Dialogue 1: Inviting Someone to a Baseball Game

Mr. Yamada has two tickets to a baseball game on Saturday night and would like to invite his friend to the game.

Baseball Game

土曜日に よこはまスタジアムで やきゅうの
しあいが あるんですが、見に 行きませんか。

ああ、いいですね。
ナイターですけど、だいじょうぶですか。
ナイターって?
よるの ゲームです。
あ、だいじょうぶですよ。じゃ、土曜日にまた!
Grammar
See Grammar Notes for Dialogue 1.
Key Vocabulary
1.
よこはまスタジアム

Yokohama Stadium

2.

しあい

game

3.
見に [v-stem of 見ます + に: for the purpose of watching]
4.
行きませんか [negative of 行きますか] Won't you go? [Used as an invitation "Would you like to go ...?"]
5.
ナイター night game [Japanese-coined word from the English word "night"]
6.
けど

[casual form of が; sentence-ending connective] but

7.
だいじょうぶ alright; OK; good
8.
ゲーム game
9.
また again
English

A:

On Saturday, there will be a baseball game at Yokohama stadium, but would you like to go to see it?

B:

That sounds good.

A:

It's a "nighter." Is it all right?

B:

[What do you mean by] a "nighter"?

A:

It's a night game.

B:

Oh, that's all right. Then, (see you) again on Saturday!
Culture
bullet Katakana English

ナイター is a word invented by Japanese to refer to a "night game." (It came from the English word "night.") There are many such "Katakana English" words in Japan. Can you guess what the Japanese mean by these Katakana English?

a. ハンドル ("handle")
b. ガスレンジ ("gas range")
c. ストーブ ("stove")
d. ストッキング ("stocking")
e. クーラー ("cooler")
f. バックミラー ("back mirror")

Answers:

a. steering wheel
b. gas stove for cooking
c. heater (not a stove)
d. hosiery
e. air conditioner
f. rear-view mirror

nighter