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9. 15 Questions You Should Know


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avatar JapanesePod101.com

Which phrase do you like the most?

avatar Japanesepod101.com

Josiah さん、
こんにちは。

That’s great to know! Happy birthday! :wink:

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Cristiane
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avatar Josiah

Wow Happy birthday! I just happened to click on this video on the perfect day!

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Maymoona-san,
こんにちは。 :smile:
Yes, that’s perfect! :innocent: :thumbsup:

Natsuko (奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

avatar Maymoona

if I wanted to answer this question ” どのくらい日本語をならっていますか。”
would this answer be correct ” ー年半くらい日本語をならっています。”?
I’ve been studying Japanese for around one year and a half.

いつもレッスンありがとうございました。 :heart:

avatar JapanesePod101.com

デイビッドさん、
こんにちは。 :smile:

Both of your sentences are correct. :smile: :thumbsup:
When you say 習う, it insinuate that there is/are teacher(s) whom that person was taught by
or learned from while 学ぶ is simply an act of learning.
学ぶ is the general verb for any sort of learning and/or acquiring.

Hope this helps!

Natsuko (奈津子),
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avatar デイビッド

こんにちは、皆さん。
Hello everyone.

So far on this site, I’ve only come across ‘benkyou’ for ‘to study’ in the lessons. The kanji ‘学’ is listed as ‘manabu’ for ‘to learn’ in the kanji table. Now we have ‘narau’ for ‘to learn’. What’s the difference between the following two sentences, and is the second one correct anyway? They should both mean “Where did you learn Japanese?”

どこで日本語を習いましたか。 Doko de Nihongo naraimashita ka.
どこで日本語を学びましたか。 Doko de Nihongo manabimashita ka.

David.

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Dan-san,
I’m very very sorry for super late reply!!

I’m not sure if I understood your question correctly, but do you mean
two types of sentences like ‘Eki wa doko desu ka’ and ‘doko ni ikimasuka’?
If so, this is rather a matter of sentence types and/or the focus of the question.
For instance, when you ask about the place where you can find an object,
you need to take that object ‘a topic’ of the sentence. On the other hand,
when you ask simply ‘where you are going’ or something like that, you don’t
have a topic unless you take the person as a topic (i.e. Dan-san wa doko ni
ikimasuka?).
I think it’s easier if you learn how to make interrogative sentences when you
learn a new grammar pattern or phrases.
Hope this helps!

Natsuko (奈津子),
Team JapanesePod101.com

avatar Dan

what is the difference when you have a question that starts with an object followed by doko versus some that are initiated with doko?

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Chang san,

こんにちは。
The wa at the end must beは because it’s a particle. :wink:
おいくつですか and 何歳ですか have the same meaning.
The difference is politeness levels.
The former is more polite than the later.

Yuki 由紀
Team JapanesePod101.com

avatar Chang

Yuki, こんにちわ。
Can you please tell me what’s the difference between おいくつですか and 何歳ですか?
よろしく。