she said she has already had her lunch. It was not time for lunch yet in my country, so I was surprised to hear that. I wanted to ask, “What time is it?” in Japanese. How do I say it?
Question: My wife developed flu-like symptoms a few days ago and was tested positive for COVID-19. Naturally, this put our whole family on panic mode as all of us need to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days to see if we develop symptoms as well. My son goes to a Japanese elementary school. How do I tell his teacher that he is “on self-isolation” and cannot go to school in Japanese?
Question: I’m working part-time at a supermarket. We usually have many customers crowding around the cooked food section during lunch and dinner time. Now with the COVID-19 situation, crowding is strongly discouraged. My supervisor wants me to make an announcement in Japanese to advise customers to maintain safe social distancing. All my other colleagues were busy, and I couldn’t really ask them. How do I say “Please maintain social distancing” in Japanese?
Question: My city is under a lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic and there is no sign of reopening soon. Travel is restricted and those who can work from home are strongly encouraged to do so. I have already been working from home for several weeks now. Most of my friends in Japan still need to go to the office every day. I want to write a message in Japanese to tell them that I work from home. How should I say it?
Question: I’m working part-time at a supermarket. We usually have many customers crowding around the cooked food section during lunch and dinner time. Now with the COVID-19 situation, crowding is strongly discouraged. My supervisor wants me to make an announcement in Japanese to advise customers to keep at least 2m apart from one another. How do I say this in Japanese?