Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation The phrase ～e ikimasu means “to go to ~”. Thus Shinjuku e ikimasu means to go to Shinjuku. You can simply put the subject kono densha (this train) in front to ask this question. Train […]
How many days do you have before you travel to Japan? Oh my! One more day? On the plane now, but haven’t studied Japanese at all? No worries! Let’s get you started with some Japanese phrases that you can squeeze […]
Answer by Japanese teacher Explanation The phrase yoyakushimasu means “to book or to reserve something”. If you conjugate the masu form of the verb to “~tai”, it means “I want to ~”. In this case, yoyakushitai means “I want to […]
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.
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?
Saying sorry is not an easy matter in Japanese. There are many different ways of saying sorry depending on the situation and social status of the person you are saying sorry to. This article attempts to summarize four common ways […]