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5. Absolute Beginner #5 - Asking Where Something is 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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Aidan さん,
Konnichiwa.
Yokudekimashita. Well done. :smile:
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avatar Aidan

Doko desu ka?私はここです。:sunglasses

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Stavros スターブロ さん、
こんにちは。
Yes, that is right. :smile:
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avatar Stavros

こんいちわ。

If I wanted to ask someone “Where in Kyushu is this”, would the sentence structure be like this:
九州のどこですか。

ありがとうございます。 :smile:

スターブロ 

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Ricardo san,
こんにちは。
Yes, your sentences are great! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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avatar Ricardo

So an example would be:

P1: 犬はどこですか。
P2:犬はあそこです。

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Martijn san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
Well…the direct translation is the sentence you mentioned.
However, ‘watashi wa doko ni imasu ka?’ is better.
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So if you want to say “where am I”? should it be
Watashi wa doko desu ka?

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James san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
As you know Japanese そこ has two meanings.
One is a place far from a speaker and close to a listener.
The other is a place far from both a speaker and a listener.
People can use ここ, そこ and あそこ subjectively because we don’t have rules for them.
If something is 1 meter away from both a speaker and a listener, do we have to use ここ? or そこ?
If something is 3 meters away from both of them, do we have to use そこ or あそこ?
It depends on people and situations so don’t worry about them too much.
If person A uses ここ, person B disagree with person A and person B says そこ.It happens in real lives.
However, it’s not a big problem.
Please don’t worry about them too much and I recommend you to try to them.
Then you can learn how others use them.
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こんにちは。I am a little bit confused about when one would use そこ. In English we use the word “that” for something that is either close to the listener or far away from the speaker and the listener. However, we use the word “there” to refer to something far from the listener and the speaker, but we rarely use it to refer to something close to the listener. Because of this I cannot come up with any everyday scenarios when one world use そこ. Could you please give some examples of when そこ is used in Japanese?