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2. Absolute Beginner #2 - Asking Simple Questions in Japanese


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Posting in Japanese? Leave a translation. It's good practice and helps others.

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Practice making your own sentences here, and let us know if you have any questions! :)

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Shaun Flanagan san,
Konnichiwa.
Watashi wa udon ga suki desu. :heart:
Yuki  由紀
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avatar Shaun Flanagan

Konnichiwa Yuki san,
Kore wa kakesoba desu ka?
iie chigaimasu udon desu.
jamatane.

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Tara san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
Those sentences are perfect!
Well done!
Yuki 由紀
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avatar Tara

Sumimasen. Kore wa inu desu ka. Sore wa tanuki desu ka. Are wa kitsune desu ka.

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Farebury san,
Konnichiwa.
Thank you for the post.
Well… 水 means “water”….
Yuki 由紀
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avatar Farebury

水 ま みず? ありがとございます。 

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Skyler さん、
こんにちは。 :smile:

We might say:
1.“It has been 7 weeks since our last meeting (i.e. since my last comment)”
最後にコメントを書いてから7週間が経ちました。 (lit. Seven weeks have passed since the
last time I wrote a comment.)
OR
7週間ぶりです。(lit. It’s been after 7 weeks.)
I know the second one doesn’t seem to correspond perfectly to what you wrote in
English, but this is actually very normal way for us to say too.

2. If I wanted to ask someone, “Did you survive the typhoon??” would I say, “台風を生き抜きますか”?
台風はだいじょうぶでしたか。
Again, this is not the literal translation, but we normally say ~はだいじょうぶでしたか。

3. 僕は皆を大丈夫願います!”I hope everyone is safe/OK!” (Is that correct??)
Close!!
僕は、みなさんの無事を願います。

Thank you for your kind consideration! We’re all fine :smile: :thumbsup:

Natsuko (奈津子),
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Oops. I should add “です” to that question, that way it will be “ですか”. :sweat_smile:

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皆さん、

お久しぶりです! 
7週間は一瞥以来でした! “It has been 7 weeks since our last meeting (i.e. since my last comment)”?

If I wanted to ask someone, “Did you survive the typhoon??” would I say, “台風を生き抜きますか”?

僕は皆を大丈夫願います!”I hope everyone is safe/OK!” (Is that correct??)

スカイラー

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NB さん、
はい、「しつもん が あります。」は ただしい です :smile: :thumbsup:

In both ~が あります and ~が すきです pattern, the basic pattern takes the particle が, but
when we need to make the “~”part topic (mainly the reason is to make contrasts),
we use the particle は instead.
If I want to say “I like meat, but I don’t like fish”, I can actually omit and say “I like meat, but not fish”, right?
In Japanese, to make contrast and focus only on the “not fish” part, we don’t omit the part “I don’t like”,
but we use the particle は to pull attention (focus). :wink:

Natsuko(奈津子),
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