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16. Absolute Beginner #16 - Suggestions and Invitations in Japanese

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avatar Maikeru

Heya i’m enjoying the series, I know these videos are made from past audio pod casts that you’s have done,
They are really good but they’re too short :(

I have been writing them out and will have to continue to do so many times until it sticks.
But re-watching can be a drag because they’re too short and before i’ve learnt something you’s have moved to the next thing, I can’t even explain correctly what I mean because I can’t remember what i’ve just watched :(

Now i’m not really blaming you’s for this, I’ve always been a slow learner, slow reader & a slow writer.
That’s why i’m asking you to drag out the topics with more examples more break downs more reasoning.

Anyway loving the series, shame it’s over, you’s should do more videos like this from your past audio lessons,

One problem I can point out from audio lessons vs these video lessons is,
watashi wa tokyo eki e ikimasu
i’m going to tokyo station
ikimasu is probably wrong or more things

The sentence structure I learnt from collins university easy learning japanese cd
In it, it never explained that e would be written as “he” or wa as “ha” and o as “wo”

The video lessons of audio lessons is good because even if it’s no explained using vocabulary I could learn that from seeing it.
Another thing I should hopefully never forget is the kanji for watashi thanks to your video lessons i’ve spotted it many times and should hopefully remember permanently, don’t stop doing that :)


Aidan さん、
えき ‘は‘ ですね。

Sarah san
Actually ‘ランチに行こう’ is a correct sentence.
Both of them are casual.
‘ランチに行きましょう’ is a polite expression.
Yuki 由紀

avatar Sarah

「ランチに行こ!」The informal version? It seem to have cut out the 「ます」? Is it an exception phrase?

avatar Aidan

:sunglasses: えき わ どこ です か? :sunglasses:


konnichiwa. :smile:
Basically, ‘masenka’ is an invitation and proposal, and ‘mashouka’ is a suggestion
and decision. It’s difficult to understand if we use English translations for those
expressions, so let’s use some examples.
Imagine you’re asking your friend out and the idea is to see a movie.
You’d ask him/her out by saying ‘eiga o mimasen ka’. In this case, the other person
didn’t have any idea yet about what you had in your mind.
On the other hand, if you were already discussing with him/her what to do
and movie was one of the choices. It seems you’re both interested in the same
movie. Then, you’d suggest to see a movie instead of other activities that came up as choices.
In this case, you’d say ‘eiga o mimashouka’.

Hope this helps.

Natsuko (奈津子),

avatar aesha

what the difference between masenka and mashoka?
and what is the casual way to say “would you like to have tea” and “shall we eat”
arigatoo gaozaimasu ^ ^


ウィルソン エリックsan,
Do you mean why ませんか is used for expression invitation?
I am sorry that is a rule in the Japanese language. :disappointed:

Yuki 由紀

avatar ウィルソン エリック

I understand the sentence patterns but i don’t know why the ますstem would be replaced by its negative form when extending an invitation



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avatar Jamell

thankyou so much i love this website :D :)