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Old 06-26-2000, 12:47 AM   #2
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Japanese is a phonetic language and its Romanization (Japanese written with English letters (ABC's)) corresponds very much to the way it should be pronounced.

The Language section of this website contains some information on aikido terms. Also, if your browser and computer handles sound files, you can check out the Aikido Audio Language Files here on AikiWeb which will provide you with audio files of a lot of common aikido terms being pronounced.

Most likely what is being said at the beginning of class is "onegai shimasu" which can be very loosely translated as "please train with me." The aforementioned Language section has a more in-depth article on the term.

Hope that helps,

-- Jun

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