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    anyone knows japanese here?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by sophia_esteed, Oct 19, 2008.

    There are these two terms I often hear while watching subbed Japanese anime.
    I know the general meaning cause subbers like to explain the meaning of some terms of general use from time to time, but I don't know if the "westernised" spelling is correct:

    "Ittekimas!" (I'm leaving, I'm going out)
    "Itterashai!" (Have a safe trip!)

    I need to use them for a story I'm writing. Since they are said from a Japanese family to their child, I'd like to use the original rather than the translation.
    The one saying "Ittekimas!" is a girl, so I need to know if this is correct when told by a female, too.
    If anyone knows Japanese and can tell me I'm not writing something wrong It'd be a great help.
     
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    I would think that the first term would be "ittekimasu",

    because it appears to be the polite form, and though the /u/ may be dropped in speech, it is still written.

    I don't think there are any gender differences involved here.
     
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    Yes, it's "ittekimasu".

    Iku is the verb "to go", "itekuru" is "to be going" and "ittekimasu" is the polite verb form.

     
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    Ok thans to both!
    And the second phrase? Did I write it down correctly?
     
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    second one looks right, and it's as common a saying as anime suggests o(^-^)o sometimes people from the office would say it, too. o.0
     
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    Thanks.
    Sometimes it's difficult to guess the spelling just from the spoken phrase.
    All of you have been a big help!!!
     

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