JAPANESE PHRASE OF THE DAY
Aug 18, 2010
Toriaezu means "For now... " or "In the mean time...". This is a fun phrase to say because it kinda rolls around in your mouth a bit, heheh. The Japanese say this A LOT, almost like Americans when we say "omg, are you serious?" ^_^. Native Japanese speakers will be very impressed. Here's an example of how it'd be used.
Hiroto: Tsuji chan, nodo wa kawaite imasuka? ("Tsuji, are you thirsty)
Tsuji: Hai. ("Yes")
Hiroto: Juusu o yaritai? ("You want the juice?")
Tsuji: "Kekkou desu, toriaezu mizu" ("No thank you, I'll have water for now)
*NOTE: Hiroto could have said "Anata" but Anata means "you" in the sense of someone of a lower rank than you, like grade level or business. Practice saying sentences without saying you. It'll be hard at first but after awhile is will be very easy and common for you to leave out "anata"
*NOTE 2: Also ,when Hiroto asked me if I was thirsty he could have left out "ka". Remember KA is used to indicate a question; however, he could have changed his pitch as in: "nodo wa kawaite imasu" making the -imasu tone go up.