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What is “naruhodo”?

Question: Does “naruhodo” mean the same thing as “soodesuka” (I see)? Why does my Japanese friend give me a strange look when I reply with “naruhodo”? | Answer by Japanese teacher: Soodesuka means “I see” and is used when you realize or understand something that you did not do so previously. なるほど naruhodo also means “I see” but there is an additional nuance to it. You must accept and agree to what someone has mentioned.

How to say “you don’t have to work so hard” in Japanese?

I think my Japanese girlfriend is the most hardworking person I've ever met. She has to juggle between her studies and part-time job and only sleeps at 2am every night. We don't even spend much time together. With her exams coming up soon, she sometimes stays awake the whole night. As a result, she falls sick very often. I'm afraid that this will take a toll on her health in the long run. I want to tell her she doesn't have to work so hard. How do I say it in Japanese?

How To Say “How old are you?” In Japanese?

Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation In general, it is not recommended to ask for someone’s age in Japan because it is not considered a very polite thing to do. However, if you must, and if the situation allows you to […]

How to say “Are you alright?” in Japanese?

Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation There are a few ways of saying “alright” in Japanese. When asking if someone feels alright, you can say daijoobu desu ka. Daijoobu means alright and adding ka at the end of the sentence turns […]

How to say “What’s up?” in Japanese?

Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation “What’s up?” is a casual greeting commonly used by young people or guys in America. There is no specific expression for “what’s up” in Japanese. However, as this is originally a casual greeting, the Japanese […]

How to say “one person” in Japanese?

Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation The number “one” is “いち ichi” in Japanese but there are many ways of saying “one” in Japanese, depending on the object that you are attaching the number to. In this case, if you want […]

How to say “I see” in Japanese?

Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation There are various ways of saying “I see” in Japanese depending on the situation and your relationship with the listener. The basic expression is soo desu ka and it should be said with a falling […]