Revised call 1
Could you please help by correcting anything that's wrong or unnatural in my sentences?
You can change the order of the sentences, do whatever you want!
I'd like to learn some common phrases and slang！ 🙇♂️
Also, I'd like to get your advice on talking to foreign people
I look forward to your constructive comments.✍️
By the way, "A" is me and "B" is a foreigner.
A: Are you Simon?
A: Oh, nice to meet you, I'm Sho.
B: Nice to meet you too!
A: Is it okay if I call you Simon?
Do you want me to call you "Sai" or "Mon" or something like that? haha
B: Please call me as you like. haha
A: In Russia, is there a word that you use to politely call someone by their name, like "‾san" in Japan, when you first talk someone?
B: Yes, there is.
We use the name of the person's father.
For example, if President Putin's name is "Владимир" and his father's name is "Владимирович", we call him "Владимир Владимирович".
A: So do I have to know the father's name in order to call a Russian person by their honorific title like "◯◯-san"?
So, if the person you are addressing is a superior, you must remember their name and father's name when you meet them for the first time and ask for their father's name if they don't give you their business card.
A: I see, I've learned something new. Thank you! haha
B: But you don't have to use it now because it is used in business situations or when you need to be polite.
A: Got it!
I'll call you Simon then.
A: By the way, do you want me to correct all your Japanese on this call? do you just want someone to understand what you mean even if your Japanese is wrong?
B: Uh, I want you to correct everything.
So, as we talk naturally, if your Japanese is wrong, I can correct it each time?
A: Also, do you want me to correct your Japanese in a polite way or in a natural, casual way?
B: Casual, please!
B: And would you like to practise intonation? Or would you like to leave intonation for now?
B: It is very difficult to overcome intonation, so if my Japanese is correct first, it will be fine for now.
A: Got it!
B: What about you?
A: I don't speak Russian at all, so I'd like to hear about Russia in English or Japnese and hear about things from a Russian point of view.
A: By the way, have you ever used this app to make a phone call?
A: Oh, I just got this app, so it's my first time making a phone call.
B: Oh, really?
A: Yeah, plus when I think about it, this is the first time in my life that I'm talking to a Russian person. You are the first Russian I've ever talked to.
B: Oh, really!?
A: Yeah, What’s so surprising? lol Do you get many chances to talk to foreigners? Have you ever met and talked with Japanese people?
B: Yeah, I have. There was a Japanese student at my university, so I have.
A: Oh, I see. There were not many European students at my university. There were none in my department.
B: Which countries were most of them from?
A: Asian. Korean, Chinese, Myanmar, and so on.
B: I see.
A: There are people in Japan who look Russian, but I don't know if they are really Russian, so maybe I haven't even seen them.
I don't know how to distinguish between people from countries surrounding Russia.
Can you tell the difference between a Japanese and a Chinese and a Korean?
B: It's difficult, but surprisingly I can tell. lol
A: No way. haha
Even I sometimes make mistakes. haha
Have you ever talked to someone who you thought was Russian, but turned out to be from a different country?
B: Well, it just so happens that they were Ukrainians. haha
A: I see, there are people who were born in Russia but grew up in Ukraine, and vice versa, right?
A: Hmm, Russian...
I wonder who are the famous Russians in Japan? Hmmm I wonder the Russians I know...
B: You know President Puchin?
A: Oh, yeah! He's famous.
Especially now that he is in the news every day. lol
Oh, yeah! Gorbachev is famous too.
Political people are famous.
And Gagarin. Not politics though. lol
B: I see.
A: Oh! There he is! I just remembered!
A famous Russian in Japan!
B: Oh, really?
A: Sure! If you were to ask Japanese, "who is the strongest in human race?" they will all say "Hyodor.
B: I think it's different now. haha
A: Oh, and Alexander Karelin is famous too in Japan. If you ask the Japanese, "who is the strongest of the primates?" they will all say Karelin.
Anyways, who is the most famous Japanese in Russia?
B: Well... I don't know who is the most famous, but I guess Hayao Miyazaki is famous.
A: Oh, Ghibli!
Have you seen them too?
A: What do you like best?
B: Well, I wonder what number one would be...
It depends on my mood.
But the one that just popped into my head is "Porco Rosso"!
A: Oh, really? haha That's rare. You're Rare Pokemon. haha
B: Whyyy? haha
"Marco" is so cool, isn't he?
Do you dislike "Porco Rosso"?
A: No, I don't dislike it at all!
But I haven't heard too many people say it first on their list of favorites.
I guess most of them are around Spirited Away, Totoro, Princess Mononoke.
B: Yeah, right. haha
It's the same in Russia. "Spirited Away" and "Howl" and so on are popular.
A: Oh, all countries are the same, right? Except for Simon. haha
B: Yeah, looks that way. haha
A: AnywaysI like Spirited Away!
How about "Spirited Away"? Simon points, out of 10.
B: Well, 7 points. lol
A: Why so low! haha
B: Well, it's not bad, but it doesn't make me wanna watch it again.
A: Really!? I've probably seen it 50 times or more. haha So I must be an oddball for Simon.
B: Yeah, you are. haha
A: But from my point of view, you are an oddball. haha
Anyways, what do you think of Japanese anime in Russia?
B: There are people who watch it.
But I don't watch much.
B: I used to watch them when I was a kid, but not anymore.
A: I see.
What are the popular anime in Russia?
B: Recently, I guess "Demon Slayer" and things like that.
A: Ah ha, I knew it, cuz all countries are the same. haha
What about Japanese movies?
B: Well, I think more people watch TV dramas than Japanese movies.
A: Do you watch them?
B: I don't watch so many Japanese movies myself. haha
But I have seen the old ones. What was the name of that.... oh, "Departures"?
A: Oh, "Departures", how was it?
B: Hmm, yeah, it was good.
Oh, and I recently saw Drive My Car.
A: Oh, the one that won some kind of Academy Award?
A: How was it?
B: Better than I thought.
A: Oh, I see, but I realized again winning an Academy Award has a great effect, because it prodded even Simon to watch a Japanese movie. haha
B: Yeah, exactly. haha
I guess when movies win awards, other countries wanna import them. Other Japanese films don't get imported very often.
A: Oh, I see. I think it's true because Most Japanese films these days are made for the domestic market, so maybe people overseas don't want to watch them.
By the way, do you usually watch movies on streaming services?
B: Well, you can watch them for free.
A: Hey! haha You can't do that!
B: I'm sorry. haha
A: Oh I see, now I know. In Japan, video rental shops are disappearing. I thought it was because of streaming services, but it's because of you! haha
B: Yeah, it's possible. haha
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