Konichiwa my friends! I have been learning more Japanese but I have run into a problem. I am in Taiwan now and with some guide who knows a bit of Japanese but he isn't good at English so it's hard for him to help me in Japanese then translate it to English for me to understand. These are my current questions: In some words, when typed out - you do not sound out the "u". For example: Desu (DESS) in O-Genki Desu-ka? (Oh-Genky-Dess-Ka?) and "Gozaimasu" (Go-Zye-Ee-Mass) "Ohayou Gozaimasu". However, what about this word: "Shiteru". Is it supposed to be said as: "Shi-Tair-Rue" rather than "Shitar"? Also, what does "Shite / Shiteru" mean? I am so confused. It's used so often but I can't decode it. Example: Nani o shite imasu ka? - What are you doing? Nani = What? O = signify object? Shite = ??? Imasu = Verb to do? (unsure) Ka = Turns it into a question. Hope you can answer this! Thanks in advanced. Sayonara.