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  1. Mio says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei i love your site to learn Japanese but i have one question and as you’re Japanese and a expert in the Language i want to ask are the dictionary and translation legit Japanese? This is the site or

    Or is there a site that do even better translations? Yahoo answers told weblio is translated by Japanese experts and focus on English – Japanese so this site should be better then google translate?

    I love your site

  2. Courtney says:

    マギー先生、あなたの夏休みをお楽しみください!天人さん、よろしくお願いします!天人さん、私の質問を答えてください。「もっと気にとめて」ってどういう意味ですか?Pay more attention?

    • 天人 says:

      こんにちは Courtney,

      Depending on context 気に留める can mean:
      1. To take/pay heed; To take notice of (==> 心にとどめる).
      2. To pay attention (==> 留意する、気を配る、注意を払う).
      3. To keep in mind (==> 忘れないでいる).

      もっと気に留めて!=Pay more attention!


  3. Hi everyone! We will take a vacation from July 17 to August 1st.
    During this period, we can not answer your questions.
    Hope you all have a great summer vacation,too!


  4. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei! Today my questions are kinda loooong so please bear with me. They’re all from Hanasaka Jiisan.

    1. おじいさんとおばあさんは、その木で臼(うす)を作って、おもちをつきました。In this case Tsukimashita means to place or put (Like in Momotarou when the oni chief placed his hands on the ground and apologised, rightt?) If so, is there a kanji for it because i’m working on Kanji.

    2. すると不思議な事に、もちの中から宝物がたくさん出てきました。What is mochi? What does mochi mean in this sentence?

    3. それを聞いた、欲ばりじいさんは、 「わしも、もちをついて宝を手に入れる (Yet again mochi mysteriously appears and I also don’t know what tsuite means in this excerpt. Does it mean something like convinience-because I haven’t read your tsuite lesson yet. I don’t know what tsuite is in this passage.)

    4. おめえの臼を、わしに貸してくれや」 と、臼を無理矢理かりると、自分の家でもちをついてみました.
    As usual mochi appears again but I am not sure what tsuite means in this excerpt. Is it a different tsuite from before or are they the same?

    5.しかし、出てくるのは石ころばかりで、宝物は出てきません。 What is the difference between Ishi and Ishikoro (Or are they just synonyms?)

    6.「いまいましい臼め!」 怒った欲ばりじいさんは、臼をオノでたたきわると、焼いて灰にしてしまいまし た。This is the hardest, (臼をオノでたたきわると)—I have no idea what it means. Usu is signboard or placard but what does ono mean? Also, what is detekiwaruto?)

    Sorry for so many questions but I just really had to ask all of them. Sorry! XD

    Thanks for everything so far! XD
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      The river puppy


      Q 1~4 This つく means “to pound”
      餅= もち= mochi is a sticky rice cake. You make it pounding cooked sticky rice.

      Q5:  石 = rock(s) /stones/ pebbles 石ころ is a kind of cute way to call “pebbles”

      Q6. 臼=usu= is a big mortar, a big bowl to pound rice to make “mochi” (rice cake)
      斧=おの= ono is an ax, a hatchet
      叩き割る= tatakiwaru= smash/to break ~ into pieces

      The river puppy
      I will be gone from tomorrow and will be back in August. I won’t be able to answer your questions until August.

  5. Palidor says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei,

    The parent company of my workplace has an office in Japan, and I’m hoping to get in touch with people there to see if they would be interested in chatting. I’ve written a short message… would you be able to proof-read it for me, please? Thank you very much! :-D


    • Maggie says:


      Hello Paldor

      Your Japanese is really good.

      → Good! To sound more natural, 日本がとても好きなので 、去年の1月から(or に is fine,too) 日本語の勉強を始めました。


      →Good! Or You can combine with the previous sentence.

      →OK, except たくさんの
      たくさんの本やウェブサイト (or インターネットのサイト)などを使って勉強しています。

      →話し合う is “to discuss”. How about, 日本語で話す機会がない(to have no chance to speak in Japanese)


      →誰かスカイプでチャットして頂けませんか?(Usually when we say “chat”, you text to each other and no verbal conversation. If you want to actually talk,

      →I think you meant 見返り but you don’t use 見返り in this case.
      You can use そのお返しに, or その代わりに,
      あげます is “to do something for you” and you use it with someone you know well or someone inferior.

      How about そのお返しに英語とフランス語の会話のお手伝いを致します。

      • Palidor says:

        Hello Maggie Sensei,

        Sorry if this message was posted twice, but the post comment button didn’t work the first time.

        Thank you for your quick reply! I really appreciate your help. I did not know that チャット is different than “chat” the way we think of it in English. :-?

        I had some difficulty writing the last part, as I wasn’t sure at all about how to say I would reciprocate. :( I think I understand what you mean about ~てあげます and how it conveys a feeling of familiarity with the other person. I will definitely go with your suggestion ;8) , but would 差し上げる work as well, or would that sound strange?

        • Maggie says:


          Hello Palidor (I just got one comment from you.)
          差し上げる is a polite form but still it conveys the nuance that “you will do some favor for them” so you should avoid using it.

  6. emptyMx says:

    こんにちは マギー先生





    Hi maggie sensei
    my name is miguel
    i’m from mexico


  7. Marcus Lm says:

    First of all I’m sorry if this is a duplicate question, I don’t know if the post comment button worked :-D . Is 髪の毛 different from 髪? They both mean “hair” don’t they? Is it that 髪の毛 means hair on your body and just 髪 means hair on your head? Thank you very much :-D :-D :-D

    • Maggie says:

      @Marcus Lm

      Hello, Marcus!
      Basically 髪の毛 and 髪 are the same.

      彼女はきれいな髪・髪の毛をしている = She has beautiful hair
      彼の髪・髪の毛の色は僕のと違う。His hair color is different from mine.
      長い髪/長い髪の毛の女性 = A woman with long hair
      髪を切る・髪の毛を切る= to cut one’s hair
      Usually 髪 refers to the whole hair or hairstyle and it sounds more literal than 髪の毛.
      We also use 髪の毛 when we refer to a hair or the quality of hair.

      But when you see someone has a hair on their shoulder you usually use 髪の毛

      Ex. 髪の毛が肩についていますよ。
      = Kaminoke ga kata ni tsuite imasuyo.

  8. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei! I have more questions today, mostly about Hanasaka Jiisan. First of all, thanks for telling me how to say “Holding brown eyes!”. Secondly, I think I understand why yaru was used in the story! You said it’s condescending to use even between friends but since the old man was saying that to his dog, it’s not rude, is it?


    1. 棒(ぼう)を立ててお墓を作りました。Please tell me what this means? I think it says they made a pole and something then made a grave? I don’t understand.

    2. Actually, about te-yaru, I understand why the old man will say hotte-yarou (I’ll dig as you say/for you) but why does the story also say シロを殺されたおじいさんとおばあさんは、なくなく、シロを畑にうめてやると、 棒(ぼう)を立ててお墓を作りました. Notice umete-yaru to? That’s not anybody talking and yet there is a yaru. Is this just style or is there a nuance to it?

    3. I just figured out that korosareta is actually passive form and not causative! (Kinda stupid of me, I know that but I am just a beginner after all) so would the beginning of シロを殺されたおじいさんとおばあさんは—mean something like, “The old man and old woman whose dog, shiro was killed…and so on?

    4. Also, korosu’s causative form would be like…korosasareru and it’s passive causative would be like korosasaserareru right? (Yeaaah, I really need to review the lesson…it’s just that korosu is hard because it ends with su.)

    5. Oh! One last question. 「わしも、大判小判を手に入れる。おめえのシロを、わしに貸してくれや」. This line is said by Yokubari-jiisan. At the end he uses te-kure but he adds a ya. Is this old people speech?

    Thanks for everything so far! XD
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy


      1. They made a grave by digging a grave, covering it with dirt and then sticking a pole on top.

      2. this やる is to bury the dog (in favor of the dog)

      3. Yes.

      4. the causative form of korosu is korosaseru
      (causative passive) korosaserareru)

      5. Yes

  9. Zetsuboumanadeshi says:


    I came across this form 笑ってられる, and though I understand it’s the contracted potential form of 笑って いる, it looks totally weird and raises some questions:

    1. Why is the potential in the いる verb and not in the 笑う verb, like 笑えて いる / 笑えてる. Are these even legitimate forms and if yes, whats the difference to 笑ってられる.

    2. Same question for other combinations, like passive or causativ as -te forms + iru. And combinations like passive causative continuous and what not. If いる can take all these modifications, there are many possible combinations, as absurd as they may be: 食べさせられている, 食べさせていられる, 食べられていさせる, 食べていさせられる. Or even 食べさせられていさせられる :P

    So basically the question is, if I have a -te form + iru/aru and I want to further conjugate it, do I conjugate the -te form or iru/aru or both?

    • 天人 says:

      Hello Zetsuboumanadeshi,
      ~ていられる、~て(は)いられない are fixed constructions, which implies ~ていることができる/~ていることができない, in the context of: …という状態を続けられる/…という状態を続けられない, showing that someone (ex. speaker or subject) is able or not able to continue a particular state in this very moment. This states are usually states that are hard to control. We can translate this as: “Find it easy/hard to…”

      1. ごめん。ごめん。笑わずにいられなかったよ。 (==> This implies that the speaker couldn’t hold his emotions and he just had to laugh.)
      2. 昨日、全然寝なかったから、もう起きていられないのだ。
      3. お前、黙っていられないの?
      4. あの人はじっと座っていられないようだね.

      As for your questions. We have: 食べられている and 食べていられる.
      The first verb implies that:
      1 The speaker can eat something now.
      2. Something is been eating now.
      3. Honorific expression (someone is eating now).

      The second verb implies that the speaker is able to keep the state of eating (食べる状態を続けられる).

      Causative verb (さ)せる combines only with the core verb, thefore there is no 食べていさせる.


      • Maggie says:


        Oh sorry, I just noticed your question.
        But it looks like 天人 already answered your question.
        Thank you for your help, 天人さん!

      • Zetsuboumanadeshi says:

        ありがとうございました。さすが、天人のおかげで勉強していられる。 :test:

  10. Rhea says:

    はじめまして~ Rheaと申します。ポーランド人です。どうぞよろしくお願いします。


    “I’ve been talking about this so much that I don’t want to do it anymore.”

    この「/doing something/ so much… that… /something else/」の一部はちょっと難しいと思いますので、教えてくださいませんか?


    • Maggie says:


      こんにちは、Rhea! マギーの部屋へようこそ!

      「/doing something/ so much… that… /something else/」ですが、文脈(context)によって変わってきますが、

      “I’ve been talking about this so much that I don’t want to do it anymore.”
      を自然な文章で言うと「ずっとこのことばかり話していたので もうやりたくなくなった。」となります。


  11. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei! First of all, i’m sorry that I forgot to put the numbers again. I’ll put them this time! XD. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about Passive form and I read something quite interesting.

    1. この写真は子供の頃を思い出させた. (This picture reminds me of my childhood) note that this sentence is in passive form and yet it uses wo instead of ni.

    I had previously assumed that everything in passive form ends with ni signifying the doer, like:

    Yet the above sentence uses wo for omoidasaseta. There must be a reason for this. How do we know when to use ni or wo for passive sentences? That’s my question.

    2. Also, I was wondering, does
    mean: “I am holding brown eyes.” or “I have brown eyes in my hand”, like if you were some crazy serial killer who dug out people’s eyes? Just wondering…

    Thanks for everything so far! XD
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Thank you for understanding me and adding the numbers. I really appreciate it.
      1. Right. Usually the regular passive form is

      But 思い出させる is a causative verb and it is different.
      A made B do C

      2. In English you say “to have brown eyes” but you don’t usually say that in Japanese.
      is the most natural sentence.

      You can also say
      Ex. His hair is brown
      or you sometimes say

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello Maggie Sensei! I think I will be reviewing the Saseru and Saserareru lesson! XD. I think i’ll understand it now. Ahem, so I have a few questions (Mostly about Hanasaka Jiisan) but first of all, i’d like to say…

        1. Erm, I actually meant to ask if 私は茶色い目を持っています means “I am holding (In my hands) some brown eyes”. You see, I once learnt from a different teacher that it is unnatural to describe body parts like
        私の髪は長いです and that it is much more natural to say 私は髪が長いです. So I know how to say “I have brown eyes”.

        What I want to know is, how would you say “I am holding brown eyes”? Like if there was some crazy person who dug out people’s eyes and he or she was casually telling somebody (In a psycotic way) that there were brown eyes in his or her hand. It’s not important it’s just that, since if i’m not wrong, motteimasu means “Holding” wouldn’t 私は茶色い目を持っています mean “I am holding brown eyes?”.

        2. Aaaanyway, my other question is, what is the difference between say, taberu and tabete-yaru. I read in Hanasaka Jiisan 「おや? ここをほれと言っているのか。よしよし、ほってやろう」 would this have a different meaning if it was just horu?

        It pops up again in シロを殺されたおじいさんとおばあさんは、なくなく、シロを畑にうめてやると、
        Would it be different if it was umeru instead of umete-yaru?

        Basically, does adding a yaru change anything? In terms of nuances. That is all. XD

        Thanks for everything so far! XD
        いつもありがとうございます! XD

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          1. I see. So you want to know how to say “to hold brown eyeballs in your had” literally.


          2. ~てやろう/〜てやる is a very condescending or blunt expression to say “to do something for someone”
          You don’t use that to someone superior. Even between friends.

  12. just a novel lover's says:

    Konbanwa sensei ^^,

    sensei what is the meaning of なりのアメ in this sentence 「ひゃひゃひゃ。どーだ、嬉しいだろう? あたしなりのアメだ、もっと喜べ」 ?

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s

      I don’t know the scene so not sure what this phrase actually means but is someone is giving someone a candy?
      あたしなり this なり means “in my way” “in my special way”
      Candy can refer to something that make other people happy.

    • just a novel lover's says:

      it’s the continuation of the sentence that I ask days ago sensei, where the MC see something shocking LOL,

      so can I use “I’m giving you a “treat” in my special way”?

      on that note, you need to sleep early sensei, it’s not good for your beauty to sleep late, you know. ^^

  13. just a novel lover's says:

    Sensei help me please T_T

    in this sentence ユエル自身はゴブリンぐらいなら大量に来ても大丈夫かもしれないが、後ろにいる俺はタコ殴りにされそうだ。 

    what is タコ means? is it octopus or kite? and what is にされ means? because I never meet with that word before T_T

  14. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei! It’s me again and I have yet more questions. First of all, I just want to say, thanks for the corrections! Is it always turned into ni for passive sentences?

    Anyway, i’ve decided to continue reading Momotarou and there are even more lines I don’t quite get. Please help me.

    1. At the end of the story, there is a line which says:
    I don’t quite get it. From What I think, it says

    Direct Translation: So then, the three of them, at the treasure gods, lived on so they say.
    Refined Translation: Ever since then, it is said that the three of them lived happily at the treasure gods.

    Is the “treasure gods” a hotel or something? Am I misinterperating the “de” in this sentence?

    2. Before the end there is also another text which is strange. 桃太郎とイヌとサルとキジは、鬼から取り上げた宝物をくるまにつんで、元気よく 家に帰りました。

    What does the kuruma in this sentence mean? Jisho says it means car but that would mean their loading the treasure into a car! There was no mention of a car earlier in the story and I don’t think there were cars in momotarou’s time.

    3. Before this sentence was another sentence which was also, a little bit confusing.
    「まいったぁ、まいったぁ。こうさんだ、助けてくれぇ」 と、手をついてあやまりました。
    This was said by the ogre chief.

    From what I think, he’s saying: I’m beaten, I give up, I surrender! Please help me!—Isn’t it odd he’s asking Momotarou (Who is beating him) to help him? I think I am misunderstanding it. Also, what does the to mean in this sentence? Is it like to iimashita or to as in and (As in, in addition to saying the lines, he also did something with his hands and apologised.)

    4. Which is my final question. what does と、手をついてあやまりました, mean? I know ayamaru is to apologise but what does the te and the tsuite (I have no idea what tsuite means in this case) have to do with apologising?

    Sorry for so many questions but please answer them. After this I think I only have on last question but that’s for later.

    Thanks for everything so far! XD
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy


      1. Ah OK,
      (something/someone) のおかげで= means ” Thanks to (something/someone) ”
      So 宝物のおかげで means “thanks to the treasure

      2. くるま here means “a handcart”

      3. You are right. The ogre was begging Momotarou not to kill him.

      4. 「~~」 と、手をついてあやまりました。

      ~と is a particle to quote. So it means “apologized saying ” ~~~~ ” kneeling down on the ground

      Watch this video, You will get the visual idea.

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello Maggie Sensei! It’s me again and I have yet more questions.

        First of all, I just want to say, thanks for the corrections in the passive sentence post! Is it always turned into ni for passive sentences, like ドッグフウドは犬に食べられた with no exceptions?

        Also, thanks alot Maggie Sensei! The story makes much more sense now. However, I still have one question on Momotarou.

        Just after 鬼ヶ島では、鬼たちが近くの村からぬすんだ宝物やごちそうをならべて、酒盛りの 真っ最中です。There is a line which reads 「みんな、ぬかるなよ。それ、かかれ!」

        What does it mean and who is saying it? Is it the ogres or Momotarou? I have no idea what it means at all. Is it something like, everybody don’t panic or something like that? I have no idea what kakare means…

        Also, on another story (I am trying to read all of them) there is a line which is said from an old man to his dog named shiro. 「おや? ここをほれと言っているのか。よしよし、ほってやろう」 I think it means “Oh? You’re telling me to look here are you? Alright, alright, let’s dig and see.”

        Why isn’t it 言っているか but instead 言っているのか? Why did the old man say no ka? Is it old people speech?

        Also, I recently read that besides “Hey!”, ほら can mean “Look here!” is this true?

        Oh and another thing, you said the oni chief was apologising? It read と、手をついてあやまりました。What does tsuite mean in this sentence?

        I know you’ve said many times before that you don’t do translation work but please help me! XD

        Thanks for everything so far! XD
        いつもありがとうございます! XD

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          ぬかるな means “Watch what you’re doing” ”Be alert!”
          それかかれ= Attack them now!
          You are reading Hanasaka Jiisan?
          の is to emphasize or nominalization of a verb. You usually add it Verb + の+ か = whether you do ~ or not

          ここをほれと言っているのか means “You are telling me to dig here?”
          Yes, it’s true. ほら means “Look!”
          手をつく means put one’s hands somewhere (in this case on the ground)

          As I asked you before, please put the number for your questions.) And I can deal with a couple of questions at a time.

  15. 天人 says:

    As always I need your help in Japanese ^ ^
    Todays lesson is about ~ぶり.
    My book doesn’t explain me the difference between ~ぶり and ~かた.
    EX 書きぶり vs 書き方、話しぶり vs 話し方


    • Maggie says:



      ~ぶり and 方 can be interchangeable when they are used as a style/manner of (writing /talk).

      I can tell that he is lying by the way he talks.

      It is a vigorous way (stile) of writing.

      But usually you use ぶり to describe the way you do something and 方 is just a manner/form.

      Therefore you use 振り when you want to say “how to ~”
      = I don’t know how to write this kanji.
      but you don’t say この漢字の書きぶりがわかりません。

      Also if you compare

      While いい食べ方 just mean “the way someone eats something” いい食べっぷり means “a good eater” who gorges clearing one’s plates.

      働きぶり = the way you work actively/lively
      働き方 = the way you work

      • 天人 says:

        Thank you very much for the answer!
        I also found some nouns combined with ~ぶり. I’ll try to translate them. Please correct me, if I’m wrong. Please check also what is written in (). That’s how I feel the word (自分の語感です). I think this ぶり implies that something / someone evinces (shows) a lot of something.
        Or does it show just a manner of / style / a way of being of something or someone?

        天才ぶり Someone’s genius (implying what a big genius someone is)
        悪人ぶり Someone’s evil way of being / human-devil
        大物びり The importance (implying that something has an enormous importance)
        成熟ぶり Someone’s maturity ( implies that someone’s young but at the same time very mature)
        働きぶり The way someone’s works (implying a full of vigor, dynamic work)
        献身ぶり Someone’s dedication to (implying how much someone dedicates to)
        狂乱ぶり hmmm… chaotic state of something (implying that something’s very chaotic)
        熱中ぶり hmmm… enthusiasm (implying someone’s enthusiastic attitude to)
        無能ぶり hmmm… incompetence / inability (implying that someone is a total amatour, an anti-talent)


        • Maggie says:

          Wow! お疲れ様!

          Basically Noun+ぶり means “the way someone is ~ ” Ex. 献身ぶり= the way you dedicate
          but a lot of time we just translated as a noun form, → “dedication”

          But your translation/interpretation is good!

          Your “hmmm” ones..
          狂乱ぶり= Good or frenzy also works.
          熱中ぶり= enthusiasm
          無能ぶり=yes incompetence

          What else…
          戦いぶり = the way someone fight

          We also say
          男っぷり (男ぶり)
          女っぷり (女ぶり)
          charm as a man/woman

          お母さんぶり= the way someone trying to act like a mother


          • 天人 says:

            Uff, やったぞ! This lesson with ~ぶり/~っぷり was longer than I expected.
            マギー先生, thank you very much for your support.
            Final question about this topic.
            思わせぶりな彼女を振り向かせる10の方法。 (笑)
            Does this sentence imply that her behavior is suggestive?
            My intuition tells me that the correct translation would be “10 ways how to make her pay intention in a suggestive / coquette way”. But this 「な」 doesn’t fit here… It implies that 彼女 is 思わせぶり >.<
            Thanks for everything and see you soon ^ ^

          • 天人 says:

            Ok, I thing I got the answer.
            思わせぶりな modifiers not 彼女 but 10の方法. でしょ?

          • Maggie says:

            That’s right. 思わせぶりな modifies 10の方法 :)
            The translation will be something like..
            10 ways to get a suggestive girl’s attention.

  16. darkakira says:

    Hello, could you please explain me the meaning of 夢中になりすぎていたせいと、風上だったため in the following sentence. My fast translation – “Because they were too absorbed, and the wind was blowing to their faces(?)…”


  17. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei! It’s me again and I have yet more questions. I’ve just finished reading the passive form lesson and although it was very difficult, I think I understand it. However, I have some questions on appropriate particles.

    彼は牛が殺されたーーー>Does this mean “He was killed by the cow.” or should it be

    because if I was saying it directly (The cow killed him) it would be 牛は彼を殺した yet を just sounds weird to me here. Also, could I substitute all the Kare (wa)s with Kare ga? (As in terms of subject emphasis?)

    Also, I don’t know if the following sentence is correct or natural but I just want to ask if Ru-Verbs passive and potential forms are actually the same (And if they are do we only have common to sense to tell them apart?)


    In English this would (Or should if I got it wrong) mean: Mainichi Shimbun’s featured article, “Can you eat a dog?” is eaten by a dog.

    Notice how “Can eat” and “is Eaten” are the same? Well…are they supposed to be the same, writing wise?

    Thanks for everything so far! XD
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Hi again,

      1) Both 彼は牛が殺された and 彼は牛を殺された are wrong.

      He was killed by a cow in Japanese is

      2) 毎日新聞の”犬を食べられますの”という特集は犬をたべられます

      This sentence is wrong.
      You have to say 毎日新聞の「犬を食べられます(a) か?」という特集は犬に食べられました(b) 。

      (a) this 食べられる is “can you eat”
      (b) this 食べられる is “be eaten” (Passive)

  18. just a novel lover's says:

    Konnichiwa sensei ^^

    sensei in this sentence いつも通う大衆酒場は味良し、量良し、値段良しで元気なミニスカウェイトレスもいる。それに加えてメニューと人員を変えて二四時間営業という、日本の居酒屋も真っ青な経営だ。 

    is 真っ青な経営だ means “it’s a deep blue management.”?

  19. mona says:

    こんにちは。maggie 先生 :ii:

    「おっしゃっていただければ、大丈夫です」この文章について、意味はIf you tell me will be fine??
    you must tell me before? と言う意味ですか?

    ありがとうございます。 :w: :zzzz2:

    • Maggie says:


      Hi Mona! 元気?
      It depends on the context but the literal translation is “Please just tell me. That will be enough/That will do.(You don’t have to do anything else) “

  20. just a novel lover's says:


    what is くれてる means in それに慕ってくれてるのは事実だけれど、純粋なユエルをそういう目で見ようとすると、なんだか少女を騙して食い物にしているような気分になってくる。

  21. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei! While I am waiting for the passive form lesson, I decided to read the story of momotarou. Although there were a few new words, I managed to understand it’s grammar thanks to you! (I would never have known what —ni chigainai was before you told me!XD) However, I have run into some trouble with one of the sentences. Please tell me what it means.


    From what I understand, it’s: In the Ogre Island, the ogres were dividing treasure and a feast stolen from the nearby forest whilst partying.

    (In The Ogre Island—The Ogres—From the nearby forest—Distributing stolen treasure and stolen feast and—In the middle of celebration)

    I don’t think my translation makes sense because you can’t steal a feast! (Or didid they steal a feast?) Is the feast stolen? I don’t really know if it’s yagochisou (Some word jisho says doesn’t exist) or if it means
    ya gochisou (And feast)—Which as I said, doesn’t make sense. Please help me!!!

    Also, what’s the proper way to write 鬼が島? The story writes it as鬼ヶ島 but my keyboard shows
    鬼が島 as a first choice.

    There’s also 2 other less complicated questions I have but this is all for now.
    Thanks for everything so far! XD
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      The passive lesson will be released today.
      鬼が島= It is a name of an island. You read it “Onigashima”
      And feast is ごちそう(=gochisou) not やごちそう. や means “and”
      This 盗んだ (nusunda) could modify both 宝物(takaramono) and ごちそう(=gochisou) or just 宝物(takaramono) .

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello Maggie Sensei! Thanks for updating so quickly! And thanks for answering my question too. Also, it seems I have (in a very embarassing way) accidentally wrote me instead of nu. (Sorry about that) Anyway, sensibly it should only modify treasure so it’s probably distributing stolen treasure and feasting and also partying. I guess in Japanese we simply adopt the most sensible translation! XD

        Anyway, thanks alot, though I still have some more questions. Earlier in the story, I read:

        I didn’t really understand this for several reasons.

        1. What does the volitional form really mean? I once studied it and know how to conjugate but I don’t really know why we use it. Is it the informal version of mashou? Because that wouldn’t really make sense.

        2. What does nanto mean? I looked it up and it says it means what, how or whatever. (None of which really make sense however)

        3. What’s the point of kitte-miru in this sentence? I learnt te-miru (From a different site) means to do and see (If the result is good) Like if you were to tell a friend that it’d be a good idea to visit a new cinema, you’d end it in te-miru. I don’t get why it’s in this sentence.

        All in all, I think it says (And this will sound strange because I don’t really understand):
        Then, the old man and old lady in order to willingly eat the peach, cut the peach to see whatever a good, healthy baby boy flew out from the peach to them.

        I get there’s a kimashita at the end to mean that the baby didn’t just fly out to the moon but generically flew out/appeared from the peach. Justt a normal te-kuru but thehe other bits I don’t really understand. Please help me. After this I only have 1 question left. XD

        Thanks for everything so far! XD
        いつもありがとうございます! XD

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          1. 食べましょう(=tabemashou) means “Let’s eat!”
          食べよう(=tabeyou) could also mean”Let’s eat”” and as you said it is more informal.
          The other way of using 食べよう (=tabeyou) is volitional form.
          to try to eat

          Usually you use with と(=to) : intend to do something,to do something in order to ~ , to do something to ~

          ~ようとする(=you to suru) = in order to do something
          〜ようと思う (=to omou)

          In this case
          〜ようと切る(= you to kiru) to cut the peach to eat

          2. なんと Your translation is “whatever a good” but it is an exclamation to show their surprised feeling, “Oh my….”
          so in this case, “to their surprise”

          3. kittemiru = to give it a try and cut it

          4. This 飛び出してきました(=tobidashite kimashita) means “jumped out (from the giant peach””

  22. just a novel lover's says:

    sensei, I have a great difficulty in this sentence T_T


    I don’t know what なんつーもん and やがんだか means T_T

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s

      Because they are all very colloquial.
      なんつーもん ← なんというもの
      穿(は)いてやがんだか ←はいているんだ
      (showing the surprised/disgust feelings for what you just saw)
      Probably he saw someone who looks childish was wearing something very”surprising”.

    • just a novel lover's says:

      ugh, no wonder T_T

      if only there are colloquial dictionary out there T_T

      thanks sensei ^^

      and you are right sensei, the thing he saw are really mind blowing LOL

  23. just a novel lover's says:


    in そしてくっと顎(あご)を上げると、ゆっくりと目を閉じた。 

    what is くっと means?

  24. just a novel lover's says:

    ohayou, sensei.
    hisashiburi desune, genki~?

    sensei, sensei. I have a question ^^

    what is ぷにっと means?

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s

      Ohayou! Hontou hisashiburi desune.

      ぷにっと is a slang word from ぷにぷにする
      you describe something flabby
      お腹がぷにぷにしている/ぷにっとしている = to have flabby tummy

  25. Valter says:

    Hi Maggie,
    here I am back again!
    Do you have any lesson regarding the form あげる?
    Can I say はたらきあげる [to finish work]?
    In a phrase as such: At what time do you finish working?/At what time do you leave the office?
    Thank you for your kind help.

    • Maggie says:


      Hi Valter! Welcome back!
      I don’t have a lesson on あげる
      No. We don’t day that. The most natural way to say
      At what time do you finish working?/At what time do you leave the office?
      will be
      = Nanji ni shigoto ga owarimasu ka?
      (more casual)
      = Nanji ni shigoto ga owarimasu ka?

      But there is a special expression

      (仕事が)あがる = (shigoto) ga agaru

      Ex. 今日、何時にあがりますか?

      • Valter says:

        Thank you Maggie!!
        Very useful as usual…:-)
        Just wondering; in which cases can you use あげる?
        Let say, てべあげる [finish eat]. Would you say that? I mean, is there any general rule for that?
        That special expression can be used in place of the other one above?
        I know I can be stressful…ごめんなさい!!

        • Maggie says:

          You don’t say 食べあげる
          The verbs that you can use with ~あがる/あげる are limited.
          You use ~あがる/あげる not just when you finish doing something. You have to focus on the completion of some actions.


          • Valter says:

            Ok, understood!
            Is there anyway to recognize the verbs that support あがる/あげる?
            In that case: how to say “I’ve just finished eating”?

          • Maggie says:

            “I’ve just finished eating”

            あがる= intransitive verb

            あげる= transitive verb

  26. The river puppy says:

    Sorry for the strange message! I have no idea why but (Pardon my language) the STUPID message box decided to paste my email into the message. Well it doesn’t matter because I have multiple accounts. Anyway, sorry for that. This message box is impossible to use!!! Ahem, anyway, please ignore that part of the message (But not the whole message!) XD

  27. Jin Blackman says:

    Hi Maggie Sensei, I am still beginner in Japanese at Uni and I would like to know how to use and when to use こと and の before verb, noun and adj. thanks

    • Maggie says:

      @Jin Blackman
      Hi Jin,
      I have been getting lots of requests to make a lesson on こと.
      In short, こと is used to nominalize a verb.
      For example
      to study = 勉強する= べんきょうする= benkyou suru
      But when you want to say “Studying everyday is very important”, you have to nominalize the verb “study” so you add こと(koto)

      = Mainichi,benkou suru koto wa taisetsu desu.

      In casual Japanese, you use の(=no) instead of こと(=koto)

      = べんきょうするのはたいせつです。
      = Mainichi, benkyou suru nowa taisetsu desu.

      Will work on the lesson soon. Please wait.

  28. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie sensei! It’s been a long time since I last asked a question because i’ve been slacking off. However, i’m back to study seriously now! XD. Anyway, I recently re-attempted to understand the difficult Sareru/Saserareru lesson and it’s still pretty hard. Anyway, I have a question on it.

    If Nomu—>Nomaseru (Force somebody to drink) and Nomaserareru (Be Forced by somebody to drink)
    and Yaru—>Yaraseru (Forced somebody to do) and Yaraserareru (Be Forced by somebody to do) then would Taberu be—>Tabeseru and Tabeserareru?

    Do I make nai-form and then append seru/serareru? Also, can I change it to seru and sereru instead of serareru? Also, I read that this is the same as potential form but I don’t think so. Since (Can Drink) is Nomeru and can do is Yareru, how is that the same? It’s not the same, right?

    Altogether I am extremely confused (As Usual) so please help me! XD
    Thanks for everything! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Hello! おひさしぶりです!

      Q : Then would Taberu be—>Tabeseru and Tabeserareru?

      A : Tabesaseru and Tabesaserareru

      Q : Do I make nai-form and then append seru/serareru?

      Basically that rule apply for ru-verbs (taberu, deru, okiru.etc.) but it won’t work with する(-suru), くる(=kuru)

      Q: Also, I read that this is the same as potential form but I don’t think so. Since (Can Drink) is Nomeru and can do is Yareru, how is that the same? It’s not the same, right?

      No, they are not the same.

      BTW have you learned “passive form”? If you haven’t learned passive form, causative verbs might be hard.
      I will release a lesson on “passive form” soon so please wait.

      • The River Puppy says:

        Hmmm…why is it saseru sometimes and other times just seru? I saw you write Nakaseru and yet Nomaseru. So it isn’t a Ru-Verb, U-Verb difference thing so…??? I am confused…I Will wait for your lesson! XD

        • Maggie says:

          @The River puppy

          Oh that was you. I took care of it. (Your previous two comments has your email address so I erased them.)
          You are right “naku” and “nomu” is u-verb

          To make someone cry, drink ~ seru
          naku →nakaseru
          nomu →nomaseru

          Someone made/makes you cry/drink 〜sareru

          naku →nakasareru
          nomu →nomasaeru

  29. Hashirama Senju says:

    Konbanwa Maggie-sensei !

    I need some clarification about what I read in a manga. It’s in Black Butler, and the queen says : “Kore kara mo sono kawaii ohana o hikutsukasete oite”
    I understand everything except “hikutsukasete oite”, what does it mean ?

    Thank you so much for your time and thank you so much for your amazing blog !

  30. Kinga says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei!

    I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful website. You are doing a great work here !star! This site is helping me a lot in my studying and I have a long way to go… Arigatou gozaimasu! !JYANE! :yy: :yy: :yy:

    • Maggie says:


      Hello Kinga,
      Thank you for the nice message!!! Your comment made my day!
      Hope you have fun studying Japanese.
      がんばって! !heart3!

  31. 天人 says:

    Hello dear Maggie! How are you?
    As always, I have a question for you ^ ^.Is there a difference between ~はさておき、~はともかく(として) and ~はともあれ?
    To be honest, I don’t see any differences (meaning the same, usage the same), and my grammar book says 「微妙な語感の差がある」…
    The question is, can we use this patterns interchangeably? Or is there a rule that in some cases we use this and in some cases we use that?
    Secound question: たとえ補欠であろうと、何はともかく/ともあれ合格できたんだからよかったよ。 Which pattern fitts here better and why?

    • Maggie says:


      Let me answer the second question first.
      It should be 何はともあれ. It is just an idiomatic expression.

      The usage of 〜はともあれ is more limited because it is tends to be used for idiomatic expression such as 何はともあれ,


      The nuance difference:
      さておき when you intend to change the topics completely or when you are going to talk about something more important.
      (The speaker doesn’t want to talk about work anymore and wants to change the subject and talk about summer vacation.)

      ともかく You may use this when you change the topics as さておき (Ex. それはさておき/ ともかく宿題やった?)

      While さておき is used when a speaker wants to leave the original subject and talk about unrelated subject, you use ともかく when you compare something understandable and something unexpected.

      You understand children are into this game but even adults are also into this game.

      • 天人 says:

        Thank you very much for the answer.
        As for your first answer. ともあれ is not the only pattern, which combines with 何. There’s also 何はともかく and 何はさておき, which implies 他のことに優先して、先ず~ just like 何はともあれ. So where’s the difference between 何はともあれ and 何はともかく and 何はさておき?

        As for the second answer. “While さておき is used when a speaker wants to leave the original subject and talk about unrelated subject, you use ともかく when you compare something understandable and something unexpected.”
        ==> I found out that さておき can also be used in such context.
        Ex) Aさんは贅沢品はさておき日常の必需品にもことかいている。
        This construction implies Aは言うまでもなく、Bも/まで~.


        • Maggie says:


          何はともあれ When you leave the original subject and make a conclusion
          何はさておき as you said, when you talk about first priority
          何はともかく Some people use it instead of なにはともあれ but this expression is not so common.


          Ah OK, as I said we use さておき when you put the previous topics aside. Also you use さておき when you implies “even” when it is used with particular particles, such as にも, さえ

          I will add more usages if I think of any.

  32. blahrius says:

    こんにちは Maggie先生!

    Sorry to have to trouble you, but I am making an announcement about a party that’s being held at our university and I think people misunderstood the deadline for replies as the actual party date.

    I want to clear this up. Can you please check what I wrote? I don’t want any more misunderstandings. >_<


    そのパーティーは(date of party)の(time of party)から開始されるものですが、
    (name of person organizing the event)さんは人数を把握したがっているので、(date of deadline for replies)までに参加か不参加かを教えていただきたいです。

    パーティーは(date of deadline)ではありません。申訳ないです。

    Is that right? Also, I am sending this message to people in my dormitory. Does this sound too formal?

    • Maggie says:



      そのパーティーは(date of party)の(time of party)から開始されるものですが、→パーティーは(date of party)の(time of party)から始まります。
      (name of person organizing the event)さんは人数を把握したがっているので、→ How about adding something like 準備の関係上、人数を把握する必要があるので(name of person organizing the event) に
      (date of deadline for replies)までに参加か不参加かを教えていただきたいです。→OK

      パーティーは(date of deadline)ではありません。→OK
      申訳ないです。→How about 前のご案内で日にちを誤解をされた方がいらっしゃる様です。失礼いたしました。

      • blahrius says:



        Just another quick question, actually I am announcing this to a LINE group that I am in, but the person organizing the event is not there. I am actually the one in charge of counting the number of people participating, so in that case, can I still use “準備の関係上、人数を把握する必要があるので(name of person organizing the event) に (date of deadline for replies)までに参加か不参加かを教えていただきたいです”?

        • Maggie says:


          If people should let you know if they are coming or not and you have to tell that person how many people are coming

          “(準備の関係上、)(name of person organizing the event) に最終の人数を伝えなければいけないので (date of deadline for replies)までに参加か不参加かを教えていただきたいです”?

  33. Valter says:

    Hi Maggie,
    could you please help me with the future tense? Is there a grammar rule to create the future tense of a verb?
    ex. I will go/come, I will buy etc.
    Thank you

  34. Charles says:


    I read そんななまえはいっかしょでしかきったごと as -a name only heard in one place, but ことがない
    usually means something never occurs. So how does そんな名前は一箇所でしか聞いたことがない mean

    -a name only heard in one place, I though it would be そんな名前は一箇所でしか聞いたことがある

    Also I this girl in the story speaks in a heavy Kansai dialect, is there a good reference that goes from kansai dialect to standard Japanese somewhere online?

  35. Valter says:

    Hi Maggieせんせい
    I am back to my favorite Japanese teacher :-D
    Could you please help me with the use of must?
    Ex. You worked very hard. You must be tired.
    You must study very hard to pass the exam.

    • Maggie says:


      Hi Valter! Welcome back!
      1) When you assume something
      You must be tired
      = 疲れたに違いない
      → But the it is not natural. We just say 疲れたでしょう。

      It must be expensive

      2) When you have to do something ~なければならない/いけない
      You must study very hard to pass the exam
      = 試験に受かるためには一生懸命(いっしょうけんめい)/or がんばって勉強しなくてはいけない。

      • Valter says:

        Thank you very much Maggieせんせい!!
        So just to double check…
        おいしかったに違いない [It must be tasty];
        かのじょ きれいでしたに違いない [She must be pretty]
        Is that a rule? abj(past)+[に]+違いない
        Therefore if I want to say “That car looks quite heavy” [その くらまはなにともおもいかったに違いない], is that correct?
        But, how can I say : “You look handsome in that photo”?


        • Maggie says:


          [It must be tasty]おいしかったに違いない
          [She must be pretty]かのじょ きれいでしたに違いない →かのじょはきれいにちがいない・きれいなひとにちがいない
          na-adj きれいに・しずかに past tense きれいだったに しずかだったに+ 違いない
          i-adj かわいいに, たかいに past tense かわいかったに, たかかったに+ 違いない

          Again as I said before, in conversation we just say
          ((だ)った)でしょう or (絶対に)~と思います(I think/bet she is cute)
          Ex. 彼女はかわいいでしょう。・(絶対に)かわいいと思います。

          That car looks quite heavy” If the car just looks heavy you say その車は重そうだ
          If you are pretty sure and say “that car must be heavy” then you can say その車は重いに違いない

          You look handsome in that photo”?

  36. jehdal says:

    HI maggie`s 先生

    日本語では「my best wishes for you」とか「have a nice day」とか「have a great party」何と言うですか


    • jehdal says:

      丁寧形 と 普通形  教えてくれませんか お願いします

      • Maggie says:


        ごめんなさい。このコメントは前の質問のWishes, have a nice day, have a great dayの丁寧形と普通形ということですか?
        I wrote casual form just in case.

    • Maggie says:


      こんにちは、Jehdal! 私は元気ですよ!聞いてくれてありがとう。

      my best wishes for you = It depends on the situation but 幸運(こううん)を祈(いの)ります= Good luck / うまくいきますように= Umaku ikimasu you ni. Hope something works out/goes well.etc.
      Have a nice day = いい日を過ごしてください。(casual いい日を過ごしてね。)
      Have a great party = パーティーを楽しんで下さい。(casual パーティー、楽しんでね)

      • jehdal says:

        HI maggie 先生

        例えば 大人と若い人が同じですか

        • Maggie says:


          Have a nice (birthday) day! = 素敵な誕生日を過ごして下さい。
          Have a great party 楽しいパーティーになりますように。
          my best wishes for you (名前)の幸せを祈っています。


          • jehdal says:

            そうですね 英語と日本語ちょっと。。。違うだから 外国人いつも間違えた :-P
            けどmaggie’s 先生の説明してくれた後

          • Maggie says:



  37. Charles says:

    Thank you for the response. There was one more phrase that I was uncertain about.

    つい深酒をしないと限らないので、彼はさっさと寝ようと決断した。 I read it as –

    Since he wasn’t sure he wouldn’t get staggering drunk, he decided (to try) to get some sleep

    The 寝ようと決断した, does it mean he decided to TRY to get some sleep, or only that he decided to go to sleep.

    • Maggie says:


      The literal translation of 寝ようと決断した is
      He decided that he is going to sleep.
      But the natural translation would be just “he decided to go to sleep/ get some sleep”

  38. Charles says:

    Sorry for the length, I wasn’t sure of how much context you would need to answer. I’ve been learning Japanese for 3 months, and your site has been a godsend for explaining different things. Anyways, on to the question.
    I understand what the passage is saying, but the exact functions of some of the particle constructs elude me.

    と and は give me trouble


    • Maggie says:


      Hello Charles,
      は has a function to show the contrast and emphasizes what comes before は.
      In this case it stressed the part, I WAS AWARE that I sighed a lot

      You use と has a function to quote something or as a relative clause.
      ~ と言う = to say ~
      〜と怒る= to be angry saying ~
      〜と認める = to accept that ~
      〜と知る= to know that ~
      〜と自覚をする= to be aware that ~

  39. jehdal says:

    HI maggies 先生 

    お久しぶり 二人さんは元気ですか

    へへ 僕はも一度疑問がある :-D
    この文は教えてくれる :-D

    1)—> 今はこういうのがウケるんだよ
    2)—> 条件を飲んだらの話だ 「お茶飲みながら。。。」  同じですか
    3)—> ビジネスとしてなら聞いてやる = I’m listening, if you have a business
    4)—> これ「旦か」と これ「旭」 同じ意味ですか 違うですか 「あきらか」おくりがなはどこまでですか


    • Maggie says:


      1) people love this kind of thing now. / People think this kind of thing is funny now.
      2) 条件を飲む= is an idiom. accept/admit the condition
      3) ~として= as ~ / ~としてなら→ If it is something related to business, I will give it a try and listen to you
      4) これ「旦か」と これ「旭」 同じ意味ですか 違うですか →違いますか?
      The each kanji means
      旦 dawn, the way the sun rises
      旭 rising sun, morning sun
      But we don’t usually use these kanji individually.

      • jehdal says:

        1)この「ウケる」 どんなうけるですか  それにこの文では「ウケる」何と意味ですか
        4)今新プログラムの漢字を練習しますけどその漢字は難しいです、どうしていつもその漢字を探していた いろいろな意味が見つけた だからいつもそれは私を混乱させる
        この写真によると旦か=あきらかです 写真ですーーー>


        • Maggie says:


          1) ウケる is a slang word. It is used to describe something funny or something that makes you laugh. Or something interesting.
          4) I understand that 旦か=あきらか but we rarely use kun reading. I wouldn’t worry about it.


          • jehdal says:


            スラングですね。。。 MMM だから 絶対分かりません
            スラングの辞書がありますか、日本人がこのスラングが分からない時どうやって、どこで探してか、 maggie’s 先生に尋ねて来た? :-P

            de nuevo muchas gracias por contestar y por todo!!

          • Maggie says:


            ウケるを説明したレッスンもあります。 若者言葉

            No hay de qué. Gracias por visitar esta página web!

  40. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie sensei! Thanks for the corrections and that makes good sense. I still wanted to ask though, do Japanese people prefer a romaji input system for Japanesed typing or do they prefer the kana inputt method? What system do you use Maggie sensei?

    Also, I was wondering, are there any rules to expressing least to most in Japanese?
    For example:

    This cake tastes sweet but that cake is sweeter.
    She is fat but he is fatter
    Cats may be cute but dogs are the cutest

    What are the rules for Good—>Better—>Best? If 最高 means best, do we append sai-to superlative terms? Like, biggest—>最大. If so, ae there any rules and can we modify everything with it?

    Also, i’ve decided to resume my kanji studies now! Well, I want to learn about intransitive and transitive verbs first beforore I begin. I hear you can tell what a transitive verb’s intransitive counterpart is based on a few rules. Anyway, thanks for all your help so far! Please answer!

    Also, would 風が車を吹き飛んだ mean “The wind blew the car away?”. I’m just trying to come up with as many cohesive sentences as I can…

    PS: I think i’m pretty sure about this but just to be dead sure, can n be used for emphasis? Like in terms of Kare dattanda. It was HIM!

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Hi I type romaji input system as most people do in Japan.

      When you compare things, you use もっと
      = Kono keiki wa amai ga ano keiki wa motto amai.

      = Kanojo wa futotte iru ga kare wa motto futotte iru.

      = Neko wa kawaii kamo shirenai ga inu wa motto kawaii.

      最 works only with certain word.
      You can say 一番(=ichiban) for the the most

      一番高い= Ichiban takai = the most expensive

      I can’t tell you the rules for intransitive verb and transitive verb here. It is too complicated to explain here.

      “The wind blew the car away?

      The river puppy, Do me a favor? Can you put the number of your questions? That way it will be easier for me to answer the questions.
      Also I know you always have all good questions that other people can learn from them but I can handle a few questions at at time. :)

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello Maggie sensei! Thanks for answering, it was very helpful! And i’m really happy to know that i’m now using the same input as Japanese people!!! XD

        Ahem, so first of all:

        1. Oh, sorry about that. I should have known intransitive and transitive was a really long lesson. However, I think I can figure it out if I think on it more. Sorry! XD

        2. OHH! I’M SOOO SORRY! I FORGOT TO PUT THE NUMBERS! 1,000 apologies!

        3. Oh, yeah, i’m really sorry about that. I ask too many questions at once! Sorry, I will lessen them. However, you answered the most important ones so it doesn’t matter! XD. I will type less questions from now on.

        Thanks for everything so far and i’m so sorry for all the mistakes!

  41. Valter says:

    Hallo Maggie sensei
    Can you kindly help me to understand better the use of “can” and “may” in a question?
    ex: Can I borrow the pencil? [えんぴつを かりてもいいですか。]
    May I call you sometimes? [?]


    • Maggie says:


      Hi Valter!
      May I call you sometime?

      (こちらから)電話してもいいですか? Basic
      (こちらから)電話してもいいでしょうか? Polite
      (こちらから)お電話してもよろしいでしょうか? Very polite

      The basic pattern :

      = V temo ii desuka?

      V てもいいでしょうか? (polite)
      V てもよろしいでしょうか?(polite/formal)
      Vていただいてもよろしいでしょうか?(Very polite/formal)

      • Valter says:

        Thank you Maggie for your fast reply!!
        So, there is no difference between may and can in a question. Always can use もいいですか
        Can I use ときどき for sometimes? [ときどきでんわしてもいいですか。]
        What is the exact meaning of こちらから?

        Thank you for your patience (I am a beginner)

        • Valter says:

          すみません Maggie!
          On a second thought..
          でんわしてもいいですか。sounds quite generic (Can I make a phone call?) as I am asking permission to use somebody phone.
          Is there a way to be more specific on addressing the question (to you, to him)?
          One more thing. :oops: Is it the following sentence correct?
          あなたのでんわばんごは しってもいいですか。May I know your telephone number?
          Thank you again!!

          • Maggie says:


            If you are asking permission to use somebody’s phone, you say
            = Denwa wo karite mo ii desu ka?
            = odenwa wo okari shite mo yoroshii deshouka?

            So back to your question, you can say
            Can/May I call you = 電話をしてもいいですか?

            May I know your telephone number?
            Could you give me your phone number?

            お電話番号を教えて頂けますか? (polite)

        • Maggie says:


          May I / Can I? When you are asking for a permission, “may” is more polite so when you translate it in Japanese, it will be safer to use いいですか/よろしいですか? If you want to show the difference between “may” and “cam” just change the politeness.

          And sure you can say ときどき

          こちらから means “from me/from my side”. It may sound redundant but it is a set phrase. May I call you? = (こちらから)電話をしてもいいですか?

          • Valter says:

            ありがとう ございます!!
            マッギェせんせいが いちばん すきです :-D


  42. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei! Thanks for answering! I don’t think I can find the website anymore but I will keep looking! On a side note, I heard the difference between nandemo nai and betsu ni is that nandemo nai means “It isn’t anything important” while betsu ni means I don’t want to talk about it. Is this correct?

    Also, do you think it’s good if I begin studying kanji for reals now? I had most of N4 and all of N5 kanji memorised before I started on your site but I may have forgotten some now. So…do you think I should start re-learning?

    Another thing, can mochi be appended to feeling or even literal item words? I heard okane mochi means rich guy so how would you say something like, “I feel stressed” or ask a question like, “Do you feel pressure?”

    Hmmm…I don’t think I meant fortunately as in “Fortunately, the storm calmed down” but that isn’t that interesting. I’d actually rather learn how to use nimo. I don’t understand niwa but I have heard of nimo. What does it mean?

    Also, I viewed the te-miru lesson which i’ve already learnt about from a different teacher but your lesson is much more informative and it also contains alot of new, confusing stuff. I have a few questions on it.

    First of all: I saw a sentence which confused me (I am very easily confused) and it was
    Kare ni sono koto o hanashite mitara dou desu ka. From what I understand, this sentence is saying…To him, that matter, speak to and if try how then.

    So, I pieced it together and formed How about you speak to him about IF? that matter? Didn’t make sense to me at all. If it had been miru instead of mitara I would have understood it to be “Why don’t you try talking to him about that matter” and yet the translation is Why don’t you talk to him about it.

    There is definitely something I don’t get.

    Secondly, what is the nuance between Hone o sofaa no shita ni kakushita and Hone o sofaa no shita ni kakushit mimashita. I know the second phrase doesn’t mean I had tried as in “I tried to hid a bone”—(But I failed) but rather, I hid a bone under the the couch just to try doing that. (Just try) but it’s confusing, why not just plain kakushita?

    Thanks for all your help! XD
    Oh, also, guess what? I got a Japanese input system! I don’t know my kanjisis very well so i’ll still e askig you questionsns in Japanese but for the most part…
    Anyway, I heard most Japanese people favor a romaji input system? (Whatever that is) over a kana input system.

    • The river puppy says:

      Hello Maggie sensei! First off, let me just say I was using the Japanese input system to type English and it turned out funny. I meant to say that i’ll still be asking questions in ENGLISH. So sorry for the mistake. Anyway, I do want to say…

      • Maggie says:

        @The river puppy

        Good that you can type Japanese now.
        When you talk about the weather in Japan,
        And yes, it is a lovely weather today.

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Ah OK, as I thought it was ”なんでもない”= Nandemo nai
      なんでも(=nandemo) is usually used in an affirmative sentence but there is one expression, ”なんでもない”= Nandemo nai
      As I already said it means “It’s nothing” “Never mind” “Something minor”
      べつに(=betsuni) and なんでもない(= Nandemo nai) can be used in a very similar situation.
      Or we sometimes use them together べつになんでもない(=betsu ni nandemo nai) It is nothing important / It is not a big deal (I don’t want to talk about it.)

      Another way of saying by luck, fortunately is “幸いにも= saiwai nimo”

      = Saiwai nimo arashi wa shizumatta
      = “Fortunately, the storm calmed down”

      Kare ni sono koto o hanashite mitara dou desu ka.

      Let me break this down.

      かれに=kreni = to him
      そのことを= about that
      話してみる= hanashite miru = to try to talk

      When you make a suggestion you use 〜(た)ら= ~ ta(ra) form
      話してみたら= hanashite mitara = why don’t you talk

      Hone wo ~ mimashita

      When you say “mimashita” it implies that “I give it a try and hide the bone”
      If you say “hone wo kakushita” it is just a factual thing. I hid the bone.

      As for your kanji questions, if you think you have forgotten some and yes, go review. And you can always learn new kanji at the same time.

  43. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei! I only have a few questions today but also something important to say. Ahem, well, i’ve been thinking…

    From what you said I think it makes sense that made would be replaced with ni in
    Maggie wa eki ni sanji made tsukanakatta to omoimasu—>Maggie wa eki ni sanji ni tsukanakatta to omoimasu because you are speaking about a situation and not as if you are at the station. Is this correct or is there another reason why made is replaced with ni? (You are not at the train station or rather, not part of the situation? So ni is appropriate since made signifies an end)

    Also, I was wondering what kira-kira and piko-piko meant? Does kira-kira mean shiny or sparkly?

    Also, I was wondering if you can use demo as but for every situation or does it have limitations? In my experience, everything has limitations, like when I studied how to say if and discovered that even tara had limitations (Which I still don’t really get since somehow nara and nara are different?)

    Anyway, I will be working on either the bakari or noni lesson next so I will probably have many questions soon!

    Also, here’s the note. Ever since I started learning from you, i’ve recently heard a song and I understood alot of it, even with kanjis. I really have to say thanks because I really couldn’t have done it without you. Last time it just seemed like nice sounding chatter but now I get most of it! I’ll keep studying! Thanks for teaching me! XD

    Also, I think my hiragana reading has improved because sometimes, parts of words and endings end in hiragana but I can discern them better now! In fact, I think i’ve improved loads since I started visiting this site. I really can’t thank you enough! XDXDXD

    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy


      OK, your original sentence was

      Magii wa eki made sanji ni tsukanakatta hazu da

      This “made” refers to the location, the station, right?
      When you say “tsuku”, arrive, we usually say
      “eki ni tsuku” not “eki made tsuku”

      Now your new sentences

      Maggie wa eki ni sanji made tsukanakatta to omoimasu
      →you meant “I think Maggie didn’t get to the station by 3:00″? then you should say “sanji made ni”

      Maggie wa eki ni sanji ni tsukanakatta to omoimasu
      →Good. This sentence means “I think Maggie didn’t get to the station at 3:00″


      kirakira, pikopiko are onomatopoeia

      kirakira is used to describe something glittering, sparkling, shining (like stars)
      pikopiko is used to describe “pip-pip” sounds

      I am happy to hear you hiragana reading has improved!
      It will be much easier to learn Japanese with hiragana.

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello Maggie Sensei! I only have a few questions today (Again) Please answer them! XD. Also, about the last question, err…I didn’t mean I learnt hiragana (I think they say you have to learn hiragana first in order to learn it right) I meant that I can discern characters of different words. Like, I could read pure hiragana sentences (Children’s writing) better (No Kanjis)

        1. Anyway, I was wondering, what’s the difference between nandemo shitakunai and nanimo shitakunai? Is it I don’t want to do anything and I don’t want to do nothing? I am confused. mo-demo generally confuses me although I have daremo-daredemo and itsumo and itsudemo quite clear. Nandemo ad nanimo are just really confusing.

        2. For a long time I have seen a strange conjugation for which ends in e. Im not sure what it is but I think it’s the rude form, which is a rude way to order sombody around. For example, what does ike mean? I’ve heard of iku but I have no idea what ike means. Ikeba I would know but I have entirely no clue what ike is. Is it passive because I couldn’t understand the passive lesson…i’m still a beginner…

        3. Another thing, what does kaette kite mean? This sounds really weird to me because I know katte kite (te form plus kite) means by and come back. So this means come back and come back! It sounds kinda funny actually. What am I getting wrong?

        Thanks for all your help! XD
        いつもありがとうございます! XD !school!

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          Sorry about misunderstanding. Now I get what you meant. :D

          1. なんでも(=nandemo) and なにも(=nanimo) both mean “anything” so it might be confusing for you.
          なんでも is used in an affirmative sentence and なにも is used in a negative sentence.

          Ex. I will eat anything = なんでも食べます。= Nandemo tabemasu .
          Ex. I don’t care whatever it is = なんでもいいです。= Nandemo ii desu.

          Ex. I can’t eat anything = なにも食べられません。= Nani mo taberaremasen.
          Ex. I didn’t buy anything = なにも買わなかった。= Nanimo kawanakatta.

          2.That’s a strong command form and yes if you use it to people, it sounds very strong.
          行く=iku →行け= ike = Go!
          (the polite way to say “please go” is 行ってください。= Itte kudasai. You can also say 行って=itte between friends.)

          I will show you other command form

          書く=kaku= to write → 書け(=kake) Write!
          入る=hairu = to come in → 入れ(=haire) Come in!
          → negative form 入るな(=Hairuna) Don’t come in!

          3. 帰ってくる= kaette kuru = to return, to come back

          When you describe the movement coming back towards where you are, you use ~てくる(=tekuru)

          So 帰ってきて= please come back here(where I am / we are)

          • The river puppy says:

            Hello Maggie Sensei! Thanks for answering! Kaette kuru makes more sense now. It’s actually kinda embarassing because I did read the te-iku/te-kuru lessons. Hehe, I was slacking recently (Again)

            I still have a few things to ask about though. Well, I have actually heard answers to this question before on other sites but I want to make sure with you. Also, it’s still kinda confusing.

            They say, Nanimo can only be used with a negative ending and that I understand but supposedly nandemo can have both a positive and negative ending. So, if that’s true, when do I choose between using a negative ending for nandemo and a negative ending for nanimo?

            Another thing, I was just wondering if there was such a phrase in Japanese as “With luck” as in, “With luck, they’ll accept your for the audition!”. Is there such a phrase?

            Anyway, i’ve been re-reading the bakari lesson and it’s making more sense now. It’s still pretty hard though so until I get all of it I won’t be asking questions yet.

            PS: I wanted to ask, do you think it’s a good idea to learn how to type in Japanese? I still don’t know how…and if I do, I think I should use a real Japanese keyboard, not romaji software, right?

            Also, thanks! I already know about te-kudasai! I think I already have most of te form covered (It took a few months…) It was one of the first things I learnt since they say you should start there after some basic structure, right? I guess I have another question, which is, is there any wrong way to learn Japanese or is it ok to learn out of a spesific order?

            I hope you’re having a nice day!
            Thanks for all your help! XD
            いつもありがとうございます! XD

          • Maggie says:

            @The river puppy

            Hello again,
            なんでも in a negative sentence? I can’t think of any except なんでもない(=nandemo nai) which is an expression, “It’s nothing” “Never mind” “Something minor”
            If they have example sentences on the site, please give me one or two.


            “With luck ” as in “fortunately”? We say 幸運にも= kouun nimo


            Yes, I think it is a good idea to learn how to type in Japanese.
            You can use the same keyboard.
            I am not a Window user but there are tons of sites to show you how to type Japanese. Go google.

            I don’t know if there is a wrong way to study Japanese. Some learn Japanese through animation or songs and some learn just from textbooks.
            As long as you enjoy learning, that is the right way to study languages.
            But I can tell from all your questions that you are a very smart and logical person. I bet you can master Japanese soon!


            Thank you! You have a nice day,too!

  44. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie sensei! It’s me again. Thanks for answering (Yay you said I got them correct XD) but I was wondering…what are the other uses of dakedo? Can it mean only? Like “Your words only”. I know there is dake and shika but can dakedo mean only as well?

    Ahh…if that’s true then what is the difference between motte kite nai and motanai? Or Tabete nai vs Tabenai? It’s kinda confusing. Wait a minute, I had a sudden thought. If tabeteta means was eating/ had been eating, is te-nai the negative form of it? For example, “When you called me, I wasn’t eating.”. Eating would be teru and had eaten would be teta so is te-nai had not eaten? Or do we just say tabenakatta?

    I still haven’t reviewed the hazu lesson yet but I will get to it soon! Thanks for answering. “Oh and how was your trip out of town?” I asked in a non-intrusive manner. XD

    PS: I’ve been very interested in learning the to iu koto lesson but unfortunately, it is still way too advanced for my level. I will work on the hazu lesson and then maybe the bakari lesson which was also pretty hard. XD
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Hello, one thing that I have to add my previous comment.
      As you said you use けど/だけど in the middle of the sentence.

      = Oishii kedo takai
      = It’s delicious but expensive.

      = Kare wa genki dakedo amari tabenai.
      = He is in a good shape but he doesn’t eat much.

      There are cases that we start a sentence with けど/だけど in casual conversation.

      Ex. これおいしいね。
      = Kore oishiine.
      = This is delicious, isn’t it?

      = Dakedo chotto takaiyo.
      = But it’s a bit pricy.

      As for the other usage of だけど, I don’t know if this is what you meant but
      when you make your point, emphasizing what you are saying, you finish the sentence with だけど

      Ex. これ高いんだけど
      = This is expensive, you know.

      (高いんだけど is a casual way to say 高いのですが)

      motte kite nai and motanai?

      mottekite (i)nai = haven’t brought something
      motteinai = you don’t own something

      tabeteinai has many meanings depending on the context.

      tabete(i)nai = haven’t eaten / not to eat in general / is not eating/ hasn’t been eating
      tabenai = not to eat in general or will not eat (future)

      Please go read my recent post ‘verb tense (present / future) and the one I will release next week (verb tense Part.2)

      I had a nice short trip yesterday. Thank you for asking!

      • The river puppy says:

        Sensei! I read the hazu lesson again and everything is so much clearer now! I used to be confused about most of it but after realising that hazu sort of defines the probablity and noni would be like “and yet” everything has become extremely clear! XD

        Still, my question was, (and I also just want to do a recap here, tell me if i’m wrong)

        Hazu da—probably does/should
        nai Hazu da—probably doesn’t
        Hazu ga nai—has no probability of
        nai Hazu ga nai—there is no way there is no probablity of/No way that not

        da/ta Hazu da—probably did/should have done
        Hazu datta—I should have but I didn’t
        Hazu dewa nakatta—I shouldn’t have but I did
        Hazu na noni—Should have and yet…

        And in your examples you also proved there were
        Nai Hazu noni—should not and yet…/probably not and yet…does/is
        ta/da Hazu noni—shoul have and yet not (Like, I should have become a millionare)

        However, my question is, I noticed that there wasnt any nakatta hazu da. (It was probable that it didn’t)

        Example: “Magii wa eki made sanji ni tsukanakatta hazu da (I expect Maggie didn’t arrive at the station at 3) if I changed the end to hazu na noni, would it become:
        I expect Maggie didn’t arrive at the station at 3 and yet here she is! (Is this correct?)

        At first Hazu seemed quite difficult but I think i’m getting the hang of it now! XD (Unless i’m wrong!-That would be terrible…though, Boku wa chigawanai hazu da to omou!)

        Oh, also, I know Hazu da already indicates probability but could I say, Maggie wa inu hazu deshou. (It is probable that Maggie is probably a dog)—or is that wrong/weird?

        Oh, also, is this sentence correct?: Kare o korosu hazu dewa nakatta! (I shouldn’t have killed him!)

        I had another question which I think I can answer now. It was, how would I say “I didn’t think that maggie didn’t arrive at the station at 3″
        Well, after thinking a bit, I think it’s: Maggie wa eki made sanji ni tsukanakatta hazu da to omowanakatta. Is that right?
        PS: Is it ok if I call you sensei and not Maggie-sensei? Or is that rude? (If it is, sorry!)
        Thanks for all your help as usual!!!

        Sorry for the long post, Hazu is just really hard for me. Sorry!
        いつもありがとうございます! XD

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          Good morning. I’m really impressed. I think you got all the idea of hazu.

          Hazu datta—I should have but I didn’t
          Hazu dewa nakatta—I shouldn’t have but I did
          →I think you know but the subject is not always “I” :)

          Nai Hazu noni—should be “nai hazu nanoni”

          Example: “Magii wa eki made sanji ni tsukanakatta hazu da (I expect Maggie didn’t arrive at the station at 3) if I changed the end to hazu na noni, would it become:
          I expect Maggie didn’t arrive at the station at 3 and yet here she is! (Is this correct?)
          →Very good! You got it!

          Oh, also, I know Hazu da already indicates probability but could I say, Maggie wa inu hazu deshou. (It is probable that Maggie is probably a dog)—or is that wrong/weird?
          →Maggie wa inu hazu deshou. →This sentence is a bit strange. You can say Maggie wa inu no hazu desu. / da. If you are talking about “me” objectively.
          But it still sounds a bit unnatural.
          I would say Maggie wa inu ni chigainai = Maggie should be a dog.
          If you are not sure, Maggie wa inu dato omoimasu.

          Kare o korosu hazu dewa nakatta! (I shouldn’t have killed him!)
          →Possible but it will be better to add some word for intention.
          Kare wo korosu tsumori wa nakatta.

          “I didn’t think that maggie didn’t arrive at the station at 3″
          Maggie wa eki made sanji ni tsukanakatta hazu da to omowanakatta. Is that right?

          →Change your particle “made” to “ni”
          The most natural translation will be →Maggie wa eki ni sanji ni tsukanakatta to omoimasu.
          Somehow “to omou” and “hazuda/desu” together sound redundant.
          So you can also say Maggie wa sanji ni eki ni tsukanakatta hazuda./hazu desu.

  45. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie sensei! It’s me again. I just realised that I seem to have forgotten how to use even the basic particles wo and ga. I revised and everything makes sense now. Thanks! Anyway, I have a few more questions.

    First of all, I read that ga can be used to replace wa when emphasizing new information. Is that correct and if it is, does
    Ima, hah ga yonde-iru mean mom’s calling right now? (Also, is this a a bad example)

    2. (I never ask only 1 question XD) I just noticed something in English and I wonder if Japanese has it too. When you ask somebody to sit down, he’s standing. However, if he’s lying on a bed and you want him to sit up, you’d say “sit up”. Does Japanese have this or is it always only suwatte?

    3. Another thing, can every non-phrase/non-word ne character be replaced by a na? If so, does it work in reverse (Except in the case of kana—I wonder?) Or can you actually say kanee (I doubt.)

    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Haha ga yonde iru = My mother is calling me.
      Yes, it is correct.
      Can you tell the difference?

      This is my house.

      2. If someone is lying, we say 体を起こして

      3. おいしいね (A bit feminine but both men and women can use) おいしいな(If you are talking to someone, it sounds strong. Only men use. / But if you are talking to yourself, both men and women can use.)

      We do hear some elder people use かね when they as a question.

      = Is it delicious?

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello Maggie sensei! It’s me again. Sorry I took so long to reply but I was kinda busy yesterday. Anyway, your explanations made alot of sense though I have never seen that kanji (Get Up—I think?) before, so i’ll go check it.

        Err…do they mean

        1. This particular house is my house (Emphasizing that this house is your house) or telling somebody which house is yours for the first time

        2. This is my house. (Just a statement or perhaps you’re going to say this is my house and that house over there is Jacob’s house—making a comparison)

        Did I get them correct??? (Why do I get the feeling I got something wrong…)

        Also, speaking of this house issue, how would I say “This is my house” in a bragging sort of way, like if my house is a really nice house or it’s huge. Not that i’m the bragging type ;) I just want to expand my vocabulary XD.

        On a seperate note, I just so happen to have a question regarding the nuances of wa and ga but I think i’ll save that for later. Thanks for all your help Maggie Sensei!!!

        いつもありがとうございます! XD

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          1) これが私の家です。
          2) これは私の家です。

          When you simply tell someone “this is my house”, you use 2)
          Also when you emphasize “watashi no / mine” you use 2)
          And when you emphasize “This” you use 1)

          1) THIS is my house
          2) This is my house (regular statement) or This is MY house. (nobody else’s but mine)

          AはBです。(= A wa B desu) regular statement / or emphasizing B
          AがBです。(= A ga B desu.) Emphasizing A

          • The river puppy says:

            Hello Maggie sensei! It’s me again. Sorry I took so long to reply but I have been having bad internet connection again. Also, I may or may not have been slacking on my studies alot. Okay, alot. I will study harder!

            Anyway, based on what you said, I got them correct, didn’t I? XD

            Also, I have a few more questions: (As Always XD)

            1. I noticed something kinda weird. Can you connect nai to a te form verb? Like
            Tabete-nai? I think I saw it somewhere and became extremely confused. Before, you said Motte kite nai was used to mean did not bring, so maybe it is ok to connect nai to te form? Still, are there any special rules?

            2. I generally don’t really know how to say “but” very well. What I think I know is:

            Demo can be used at the beginning of a sentence without limitations (Or not?)

            Kedo/Dakedo are used in the middle? of sentences? With the da added for na-adjectives and nouns? (Is that wrong?)—Kara and Dakara are like this so this is my assumption.

            Also, datte is used for a protesting but, like “But, I didn’t do it!!”. (Is that correct?)

            I also hear that Dakedo has other meanings.

            3. I was reading the hazu lesson about 2 weeks ago and had alot of questions because it was a very difficult lesson. However, i’m not goig to ask them since I mostly forgot about them anyway. I will review the lesson before asking any questions about it. Thanks for listening! XD

            いつもありがとうございます! XD

          • Maggie says:

            @The river puppy

            Hi, I will be out of town today so I will answer your question when I get back. Please wait. :)

          • Maggie says:

            @The river puppy

            1. You can say て+いない
            We sometimes drop い(=i) in casual speech.

            * 持ってきていない= Motte kite inai = haven’t brought something
            (Note: casual contraction 持ってきてない= motte kitenai)
            *食べていない= tabete inai = not to eat / haven’t eaten
            (casual contraction 食べてない = tabetenai)

            2. Very well explained!

            3. OK, anytime!

  46. Hunter says:

    Hello Maggie Sensei,

    I’ve been working in Japan for almost a year now and my coworkers use titles for everyone but me. (ー先生、ーさん)
    I try not to be too offended by it, but it’s not the best feeling. I was wondering if there was a polite and not offensive way in keigo to mention that I don’t like 呼び捨て very much.

    Thank you!

    • Maggie says:


      Hello, Hunter!
      Though your coworkers are just trying to adapt western culture or showing more friendliness towards you, I understand how you feel.
      I think they have no clue that you have been feeling a bit offended.
      = Moshi dekimashitara hoka no sensei gata to onaji you ni watashi no koto mo faasuto neimu dewa naku myouji to sensei de yonde itadakenai deshouka?
      = Would it be possible to address me with my family name with 先生(=sensei) as you do with other teachers?

      If you don’t mind them calling you with first name but with 先生(=sensei)
      = Moshi dekimashitara hoka no senseigata to onaji you ni watashi no koto mo sensei zuke de yonde itadakenai deshouka?
      = Would it be possible to address me with Sensei as you do with other teachers?

      And say
      = Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

      Good luck!

      You can call me without Sensei. :)

  47. Ana says:

    Hi, Maggie-sensei! Could you, please, help me with this sentence from the opening song of Nekozamurai drama?

    道を往けば 超えて見せよ

    What means -te miseyo?

    also from your lesson -te kuru I understand that 道を往けば 見えてくるか means ‘what have you been seeing while in the path?’ or it’s more ‘If you walk the path, will you become to see it? (or will you be able to see it?, did you get to see it?)’

    Thanks for your help!

    • Maggie says:

      It is an literal imperative form
      ~てみせよ= Try to do something
      超えてみせよ= Try to surpass/*overcome

      • Ana says:

        Oh, I see, thank you so much.

        Could you please tell me something about the second question? the correct translation is “did you get to see it?” or it’s “what have you been seeing while in the path?” or I’m totally wrong ^_^’

        Thanks for your patience and your help<3

  48. The river puppy says:

    Thanks Maggie-sensei! (Wait a minute, did I get the day wrong? I’m not quite sure what Ten-jin san said because I suck at Kanji but…is it actually May 5th?—I was kinda sure I saw a guy write happy birthday to you on (Time stamp) May 6th back in 2012 or something) Please tell me if i’m wrong! XD (And sorry for the bad English I just noticed that I wrote where your address—I forgot to delete where…hehe, sorry about that)

    It makes alot more sense now! I’m curious by what you meant that ga is a subject marker. I heard that ga can be used to substitute wa to stress a point but just to be clear, ga is mostly the (doing an action or state of having something) particle…right?

    Like: Inu wa omocha ga motte-iru (The dog has a toy—in the sense that ga idicates that it has one) but the subject marker you were refering to was

    Iie, watashi ga Tanaka desu (No, I’m Tanaka) emphasizing that you are Tanaka because whomever spoke to you must have thought you were somebody else. This is the ga you were refering to, right?

    1. Anyway…although I may sound slightly retarded by asking this question again (I’m not actually, just a bit mentally challenged lol) but can I use daro in the same way as desho or not? I know darou and deshou mean probably and that they function like kamoshirenai but when I learnt desho, which means (I bet you do) I was wondering if you could say daro in the same way…Sorry for repeating this question but i’m still really confused…

    2. Also, I was curious about the verb 贈る. Does it mean to gift? I read a paragraph which said Japan Taimzu o taisetsu na hito e tokubetsu na hi ni 贈る. It has kanjis in the sentence and I managed to read them so I was feeling pretty good at this point but I didn’t understand it immediately. So, I went over it again and I think it means (Direct Translate), Japan Times (Newspaper agency) to an important person on a special day…贈る. And that was the verb I didn’t understand.

    However, based on context, I assumed it was Japan Times gave/did (Something) to an important person on a special day. Anyway, I found out that it was Okuru and that it indeed meant gift but that makes me think…gift what? Okuri-mono is gift or present but there was none of that in the passage. It simply meant Japan times gave (Nothing?) to an important person on a special day. I don’t get it. What did they give…nothing?

    PS: Does sugoshite kudasai mean “have”? Sutekina otajoubi o sugoshite kudasai (Doesn’t that mean I hope you have too many happy birthdays?)—probablu not. Anyway, thanks for all your help! XDXDXD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Ahhhh I see. You saw a comment from 2012??? I was wondering how you found it out. lol
      Actually Yukari’s birthday is May 5th. But thank YOU again for your nice message.


      Q:ga is mostly the (doing an action or state of having something) particle…right?

      A: Yes.

      = I am going. (emphasizing what comes before が which I won’t explain here.)

      = Who is going to do it?

      Your sentence
      Inu wa omocha ga motte iru

      should be
      = Inu wa omocha wo motte iru
      = The dog has a toy

      Because おもちゃ is not a subject. The dog is the subject.

      1. だろう(=darou) and でしょう(=deshou) (shorten way だろ(=daro)/ でしょ(desho))

      (1) to refer to the future, what is going to happen.
      (Not so common in daily conversation but you see/hear it on formal writing or speech)

      Ex. 明日はいいお天気でしょう (weather report)
      = Asu wa ii otenki deshou
      = It is going to be a nice weather tomorrow.


      Ex 明日はいい天気だろう (mostly in written form.)
      = Asu wa ii tenki darou

      (2) To make sure your point. (tag question)

      Ex. これ美味しいでしょう。(?)
      = Kore oishii deshou
      = Isn’t it delicious? / It’s delicious, isn’ it?

      = Kore oishii darou.

      (3) I bet ~ / ~~, right?

      Ex. マギー先生は今、留守でしょう。
      = Maggie sensei wa ima, rusu deshou.
      = I bet Maggie Sensei is not home now.

      Ex. マギー先生は今、留守だろう。
      = Maggie sensei wa ima rusu darou.

      2. Yes 贈る= okuru = to gift, to give a gift

      and a gift or a present in Japanese is 贈り物=okurimono

      Japan Taimzu o taisetsu na hito e tokubetsu na hi ni 贈る.
      = To give Japan Times to someone important.

      It is an advertisement of Japan Times. They want you to buy Japan Times to give it to (subscribe for) someone important for you.

      PS. the translation is “Have a nice Birtdahy” but 過ごす= sugosu means “to pass/ to spend the time”

  49. The river puppy says:

    Ahem, Maggie-Sensei, I have some follow up questions concerning my previous questions but those aren’t very important. Right now, I just need to know this and please try to answer, it’s quite important. XD. Besides plain old “So and so, otanjoubi omedetou!” what else can I say to a person on his or her birthday (That is nice)

    Thanks for all your help! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      It depends on your relationship with that person.
      the formal one is
      新しい一年が(person’s name)にとって素晴らしい年となりますように。
      or ずっと+(Ex. 優しい、素敵な、かっこいい、かわいい、温かい depends on that person)+(person’s name)でい続けて下さい。

      • The river puppy says:

        ユカリ先生,お誕生日おめでとう! ユカリ先生は世界で一番の先生! 素敵なお誕生日を過ごして下さい! XD. You might be wondering how I know right? *Serious Face* Well, it’s because I stalk you. I even know where your house address. なんてね!

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          = Wooow! Amazing! How did you know when Yukari’s birthday was!
          Thank you!!! Yukari is super happy to read your perfect Japanese message! (lol!)
          I had no idea! You are so sweet!!!! ありがとう!

          • 天人 says:

            楽しいな今日は ♩♪ ♫ ♬
            嬉しいな今日は ♩♪ ♫ ♬
            誕生日おめでとう、 ♩♪ ♫ ♬
            お歌を歌いましょう ♩♪ ♫ ♬

            お誕生日オメデトウございます、ゆかりさん!*でっかいチュウ~* !shortcake!

          • Maggie says:


            Dziękuję bardzo!!! The river puppyさんのコメントを読んだみたいですね。

  50. Lotuskun says:

    Hello Maggie-sensei,
    I have a question about 「モノクロに後退した」 part in the following passage. Does モノクロ(モノクローム) in this case uses as an adjective and 後退した has something in common with 後退色? I’m also a bit confused, does it modifies 壁面 or 洋館の巨影?


    • Maggie says:


      Hello Lotuskun
      モノクロに modifies 後退する and 後退した modifies 壁面
      後退した here probably means “the original color has faded (in monochrome)”

      • Lotuskun says:

        Thank you very much!
        There is one point I’m not still completely understand, does モノクロ in this example uses as an adjective?

        • Maggie says:


          モノクロ itself is a noun but since it is used with a particle に, it modifies a verb (後退する) as an adverb.
          But if it is used with の, it is an adjective.

          Ex. モノクロの写真= adjective (It modifies a noun, “写真=picture”)

          • Lotuskun says:


            Interesting, I always though that we can make adverbs only with adjectives using particle に with 形容動詞 and if it is 形容詞 by changing い to く. Or with 副詞(時々 etc.).
            But if we want to make a noun to adjective we should add 的, 性 and other, depending on the situation.

            Oh, I think I understand(I understand it literally while typing this comment and I’m not so sure about it, so I won’t remove the parts before), I remember that there are also a nouns which could be used as an adjectives, for example 純白, so モノクロ is one of them?

  51. The river puppy says:

    Hello Maggie sensei it’s me again! Thanks for answering my questions but I have more again (As always XD) So anyway…

    1. To confirm what you said, there really isn’t a daro, just deshou, darou and desho. Right?

    2. This may seem kinda simple but what does oite mean?

    3. And…what does yukkuri mean?

    4. Yeah…I recently discovered that some people read sabishii as samishii and so I looked it up. I found out that Samshii is what younger people say and that Sabishii was the original and kinda old-fashioned reading of it. So am I correct or is it more of a dialect thing or neither?

    5. Can motte-iru mean have/own? If I say Inu ga iru, it means there is a dog or I own a dog but if I say Inu ga motte-iru, it would undoubtedly mean I own a dog right? Also, would it be unnatural if I said this?

    6. I read a line once, which said, Kono geemu no asobi kata wa fukuzatsu da. And I was thinking…what does this mean? Does it mean the game is difficult to play or that you are saying/criticizing that the player’s style of playing the game is very complicated. Like, it isn’t a very hard game and he’s playing it in a way too difficult manner? I’m sorry if this is confusing but I couldn’t phrase it better…

    I recently learnt viewed the Hazu lesson and I have many questions on it but for now, this is all. Thanks for all your help! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy


      1. だろう・でしょう are the short contracted form of →だろ /でしょ
      2. V+おいて? to leave something in certain condition
      I have a lesson.

      3. ゆっくり(=yukkuri) slowly or when you say it someone
      ごゆっくり=goyukkuri= take your time. Enjoy your time

      They are both correct. Check Japanese dictionary, they are both listed.

      5. “Inu ga motte iru” : ga is a subject marker so it means “A dog has something”

      Actually when you want to say “I have a dog”, you don’t say もっている(=motte iru). We say 飼っている(=Katte iru)
      Ex. 犬を飼っている= Inu wo katte iru

      But if you are talking about things, you say もっている= I have ~ / I own ~
      Ex. 同じバッグを持っています。
      = I have the same bag.

      6. 遊び方=asobikata= means “how to play ~ ”
      So このゲームの遊び方は複雑です
      = Kono geimu no asobi kata wa fukuzatsu desu.
      means “This game is complicated”
      (The rules of the game, the way you are supposed to play the game is complicated.)

  52. jehdal says:

    HI maggies 先生

    すみません。。。けど 今回は新しい疑問が有る  説明してくれるおねがいします

    1) 私はもう言わなりになる以外

    言わなりになる  —> 言わない+になる  
    僕によると 意味は (don’t say)。。。けど分からない

    2)「俺なんかに」  どう使ったらいいですか 

    3) 何を言っとる / 休んどるか   同じですか

    4) 休みなく食べてりゃ諦めるだろ —> then I wondering continues eating without rest <— 正しいですか


    • Maggie says:

      1) 言わなりになる????→I think you mean “言いなりになる”. If so, “to do whatever someone tells you to do”/To do one is told”
      2) 俺なんかに (It is a humble expression and lower yourself. Ex. I am not good enough so I don’t deserve it/I can’t do it..etc.)
      俺なんかにできない= I can’t do that. (I am not good enough)
      3) It is a dialect.
      何を言っているのですか→何を言っているの?(informal)→ informal/rough/bossy 何を言っとる (What are you talking about?)
      休んでいるのですか→休んでいるの?(informal)→ 休んどるか= (Why are you) resting?

      4) It means “S will give up if S keeps eating without resting”


      • jehdal says:

        ごめん 間違えた 1) 「言いなりになる」です、 (私の指が自分で間違えた):P  今良く分かる

        2)俺なんかにその料理を食べる事が出来ない(食べれない) I can’t eat that.

        3) なるほど。。。 では   「とる」 変わりに 「ている」 全部グループです 今分かるよ

        4)では。。。この例でりゃは。。。 mean If、 でも りゃ と じゃ 同じじゃないですか 「じゃ」は この意味(not,no,ok,then)有る  まあ。。。 他の意味です 

        じゃあ いつもmaggieのお返事はびっくりしました 今もっと分かる

        • Maggie says:


          1) 私もよく前足が勝手にタイプして間違えます。(笑)
          2) その料理が、どんな料理によりますよ。例:俺なんかにそんないい料理はもったいない。
          4) もう一度説明しますね。
          食べてりゃ is a casual contraction of 食べていれば (condition)

          How to use りゃ(あ)・じゃ(あ)

  53. lttan says:

    Maggie-sensei, thank you for directing me here via Facebook. I am hoping for an English explanation as my teacher at advanced level isn’t really bilingual (as unfortunately most native Japanese speakers are), and her explanation in Japanese is too difficult for me to understand some of the finer points of grammar.

    The grammar of this sentence is bugging me:「浴室から戻ると、もう仲居さんが布団を敷いてくれてあって、疲れたヘレンはすぐ床に入って眠ってしまった。」In this case, doesn’t the combination of くれてあって actually mean that someone did the favour of folding the futon for the maid, instead of the maid doing her job for the guest? Wouldn’t it be correct instead to omit あって in this sentence?

    Also, in my reading passages, I often notice the use of both 辞書形 and た形 in describing past events – why is that? Shouldn’t they be all in た形, like the past tense in English? The explanation I understood from my teacher was that 辞書形 is used to describe processes from a more objective perspective, and it is also flows more naturally, while た形 is used for actions by specific people or one-off events. Are there any specific rules as to when to use either tense?

    Thank you very much for your help!!

    Loon T.

    • Maggie says:


      Hi sorry that it took me a long time to get back to you.

      I read your reply on Facebook.
      I think I got your confusion now.

      Q : When the ある is added, doesn’t that make the noun before the が particle the main subject?
      For example チケットが買ってある “The tickets have been bought by someone (intentionally)”

      Yes, you are right.
      (Actually the ticket is a subject but there is always someone behind the action.
      Someone has bought a ticket. But you focus on the ticket

      = The bed has been made
      (→Someone made a bed but you focus on the state of futon.)

      Usually when you want to make it clear who does/did the action, you use ている・ていた
      (The housekeeper made a bed for me.)

      I guess the writer wants to focus on the state of 布団 and at the same time who made the bed (in this case 仲居さん).

      The other reason why this sentence doesn’t mean “someone spreads the futon for the housekeeper” is
      仲居さんが=”が” is a subject marker
      敷いてくれる= to make a bed for someone

      If you want to say “someone spreads the futon for the housekeeper”, it should be
      仲居さん”に”布団を敷いてくれてあった (に is indirect object marker)

      I will give you other examples.
      家に帰ると (when I got home (I found)

      1) ご飯がもう作ってあった the dinner has been prepared

      2) 母が(私のために)ご飯を作ってくれていた my mother already made dinner for me.

      3) 母が(私のために)ご飯を作ってくれてあった the dinner has been already made by my mother

      This is the same pattern as your example sentence but It sounds a bit unnatural…
      I would use either 1) or 2)

      Using present tense in a story is one of the writing techniques.

      There is no specific rules and every writer has their own style.
      Some writers mix dictionary form and た形 intentionally to give some effects.
      The reason why you use the dictionary form is as I already said in my previous comment, to give the readers the feelings as if they were in the scene.

      But we tend to avoid using the same pattern when we write in Japanese.

      If you stick to た形、it will be like this.
      It looks/sounds very repetitive かった、かった、かった…
      So when we write a story, we try using different form.

  54. Johnny says:

    Hello Maggie-Sensei,

    I live in Miyazaki-ken and I often hear men saying ~わ。(例えば:いいわ、さむいわ、など。) Until I moved here I thought ~わ was for women only. Is this Miyazaki-ben or do men use ~わ now? Also, what does it mean?

    • Maggie says:


      Hello Johnny

      That kind of ~わ in the end is neutral so both men and women can use. (Here in Nagoya use the same dialect.)
      That わ has a function to stress your point.

      いいよ→いいわ = I don’t need it. / That would be OK.
      さむいよ→さむいわ= How cold!
      こわいよ→こわいわ= How scarey!

  55. The river puppy says:

    Me: Hey! It’s me again sensei! XD

    Anyway, I don’t think it was 仕方 but i’ll keep looking for the package. I think it’s gone…hmm

    Oh, your explanation of mada was very helpful. Now I know why it’s translated in such an opposite way in different circumstances XD.

    Err…do you know the difference between nandemo nai and nanimo nai? I know nanimo can only be used with a negative end but since nandemo can be used with a negative end too, when do I use the other or are they interchangeble?

    Another thing…I was thinking to myself about asking somebody where a dog is in a rude/strong manner and I though of “inu wa doko ka”. However, since dokoka means somewhere, would I be saying a dog is somewhere? Or would that be “Inu wa dokoka de iru?”. Please help! XD

    I do want to ask some questions about Tashika ni though.

    1st of all: Can I use it in the same pattern as hontou ni? (In it’s appropriate context of course)
    2nd of all: What’s the difference between zutto and kitto? (Kinda dum question but I really don’t know…)
    Lastly: Can I use Tashika ni as a synonym for Kitto? (Not in the same way of course, I know Kitto is used without a ni)

    Thanks maggie sensei! PS: I’m reading your lesson on Hazu now and it’s very informative! (Although kinda hard…)

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      1) nandemo nai vs nani mo nai

      なにもない (=nanimo nai) there is nothing/ There is no ~~

      = Koko niwa taberu mono ga nani mon nai
      = There is nothing to eat here.

      なんでもない(=nandemo nai) = It’s nothing/ nothing important, something minor. Never mind. easy, of no concern

      Ex. A「どうしたの?何かあったの?」
      = Doushita no? Nani ka atta no?
      = What’s wrong? Something happened?
      = Uun nandemo nai.
      = No, it’s nothing. (Nothing

      Ex. 彼はなんでもないことに悩んでいる
      = Kare wa nanndemo nai kot ni nayande iru
      = He is worrying about nothing.

      Ex. こんなことはなんでもない
      = Konna koto wa nandemo nai
      = This is nothing / This is so easy.

      2) Hontou ni vs Tashika ni

      In certain context yes, you can use them in a similar way.

      = Sono koto wa hontou ni atta koto desu.
      = It really happened.

      Ex. そのことは確かにあったことです。
      = Sono koto wa tashika ni atta koto desu.
      = It certainly happened.

      3) zutto and kitto

      ずっと(=zutto) means “for a long time” (time duration)

      Ex. ずっとマギーが好きでした。
      = Zutto Maggie ga suki dehsita.
      = I have been in love with Maggie for a long time.

      きっと(=kitto) is when you assume something, probably, for sure

      Ex. きっとマギーは彼のことが好きだと思う。
      = Kitto Maggie wa kare no koto ga suki dato omou.
      = I think Maggie probably likes him.

      4) きっと(=kitto) vs たしかに(=tashikani)

      You use きっと(=kitto) when you are not 100 pct sure. “probably”
      And you use たしかに(=tashikani) when you find out something really happened. “certainly” “surely”

      Sorry! I missed one of your questions.
      asking somebody where a dog is in a rude/strong manner
      →If you are a man,
      = Inu wa doko da?

      = Inu wa doko ni irun da?

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello Maggie sensei it’s me again! Thanks for answering my questions, it really helped. I watched a movie once and in it a guy said”musuko wa doko da?” in an angry manner and I thought he had bad Japanese because he was saying “My son is at where” but it seems i’m the one with bad Japanese. Thanks for teaching me, it makes sense now.

        Anyway I have some more questions (I always do) and I have a few minor ones too but anyway…

        1. I know iro iro means various/and others/etc but can it also mean “everything” as in thanks for everything?

        2. I think Makoto means sincere? If so, can you use it like hontou? (I think i’ve seen it used before) like for example in thanking somebody? I know kokoro kara would work but i’ve seen you use makoto once before and I was wondering if there were any rules for that?

        3. Can I use daro in the same way as desho? In the sense of “you want to, don’t you/I bet you want to/think so”. I don’t mean darou and deshou, I already know those are interchangable and One of them is just less polite and more guy-ish)
        So, could I say, doresu ga suki daro? As in “I bet you like my/this/the dress”?

        4. I learned on a different Japanese learning site that kara is used more for explanations like “Because I like Ice cream, I eat lots of it” while node is used for requests like “Because the baby is sleeping, please turn off the tv” or in other cases when you need to be politely requesting something while providing a reason. Anyway, I see that you use them quite randomly and was wondering if in real Japanese the nuances aren’t that great. Because at the site it said you NEVER mix the usage of kara/dakara and node together.

        5. I saw on somebody else’s question that you were teaching him how to use a new expression which means “taste good” so I was wondering and I hope I get this right because I think i’m getting better at recognizing rendaku patterns (Naturally) so is it…
        Oguchi ni aimasu ka? or Okuchi ni aimasu ka? My first thought was Oguchi…am I right?

        I have so many more questions but this is getting long lol.
        Thanks for all your help! XD

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          Hi, there
          Sorry I don’t have much time today so I will answer as short as possible.

          1. Ahh you mean いろいろありがとうございます。/ありがとうございました
          Yes, that could be translated “Thank you for everything!” (The literal translation is “Thank you for many things that you did for me.”

          2. 誠に=makotoni means “sincerely”

          It is only used in formal situations (formal letters, stores, business situations,etc.)
          = makoto ni arigatou gozaimashita.
          = Thank you very much.

          = Makoto ni moushiwake gozaimasen.
          = I sincerely apologize

          3. As you already know only men use “daro(u)” in a very casual situation. So women almost never use it.

          I bet you like my dress.
          I would say 私のドレス、気に入ったでしょ。(= Watashi no doresu kini itta desho) because the speaker will be a woman

          But if a man say “I bet you like me” in a manly manner, he would say
          = Ore no koto sukinandarou.

          4. Right から and ので are both used to give a reason but ので is more formal.
          If you want to speak proper Japanese, I understand that you shouldn’t suppose to mixed them.

          5. It should be おくち(=0kuchi) not おぐち(=oguchi)

  56. The river puppy says:

    Hello! It’s me! {Again} Anyway, I have some more questions {I have lots of questions} Please answer them! XD

    1. On the instrcutions on how to use a Japanese Cake maker mold, it said what I think is tsukuri hou. I’ve always thought the proper term for {Usage} is tsukai kata {You taught me that XD} So what does tsukuri hou mean?

    2. I once read in one of your lessons:
    おかえり !! あのレッスン、たしかに長いです!でもわかってきたみたいでよかった!
    What does Tashika mean? How does it fit in the sentence?

    3. I saw in a show somebody say “Ikenai” just as a stand alone word. Does that mean stop? That was the translation anyway. I understand Nakutewa Ikenai means can’t or in other words prohibition so that would make sense but I just wanted to clarify if that’s correct.

    4. I had a rather strange thought. What if a boxing champion and his friend were talking about boxing one day and his friend says “You were a boxing champion before.”. Well, how would the boxing champion say “What are you talking about, I’m still the boxing champion!”.

    How would you emphasize that you are still {Currently} the holder of some title/still working at the same place/still being paid the same salary/etc

    Basically, how would you say “I am still…”

    Thanks for all your help!
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      1) 作り方 is read “tsukuri kata” not “tsukuri hou” and it means “how to make”. “The way you make ~”

      2) 確かに=tashikani= certainly, surely

      確かな=tashikana (adj) = sure, certain, absolute

      3) いけない=ikenai= bad, not good,

      When it is used in an imperative statement, “Don’t!/ Stop what you are doing!”
      V+ (し)てはいけない= V+(shi) te wa ikenai= shouldn’t do, must not do, to be not supposed to do

      4) That will be “私・僕、俺はまだボクサーだ”

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello sensei! Thanks for the quick reply!

        1. I think there may be a slight misunderstanding! XD. The tsukai kata I am refering to is 使い方 (Usage) not way to make which would be as you said, tsukuri kata. No, it used two kanjis with no hiragana in the middle, i’m not quite sure how the second kanji is read but I think it’s either hou or you (Maybe you) but anyway, based on context, I assumed that it meant “usage” but I was curious because when I learnt from your site, usage was tsukai kata—>使い方.

        There’s been a misunderstanding. I’m very sorry, I should have pasted the kanji but my keyboard can’t input it (Also I don’t know how…) but anyway, i’ll check the box again and give you a clear description. Sorry for messing up the question! XD

        2. Thanks, i’ll remember this! XD

        3. WOW! THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE! It really means stop what you’re doing? Wow, that makes perfect sense. Thanks big time! XDXDXD

        4. Hmmm…I’m not wrong in thinking mada means not yet right Does that mean Bokusaa means ousted?

        Thanks for all your help! It’s seriously helping! I have actually something minor to tell you but i’ll save that for a different post but in short it’s about how you’ve helped me! XD. I really think i’ve improved alot over the past month! XD
        いつもありがとうございます! XD

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          1. Sorry I am still confused but two kanji together?? I wonder if it’s 仕方=shikata = How to do

          4. when まだ(=mada) is used in a negative sentence, it means “not ~~ yet” but when it is used in an affirmative sentence, it means “still”.

          Ex. 彼はまだ医者ではない。
          = Kare wa mada isha dewa nai.
          = He is not a doctor yet.

          Ex. 彼はまだ医者だ。
          = Kare wa mada isha da.
          = He is still a doctor.

          Glad t hear your Japanese has been improving.

  57. Lava says:


    「Garden― それは人と自然が掛け合わせて生まれる特別な空間」
    この場合に「掛け合わせ」ってどういう意味でしょうか? “multiply” とか ”crossbreed”が辞書に出てきたんですが、ちょっとおかしいと思って、このような意味ですか?
    “Garden”- a special space born from the interlinking between man and nature”

    • Maggie says:


      そして「生まれる」も”born”でもいいですか、”to be created”とでもいいかと思います。

      • Lava says:


        • Maggie says:

          どういたしまして!そうですね、辞書の例だけでは使い方がわからないことがありますね。Googleとかも利用して実際の使い方を調べてみるといいと思いますよ。 !happyface!

  58. Courtney says:

    Hi Maggie-sensei, One more question about kanji. I’ve been studying the JLPT N5 kanji list and other kanji that I see on a regular basis while studying the language. Is there a set list of very important kanji that I should study first or is my approach good? I want to become fluent as soon as possible. But I am also trying to be realistic. Thank you in advance and I apologize for taking the easy way out and not practicing my Japanese with you lol. (I’m at work right now and I am sneaking this post in lol) :-D

  59. キム says:


    友達に教えられたこのサイトはとても凄いと思います。どうしてかというと人々から色んな質問の回答が早くてしかもひとつも見逃せないみたいだな! 今なら問いかけることがありませんからその逆になったらマギーさんの部屋に相談に乗りに来てもかまいませんか?



    • Maggie says:



  60. Courtney says:

    こんばんは マギー先生。。あの さ。。。質問があります。どの ように多くの 漢字学ぶ ひつようがあります?私はただしい は言ったの?


    • Maggie says:


      どの ように多くの 漢字学ぶ ひつようがあります?私はただしい は言ったの?

      • Courtney says:

        ありがとうございます!そうですねぇ。。。私は何回が書いては やったです。そうして読みを勉強でした。でも、しって良い数は何ですか?

        • Maggie says:

          ★外=soto= outside
          ☆海外=kaigai= overse
          ☆外国=gaikoku= foreign country
          ☆屋外=okugai = outdoor
          ☆外科=geka= surgery
          ☆外交=gaikou= diplomacy)
          (Note for you: 何回か書いています。そして読む練習もしました。You mean how many times should I write? If so →何回書けばいいですか?)

          • Courtney says:

            ごめんなさい、 私は日本語がうまく話せません。「how many do I need to know?」は日本語で何て言いましたか? てつだってくれて、ありがとうございました。上に漢字が勉強します!

          • Maggie says:

            「how many (kanji) do I need to know?」と聞きたかったですか?

            そうですね、日本の小学生(しょうがくせい)は大体(だいたい)、漢字を1000ぐらい、習(なら)うことになっています。だからそれを目指(めざ)したらどうかな?(Japanese elementary school students are supposed to learn about 1,000 kanji. So aim that number first.)

          • Courtney says:

            ありがとうございます!!!!! boucingheart!

          • Maggie says:



  61. The river puppy says:

    Thanks for answering, it’s still kinda confusing but I think I understand. Anyway, there was this question that was bugging me and it’s that I once read that if you say {And this is quoting from your lesson}

    1. Maggie sensei ga kirei desu means that Maggie is pretty but Maggie sensei wa kirei desu means she’s pretty but there’s something else wrong with her, since wa is sometimes used to show contrast. Are wa and ga really that different? I’d hate to insult somebody who i’m trying to compliment just because I used wa instead of ga! Is there always such a nuance or only if I say it in a derogatory tone?

    2. Since all particle to{s} can be contracted to tte, can I say ni yoru tte? {As in the case of the usage of mimi no sou?}

    3. If te-kita means ing, can I say, Ame ga furuku natte kita? {As in, it’s starting to rain?} And I ccan clearly see rain so it isn’t Ame ga furi sou desu. I am being rained upon it isn’t that i’m making an observation.

    4. Speaking of which, in terms of te-kite, I once heard somebody say, motte kite nai. I know motte means bring and kite means just about the same {Bring and come back but as you said it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leave} but what’s interesting is the nai. I think the person was trying to say, “I didn’t bring it” but is it correct tha you can just attach a nai to kite just like that?

    PS: I just downloaded a game that I used to play as a kid! {It’s a bit different now but still good} and anyway, I immediately thought, Kodomo no toki asonda geemu. {Is that a correct description?

    Thanks for all your help!
    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      1. Maggie sensei ga kirei desu means that Maggie is pretty but Maggie sensei wa kirei desu means she’s pretty but there’s something else wrong with her,
      → also when you compare with someone else. AさんはあまりきれいではなけれどもMaggie sensei wa kireidesu. (showing contrast)
      The difference between “ga” and “wa” is kind of complicated and I heard there is a book on just on that subject.
      You may offend someone if you say
      Ex. A-san wa seikaku wa iine. (The personality is good but maybe that person doesn’t look good.)
      You should say A san wa seikaku ga iine. (emphasizing the fact that A-san has a nice personality)

      2. You mean ~によるって?(I heard it depends on ~) then yes, You can say that.
      Whether we go on an excursion or not depends on the weather tomorrow.

      3. It’s starting to rain should be “Ame ga futtekita. ”
      4. Yes, you don’t always have to leave.
      have brought something = motte kita.
      haven’t brought something = motte kite inai.
      Also check this lesson.

      PS yes, it is correct.

  62. The river puppy says:

    Thanks for answering, I know you have alot on your paws right now, {Take as long as you need! XD I’ll be visiting this site often—>It’s a daily thing now XD}

    But anyway, to quote something you said:

    2. Maggie sensei wa oyatsu o tabete bakari iru ka →If it is a question, Maggie Sensei wa oyatsu wo tabete bakari iru no desu ka? / (casual) iru no? (iru no ka? is possible but that “ka” ending sounds very strong and rude.)

    I’d like to ask, is the no in iru no desu ka the same kinda no covered in how to use n? Like, nodesu—>ndesu? It’s strange that iru no ka can be used without a desu {Or can it} or is it an entirely different kind of no?

    In Iru no, i’m sure the no is a softer form of ka but iru no ka? I don’t think i’ve heard of that before.

    いつもありがとうございます! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @the river puppy

      2. Sorry. I must have copied an pasted your quote. I fixed my sentence in my previous comment but it should be Maggie sensei wa oyatsu wo tabeta bakari nano desu ka? or tabeta bakari nano?
      (In this case using “iru” and “bakari” together sound strange.)

      Anyway, yes, the casual contraction of “no desu” is “n-desu”

      And yes the questions , “verb / noun / adj+(no/nano)+ ka?” sounds very rude and strong.
      Kore wa inu ka?
      Ashita wa kuru no ka?
      Nani wo shite iru no ka?

  63. The river puppy says:

    Ahem…errr…don’t work too hard okay? My internet connection is fine and posting this was rather easy! XD. I guess it just depends. Anyway, please answer my next few questions! {I have many questions}

    So anyway…

    1. I was reading your Bakari lesson, which was really new {and hard} but I think I managed to understand it, except for one thing. The examples you gave:

    A. Maggie sensei wa oyatsu o tabeta bakari desu {Seems normal. Maggie just had a snack. I’m curious though, what if I changed the end to a datta?}

    B. Maggie sensei wa oyatsu bakari tabete iru {??? She only eats snacks…so, why use iru
    instead of just taberu? I don’t think it’s a continuing action…or is it?}

    C. Maggie sensei wa oyatsu o tabete bakari iru (I know te-iru can mean ing, like doing, eating or going but I also know that it means continuation, like, I have coffee everyday {and i’m still having it everyday} Since this means all Maggie sensei ever does is eat a snack, it makes sense to use continuation iru}

    2. About that Bakari lesson, I was thinking, say if I was talking to Maggie sensei and I said, Maggie sensei wa oyatsu o tabete bakari iru ka. Would that be a question or a sarcastic statement? I think it sounds pretty sarcastic. Anyway, if it is sarcastic, is it sarcastic even if I don’t say it to Maggie sensei? Also, what if I really just wanted to ask if all Maggie sensei does all day is eat a snack?

    3. Err…I made this sentence, please tell me if it’s correct:
    Aitsu wa monku shite bakari iru.
    Is it correct? If so…is this how you feel about me? Just asking! XD

    いつもお世話になっております! {I think I prefer this one! XD}

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      A : Yes you can change the ending
      Oyatsu wo tabeta bakari deshita/ datta= “Maggie just had snack”
      When you describe what Maggie just did in certain moment in the past.

      B: taberu and tabeteiru are slightly different.
      taberu is for habitual action and tabeteiru is also used for habitual action but it describes how I eat snack more (I am working on this lesson so please wait.)

      C: Again, I am working on this lesson. So please wait.

      2. Maggie sensei wa oyatsu o tabete bakari iru ka →If it is a question, Maggie Sensei wa oyatsu wo tabete bakari nano desu ka? / (casual) nano?
      (iru no ka? is possible but that “ka” ending sounds very strong and rude.)

      Anyway you can say Maggie Sensei wa oyatsu bakari tabete iruno? as a question or sarcasm at the same time.

      3. It should be
      Monku bakari itte iru

      いつもお世話になっております →This should be in the beginning. If you want to say something nice in the end

  64. The river puppy says:

    Anyway, thanks for answering. I think I understand now! Chau is just like a normal verb right? So I can definitely say chaimasu, chaimashita and…chawanai {As you said in the lesson XD} Anyway, I have more questions {I have lots of questions} again. Please answer them and thanks in advance! XD

    1. So natte kita does imply so and so-ing? Like getting? {Just want to be clear XD}

    2. How would you use sugiru with a suru verb? Like, how would you say, to love somebody too much {And I mean too much, not alot, so sugiru would be used}

    3. I’m not sure if I asked this before but please answer anyway XD. Why is it that sometimes, it’s arigatou gozaimasu but other times arigatou gozaimashita? One is thanks and the other is thanks for what you did in the past. The thing is, what defines the past? I’ve seen many times in your lessons when at the end you’d use arigatou gozaimashita for the people who sent the cute animal pics but there was one lesson when you used arigatou. How do I know when to use which or can I pick any that I like? I know there’s a time difference but what defines that time span? {Like, if I’m thanking somebody for what he did a year ago, I’d use gozaimashita but what about just after class is over?}

    4. I saw in one of your lessons that you wrote naranaito ikenai. ??? What does that mean? I know nakutewa ikenai and nakereba naranai can be changed to nakucha and nakya but what’s naranaito ikenai? Also, why is there always a {to} somewhere in a sentence? I know to can mean if like in Haru ni naru to, sakura ga sakimasu but sometimes, I see that there are {to}’s which supposedly mean but??? I also know they can mean and…I know this is a confusing question and I’ll probably ask it again later after better phrasing it but I have to say the to particale is really annoying and confusing.

    5. How do you say happy birthday to you? For example, I could say to Harold, “Happy birthday” but what if I wanted to say, “Happy birthday Harold!”. Would Harold come before or after otanjoubi omedetou? Also, I know in real Japanese there are no spacings or commas, so how would you actually write Happy Birthday so and so {With their name included} I kinda need to know this. A very important person’s birthday is coming up soon.

    Thanks in advance Maggie sensei! XD

    PS: Maggie sensei’s room is kinda gtting stuffy. It’s like fighting a war just to load the post comment box and getting it sent without any errors is another, completely herculean task…not that i’m complaining…maybe I am, Sorry! Please don’t take any offense :) Anyway, it’s probably my slow internet’s fault…but just maybe Maggie Sensei’s room is too full :)

    PPS: I read this on a post and for some reason my stupid tablet {And that’s a really polite way to put down my feelings about my tablet! >:{ just can’t copy so I have to just write it as it is…but anyway, I read that you had a cold in 2014 and you said, Mou genki ni natte kimashita yo! {Does that mean I’m getting better already!}?

    いつもお世話になっております! {I finally found a Japanese phrase that suits me! If you can recall from my previous questions, I thank in advance alot! This is perfect! Thanks so much Maggi sensei for all the help you’ve given me! I’m learning faster than I ever could because of you! XD} PS: It isn’t rude if I say that to you right? I read that it was appropriate to say to teachers…so…I assumed so. Tell me if i’m wrong! XD

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      1. Yes
      2. する+すぎる = しすぎる= shisugiru

      to love too much = 愛しすぎる= aishi sugiru
      to study too much = 勉強しすぎる = benkyou shisugiru

      3. You say ありがとうございます when you just received something or someone just did something for you or will do some favor in future.
      and you say ありがとうございました for things you received in past or you think someone did some favor for you and the action is over.

      4. ならないといけない(=naranaito ikenai) and ならなければいけない(=nanarakereba ikenai) means the same but ならないといけない(=naranaito ikenai) is more conversational.

      Ex. もっと大人にならないといけない
      = Motto otonani naranai to ikenai.
      = I should be more mature.

      Ex. もっと大人にならなければいけない。
      = Motto otona ni naranakereba ikenai.

      As for ないと, I have a lesson so please go check it.

      5. “Happy birthday Harold!”.
      It will be more natural to say the name first
      = Harold(さん)、お誕生日おめでとう(ございます)

      = お誕生日おめでとう(ございます)、Harold(さん)
      works as well.

      For your PS message :
      I am sorry to hear you got all frustrated every time you post a comment and it makes me feel sad but sorry…I can’t do anything about it. I make lessons but I leave the rest to our web designer.
      If it is getting too stuffy and heavy and you feel like it is a war to post comments, I could do one thing. I can erase the whole Maggie’s Room once and delete all the comments.
      I had to do twice in past due to the glitch. But again, all the people who asked me the questions in past can’t read their old comments anymore.
      So I will leave this option up to you and other people. Should I delete Maggie’s Room once? (Sooner or later I may have to do that anyway.)

      One thing that I want you to understand is that this Maggie Room is just an extra feature. I originally made this space just to communicate with people who visit here saying hi or occasionally answer one or two simple questions.
      If it is necessary I will talk to our web designer to make a new forum page. Unfortunately my paws are full right now. :)

      As your option,
      Here are some good sites that you can use
      Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Forum

      And I bet there are many other good sites besides these.
      ごめんなさい that I can’t make you happy…I wish I could…

      PPS : Yes, it means “getting better”
      And you can say いつもお世話になります。

      • The river puppy says:

        !!!NO!!! PLEASE DON’T DELETE THE ROOM!!! It’s probably my internet connections fault anyway and I think the comments should be kept so that others can read {I mean, I want to read other people’s questions too! They’re pretty advanced} Sorry lol, I just wanted to rant about my internet connection, there’s really nothing wrong with the room. Sorry for the inconvinience, my internet connection has actually returned to normal now! XD

  65. hana says:

    Hii Maggie, your room comments are shaping up to be quite the historical archive haha.

    I’m just wondering whether people actually use 彳む instead of 佇む?

    What has your experience been on this?

    • Maggie says:


      Hi Hana!!! 元気?
      I know this Room is getting too long to make a comment.
      I doubt anybody uses 彳む for たたずむ
      When we see 彳, a lot of us just think it is a part of kanji. :P

  66. darkakira says:

    Hello Maggie-sensei,
    could you please explain me the meaning of 「そう感じるうちは、まだまだね」 in the following passage. If I’m understanding correctly そう感じるうちは means “While(うちは) you feel(感じる) like this(そう)”. However I’m still cannot understand the meaning of the phrase.


  67. jehdal says:

    hello maggie

    この文は 「舐めんなよ」---> 無い形 同じですか 
    女子生め —> この文は わかりません
    —> アイスクリームを舐めんなよ女子生め <—-



    • Maggie says:


      Hello jehdal,
      舐める= to underestimate/to belittle/ to look down on ~ / not to take ~ seriously / to treat ~ with contempt
      舐めるな= imperative form “Don’t belittle/ Don’t belittle ~ ” ….. (Strong)
      +よ(rough male suffix to emphasize)
      →(casual contraction) 舐めんなよ

      It is an exaggerating expression but the speaker is telling girls students that not to think it’s just an ice cream. (Ice cream is actually GREAT)

      noun + め
      is another suffix to express contempt

      Ex. 女子(大)生め= female (college) student(s)

      • 天人 says:

        This ~め suffix is a derogatory suffix, right?
        I think it be translated as: you little…! / you damn…!
        アイスクリームを舐めんなよこの女子生め! = Don’t [dare to] underestimate [my] Ice creams, you little brats!
        また僕をかつごうとしているのかい、このいたずら小僧め。= Are you going to play tricks on me again, you little devil?

        If you know something more about this suffix, then please let me know. It’s very interesting ^^

        • Maggie says:


          This ~め suffix is a derogatory suffix, right?
          I think it be translated as: you little…! / you damn…!

          Yes, you are right. For このいたずら小僧め “You little dickens” works but since we don’t have many derogatory terms, sometimes it is hard to translate the words like この女子生
          The closest way is, adding “you ~~~” or use the stronger derogatory term from English.

          As I mentioned め(=me) is a very strong suffix to show your contempt.
          こいつめ=koitsume = Damn you!
          noun / people + め= ~ me = You ~ (showing your anger/contempt)

          But when you use it to yourself, you sound very humble
          Ex. 私めがこのサイトの責任者です。(overly dramatic expression)

          As for the sentence that jehdal originally asked,
          I would just say “You girls, don’t (dare to) think it is just an ice cream. “

          • 天人 says:

            Thank you very much Maggie! (>^o^)>

          • Maggie says:


            どういたしまして!私に「マギーめ」って使わないでね〜 :)

          • jehdal says:

            hello maggie 先生

            you girls don’t(dare to/ think) lick the ice cream 間違ったright?
            jaja 僕によろと  舐めるーー> to lick だから間違えた xD 
            自分でこの文は絶対分かりません でも 長い説明後で 僕は間違えた 


          • Maggie says:



  68. The river puppy says:

    Thanks for answering. I think I understand now! XD. Anyway, I have more questions {I have lots of questions} again. Please answer them and thanks in advance! XD

    1. I was reading your chau+chatta lesson {AND I FINALLY UNDERSTOOD IT!!!} but I still have a question. I know that for shimau it’s nasai form should be Shimainasai but what about Chau? Is there like, a chainasai???

    2. Shite shimatta you say? I read once that it’s shite shimashita. I bet he’s wrong, as I said before, I trust you. Anyway, maybe mashita can be abbreviated to matta? {I doubt} It’s kinda confusing for a newbie like me.

    3. If I wanted to say, “But…I believed in you…” as in to express dissappointment, would it be demo, shinjichatta or should it be datte shinjichatta? I actually have alot of questiosn regarding how to say but…with kedo, demo, dakedo, which can also mean only? Also, I have questions regarding keredo and it’s variations but i’ll leave those detailed questiosn for later {These are more important right now.} So…demo or datte?

    4. How do I ask a question that I already know the answer to? Like, if I was giving somebody a quiz. I might say, do you know how many dogs are in London? {It’s not that I actually don’t know, I’m just saying so…err…I don’t know how to phrase this better.} How would you say it in Japanese because i’m quite sure if I just use the classic X wa nan desu ka form, I might be mistaken to actaully not know what I’m talking about! XD

    5. Okay…this question has been really, really confusing me. I read in your chau lesson that you wrote wasurekichatta! Well, I know the shite-kite meaning as in do and come back. You also told me earlier that it does’t necessairly mean do and come back. If wasurekichatta like this???? Also, I saw on the about page a really cute pic of Maggie sensei falling asleep. It said Nemukunatte kita. {I’m getting sleepy} That got me thinking, Nemukunatte means I have become sleepy and Nemukunatta means I had been sleepy but none of them express “getting”. Does te-kita mean that? As in, to indicate an action that is not yet complete? {Getting for example}?

    • Maggie says:

      The river puppy

      1) Is there like, a chainasai???
      →Yes, ~ちゃいなさい= chainasai

      Ex. 早くご飯を食べちゃいなさい。
      = Hayaku gohan wo tabechainasai.
      = Finish up your dinner already!

      2) ~ してしまった / (polite form) ~ してしまいました
      They mean the same

      3) You are right. There are many ways to say “but” in Japanese :けれども(=keredomo) / しかし(=shikashi)/ でも(=datte)
      でも(=demo)/ けど(=kedo) is more conversational than けれども(=keredomo) &しかし(=shikashi)

      だって(=datte) is more like “It’s because~” and you use it when you give a reason.

      4) I think I understand your question…
      When you give a quiz, you often finish a question with でしょう(=deshou)?/ でしょうか(=deshouka)?

      Ex. ロンドンには何匹犬がいるでしょう(か)?
      = Rondon niwa nanbiki inu ga iru deshou (ka)?
      = How many dogs are there in London?

      Ex. ロンドンには何匹犬がいるか知っていますか?
      = Rondon niwa nanbiki inu ga iru ka shitte imasuka?
      = Do you know how many dogs are in London?

      5) First it should be “wasurete kichatta” not “wasurekichatta”

      Actually 忘れて来た(=wasurete kita) has a couple of different meanings.

      (1) come to forget about something
      (2) have left something somewhere and came to somewhere (without it)

      And the one in my example sentence is (2)

      *眠くなってきた(=nemuku natte kita)
      to be getting sleepy / to become sleepy

      So ~ nattekita itself implies “getting”

      Ex. 暖かくなってきました。
      = Atatakaku natte kimashita.
      = I is getting warmer.

  69. just a novel lover's says:

    Ohayou sensei ^^

    sensei in ただ、飄々としている感じであまり信用できそうではないというのが正直な感想だった。

    is あまり信用できそうではない means “it’s not that he is not very trustworthy”?

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s

      So this sentence is talking about a man? Then
      He doesn’t look so trustworthy
      He looks unreliable/suspicious.

  70. jehdal says:

    hello maggie 先生

    —>グズってると置いてくわよ 愚図 —> ぐずぐずしてる  同じですか 意味 良く分からない
    –>くわよ<– 意味は分からない

    じゃあ ありがとう

    • jehdal says:

      —>グズってると置いてくわよ 愚図 —> ぐずぐずしてる  同じですか 意味 良く分からない

    • Maggie says:


      Hello jehdal

      「グズってる」は”ぐずる”という動詞から来ています。赤ちゃんとか子供がget fussy, crankyになることを言いますよ。

      • jehdal says:

        and くわよ 何と意味ですか

        • Maggie says:


          Oops! Sorry, I forgot to explain..

          置いていく = I will leave you here (if you grumble)
          ↓ (casual suffix)

          +わよ(suffix that women use) It means(置いていきますよ)


          • jehdal says:

            いつもびっくりしました  !happyface!   自分でいくら考えてもわかりません けどmaggie先生は説明すると良く分かりますよ
            も一度ありがとう  !JYANE!   

          • Maggie says:



  71. just a novel lover's says:

    Ohayou sensei ^^

    Sensei in  それにユエルを売った金で他の男のスキル持ちでも複数買って、アガリだけで生活するのも良いかもしれない。

    what is アガリ means?

  72. The river puppy says:

    Thanks for answering. I think I understand now! XD. Anyway, I have more questions {I have lots of questions} again. Please answer them and thanks in advance! XD

    1. I was reading your saseru lesson –Which was really hard for a beginner like me! :{–
    and I noticed that you wrote Yakusoku no inu. Doesn’t this mean Dog of promise or promised dog? How does it mean dog’s promise or promise of the dog? \

    2. I once heard somebody say that the difference between ni kureta and ni/kara moratta is that for kureta, the person just recieves the favor but as for moratta, the person is recieving a favor that he/she asked for. Is that correct? {Unfortunately, having a great teacher like you means that I’ve become skeptical of all other teachers. So I have to check with you. If Maggie sensei says so, then it’s so ;}

    3. Err…this may be vague but what’s the difference between suru and o suru? Benkyou suru means to study and benkyou o suru means to study too right? I’d assume their interchangeble but someething tells me they’re not.

    4. Do real Japanese talk super fast???

    • Maggie says:

      @the river puppy

      1. I know causative verbs are hard. But I can guarantee that you will be able to use them eventually.
      You can say 約束の日 but 約束の犬(yakusoku no inu) is just a catchy subtitle and you are right. It doesn’t make sense. I think the movie company is trying to tell people that the dog follows his promise or something.

      2. You should trust other people over me. :P
      ~kara morau = to receive something from someone
      Someone ~~ kureru = someone does something for you/someone gives you something

      If you want to learn more, I have くれる/もらう/あげる lesson.

      3. to study in Japanese is
      But you can also say
      勉強をする= benkyou wo suru
      を(=wo) is an object marker so it literally means “to do “study””

      So you can make some verbs する(=suru) with a noun

      Ex. 料理する= ryouri-suru= to cook
      料理をする=ryouri wo suru = to do cooking = to cook

      4. No I don’t think so. But it depends on people.

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello Maggie sensei! Thanks for answering but I have yet more questions! I just read your Janai nJanai lesson and at first it was pretty easy to understand. However, when it got to the bit that nJanai can be negative, I became extremely confused. {Again} Anyway, I wanted to ask, does the meaning/usage of janai and nJanai depend largely on intonation?

        • The river puppy says:

          Nevermind…I actually figured it out. It makes sense how sometimes it’s negative and how somtimes it’s not. Your lessons are very good, I managed to figure it out myself based on your lesson information! Thanks! PS: I think I like saying Jan. Also, I guess guys generally say what sounds easiest to pronounce. I thought janeeka was very easy to say. It’s great that i’m a guy, girls have so many restrictions!

          • Maggie says:

            @The river puppy says
            Sorry! I thought I replied to you but I guess I didn’t post my answer after all. But good for you that you figured it out yourself.
            Haha janeeka sounds rough. So be careful when you use it.

  73. darkakira says:

    Hello, I’ve got two questions in the following passage. Is there something omitted after 親父が描いた桜の姿が? For example 親父が描いた桜の姿が思い出した? And それこそ in それこそ数えきれぬ作品をこの世に残した親父だが、あの男が描いた桜は一枚しかない。 refers to 親父?


    • Maggie says:


      1) 思い出してしまうものがある →親父が描いた桜の姿
      But when you make it in a sentence, the particle should be を

      2) それこそ refers to the fact 親父が絵を描く

      • darkakira says:

        Thank you very much for your reply!
        Could you please clarify about それこそ? Does it generally refers to the fact that 親父が絵を描く, or specifically to a line before?

  74. アグ says:

    Hi maggie先生 ヽ(^。^)ノ
    I want to ask about one thing i was watching some anime and then i saw this鳥を羨ましいと思うことがないか
    を羨ましい why is を? Normally is something が羨ましい but when is to omou its changing to wo is this some rule or something?maybe is stupid question but i would like to know.
    Thank you for your time and i wish you a happy Easter ( ^-^)ノ∠※。.:*:・’°☆

    • Maggie says:


      Hello アグ!
      Usually you use

      Ex. 鳥がうらやましい。

      But when it is quoted (with と)you can use particle を as well.
      Ex. 鳥が/をうらやましいと思うこと
      Ex. 鳥が/をうらやましいと思う気持ち
      Ex. 鳥が/をうらやましいと思う人
      Note : ~と思う modifies a noun (こと、気持ち、人)

      Note : うらやましい means to envy someone and it looks like a verb but it is actually an adjective like 好き
      Ex. あなたが/を好きだという人
      Ex. あなたが/を好きだという思い。

      Happy Easter 2u2!

  75. Lava says:



    英語で全部は “Judging from the fact that”になるようですが、

    「以上」、「からには」、「上は」(Precisely because, on top of that…)


    後もう一つの質問なんですが、”Bring up”, “mention”は日本語で何と言いますか?例えば、
    In this book, a variety of topics about Japanese culture were brought up は「この本には、日本の文化について様々な話題が取り上げられていた・述べられていた」になりますか?


    • Maggie says:



      どれも確かに英語では“Judging from the fact that”になりますが、まず「~ことから」と「~ところから」を比べてみましょうか。


      Ex. 1) 車のエンジンの音がおかしいことから故障していることに気がついた。

      これを「~ところから」に変えることもできますが、「こと」は原因が特定されます。(the reason/cause is more specific)
      「ところ」は他にもまだ故障していると思われる原因があるかもしれません。(There could be other possible reasons)

      Ex. 2) このことから判断するとまだ実行する段階ではないと思う。
      Ex. 3) この2つのことから警察は彼が犯人だと思った。
      Ex. 4) 子供がまだ小さいことから仕事を減らすことにしました。


      上の、Ex 1) ~ 4)は「~ところを見ると」に置き換えることはできません。
      「~ところを見ると」は何かを実際、見てものごとを推測する時に使います。(you judge something after you witness something)
      Ex. 5) そうやって黙っているところを見るとやっぱり怪しいね。
      Ex. 6) 郵便物がたまっているところを見ると彼はしばらく家に帰っていないようだ。

      2)「以上」、「からには」、「上は」(→I think you meant 上に – on top of ~ /以上 has many meanings but in this case I will just focus on the usage with a verb)



      (1) 上に : on top of ~~~, to list something worse/better/bigger after 上に

      Ex. 給料がカットされる上に家賃があがったので生活がますます苦しくなった。
      Ex. 彼はケチな上に欲が深い。

      (2) Verb (present tense/ past tense) + 以上(は)/からには = since you decided to do something, you will stick to your idea/ once you did something, you can’t change your decision

      Ex. 一度、OK した以上(は)文句はいいません。(I once said OK so I won’t complain anymore.)
      You can replace it with からには

      Ex. 一度、OKしたからには文句はいいません。

      I think they both mean the same. But からには stresses the meaning more.

      3) bring up/ mention

      話題が取り上げられる is fine.

      Other possibility

      例えば、二人で話していて誰かが昔の話をbring upしてきたときは


  76. チャド says:


    Ah yes, we help each other. I’m Lithuanian so I help her Lithuanian. We communicate in Japanese and Lithuanian simultaneously. The problem is that she explains things in Japanese ^^. But I stick with it and figure most of it. Well at least I think so :P. Its interesting and beneficial to see how she explains in Japanese. I try to do it in Japanese as well. But of course in English I’d understand more accurately. I’ll have to ask her if she can do it :).


    • Maggie says:



  77. The river puppy says:

    Hey Maggie Sensei! It’s me again. I have more questions {I have lots of questions} again too! Anyway, please answer them and thanks in advance! XD

    1. Can I say Yondeta instead of yonde-ita, like I can say yonde-iru—>yonderu? This question is related to Question no.2

    2. How does teta differ from ta? I once read that wasureta means I forgot while wasureteta means I forgot but I remember now. Back then I didn’t know how to use
    te-iru {That was one of the first questions I asked-and you answered it, thanks agains! XD} but now I do. Since tabete-iru means eating, tabete-ita means was eating. If i’m correct in assuming that you can say tabete-ita—>tabeteta, wasureteta therefore means I had forgotten. Which makes sense! Am I correct or wrong in some way?

    3. I was reading your kuseni lesson when I noticed that you used Jibun to mean “you”. I thought Jibun was and old, militaristic way to refer to oneself…am I wrong?

    4. I was reading your kuseni lesson {Wait, I already said that, didn’t I?}when I saw that at the end, you said you would learn practic how to write the kanjis for Rose. Well, I noticed that you used shitekimasu at the ending instead of plain old shimasu. So, I was wondering if you meant practice it fully, as in, shite-kiru {I also read your kurenai lesson-it was very helpful but also kinda difficult} Am I right?

    5. Yeah, about that kirenai lesson, you said that kiranai was a common negative form. I have no idea what that means {I am quite stupid, sorry} I don’t think it can substitute kirenai but that it’s a negative form of kiru. How would you actually use it {Kiranai} though?

    Thanks sensei and sorry for so many questions!

    PS: Err…I just want to add that I’ve been wanting to post this for 2-3 days already {I’ve been trying to post these questions like crazy!} but every time it didn’t get through and just stayed as Post Comment php and I got a screen saying, Internal Server Error. I’ve thought it was because I had bad internet but now i’m not so sure. I had very good connection recently yet this problem still persists…so, I don’t mean to be rude but nevertheless, is everything ok with Maggiesensei dot com?

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Hi there.

      1. Yes, but we use it all the time in conversation. But it is a casual contraction and very conversational so avoid using it when you take a Japanese test.
      wasureta = I forgot
      wasurete ita (casual wasureteta) = I have forgotten / I forgot about it until now but now I remember.

      3. the example sentence in my kuseni lesson using jibun is
      B: 「自分だって1年前は10までも数えられなかったくせに。」
      = Jibun datte ichinen mae wa juumade mo kazoerarenakatta kuseni.
      = You couldn’t even count up to ten a year ago either!

      and it refers to “you”.
      What you meant “old militaristic way to refer to oneself” is when you refer to yourself 自分

      Ex. 自分は勉強するのが大好きです。
      = I love studying.

      Maybe you have checked this lesson already but I explained in my 私+自分 lesson.

      4. you don’t say shite-kiru. It is shitekuru
      renshuu shimasu = I will practice
      renshu shitekimasu = I will go practice

      5. Oh that was a typo. Sorry! I fixed it. It should be 切れない= kirenai

      PS. Sorry about the problem posting the comment. We receive tons of spam mail and we have to authorize every single comment so it takes time to see your comment.
      Also this Maggie’s Room might be getting heavier. In past we had to close this page once and started from the scratch again.

      • The river puppy says:

        Thanks for the answers! {So I am correct in my assumptions of the usage of teta!} but anyway, thanks for refering me to the lesson, I have not seen the watashi+jibun lesson. I’ll go check it out right now! XD Also, I read your te-kuru lesson. Wouldn’t that mean, I’ll go practice and come back? Plain shimasu seems to make more sense…hmmm…I’m confused {again} sorry. Please help me sensei! XD
        PS: That’s okay, I’m willing to wait through the page errors because I know that i’ll always get a great answer {I’ve had loads of question—and I still have way more—but so far, you’ve answered every one!} Thanks sensei!

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          I can see your confusion. You can just say 練習します= renshuu shimasu. = I will practice.
          The translation of 練習してきます is “I will go practice and come back here.” but you don’t actually have to go anywhere. But it may be easier for you to think
          “after practicing how to write 薔薇, I will come back here.”

  78. ルイ says:

    こんにちはMaggie先生! :tulip2:

    I’ve followed your website for about a year now and want to praise you for all your assistance!
    I was wondering if you could assist on a grammar problem.

    When joining two sentences, I don’t fully understand when to use the 〜て form, and when to just use the verb stem.
    For example:



    I can’t seem to find any clear explanations online and am wondering if you could explain the differences? I think I understand what both sentences mean, but I’m not sure when each grammar style should be used.
    Thanks, and please keep up the amazing site! :jjj:

    • Maggie says:


      1) お手紙を読み、すぐに返事を書きました。
      2) お手紙を読んで、すぐに返事を書きました。

      3) 日本語ではえんぴつと呼ばれ、英語ではpencilと呼ばれる。
      4) 日本語ではえんぴつと呼ばれて、英語ではpencilと呼ばれる。

      Actually I thought about making this lesson.
      1)&2) and 3)&4) have the same meaning. But while te-form is used in conversation, 1) and 3) are more formal and you often see this form in written form.
      I will explain the grammar of 1) & 3) more.

      How to form :

      *1) make ます(=masu) form and 2) delete ます(=masu)

      So when you talk about the order of multiple actions, you can either connect with this form.

      = Kyou wa yoku asobi, yoku waratta.
      = Played a lot and laughed a lot today.
      →more conversational
      = Kyou wa yoku asonde yoku waratta.

      = Kinou wa tomodachi to osake wo nomi, ippai hanashita.
      = I had a drink with my friend and we talked a lot.

      →more conversational

      = Kinou wa tomodachi to osake wo nonde, ippai hanashita.

  79. jehdal says:

    Hi maggies先生

    この文は「あまりにも」と「となって」意味が分かりません、 説明してくれませんか

    —>あまりにも非道な手術の為お前達が中心となって禁止させた手術だった になる。 同じですか 


    • Maggie says:


      Hi jehdal
      あまりにも means “too ~ ”
      となって: 中心となって (てform of 中心となる = to play a central role)

      • jehdal says:


        僕によると この意味です 

        you play a central role into a surgery which has been banned
        For (to make) a too inhuman surgery

        もう一度 本当にありがとう 

        • Maggie says:

          You know what? I just noticed that your original sentence
          the way it ends is wrong. You don’t need になる

          So you should start, It was an operation which you~….because it was too ~~

    • jehdal says:


       ごめん けど このページは僕のメッセージの部を食べた けど その「になる」部の文ではない 


      • Maggie says:


        Anyway I hope I got to answer your question. :)

        • jehdal says:

          HI maggies 先生

          (禁止させた—>(was been prohibited) 受動態形ですか?
          禁止させた手術だった —> was a operation which was been prohibited けどその部分はまだよくわからない
          (Remove something part of my message) どうして知らない 多分私のPCです


          • Maggie says:


            Hello jehdal,

            禁止させた is a causative form
            the operation which someone made prohibit.
            If it is a passive form, it will be 禁止させられた

            If you want to learn more check this causative form.

  80. チャド says:

    「まずはみんなが親切なのと、旧市街が美しいところかな。 【親切なのと】 もしかして、これが但し付きでしょうか。 I understand it like this: Firstly if all the people would be kind, then the old town would be a beautiful place. (My English isn’t very good =/)
    遅れたことで唯一良かったのが ←これを特に分かれません。
    春と言えば桜だってこと。 She written in Lithuanian which translates something to: In spring its sakura, because its the most beautiful.
    近所の川辺の桜がきれいで見とれたんだ!」と答えました。 Is she talking about an event that took place in the (distant)past or recently?
    彼女の書いた文章を全部分からないんなのでお手伝ってくださいませんか。よろしい(ならorから I got confused)もしかして英語に訳して頂けませんか。


    • Maggie says:


      This message is for everyone who visits Maggie’s Room. So many people asked me to translate their personal letters, songs, animation. Though I’d love to help all, I don’t do the translation here. Please understand.

      OK, back to you, チャド、

      (She likes Japan because) People are nice and old parts of the city are beautiful.
      遅れたことで唯一良かったのが = The only good thing about being late is…
      春と言えば桜だってこと。I would say cherry blossoms are the quintessential symbol of spring.
      今思い出した。 = I just remember now
      近所の川辺の桜がきれいで見とれたんだ!= The cherry blossoms along the riverside near my house are so beautiful that I just admired them.

      But you know what? The whole point of Lang8 is to help each other. If you don’t know what she meant, just ask her. I think she will love to help your Japanese. :)

  81. jehdal says:

    maggie 先生!
    僕の日本語がまだ下手です xDDD だから
    thank you sensei for correcting my mistake :)

    ねえ 先生 今はも一度疑問がある  (いつも疑問がある xDDD)

    長い文はどう翻訳したらいいですか どこで始めたのほうがいいですか (where is best to start xDD)

    も一度 ありがとう

    • Maggie says:


      OK, I won’t translate but let me break it down for you.

      The main word here is the last word 策略
      So you go backward.

      1) Whose 策略?
      →この女達の (these women’s)

      2) What kind of women?


      (1) + (2) : these shrewd women

      3)What this 策略 is for?

      To みせるため = to show, in order to show

      4) Now the hardest part. What/How do women want to show ?

      to show A as if it were B

      A : 地球に到着すること= arriving on the earth
      B : 最重要事項= the most important matter

      Now you got all the parts.
      Good luck!

      • jehdal says:

        HI maggies 先生

        僕はによると これは意味です:S
        this Strategy of these shrewd women is for to show arriving on the earth the most important matter

        いつも「小説のほがいいです」 xDDD (その日本人は私が知っている)


        • Maggie says:


          this Strategy of these shrewd women is ~~~
          in Japanese is この小賢い女達の策略は〜〜〜だ・
          So it is slightly different but it may work.

          The original Japanese sentence says
          The strategy of these shrewd women to make look 地球に到着する事 as 最重要事項 on purpose.

          • jehdal says:

            HI maggies 先生

            あああ。。。 the most important…is to make look 地球に到着する事 as the purpose .
             でもmaggies先生の説明後で やっと! 分かった xDDDDD
            hahahaha ごめん、ごめん でも僕はいつも長い文を見たときに混乱です


          • Maggie says:



  82. just a novel lover's says:

    Sensei in 後ろから追いかけてくるから、止まるに止まれない。

    what is 止まるに止まれない means?

  83. just a novel lover's says:

    Ohayou, sensei ^^

    sensei, what is 座わって means in リュカは座わってへたり込んでる。?

  84. The river puppy says:

    Hello again sensei! Thanks for answering my previous questions! Anyway, I kinda have some more questions. {I have alot of questions} Please answer them! Thanks in advance!

    1. I know that kara is used for i-adjectives and verbs while dakara is used for
    na-adjectives. If somebody asked, why did he give the beggar money, a person could answer, {Shinsetsu dakara} and not shinsetsu kara. However, what if I was going to say he’s kind, as in {Yasashii da} and then I add kara. Would Yasashii da-kara be wrong?
    PS: Is dakara also used for nouns?{Like, for example, is somebody asked me “Why are you being so nice to him? Could I reply, “Chichi dakara” as in, because he’s my dad?}

    2. Err, what’s the difference between Jouzu and Umai. I can see one is an i-adjective while the other is a na-adjective but they are written with the same kanji and it’s kinda confusing. Is there a spesific cause to use a spesific one or are they completely interchangable like shinsetsu and yasashii?

    3. When an n sound and a ka sound connect {Like in words like monka and nanka} Are they read like {ng} in English words like taki-ng, cooki-ng and cleani-ng or are they read like nan-ka. I think it’s more like a soft na-ng-ka. {Am I wrong?}

    4. I finished viewing your Kata lesson which was extremely helpful but in the comments when you were answering somebody’s questions, you gave a description of how to use three different forms of toki. I noticed something in the last example. {QUOTE}:
    They all mean “when” and it is complicated to explain the difference here but
    とき is the most general one. ときに is used when you specify the time point ときは is used when you show the contrast.
    Ex. 若いときよくこの曲を聴きました。 = When I was young, I used to listen to the song.
    adding に to specify the time
    Ex. 若いときによくこの曲を聴きました。 (The translation is the same but に specifies the particular time.)
    ********—>The following passage contains my question.
    Ex. 若いときは好きなことをいっぱい{した方}がいい。 = When we are young, we should do a lot of fun things. Showing the contrast ‘the time when we are young” and “the time when we get older”
    {した方}—>It’s in past tense! What does this mean and how would you do negative past tense or even past tense for that matter! How is kata used with past tense?
    5. As I was reading the comments on your Kata lesson, i also saw you answer a person like so, {QUOTE}:

    Hello Rhi, 車の運転ができる方= Kuruma no unten ga dekiru kata = A person (someone)who can drive a car. Ok, that 方=kata means “a person”. It is a polite way to refer to a (third) person.

    Ex. その人 = Sono hito = that person →(polite) その方= sono kata Ex. 次の人= Tsugi no hito = the next person →(polite)次の方= tsugi no kata

    That got me thinking, I kinda sorta know that yoroshiku and onegaishimasu can mean proceed, so, if I was some kind of clerk and a long line of people were waiting and I had just finsihed dealing with one, could I say, {Tsugi no kata onegaishimasu?} To mean, “Next guy in line please approach?} Since they’re customers i’m supposed to be polite right? Please tell me if I can say it this way or if it’s correct but not polite enough! XD

    Thanks in advance Maggie sensei! PS: Sorry for so many questions but I really couldn’t wait to ask them! :grin:

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy
      1. やさしい is an i-adj so it should be “やさしいから” and you can’t say “やさしいだから”
      Yes, you can use だから with a noun. So you can say 父だから(=chichi dakara)

      2. First 親切(=shinsetsu) and 優しい(=yasashii) is not completely interchangeable.
      親切 could be just a kind gesture but 優しい is used to describe one’s personality.

      Now the difference between 上手(=jouzu) and 上手い(=umai)
      Ex. 彼はピアノがうまい。・ピアノを上手く弾ける

      They mean the same but うまい(=umai) is slightly more casual.
      And while 上手(=jouzu) just means “to do something well/ skillful, 上手い(=umai) also means “delicious”

      3. It is hard to explain the pronunciation here but I think there is no “g” sound. I wish I could post a sound file here but I can’t.. Sorry!

      4. Ex. 若いときは好きなことをいっぱい{した方}がいい。 =

      した is grammatically a past tense but you are not actually talking about the past. It implies you should complete the action, (have)done in certain period of time in future.

      5.Yes, you should address a customer with 方

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello again sensei! Thanks for answering my previous questions! Anyway, I kinda have some more questions. {I have alot of questions} Please answer them! Thanks in advance!

        1. So I’d say something like yasashii kara desu or yasashii kara da instead right? {If I want to use desu that is}

        2. I know it’s not a g sound but is it sorta like a soft ng sound {Like in taking only minus the ending guh sound} or is it more like na{n}ka—with the n sounded out? Basically, would I say nan ka? {As if they were seperated but fast enough to connect them?}

        {Sorry for asking the same question but I really need to know. I will look up somevideos on how to pronounce it too! XD}

        Thanks in advance Maggie sensei! PS: Sorry for so many questions but I really couldn’t wait to ask them! :grin:

  85. just a novel lover's says:

    Konbanwa sensei ^^

    it’s been a some time since I come here, sensei, ogenki desuka?

    Maggie-sensei, help me with this sentence please ^^

    in そういえば先生。時間割って、どういうふうになるんですか?今日中に作らないといけませんよね

    what is どういうふう means?

  86. jehdal says:

    HI maggi先生
    ごめん もう一度 疑問がある
    「あれくらい」はなんと意味ですか  「これくらい」 同じ意味ですか

    ごめいわくは本とうに ごめん!


    • Maggie says:

      Hello jehdal,

      これくらい this much,this amount/ when you refer to something in front of you / something happening right now
      あれくらい that much, that amount / When you refer to something far from you/ When you remember something that happened before. /

      くらい indicates the degrees/amount/level of something
      So あれくらいの任務 : The speaker is talking about the mission which she did in past. Or the mission that she just heard about or she has already experienced and can assume what it will be like.
      And since she said 平気よ, it means “That kind of mission was a piece of cake (easy). “

      • jehdal says:

        hello maggi先生
        how do you know this sentence was past?
        でも 「~た刑 OR 過去刑」じゃない。。。
         だから この文のタイプはいつも頭が痛させて xD

        • Maggie says:


          Sorry. My explanation was not enough. I added.
          She could be talking about the future mission but she already experienced the similar missions and can assume that won’t be so difficult.
          (Be careful with the kanji 過去形 not 過去刑 (刑 means “punishment/ penalty)

          • jehdal says:


             最初説明は分かる けど「~た形」は見えないから 混乱してしまったでも今分かる、
            hehehe 悪い漢字ではごめんね
            けど俺のwindowsはときどき漢字を変わる (オートコンプリート)ですから 僕は間違えた:p


          • Maggie says:



            (Note for you : 今日はjehdalの日本語を少しお手伝いしますね。

            最初説明分かる〜〜今分かる→ 最初の説明で分かりましたが、〜た形がなかったから混乱してしまいました。これで分かりました。
            漢字を変わる→漢字が変わる 僕 or 俺:It’s up to you but 僕 sounds better unless you want to sound yourself really “macho” :)

  87. jehdal says:


    sorry for two questions xD

  88. jehdal says:

    Hi maggie 先生



    お返事は本当に ありがとうございます

    • Maggie says:


      Hello jehdal!

      してもらう means “to have someone do something for me”
      and してもらおうか is a command form and it is a very strong expression that someone in a high position uses towards someone lower.
      So it means “I will have you do ~~~ for me”
      The part 慰安でもする sounds a bit strange and unnatural to me. But I think it meant 慰めてもらおうか(=nagusamete moraouka) I want you to “comfort” me.

      こんなものでは- with just this (whatever things or actions in the previous sentence)
      王子はおろか俺様も満足せぬぞ= AはおろかBも~ ない- B won’t ~ let alone A
      I won’t be happy (Or you can’t make me happy) let alone the prince

      • jehdal says:

        maggi 先生 のお返事は本当にありがとう
        問題2まだ良く分かりません、  then。。。 「満足せぬぞ」—>「満足しない/満足しません」同じ意味があります
        again ありがとう

        • Maggie says:


          満足せぬぞ is an old fashioned way to say
          満足しないぞ (male speech/ blunt) I won’t be happy / You can’t make me happy
          ~ないぞ shows your strong will

          Grammar :
          ~ぬ (Old/ literal) = 〜ない
          Ex. 食べぬ= tabenu = not to eat (= 食べない)
          Ex. せぬ= senu = not to do (=しない)
          Ex. 来ぬ= konu = not to come (=来ない)

          • jehdal says:

            maggi 先生 you are very impressive!!
            that’s awesome, この文法は昔昔を探しているけど誰も意味しらない
            今分かる また本当にありがとう

          • Maggie says:



  89. The river puppy says:

    :kanpai1: !softcream! :purple: boucingheart! Hey sensei! Thanks for answering all my questions. You have no idea how much help you have been. Anyway, congrats on being an angel for a year now! I wonder if we should call you “Veteran angel” from now on! Oi, are they treating you alright up there? Probably, it’s heaven isn’t it? XD

    Also, it’s so cool that you speak French, all the French I know is Je suis Charlie, LOL!
    Anyway, thanks for telling me about your lesson on N. I checked it out and everything makes sense now! You’ve been an amazing help to me and probably the world! Don’t quit, kay? I’m sure you and Yukari-chan, I mean, ahem, Yukari-sensei, will be remembered for a very long time! :kanpai2:

    • Maggie says:

      @The river puppy

      Thank you for your sweet message. Though I am not “Veteran angel” yet, I think I learned the way to keep being with you.
      So as far as Yukari is alive, we will continue this.
      Love you all❤

  90. Inka says:

    Hello dear Maggie sensei

    Sorry to borther again,but I need a little help again.
    I have a homework for school where I have to make a presentation about the topic : What role plays Shinto in nowadays Japanese life. And I want to hear at least one opinion from a japanese person.

    So could you please tell me what connects Shinto to Japanese people, why is it necessary, where does it appear?

    What things that are concerning shinto do you participate in Maggie sensei?


    • Maggie says:


      Hi Inka!
      Wow, that’s difficult.

      Shinto plays a very important role in Japan but unlike other religions Shinto doesn’t have a specific image of Gods.
      Regardless how religious we are, many of us go visit the shrine on New Year’s Day to pray for the happiness and or visit there naturally when ever you have a chance, such as taking an important exam, you or someone close to you is sick, you are going to have a baby, you are going to achieve something. Not just to pray Gods to get what you want but also you tell Gods (Spirits) to swear yourself what you are planning. And of course, many places have famous Shrines and you go visit there to feel empowered. So in that sense, Shinto is everywhere in our life.
      We believe “Gods/Spirits” exist everywhere not just in Shrine. In nature, in land…and no “bible” so we don’t practice anything but the idea is to respect the nature or where you are.

      How’s that?

  91. the river puppy says:

    Thanks for answering my questions! {Again-you’re very helpful, sensei!} Anyway, I have a few more questions today, {I have lots of questions} please answer them! Thanks in advance! {And sorry in advance if you find the questions a little long} :grin:

    1. Can I contract all non-word {As in, it’s not part of a word} to characters? I read in one of your lessons that to iu and be contracted to tte iu, so I was thinking, can I say, tte omou instead of to omou? Can I contract all non-word particle to{s}-sorry, i didn’t really know how to phrase this question.

    2. I learnt recently that nano can mean desu ka. Well, in that case, can i say something like kore wa nan nano? or must I change it to kore wa nani nano? {I don’t know why but I get the feeling that it should be nani nano.}

    3. Speaking of which, I also heard that nano can mean nan desu ka but not in the sense of kore wa {nan desu ka} but something else {Which I don’t understand}-sorry for the vague question. So, what I mean to say is, does nano also mean nan desu ka?

    4. How is it that although I know some Japanese and I can even read some words with understanding, I can’t hear them. For example: {I know how to read, conjugate and even write a certain phrase, yet when it is sung in a song, I don’t understand or can even hear it. It isn’t that I don’t know pronounciation either because I can understand the song if I have a sheet of lyrics.}

    5. You said before that to become fluent, I need to speak Japanese everyday. Well, what if I kinda whisper it? Do I have to hear myself pronouncing Japanese? I don’t think I have the {ra ri ru re ro} problem since I can pronounce it correctly. In fact, I think I can pronounce all the sounds correctly, so is it really necessary to hear myself speak japanese everyday?

    Thanks in advance Maggie sensei!
    PS: My internet connection is so darn slow and it’s driving me crazy! It took me 2 days to post this! Ahem, sorry, just wanted to rant.

    • Maggie says:

      @the river puppy

      Hello! Let me see your questions one by one.
      1. Can I contract all non-word {As in, it’s not part of a word} to characters? I read in one of your lessons that to iu and be contracted to tte iu, so I was thinking, can I say, tte omou instead of to omou? Can I contract all non-word particle to{s}-sorry, i didn’t really know how to phrase this question.

      →Yes, the casual form of という (=toiu is っていう(tteiu)

      So と(=to) changes into って(=tte) in casual Japanese.
      Therefore you can say
      って思う= tte omou / って信じる(=tte shinjiru) ,etc.

      2. I learnt recently that nano can mean desu ka. Well, in that case, can i say something like kore wa nan nano? or must I change it to kore wa nani nano? {I don’t know why but I get the feeling that it should be nani nano.}

      →Yes, you can say
      これは何なの?= Kore wa nan nano?
      Not なに(=nani)

      3. Speaking of which, I also heard that nano can mean nan desu ka but not in the sense of kore wa {nan desu ka} but something else {Which I don’t understand}-sorry for the vague question. So, what I mean to say is, does nano also mean nan desu ka?

      →Ah I got it.

      Ex. そうなのですか = Sou nano desuka. = Oh, I see
      can be
      →Ex. そうなんですか= Sounan desuka.

      4. How is it that although I know some Japanese and I can even read some words with understanding, I can’t hear them. For example: {I know how to read, conjugate and even write a certain phrase, yet when it is sung in a song, I don’t understand or can even hear it. It isn’t that I don’t know pronounciation either because I can understand the song if I have a sheet of lyrics.}

      →It is not you. We don’t always enunciate the words. You just need to practice listening again and again and figure out what they say.
      It will help if you have enough vocabulary and sentence patterns.

      5. You said before that to become fluent, I need to speak Japanese everyday. Well, what if I kinda whisper it? Do I have to hear myself pronouncing Japanese? I don’t think I have the {ra ri ru re ro} problem since I can pronounce it correctly. In fact, I think I can pronounce all the sounds correctly, so is it really necessary to hear myself speak japanese everyday?

      →It’s up to you. If you are confident, you don’t need to do that. But I heard if you pronounce and your brain hear the sound, it helps some people improve language skill.

      Good luck on the Internet connection!! :)

      • The river puppy says:

        Hello again sensei! Thanks for answering my previous questions! Anyway, I kinda have some more {I have alot of questions} Please answer them! Thanks in advance!

        1. How woud you say a generic please, like, for example: Mom says, “No! You can’t have the candy, you’re too fat!”. Kid says, “Please!”. How would you say a generic please like that? I’m pretty sure it’s not kudasai.

        2. How would you say or, as in do you like this OR that.

        3. Ok, this question is kinda weirdly phrased {Sorry about that, I don’t know how to state it in a better way.} but here goes. I know that when you are asking an obvious question, you can use no desu ka/ no desu which can be turned into ndesu, like for example, Hon o yonderu ndesuka. I also know that in male speech, you can say something like nai+nda for denial. Like, uso dewa nainda and tondemo nainda! However, I have seen many sentences, like taka+kunatta+nda {Became taller} and I don’t get why they have nda at the end. So, my question is, how and when do you add nda to the end of a sentence?

        4. About my previous nano question, what does the nan mean? Also, sometimes I see nan put in a sentence where it doesn’t mean what? What does it mean? {Sorry if this question isn’t phrased very well…}

        5. Erm, this isn’t really a Japanese question and it’s totally fine if you don’t want to answer it but…do you also speak French? I can’t bur from your posts I get the feeling you do. If you do, that would be sooo cool! :grin:

        PS: I’m sorry if you find my romaji annoying but I my keyboard can’t type Japanese characters. {It can copy and paste them though} Also, I don’t know how to use a Japanese keyboard anyway. Sorry.

        PPS: I have good news! By copying and pastung my name in the bar, my name isn’t messed up anymore! However, internet connection still sucks. I tried to post this a day ago…argghh!

        Thanks in advance Maggie sensei! :grin:

        • Maggie says:

          @The river puppy

          1) Please! = お願い!
          2) A(が)好き(ですか)?それともBの方が好き or いい(ですか)?
          3) 高いんだ(=takain da)。高くないんだ(=takakunainda)。You use だ there when you just found out some information that you didn’t expect. So you show a slight surprised feeling.

          Ex. 誰もいなかったんだ。= Dare mo inakattanda= So nobody there, huh?
          Ex. みんな、行ったんだ。= Minna ittanda = Everybody went there, huh?

          4) なん is a casual way to say なの(=nano)
          Ex. そうなのですか(=Sounano desuka) = I see →そうなんですか(=Sounan desuka)

          I have a lesson on ん(-n) if you have a chance, please go check.

          5) Oui, mais j’ai beaucoup perdu. Tant pis… :P

          PS : No problem with romaji.
          PPS : Yay!!

  92. アレクサンダー says:


    Thank you for continuing to teach people Japanese! I found your website when I started learning 2 years ago but didn’t start using it until the last few months. My Japanese wasn’t very good and I couldn’t make sense of anything. After recently passing the N4, I’ve started to learn more casual Japanese, and love your lessons as they explain them from a native speakers point of view, and very easily! This is normally hard to find, even though I’m currently living in Japan. My Japanese friends can’t explain very well in english !cryingboy! I will continue to look at your lessons and once i finish them all, I hope to have a much better understanding of spoken and casual Japanese!


    • Maggie says:


      Thank you so much for your comment!
      I feel flattered.
      I am very glad to hear that you started to visit this site again.
      Colloquial Japanese is fun to learn. Hope you keep visiting this site. 私もがんばるね〜!

  93. etoile37 says:

    Hi Maggie Sensei! Thank you so much for your wonderful website!

    I was wondering if you could please explain the 入っとけって part in this sentence:

    Are they the verbs “hairu” and “keru”? What does the っと mean?

    • Maggie says:


      Hello etoile27!
      Ah it’s a casual speech. I will break it down
      入る= hairu =to come in
      +おく(=oku) = to have done something / complete some action and let it be (in this case “to be/ to stay)
      入っておく= haitte oku = to come in (and stay inside)

      Now..imperative form

      入りなさい= hairinasai= Come in!
      入っておきなさい= haitte okinasai = Come in (and just stay inside/be there)

      (stronger imperative/ male speech/ rough )

      (casual contraction/ male speech / a bit rough)

      So someone told this speaker to come in the place if that person was not there.

  94. agu says:

    Thank you so much but i have one more question about translation
    Maybe it is that word from katakana sekuhara is claiming that now that kind of act is considering as a crime. Im not sure is this meaning ok or not (T_T) so i i wll be glad if you can help me once more.

    • Maggie says:


      I think you got the meaning of the sentence.
      Just the first part…
      “Maybe it is that word from katakana sekuhara”
      I would translate as…. I think the katakana word, “Sekuhara”, tells that ~~~

      • agu says:

        translation is hard at least for me so thank you so much for your help. Im still fighting with my translation and i have one thing that i dont understand
        元々ある日本語で表現できるなら if we can express in japanise something that orginally is in japanise?
        problem with motomoto aru how to translate it?

  95. agu says:

    Hi maggie
    I have really short question I have something that im not sure if i understand it correctly
    There are people who are angry saying that dont use katakana thag you dont understand
    Can you help me with translation please

    • Maggie says:


      Hello agu!
      I think there is a typo.. ざっぱり→さっぱり but you got the meaning of the sentence right.
      Just the last part means… katakana words which you don’t understand the meaning at all.

  96. jolie says:

    Sensei :-D
    There’s something that’s get on my mind. Actually, I have to write my Japanese teacher an e-mail. I’ve already sent it few days ago but sadly, still have got no reply. So now I want to write him something to check if he has received my e-mail or not.
    “I’ve sent sensei an e-mail but since I’ve got no reply, I wonder if you have received my e-mail or not.”


    Is it okay to write like that? sensei, can you please revise it for me? :D
    Thank you so much :D

    • Maggie says:


      Hi Jolie!

      Grammatically correct.
      It depends on your relationship with your teacher, but when you talk to your teacher, you should use 敬語

      Other possible message. 

      • jolie says:

        Ah, I see. I’m still having trouble using keigo-kenjougo. For me, I think it’s the most troublesome part in learning Japanese :-(

        マギー先生、メールを直してくださって、どうもありがとうございます。 :grin:

  97. says:

    Hello 先生!

    I have a question regarding a paragraph recently sent to me. I understand it has something to fo with Skype but what else?



    If you could translate it please?

    • Maggie says:


      Hello! 凛!
      Did you post the same question as 夏?
      I already answered the question. I will repost my reply.

      You can read katakana words. As I told someone else yesterday I don’t do the translation here.. but since I helped that person, I will help you,too, just this time. :)
      Hope other people can learn Japanese from your comment.

      The London Eye = ロンドンアイ
      Skype = スカイプ

      The London Eye is a Ferris wheel.
      * かんらんしゃ= 観覧車= kanransha
      *だよ(=dayo) = a casual suffix (=です= desu)

      *It was too bad that we lost a connection on Skype in the middle of the conversation.

      きれる=kireru = to cut →In this case lose (connection)
      ちゃって= chatte= casual contraction of ~てしまって(=tte shimatte)
      ざんねん=zannen = too bad

      *Let’s talk on Skype again if we have a chance.
      *きかい= 機会=kikai= a chance, an opportunity

      = I will try to be able to speak English more fluently then.
      そのとき (=sonotoki) = then

  98. the river puppy says:

    Thanks for answering my questions! {Sorry I couldn’t say that sooner, my internet connection had been shutting down like crazy recently} Anyway, I have a few more questions today, {I have lots of questions} please answer them! Thanks in advance!

    1. Can I contract something like tabete-iru or yonde-iru to tabeteru and yonderu? Also, is swimming oyoide-iru?

    2. If sumimasen can be pronounced as suimasen, are there any other words that can be slurred acceptably?

    3. What does itsuka mean exactly? Can it mean sometime or someday or one day {As in, one day i’ll eat ten pies} or can it mean all of these? :grin:

    4. I hear you can master Japanese in 5 years, i’ve been studying for 1+ now. Is it possible to become fluent in Japanese in 5 years?

    • Maggie says:

      @the river puppy

      1. Yes, you can. tabeteru/ yonderu, oyoideru,etc.
      2. The casual way to say すみません (=sumimasen) is すいません(=suimasen). It is easier to pronounce that way.
      If I think of other example, I will let you know.
      3. いつか= itsuka = it can be , one day/ someday / some time
      4. I don’t know about “to master” but if you study Japanese seriously everyday for five years, I’m sure your Japanese will be pretty advanced.
      If you want to be fluent in Japanese, you need to practice talking or pronouncing Japanese a lot.

  99. darkakira says:

    Hello, could you please help me with the meaning of phrase なんだって言うんだ, if I’m understanding correctly it translates as – “So what of it?/So what?”. However what does it refers to? Something along the lines “So what that I my sword is only for killing others, at least this time I wanted to protect somebody…”? Only the last was said aloud, all the lines before was his thoughts.


    Context: 人A couldn’t protect somebody dear to him, and now he feels sorrow.

    • Maggie says:


      Hello darkakira
      「なんだって言うんだ!!!」means “So what?” or “Finish your sentence!” It refers to the previous unfinished sentence.

      • darkakira says:

        Thank you, however previous sentences are the thoughts of the same person. There is only one person in this passage…

        • Maggie says:


          Ah OK, he is along in that scene?
          If so, he has been talking to himself (as you marked ~の思い) up to 「いつだって人を殺すためだけに・・・・・・」 and then he questioned himself being frustrated, “So what?” (“What’s my point?”)
          And it still refers to the previous sentence, 「いつだって人を殺すためだけに・・・・・・」 or it could refers to the whole lines and questions himself,”So what?”

  100. the river puppy says:

    It’s me again Maggie-sensei! I have a few questions today, please answer them. Thanks in advance!

    1. Err…I know there’s a mashita form but there’s also a te-ita form. There’s also a plain form. For example: Yomimashita, Yonda and Yonde-ita. {I am confused}

    2. Also, how would you say, only or just. I know how to use dake and shika but can I use it for phrases like {He’s just 3 years old!} or {It’s just a cat} or {today’s just a bad day…} Can I use dake in those instances!

    3. Is it ok if I keep forgetting? I don’t forget all the Japanese I’ve learnt but sometimes, it’s like I keep forgetting no matter how many times I review!

    Sorry for all the questions, thanks in advance! :grin:

    • Maggie says:

      @the river puppy


      1) よむ=yomu = to read (dictionary form/ plain form)
      →polite form : よみます= yomimasu  
      You use this form when you talk about future

      Ex. 明日、この本をよむ・よみます。
      = Ashita, kono hon wo yomu / yomimasu.
      = I will read this book tomorrow

      or habitual actions.

      Ex. 毎日、本をよむ・よみます。
      = Mainichi, hon wo yomu . yomimasu.
      = I read a book everyday.

      よんだ= Yonda
      →polite form : よみました= yomimashita.

      past tense

      Ex. 昨日、このページまでよんだ・よみました。
      = Kinou, kono peiji made yonda・yomimashita.
      = I read up to this page yesterday.

      present perfect

      Ex. この本は、もうよんだ・よみました。
      = Kono hon wa mou yonda/ yomimashita.
      = I have read this book already.

      よんでいた = yonde ita
      →polite form : よんでいました= yonde imashita.

      *past progressive : was/were reading

      Ex. でんわをもらったとき、ほんをよんでいた。/ よんでいました。
      = Denwa wo moratta toki ,hon wo yonda ita./ yonde imashita.
      = When you called me, I was reading a book

      *habitual action in past

      Ex. 若いころはもっと本をよんでいた。/ よんでいました。
      = Wakai koro wa motto hon wo yonnde ita/ yonde imashita.
      = When I was young, I used to read more books.

      2)The way you say “just” varies depending on the context.
      ただ(=tada), たった(=tatta), ほんの(=honno), たんに(=tannni), etc.

      These two
      {It’s just a cat} {today’s just a bad day…}
      you can use ただ(=tada)

      ただの猫だ= Tada no neko da
      今日はただのついてない = Kyou wa tada tsuite inai

      {He’s just 3 years old!}
      彼はほんの三歳だ。= Kare wa hon no sansai da.

      3) Don’t worry if you keep forgetting what you have learned. You just review what you learned over and over and eventually something will stay in your head.

  101. Stephano Breitt says:




    English ver;
    Maggie Sensei, sorry to bother you again, but I’d like to ask you one more thing!
    It’s about the 「〜ば」and「〜ねば」”conditional/if” forms of verbs.
    My grammar book covered the usage of 「〜ば」forms but I’ve encountered on the internet, a 「〜ねば」usage.
    According to the book, to use the negative conditional forms, just change the 「ない」to 「なければ」.
    Examples provided…

    So, I’ve found an explanation on the usage of 「〜ねば」on the internet but, how are they different?
    Example on 「〜ねば」…
    I mean which one should I use?

    If I’ve made any mistakes in this post please let me know.
    Thank you very much!

    • Maggie says:

      @Stephano Breitt

      Hello Steiphano,
      (Note for you : またお騒がせしてすみません。でもまた質問があります。〜〜についての質問です。僕は「〜ば形」についてテキストで習いましたが、インターネットで../ 正しく使うためには / さて〜が→そしてネットでも〜の説明を見つけましたが・
      I mean which one should I use? →どちらの方を使った方がいいですかということを聞きたいです。)

      〜ねば(ならない・ならぬ) is more literal than なければ(ならない・いけない)
      You usually use なければ in conversation but occasionally you hear people use it in conversation

      Ex. I should eat more. = もっと食べなければ(いけない)

      Ex. You should study = 勉強しなければいけませんよ。

      = Seijika wa motto kokumin no koe wo kinakakereba naranai to omou.
      = I think politicians should listen to people more.

      You see ねば in written form.

      Ex. 政治家はもっと国民の声を聞かねばならない思う。
      = Seijika wa motto kokumin no koe wo kikaneba naranai to omou.
      = I think politicians should listen to people more.

      • Stephano Breitt says:

        Thank you for the corrections, I only got lost with the conjugation of “お騒がせしてすみません” could you break it for me please?

        • Maggie says:

          @Stephano Breitt
          お騒がせしてすみません is a set phrase.

          騒ぐ→causative form 騒がせる →Adding お to make it sound more polite →お騒がせする
          I am sorry for V = Vて+すみません  →お騒がせしてすみません。

          • Stephano Breitt says:


  102. just a novel lover's says:

    Konbanwa Maggie-sensei ^^

    sensei, if there is a sentence like this もし…..ならば is that means “if…..then”?

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s

      Yes もし〜ならば means “if ~then” and you use it when you talk about hypothetical situations.

    • just a novel lover's says:

      yey, my guess is correct thanks sensei ^^

      ah, in this sentence sensei その大魔法を守り続けてきた一族のうら若き少女は

      is うら若き少女 are うら若き+少女 or うら+若き+少女?

      • just a novel lover's says:

        change question sensei ahahaha…


        the one that’s troubled are the girl or the girl’s family?

        • Maggie says:

          @just a novel lover’s

          The girl. :)

          • just a novel lover's says:

            as expected, hmmm… my logic is reliable now hehehe

            the only problem is what is うら若き? can I just said it as “the young girl of the families that blablabla…” sensei?

          • Maggie says:

            @just a novel lover’sthe

            Q: only problem is what is うら若き? can I just said it as “the young girl of the families that blablabla…” sensei?

            Yes! You got it!

      • Maggie says:

        @just a novel lover’s


  103. therivpuppy says:

    Maggie sensei, could you please make a lesson on the usage of {nowa} I read your lessons and you use it quite alot. Learn Japanese Adventure has a lesson on it but I don’t understand it. Please, please make a lesson on {nowa} and i’ll give you a thousand doggie treats! :grin:

    • Maggie says:


      Hello!! A thousand doggie treats sounds very tempting! :P You know how to manipulate me. haha.
      So you want to know how to use のは(=nowa)?
      は(=wa) is just a subject marker so I think you want to know the function of の(=no). You use it to nominalize a verb. (If I am wrong, please let me know with an example sentence.)
      Since someone else asked me to make a lesson on こと(=koto) I will add these on the request lesson, OK?

      • the riverpuppythe river puppyt says:

        Oh not really…I’m quite sure I know how to use {no} already. It indicates possesison I think Still, that lesson on {Koto} would be great anyway! But my question really was how to use {nowa}. I read on Learn Japanese Adventure that it’s used to emphasize the most important part of a message but I didn’t understand it. I don’t understand your use of it either. An example sentence would be {Taken from your How to use Tari lesson}:
        日本語を読んだり書いたりするのは難しい. why is there a nowa? I know how to use node and I sorta understand noni but Nowa I just don’t get. Thanks for answering so quickly and thanks in advance! :grin:

        • Maggie says:

          @the riverpuppythe river puppyt

          That was what I was talking about. :)
          I will make a lesson in near future but will teach you a little here.
          It will be easier for you to think のは(=nowa) as V+の(=no)+ subject marker は(=wa)

          漢字を書く(=kanji wo kaku)
          →to write kanji
          Ex. 私は毎日、漢字を書く= (Watashi wa mainichi kanji wo kaku) I write kanji everyday.

          Now you said you already know but let’s make the verb 書く(to write) a noun.→writing

          → You can use whether こと(=koto) or の(=no)
          * の(=no)is more casual than こと(=koto)

          writing kanji
          漢字を書くこと(=kanji wo kaku koto)
          漢字を書くの(=kanji wo kaku)

          Writing kanji is diffucult

          Ex.漢字を書くことは難しい (=Kanji wo kaku koto wa muzukashii)
          Ex.漢字を書くのは難しい(=Kanji wo kaku no wa muzukashii)

          So this の has a function to nominalize a verb and は is a subject marker.
          It applies with other particle.

          Ex. 漢字を書くことが好きです。= Kanji wo kaku koto ga suki desu. = I like writing kanji.
          Ex. 漢字を書くのが好きです。= Kanji wo kaku no ga suki desu.= I like writing kanji.
          (If you want to show a contrast you can use は)

          Ex. アニメを観ることは好きですが、日本語を勉強することはあまり好きではありません。
          = Anime wo miru koto wa suki desu ga, nihongo wo benkyou suru koto wa amari suki dewa arimasen.
          = I like watching animation but I don’t like studying Japanese.

          Ex. アニメを観るのは好きですが、日本語を勉強するのはあまり好きですありません。
          = Anime wo miru no wa suki desu ga, nihongo wo benkyou suru no wa amari suki dewa arimasen.
          = I like watching animation but I don’t like studying Japanese.

          • the r says:

            thanks for the quick replies! I really appreciate them! Also, nowa is beginning to sound alot harder than I first thought. Hmm…nominalize…I guess I’ll find out what that means exactly when you release your lesson! {Seriously, your lessons are so thorough it’s almost impossible not to understand} Thank you very much! Also, my name is supposed to be {the river puppy} but it seems the fill in space either deletes or adds characters…don’t know why…anyway, sorry about that. By the way, I have some other questions. Should I learn grammar first and then verbs or both of them together? Also, is there any easy way to diffrentiate between the transitive and intransitive verbs? That’s all, thanks! :grin:

          • Maggie says:

            @the river puppy

            Now I know the mystery of your name. :P
            Don’t worry. You will eventually learn how to use こと. It is not that hard.
            As for your new question, you should learn grammar and verbs together. (Also verb conjugation is a part of grammar. )
            The difference between transitive verb and intransitive verb?
            You can tell by the particle. If it has を, that means it has a direct object so it’s a transitive verb.
            Ex. ドアを開ける = Doa wo akeru = (Someone) opens the door (ドア is a direct object. Therefore it’s a transitive verb.)
            Ex. ドアが開く= Doa ga aku = The door opens (ドア is a subject. So it’s intransitive verb)

  104. says:


    What does this mean? I translated it in my head but it didn’t sound right…. :oops:
    Something about The London Eye, Skype?




    • Maggie says:


      You can read katakana words. As I told someone else yesterday I don’t do the translation here.. but since I helped that person, I will help you,too, just this time. :)
      Hope other people can learn Japanese from your comment.

      The London Eye = ロンドンアイ
      Skype = スカイプ

      The London Eye is a Ferris wheel.
      * かんらんしゃ= 観覧車= kanransha
      *だよ(=dayo) = a casual suffix (=です= desu)

      *It was too bad that we lost a connection on Skype in the middle of the conversation.

      きれる=kireru = to cut →In this case lose (connection)
      ちゃって= chatte= casual contraction of ~てしまって(=tte shimatte)
      ざんねん=zannen = too bad

      *Let’s talk on Skype again if we have a chance.
      *きかい= 機会=kikai= a chance, an opportunity

      = I will try to be able to speak English more fluently then.
      そのとき (=sonotoki) = then

  105. Dee says:


    If I am talking to a university professor and I want to say “There is no need, I don’t want to bother/trouble you”, is it right to say 「いいえ、必要はないです。迷惑をかけたくないんです」? Also, is that polite enough for who I’m talking to?


    • Maggie says:


      Your Japanese is just fine but if you are talking to your professor, you may need to be a little more polite.
      But before I help you, could you give me a little more background?
      Your professor offer you some help and you don’t want to trouble him/her and you will do something by yourself?

      • Abi says:

        Hello again maggie せんせい,

        This is what i’m trying to wrote in japanese and i think there is alot of mistake please teach me how to write a japanese sentences correctly.. :cry:


        ほんとうにごめんえ maggie せんせい..
        And i really appreciate your immedietly response,
        More power to your website and godbless always! :kanpai1:

        • Maggie says:


          OK, as I said earlier, I don’t do translation here but will help you this time. (But it will be the last time I do…)

          ☆ I just wanna say thank you for coming into my life and for being true to me,

          Your translation: 私はちょうどたくは私の人生に入ってくるために、私に忠実であることをありがとう、
          →Q : Is たく his name??? I am not sure so I will leave it.
          →Q : “true” here means “to be honest”? 忠実 means “faithful” or “loyal” and it may sound strange word to use here. How about 誠実=seijitsu= sincere?

          Note : This “for” is not ために. When you see a phrase “Thank you for ~ing”, the most natural translation will be V+くれてありがとう

          So 私の人生に現れ、そして誠実でいてくれてくれてありがとう。

          ☆ i never thought that there still a man like you who will love me truly and deeply.

          Your translation: 私はまだあなたのような人が本当に深く私が愛する人と思ったことはありませんと言う。

          Note : Where did you get “言う=to say”?
          The closeset translation will be 私のことを心から深く愛してくれるあなたのような人がまだいるなんて思いませんでした。

          ☆ I really appreciate all what you’ve than for me,

          Your translation: 私はあなたが私のためにもきたものすべて、
          Note: I think you meant “done” not “than”. If so


          ☆ i am not perfect and i din’t have a perfect family but i am gratefull to have you in my life now even though were still far from each other,
          Your translation: 私は完璧ではないと私はすぐに私たちを知っているので、私は完璧な家族を持っていないが、互いにまだあったにもかかわらず、今私の人生であなたを持っているに感謝しています
          →It is kind of a long sentence so you should divide into a couple of sentence. And since you have been repeating 私, it may look better to switch 私 to 自分 in some part. And you also used “perfect” twice so change the second one to 問題がある=to have some paroblems


          ☆ co’z i know soon we will be together, and i will promise to love you and take care of you until the last time of my breath.

          Your translation: 一緒になり、愛しています、私の息の最後の時間まで、あなたの世話をすることを約束します。


      • Dee says:


        Oh yes, sorry about that. Yes that’s basically the gist of it.

        I’m starting as an international student at a Japanese university soon and I am not fluent in Japanese, so I asked my professor if he had any advice for me or if there was anything I could research in advance so that I could keep up with the other Japanese students in that class. I didn’t expect him to offer to give me advance materials and to print out entire notes and information about the topics we will be doing throughout the whole semester. I feel guilty about having him do extra work.

        So basically what I wanted to say was that he didn’t need to do all that because I didn’t want to be a bother, and that it would be okay if he could just give me an outline of sorts of the topics we’ll be doing and that I will do the research myself. :P Oh and I’m not sure if this will make a difference on how I’m supposed to say it, but we’re talking by email.

        • Maggie says:

          I see, in that case
          How about

          • Dee says:


            手伝ってくれてありがとうございました。 !Anapple! 敬語がまだ慣れ親しませんけど、たくさん練習するつもりです。

            (I hope I said that right)

            Thank you again!

          • Maggie says:



  106. チャド says:

    素敵なマギー先生、国際女性デーおめでとうございます!( ⊃^‿^)⊃

    • チャド says:

      上記のコメントでは花の絵文字があるはずだったのに… ( ´△`)

      • Maggie says:


        私も一応、女性ですからね〜♪ メッセージ、うれしかったです。

        • チャド says:


        • Abi says:

          こんいちわ maggie せんせい

          I have a problem because i just wrote a letter for my japanese fiance and i’m really frustate of how can i translate this into a right japanese sentences,, please help me maggie せんせい :cry: :cry:

          This is what i wrote—> I just wanna say thank you for coming into my life and for being true to me, i never thought that there still a man like you who will love me truly and deeply. I really appreciate all what you’ve than for me, i am not perfect and i din’t have a perfect family but i am gratefull to have you in my life now even though were still far from each other, co’z i know soon we will be together, and i will promise to love you and take care of you until the last time of my breath.

          I’m looking forward for your respone maggie せんせい,
          Thank you and more power to your site!

          • Abi says:


            I am sorry but I don’t do the translation here (Hope you understand. So many people asked me in past. If I do one and then I have to do hundreds of translation) but if you try writing it in Japanese, I will help you.

  107. says:


    What does sugokuhen mean? I have a sentence here, if you could translate it:


    • Maggie says:


      = すごく変な感じがします。
      = Sugoku hen na kanji ga shimasu.

      *すごく=sugoku= very, really
      *へんな= henna = strange
      *かんじがする= kanji ga suru = to feel
      = I feel really strange / It gives me a really strange feeling

  108. darkakira says:

    Hello, I’m having difficulties with this sentence – 「イルさまスイさまの為とすればこそ、自らの思うところにございますが・・・・・・」. If I’m understanding correctly すればこそ has the same meaning here as からこそ, though I’m not sure about the purpose of particle と. I would loosey translate 自らの思うところ as “something I’m thinking about”, so the whole sentence – “Because it’s for イルさまスイさま’s sake, I’m thinking about it/ about doing it”. By 思うところ she means killing 双厳?


    • Maggie says:


      First it is a bit strange and uncommon expression. But let me rephrase it in an easier way.

  109. just a novel lover's says:

    Konbanwa, sensei ^^

    sensei I got this sentence というか今お世話になっている村の人達と何ら変わりないように見える。

    what I want to ask is, is that a polite or casual one? and from where is 何ら? is it normal japanese word or an accent like tokyoben or hokkaidoben? because I rarely hear that ^^

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s

      何ら is a very common word.
      You can find it in a dictionary, too.
      何ら~ない= not ~ at all (=何も~ない)
      何ら変わらない= 何も変わらない= There is NO difference

    • just a novel lover's says:

      is that so sensei?

      hmmm… is it because the speaker is girl?

      because if it’s 何も~ない then I heard that a lot

  110. just a novel lover's says:

    Ohayo, Maggie-sensei ^^

    sensei, what is のってて in 基本的なことがのってて良かった。 means?

    is it the same with 〜てて in 〜てて lesson?

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s

      てて is a casual form of ていて
      It was good because it has basic stuff.

    • just a novel lover's says:

      where is “because” came from sensei?

      and in 魔手のことも、何故かのっていた。

      is のっていた are actually のって + いた (いる past form) or ていた (ていて past form)?

      • Maggie says:

        @just a novel lover’s

        You don’t have to say “because” but it is a reason why the speaker thinks it’s nice.
        It is nice to have ~ in it.

        のる+いる= のっている →(casual contraction) のってた→(te-form) のってて

    • just a novel lover's says:


      thanks for the explanation sensei ^^

  111. Stephano Breitt says:

    Maggie-sensei, I just wanted to introduce myself as one of your new students and to thank you very much for all this awesome content that you provide us, we can feel all the effort put into each and every lesson, providing tons of examples in various circumstances in order for us to grasp the content successfully. is in my humble opinion the best around the web related to this content.

    I Have been following Victor for a while but since I was learning through a grammar book, I didn’t make much use of maggie sensei at the time, but now that I’ve finished grasping the basics, I can review it and learn all the new stuff found here in maggie sensei.

    One lesson that I’d like to request when you have the time is, one about 「について」と「において」。
    I think it would be a nice addition to the pack.

    Thanks again for everything, cheers and hugs from Brazil!

    • Maggie says:

      @Stephano Breitt

      Welcome to, Stephano!
      And thank you so much for your nice comment. Muito obrigada!

      OK, I will show you the difference between 「について」(=ni tsuite) and 「において」(= ni oite) here.

      「について」(=ni tsuite) = about (something/someone) indicating topics

      「において」(= ni oite) = in/ at/on (some field/ area ) indicating location

      = Orinpikku ni tsuite hanasu.
      = To talk about Olympic games.

      = Nisennijuunen no orinpikku wa Toukyou ni oite hirakaremasu.
      =The 2020 Olympic will be held in Tokyo

      = Nihon no bukan ni tuite no hon wo sagashite imasu.
      = I am looking for a book about Japanese culture.

      = Kabuki wa nihon no bunka ni oite totemo juuyouna dentou geinou desu.
      = Kabuki is a very important traditional art in Japanese culture.

      • Stephano Breitt says:


        「オリンピックについての話す。」In this one, there is a sub intended を between についてのを話す right sensei?

        So, について always comes followed by a nominalizing の right? Could こと also be used to nominalize?
        Somehow I feel like こと doesn’t fit very naturally here,
        eg;「2020年のオリンピックについてこと話」instead of 「2020年のオリンピックについての話」A talk about the 2020 olympics.
        In this case, It feels like the の is acting as a possessive の instead of a nominalizing one, as in 「私の話」

        It could also be used to state the topic as in, literally “talking about x” as in 「スポーツについては私が空手を練習してるからお気に入りです。」right? So in this case the の gets dropped right? Or could I this case just say 「スポーツは私が。。。」?

        において i’ve managed to comprehend :)

        Sensei, could I also request your help with one more thing? I’ve found Yukari-sensei manga from before she started working with you and Victor, but don’t tell her! 秘密です!
        The thing is, I’m not sure of one thing in this text. This manga is composed by one page only stories and this is the first one. Heres a picture of the page,

        My question is in the 3rd panel.
        Yukari sensei says 「こーゆーのもなんだけど、結構大した者よ?」the 「こういうのも」from my comprehension is stating like, this kind of style also… But the 「なんだけど」is where I got lost. Is this なん a explanatory なのだ followed by a けど? So the whole sentence would be something like, “This kind of style, is quite amazing, wouldn’t you say!?” Is this comprehension correct?

        I also had to bang my head against the wall a few times to comprehend「何言わせんのよ」in the fourth panel, until I finally realized that it was the causative form of 言わす。「笑」


        • Maggie says:

          @Stephano Breitt

          Oh I’m so sorry. It was a typo. It should be オリンピックについて話す

          I will get back to your other questions later. Gotta run now. Talk to you soon!

        • Maggie says:

          OK, I’m back!

          I think my typo confused you.
          Anyway について comes after a noun.
          And yes, こと is used to nominalize a verb

          I am sorry but
          What do you want to say with 「スポーツについては私が空手を練習してるからお気に入りです。」?

          If you meant
          I like talking about sports because I do karate.
          →(But it will be more natural to say) スポーツの話をすることが好きです。


          Oh my… I didn’t know Yukari was working without me…

          こーゆーのもなんだけど (←org こういうのもなんですが)
          is a very colloquial expression
          In this case it means “I don’t meant to brag but…”

          (いうのも)なんだけど is an expression when you tell something you are reluctant to say

          is another colloquial expression
          It means “Don’t make me say this”

          • Stephano Breitt says:

            Thank you very much Maggie-sensei!
            All my questions were cleared, these expressions look quite useful for the colloquial daily talk.

            On the Karate phrase I wanted to express something like [Talking about sports, I like karate because I practice it]


          • Maggie says:

            @Stephano Breitt

            You’re welcome!
            [Talking about sports, I like karate because I practice it]
            Ah it is like “Speaking of sports,..”? Then we don’t say ついて there. Just say スポーツと言えば= supootsu to ieba

    • Stephano Breitt says:

      Maggie sensei ありがとうございました。
      You are the best,
      Obrigado!! :)

  112. rae says:

    こんばんは  !star!

    I’ve taken a long break from studying Japanese and am starting again now. I was planning on going from your very first lesson. ^^ I’m just wondering, how long would you suggest is a good amount of time to spend on each lesson until it’s ok to review a new one?


    • Maggie says:


      There is no rule here. All the lessons are pretty random so you can go to the index and pick the subject you like. You can spend as much time as you want. Some of the lessons are VERY long so you can study one lesson in a couple of day. I try to make a lesson targeting all the levels which mean some part of the lesson might be difficult for beginners. You can skip the part if it is too difficult.
      I just want you to enjoy learning Japanese here.

  113. just a novel lover's says:

    Ohayou, sensei ^^

    sensei what is だと mean in 何で人型だと強いんだろう…

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s
      なんで+ noun + だと~~~ だろう =
      と has a function of conditional

      “if~ then~” / “when ~ then ~ ”

      Giving a condition
      (Subject は/が)+ Verb (plain form) + と
      (Subject は/が)+ i-adjective い+ と
      (Subject は/が)+ na-adjective だ+ と
      (Subject は/が)+ nou だ+ と+  (人型 is a noun so 人型だと)

      what is going to happen

      Why something happens when/if (sentence 1)
      なんで(sentece 1)(だ)と 〜だろう

      Ex. なんで休日だと地下鉄料金が安くなるんだろう。
      = How come the subway fare is cheaper on the weekends.
      Ex. なんで犬だとレストランに入れないんだろう。
      = How come dogs can’t enter the restaurant.

    • just a novel lover's says:

      thanks sensei ^^

      now I have 2 version example of だと

      • Maggie says:

        @just a novel lover’s

        You’re welcome! You are always learning something new! :D

      • just a novel lover's says:

        Ahahaha, that’s because I’m a beginner in Nihongo, sensei ^^

        I only understand some of words from watching anime, jdorama, and jmovie also by listening to japanese song

        I’m the type that learn by doing not learn by reading because my memory and imagination is bad so I need to carve it to my soul by translating a web novel to improve my understanding hehehehe

        like they said, if you learn something by doing something you like you’ll quickly understanding that thing ^^

  114. Inka says:

    久しぶり Maggie sensei! !happyface!

    I have some quick questions that really bother me. Could you please help me out? :cryingboy:

    愛想がいい 愛想のいい

    気品がある 気品のある

    Does the が or の changes anything in the meaning? Is there a difference? Which is used more often?


    • Maggie says:


      Hi Inka! お久しぶり!

      They all mean the same when they modify a noun
      愛想のいい女の子= 愛想がいい女の子
      気品のある絵= 気品がある絵
      But just be careful.

      You can say
      but you can’t say

  115. just a novel lover's says:

    Konbanwa, Maggie-sensei ^^

    sensei, what 人にも言えることだが means in 人にも言えることだが、生き物を殺すとそいつが持っている魔力のうちの何割かを得ることできる。?

    because I’ve tried but still can’t put it together T_T

    • Maggie says:

      @just a novel lover’s

      人にも言えることだが means It is true for people but.. /the same can be said to people but../ this is something we can say to people but..

    • just a novel lover's says:

      thanks sensei for clarifying it ^^

      now I’m 100% sure that だが do not refer to this whole sentence but to the other sentence in the same paragraph.

      I forgot that “.” in Nihongo do not always means “.” in other languages, sometimes the meaning can also changed into “,”

    • just a novel lover's says:

      In case someone interested to see the whole paragraph it’s


      だが in the first sentence actually comparing the first with the second sentence hence the meaning in English is

      It’s possible for a magical beast who kill a living being to get some portion of magical power inside that living being, the same can be said to a human, but in case of magical beast, there are times when its magical power exceed some fixed amount and then that magical beast form will transform and it becomes stronger. This is called rank up.

      I guess…

  116. Maggie says:

    Hi everyone! !niconico! 
    Follow me on Vine.
    I have started to post things on VINE again.
    Sometimes we (Mini Maggie and Mini Cookie and Godzilla Sensei) just have fun making silly clips but we will also teach you Kanji or simple words there. !DANCING!

  117. VH says:

    Konnichiwa Sensei .. i want to ask what is ~~~きて? and ~~きた
    for example like 見えてきて.食べてきて,見えてきた,食べてきた

    and what is the difference between 見に行って来ました, 見に行った ?

    Thank you.. :)

    • Maggie says:


      Konbannwa, VH!

      It’s unfinished sentence.
      見えてきて/ 食べてきて and what happened. (The sentence should continue after ~て)
      見えてきた。・食べてきた。are end-form.

      見に行ってきた = I went to see something (and came back to where the speaker was)
      見に行った = I went to see something.


  118. 天人 says:

    Hi Maggie!
    You must help me with my Japanese again. いいんですか? いいんですよね^^
    I’m trying to figure out the difference between を通して and に渡って.
    I understand that を通して hat 2 meanings:
    1) Something penetrates something (EX. 山を通してトンネルを通した。)
    2) Some condition is spreading or continuing throughout entire range (EX. この国は年間を通して気温の変化がない。)
    に渡って has the same meaning like the 2nd meaning of を通して. So where’s the difference?
    I found this ===>にわたって/
    It seems like を通して has a nuance of continuation, I think… 『「を通じて」には、この用法を一歩前進させた、物事がある期間継続して行われることを表わす用法もある。』… I don’t get it ><.

    • Maggie says:



      1) 今度の台風は日本全域にわたって被害を及ぼした。all over Japan
      2) 今度の台風は日本全域を通して被害を及ぼした。→I wouldn’t use 通して here.

      ☆〜に渡って= ni watatte = over

      It is used with words which describes extension of time or broad range of space

      ☆〜を通して=wo tooshite= throughout/ the whole time

      It is used with fixed period of time or space, zone, section.
      As you said some action has a nuance of continuation.
      Ex. 京都は、観光客が一年を通して訪れます。 = The tourist keep visiting Kyoto throughout the year.

      Let’s compare the similar sentences. The meaning are almost the same but
      Ex. 会議は3日に渡って行われた。over three days (the speaker thinks 3 days is a long period of time for a meeting.)
      Ex. 会議は3日通して行われた。throughout three days/the whole three days (the speaker stresses the meeting was held constantly during three days.)

      Ex.多方面に渡って広く研究されています。indicating broade range of space (It has been studied in many fields)
      Ex. 東京ー名古屋区間通して通行止めとなっています。with fixed sections (From Tokyo and Nagoya)

      • 天人 says:

        Thank you very much for this excellent explanation.
        Could you tell me what are the common words which describes extension of time or broad range of space used together with にわたって and words that describe fixed period of time or space, zone, section used together with を通して?
        Thank you very much in advance, Maggie!

        • Maggie says:


          Sure, but I don’t know if it helps because many of them are used for both with わたって・通して. Just know that there is a nuance difference as I explained in my previous comment.

          わたって : (with any time unit) 何世紀〜・何年・〜年間、〜日間、〜週間, 全日、~時間、~分間, 〜(time unit) 以上、 長期、全日、長い期間・(generation) ~世代.  ~代(space related words) 〜全域、〜全土、広い範囲、

          を通して : (X) 年間、〜年間、〜ヶ月間、〜週間, 〜日間、 X年、X月、X日、/  ~の区間・〜全線・/ 生涯(something happens/you do something constantly during the period of time/ in the fixed area)

          I am out of time now so if I think of any, I will add them later.

  119. mona says:

    こんにちは先生 :kkk:

    どう言う意味ですか。そして こちらは「に」どんな機能ですか。

    よろしくお願いします :ii:

    • Maggie says:



      「余裕」はspace, room, breadthという意味です。そしてこの場合の「気持ち」はmind, heartという意味です。想像してみて下さい。(Please imagine)
      monaのheart(mind)に余裕(space, breadth)がある時は、人に優しくしたり、なにか楽しいことをしようとしたりしますよね。(When you have “enough space in your mind”(relaxed) you can be nice to people or think about doing something fun)
      でも何か、心配ごとがあるとき(But when you are preoccupied with something) は、そのことしか考えられませんよね。(You can only think about that matter and you are not capable of thinking about other thing or caring about others.) そういう状態を「気持ちに余裕が無くなってる状態」(when one’s mind is tense) と言います。

      Q : そして こちらは「に」どんな機能ですか。
      There is/is no “space/room” IN one’s heart.
      location indicator の「に」です。「いる」、「ある」でよく使いますよね。

  120. sunyeun says:

    sorry if i am writing this twice, but i don’t know if this went through because a white page came up!!

    Hello sensei!
    I am surprised and happy you like 「銀魂」!Do you read the weekly chapter from the magazine?

    I want to tell my new friend how much I like this series. She also reads it. It is the only manga and anime I follow! But I am not confident in my Japanese. My level is only at N4-N5 T_T

    For example, I want to tell my friend that I love how the story of their past is told by the mangaka, can I say this?


    Or does this sound stiff?

    I also want to say, “I love the story where they met and became friends as children, how Gintoki had to choose between Shouyou and his friends, everything is heartbreaking, but it was so beautifully told.”

    But I don’t know how to write or say this in complex long sentences. T_T So I tried writing this:


    I’m pretty sure I have written that wrong.. but I really have no idea.. v_v

    Finally, I want to say this:

    “Another highlight in 2014 is the Aizen Kou Arc (愛染香篇)! I truly loved this. I laughed so much, but I also cried with sadness. Tsukuyo’s speech was beautiful. Love is truly resilient, and that is why it is beautiful, right? Even though she said she is happy just to be by Gintoki’s side only occasionally, I hope that she can be by his side always.”

    Can you please advise me?

    This is so embarrassing but I hope you can help me out!

    • Maggie says:


      Hello Sunyeun

      Haha, you read my comment huh?



      The last part:
      I don’t do the translation but will help you if you do it yourself once.

      • sunyeun says:

        sorry please delete my last message! i should have replied here. ^_^


        Thank you for your corrections!
        I want to know when can I use “幼年期” ?

        And can you explain the difference between “なりどうやって” and “になって” ? Sorry for the trouble!

        Also when will I know when to use ストーリー or 話? They are the same, right?

        Thank you so much for your guidance!

        OK I tried writing this for the last part


        • Maggie says:


          You can say 幼年期 or 話.
          But since you are talking to your friend and it is about the story of comic books, I changed them in more colloquial way.

          Hmm as I said I don’t do translation or proofreading long sentences here but I will help you this time.





          →月詠の台詞(セリフ)はいかにも月詠らしいものでした。(Your translation says Beautiful…. 美しかったです)



  121. 天人 says:

    Long time no see ^ ^ (although I check your site every day, as you already know).
    Today, simply question.
    Is there a difference between によって and によっては in the context of 対応? (「によって」の対応の意味です).
    1. 時間によって、忙しい時もあれば、暇な時もある。 VS 時間によっては、忙しい時もあれば、暇な時もある。
    2. 人によって、得手不得手がある VS 人によっては、得手不得手がある。
    3. この地方ではよくお茶を飲む。人によっては1日20杯も飲むそうだ。 VS この地方ではよくお茶を飲む。人によって1日20杯も飲むそうだ。

    And please tell me what “百キロ先” means in sentence: 中国は広くて方言も様々であり、所によっては百キロ先の村の方言は聞いてもわからないという嘘のような本当の話がある。
    This book has such a crazy sentences sometimes…


    • Maggie says:


      によって/によっては the meaning is the same. によって”は” emphasizes the contrast more.
      百キロ先= 100 km away

      • 天人 says:

        Thank you very very much! Now all my doubts have disappeared <3
        My gosh… I thought 百キロ先の村 is a crazy idiom or a strange expression (〃゚д゚〃).
        Once again ありがとう and keep it going! You have helped so many people with their Japanese, we owe you a lot, Maggie! !SUSHI!! !riceball!  !beermug! 

        • Maggie says:


          You’re very welcome!!
          Haha, it is not a crazy idiom.
          We use it often.
          Ex. コンビニはここから100メートル先にあります。

          Oh, you have been helping so many people here too! And thank you for sushi, onigiri and a beer!!

  122. kuroineko says:

    “あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない”はわたしの一番好きなアニメです。Or should I say”私の一番好きなアニメは”あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない”です。
    Please tell me which one is correct?
    BTW, is it possible if you make a lesson on “punctuation marks”? And how to use them in sentences and so on? I really need something like this.
    I have the following questions:

    1. So usually when writing messages, letters, emails, which form do they use? As for greetings? こんばんは、今晩は and so on?

    2. “腹を立てる気にもならなくて” What is the meaning of this sentence?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Maggie says:


      They are both correct.

      * “punctuation marks” lessons? OK, will add it on the request list.

      1. Yes, you can write them both. But if you write 今晩は、and continue the sentence, reader might think it is a continuous sentence
      →(Ex. 今晩は、~ですね。~ Tonight/this evening is….) so to avoid the confusion, こんばんは might be clearer for certain cases.

      2. When you are talking about something soo stupid and it was not worth getting mad.

  123. kuroineko says:

    こんばんは先生!Oh, no。 Please never mind.
    And of course, you can always reply to my messages or others at your own convenience.
    I have the following questions:
    1. About the idiom “備えあれば憂いなし” when do you use this exactly?
    2. As for greetings in Japanese “こんばんは or 今晩は”What is the difference?
    BTW, what’s your favorite anime and singer?

    • Maggie says:


      1. We use “備えあれば憂いなし” not just money but preparing something for emergency. Ex. Buying lots of bottles of mineral waters and keep them in your house in preparation for earthquakes or typhoons.

      2. They are the same. It was originally 今晩は****です。and we omit the rest. →今晩は→こんばんは

      3. I don’t have a favorite anime but I like 『銀魂』What about you?

  124. kuroineko says:

    But I have some other questions:

    1. so about the idiom “いざと言う時の為にお金を貯める。” is it another direct translation? which one Japanese people use?

    2. Is there other differences between ていた and た?
    Is ていた always mean “to have been …, had been …”? By the way, is it possible to translate “思っていた” as “I thought”?

    3. what is the meaning of “食べっぷり”? Can you please explain this grammar point?

    Thanks in advance. I wish you the best. :-D

    • Maggie says:


      Sorry for the late reply. I wrote you back but it was gone…
      1. Yes, いざという時の為にお金を貯める・万が一の時に備えてお金を貯める are direct translation and
      備えあれば憂いなし is an old saying. We use them all but 備えあれば憂いなし is not always talking about money.

      2. ていた also means “was/were doing something”

      思っていた can be “have/had though, have been thinking and “was/were thinking”
      But I guess you could translate “I thought” as well depending on the context.

      3. 食べっぷり is the way someone eats.
      You describe the way someone eats with 食べっぷりがいい when he/she has a good appetite, eats a lot and finishes the whole thing.
      ~っぷりがいい・悪い = the way someone does something is good or bad.
      Other expressions with っぷり
      Ex. 払いっぷりがいい= generous, a person who buys things, pays money or treats people without any hesitation
      Ex. 飲みっぷりがいい= a good drinker

  125. Ryan says:

    Maggie-sensei, I asked a question on the 5th lesson for Patrons regarding lessons, and I just wanted to see what your reply would be. Thank you! :P!riceball! 

  126. アルアル says:

    Hi Maggie Sensei! What is the difference between 副詞的名詞 and 副詞 ?? From what I understand, adverbs only modify verbs, actions and clauses. Adverbial nouns can do that AND can also come after 「は」and be the topic of a sentence. Am I on the right track?

    Sorry if you already did a lesson on this, I’m just a bit confused when I want to use words like すこし、たくさん、ぜんぶ、いろいろ etc.

    • Maggie says:


      Hello アルアル!
      I don’t have a lesson on the subject but 副詞的名詞 is a noun but it modifies a verb.
      Many of the time related nouns such as 今日、明日、毎日、かつて、去年 etc. are nouns but they modify a verb.

      (Used as a noun)

      (Modifying verb/ you don’t need particles.) 

      And some qualifiers adjectives or nouns also modify a verb.

      たくさん(noun) + の

      → used as an adjective

      Ex. たくさんの人= many people (modifying a noun with a particle の)

      (modifying verbs.)


  127. kuroineko says:

    元気でしたか?I hope everything is fine.
    I have some questions:
    1. “Save money for a rainy day” What is the equivalent idiom in Japanese?

    2. To tell the truth, I am still very confused about “ていた” and “た” forms. For example, “思った” and “思っていた” What’s the difference? Please give some examples. And why are they different?

    3. “働いて貯金して” How do you translate this into English?

    ありがとう :-D

    • Maggie says:


      1. The direct translation is 万が一に備えてお金を貯める。= Mangaichi ni sonaete okane wo tameru・いざと言う時の為にお金を貯める。=Iza to iu toki no tame ni okane wo tameru
      (You can also say 貯金をする= chokin wo suru = for saving money)
      If you want the closest idiom, 備えあれば憂いなし= Sonae areba urei nashi.)

      2. One of the difference between ていた and た is,

      思った is a simple past = I thought
      思っていた is “to have been thinking, had been thinking”
      So in this case the time duration of “thinking” is different.
      Ex. 1) 彼は変な人だと思った = Kare wa henna hito dato omotta.
      When he did something strange, you thought he was strange.
      Ex. 2) 彼は(ずっと)変な人だと思っていた= Kare wa zutto henna hito dato omotte ita.
      You have been thinking he is a strange person (ever) since you saw he did something strange.

      3. Depends on the sentence but for example
      Ex. 働いて貯金して家を買った。
      = I worked hard, saved money and bought a house.

  128. mona says:

    この文章について 「勉強しときたい」 どういう意味と文法ですか。

    • Maggie says:


      こんにちは mona!
      〜とく is a casual contraction of 〜ておく= to have (something) done, ready
      so 勉強しておく=to study ahead of time to prepare yourself →勉強しとく
      I want to study ahead of time →勉強しときたい

  129. darkakira says:

    Hello Maggie sensei, could you please explain me, when we list nouns can we mix commas with と or や? For example このパーティーに仁と透、摩耶が来ました。

    I’m having difficulties with understanding the meaning その民 in this sentence. Does by this the speaker is rephrasing the part 人と暗夜の眷属? Or does he list them “the king, the children born in メンフィル kingdom, the citizens of the kingdom”?


    • Maggie says:


      Hello darkakira,
      The difference between と and や is…
      AとB = A and B (That’s all)
      AやB = A and B among others/ A and B and so on.
      このパーティーに仁と透、摩耶が来ました。 = 仁, 透 and 摩耶 came to the party.
      このパーティーに仁や透、摩耶が来ました。= 仁, 透 and 摩耶 and others came to the party.


      その民 : I think this その refers to メンフィル王国 so citizens (people) of the kingdom.

  130. Marianne says:


  131. Marianne says:

    ということは、「て form +は」と「base form + のは」は同じですか?

    • Maggie says:

      〜ては / 〜のは は否定的な意味で使われた時はほとんど同じ意味で使われることがあります。


      1) こんな所に荷物を置いてはいけません。
      2) こんな所に荷物を置くのはいけません。


      3) 食べ過ぎてはいけません。

      Nuance difference
      ては= conditional
      のは= when you are talking about something general.
      3) Don’t eat too much. (Message for you)
      4) Eating too much is generally bad for your health.

  132. Marianne says:

    1. 好きな様にやってもらっても困ります。( You can’t just do anything you want. (I will be in trouble.))
    「~て form」 + 「も」 の意味と使い分けはなんですか?
    2. こんなところに荷物を置いてもらっては困る (Don’t leave your bags here.(I will be in trouble.))
    「~て form」 + 「は」 の意味と使い分けはなんですか?

    • Maggie says:


      1. まずこの文章は、
      〜て+もらう = to have someone to do something for you

      ご飯を作ってもらう = to have someone cook for you


      Ex. いつも彼女にご飯を作ってもらう
      = I always have her cook for me.
      →She always cooks for me.

      Ex. いつも彼女にご飯を作っ”ても”もらう
      = She EVEN cooks for me. / She ALSO cooks for me.

      2. こんなところに荷物を置いてもらっては困る

      これも、元は「〜は困る」 という形です。

      ☆noun+ は困る
      Ex. 煙草(たばこ)は困ります。
      Ex. 煙草を吸うのは困ります。(verb nominalization)

      ☆verb + てform + 困る


  133. Ana says:

    Hi, sensei! could you help me with this sentence, please?


    The problem is 2つの各石, I have no problem with the first part of the sentence but about the second I would translate it as ‘you can go down from the spiral staircase that varies in the design every two stones’, the problem is that the whole elevator is made out of iron. So could you please tell me what means 2つの各石の模様, please?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Maggie says:


      You are right. If the staircase is made of steel, it doesn’t make sense.
      And the word 各石 there doesn’t sound natural.
      You got the line from the explanation of Carmo Lift in Portugal, right?
      Here’s the part in Wikipedia in English.
      Quote from Wikipedia
      while connections to the floors below are made (in addition to the elevator) by two spiral staircases, with different patterns on each storey.

      From what I read, the Japanese translator got the line from the part “with different patterns on each storey.”
      So I would say it is a typo or some sort of mistake of 各階(each story/floor).
      What do you think?

  134. Maggie says:

    Hi everyone!
    Maggie Sensei’s site is supported by so many nice people.
    Some people have volunteered to translated my lessons in their languages.

    So far some of my lessons are translated in Turkish, Russian, Spanish and French.

    Go check

    *How to use のに in French translated by Marianne

    *How to use よう(=you)in French translated by Marianne

    *V+始める+かける+出す in French translated by Marianne

    *Super Basic Words Part 1 translated in French by Sarah

    *ついで(=tsuide) in translated Spanish by Laura

    * How to use ん=n (**のです→**んです)in Spanish translated by Laura

  135. Marianne says:

    ごめんくださいm(_ _;;m

    • Maggie says:

      ところ = the parts
      にして=into (French)
      So when you translate some of the lessons, copy the whole text and just change the English parts in French. That will be the easiest way.


  136. Marianne says:


    • Maggie says:


      でも訳すのはきっと大変な作業だと思いますよ。だから短いレッスンを選んだ方がいいかもれません。英語のところだけをフランス語にしてAbout Usのページにメールアドレスに送ってくれれば私がFacebookにアップします。

  137. Marianne says:


    • Maggie says:



  138. Marianne says:


    「街は眠れど 建物はずっと建設中さ」



    • Maggie says:


      この「ど」は「〜ても」(even if/even though) という意味です。街は眠っても…

  139. darkakira says:

    Hello Maggie-sensei,
    Could you please give me a hint about 「それを超えて」 what is the authro means by それ? If I’m understanding the sentence correctly, the speaker is saying that “The one can use technics only when your enemy is much stronger than you. …if the his real strength is much stronger then one’s then when he will progress(attack?) the one will be overpowered…”?

    小細工に頼っている時点で笑い者。技巧派? そんなの正面から敵を打ち砕けない雑魚だろうが。

    • Maggie says:


      Hello darkakira
      OK, there are a few points that I don’t agree in your translation but I will just focus on the part それ now.
      Usually それ should refers to something close (like in the previous sentence) but in this case, none of the words doesn’t seem to be right.
      The only thing that can be “passed through(超える)” is 正面 (from 正面から敵を打ち砕く= attacking the enemy head-on and crash them out) → going through (超えて) the enemy (by attacking the enemy head-on)

      But since it is a battle story (game??) I don’t know how that would lead 地力隔絶. Anyway. hope it helps.

      • darkakira says:

        Thank you very much for help!
        Could you please clarify about the points you don’t agree in my translation? Because I’m really not sure about my translation. As an example, does the subjects for 前進するだけで and 圧倒される are different or not? Also, not sure if it helps, but I’d like to add more context.


        • Maggie says:

          Missing 小細工に頼っている時点で笑い者。技巧派? そんなの正面から敵を打ち砕けない雑魚だろうが。but it still comes before 技術でどうにかできる..sentence, right?
          Hmmm but I am still not 100 pct sure about それ. The other possibility could be the power/stamina. But it will be easier just think it is enemy.
          Even though you gave me the whole paragraph, it is hard to picture because I don’t know the whole story.

          As for your translation, maybe it is not your translation but the context itself sounds contradicted.

          The ones who you can manage with your techniques are just (or limited to) the enemy with better skill.
          But it doesn’t make sense.
          It should be
          Only who has better skill can handle things with techniques.

          This is as far as I can help here.

  140. Hoshi says:

    Hello Maggie-sensei,
    I have a question about 「X まで」 when X can be either an instantaneous point in time or a time interval.

    To start things off, I’ll give a sentence where X is an instantaneous point in time (5pm).
    Yesterday, I played tennis from three to five with my friend.
    (Once it reached 5pm, we stopped playing)

    Now, here’s a sentence where X is a time interval (spanning 24 hours).
    I’ll be absent until next Tuesday.
    This example is different from the previous one because you can’t simply say “Once it reaches Monday, I will stopped resting”. The sentence states that Monday is the last day that I will rest on. Thus, I will return on Tuesday.

    But what about this sentence?
    Here, I’m not sure whether 来月 should be treated as a point in time (i.e. the moment the next month begins) or whether it’s a time interval that spans throughout the next month.

    If it’s the former, the sentence is stating that Yamada will leave at the beginning of next month. If it’s the latter, Yamada will stay throughout the span of the next month and leave at the beginning of the second month. Which is the correct interpretation?

    Finally, I was wondering if I interpreted these two sentences correctly.

    This elevators stops on every floor up to the 10th floor. (On the 10th floor, the elevator still stops. So まで includes 10階 to be a floor on which the verb 止まる is applied to).

    This elevator doesn’t stop until the 10th floor. (On the 10th floor, the elevator stops. So here, まで excludes 10階 from the action of 止まりません)

    Thank you for your time.

    • Maggie says:


      Hello Hoshi!
      Ahh very interesting question.
      Actually まで sometimes confuses Japanese as well.

      I think it will be easier to think the action continues up to the point which is mentioned right before まで.
      Playing tennis until 5:00.
      As for the examples of elevators,
      The actions (in this case “to stop”/”not to stop”) continues up to the mentioned point (10th floor)

      And if the time point is a day, a month or a year, the action continues throughout the day/month/year that is mentioned.

      2. 来週の月曜日まで休む You are absent until Tuesday (=until Monday finishes)
      3. 来月までいる staying until the end of next month (throughout next month)

      • Hoshi says:

        Thanks for the reply. I think I understand まで when the sentence is affirmative now  !niconico! 

        But I still have a question about the elevator question:

        “The actions (in this case “to stop”/”not to stop”) continues up to the mentioned point (10th floor)”
        Just to clarify, 「このエレベーターは10階まで止まりません。」, means that the elevator will not stop on the 10th floor, right?

        I took that example from this website:
        The website seems to say that the elevator stops on the 10th floor. Quote: 「XマデP」の「X」が瞬間的ですから、エレベーターが10階まで止まらずに行き、10階で止まることを表しています

        Did I misunderstand the website?

        Well, in any case, “until” in English is also sometimes ambiguous so I guess that’s just how things are :)

        • Maggie says:


          「このエレベーターは10階まで止まりません。」means the elevator stops on the 10th floor.

          Let me make other example sentences to figure out the usage of まで in negative sentences.

          Ex. 1) この新幹線は東京まで止まりません。
          Ex. 2) 会議は1月29日まで開かれません。
          Ex. 3) 答えは明後日までわかりません。
          Ex. 4) 工事は3時まで終わりません。

          Now let’s rephrase them in affirmative sentences.

          Ex. 1) (after the interval) 新幹線は東京で止まります。 = Shinkansen will stop in Tokyo
          Ex. 2) (after the interval) 会議は1月29日に開かれます。 = The meeting will be held on Jan 29th
          Ex. 3) (after the interval) 答えは明後日わかります。 = We will know the answer the day after tomorrow.
          Ex. 4) (after the interval) 工事は3時に終わります。= The construction will be over at 3:00.

  141. mona says:


    ないで、なく、なくて、ずに とどう違う意味がありますか。

    1-A はないでB without (doing)A , (do) B
    2- AはなくB not A but B
    3- A ずにB without doing A , do B
    4- AなくてB and の意味。


    • Maggie says:


      「ずに&ないで」 のレッスンがあります!こちらがリンクです。
      How to use ずに&ないで

      1- Verb (negative form ~ ない) (B) で + do something (A) = To do something(A) without doing something (B)
      Ex. 勉強しないで試験に受かる

      2- (Noun) なく + verb (B) = To do something (B) without (A)
      Ex. 勉強すること/試験勉強なく試験に受かる

      3. Verb (B) negative form 〜(し)なくて + to do something = to do something (A) without doing something(B)
      Ex. うちの子は勉強をしなくて困ります。(giving a reason)

      4. Verb (B) ずに do something (A) = to do something (A) without doing= (B)
      Ex. 勉強せずに試験に受かる

      • mona says:

        ありがとうございます。 :w:
        この文章{ Darkness does not start in the night, it starts in the heart}

        どうもありがとうございます。 !star!

  142. darkakira says:

    Hello Maggie-sensei,
    Could you please explain me the meaning of 撤去作業 in the last line in the following passage. I can’t understand if the speaker is talking about the removal of unexploded bomb or of the building itself? In the second line, 撤去工事 is definitely about the building, but for the last one…


  143. Lava says:


    “He’s aware that he is considerably vain/ conceited, but even then Tidus sometimes can’t help but be conscious of the fact that he wants to be liked by behaving in a certain way” かな?私にはちょっとわかりにくいですが。

    • Maggie says:


      後半の「テイーダ(名前)が時折見せる、気に入られたいがための言動は意識せずにはいられなかった。」から判断すると主語は話者(speaker) の様に思われますが…
      I am aware that I am stuck up (full of myself) but still I can’t help being aware(or conscious) of Tidus’ behaviors that he shows occasionally in order to be loved

      〜がためは文学的な表現で「〜のため」in order to/for the sake of ~ / because ~/for という意味です。

      Ex. お金が欲しいがための犯行 = A crime for money

      • Lava says:


  144. Marianne says:


    • Maggie says:



  145. Marianne says:


    • Maggie says:



  146. Marianne says:

    (Letting these wounds go to waste is stupid)

    • Maggie says:

      しょうがない(普通はThere is no wayという意味で使われます。) という言葉が”しょうない”という短い形になったのだと思います。

  147. Marianne says:

    (Yes, I breathe in the quiet air
    and raise my face towards the sky and jump in)

    • Maggie says:


      To do something, do something and do something.
      For example
      連用形 is more formal than て form but
      I was very busy today. 今日は忙しかった
      →I cleaned, washed the dishes, went shopping and etc.

      Sometimes we leave the sentence unfinished on purpose

      (A little correction→最近よく連用形を見るけど・見かけるけど)

  148. Justo says:

    I see.
    Actually 限り requires not only “de aru/de nai” but you are right. It is very rare just use の

    The thing is we also say
    力の(orが)ある限り / 命の(orが)ある限り

    So I guess we just omit the verb part in some point.

    I will show you other patterns of 限り

    1) Nの/がVする限り

    Ex. みんながこのサイトに来てくれる限りはレッスンを続けたい。

    a) Nの/が/である限り

    Ex. 両親の家がある限り、必ず毎年1回はふるさとに帰ります。
    Ex. 社長でいる限り、社員のことを考えなくてはいけない。

    b) Nの/が/でいる限り

    Ex. 彼がいる限り、あの店には行きません。
    Ex. 親が元気でいる限り、仕送りを続けます。

    2) Nの/がAdj限り

    Ex. 景気がいい限りは仕事に困らない。

    hello, could you translate this examples so I could understand the meaning of 限り? for example, this sentence 外界に対して幸福を求める限り、どうしても限界が出てきてしまうのだ。

    • Maggie says:


      I almost forgot that I made these examples.

      Ex. みんながこのサイトに来てくれる限りはレッスンを続けたい。
      = As long as people come to this site, I would like to continue making lessons.

      Ex. 両親の家がある限り、必ず毎年1回はふるさとに帰ります。
      = As long as there is my parents house, (as long as my parents live there), I will go visit my hometown once a year for sure.
      Ex. 社長でいる限り、社員のことを考えなくてはいけない。
      = As long as I am the company president, I have to think about the employees.

      Ex. 彼がいる限り、あの店には行きません。
      = As long as he is there, I will not go back to the restaurant (or the bar)
      Ex. 親が元気でいる限り、仕送りを続けます。
      = As long as my parents are healthy, I will keep sending them money (to help them).

      2) Nの/がAdj限り

      Ex. 景気がいい限りは仕事に困らない。
      = As long as the economy is good, we won’t have any problems fining a job.
      As long as you look for happiness outside of yourself, you will hit the limit.

  149. darkakira says:

    Hello Maggie-sensei,
    Could you please help me with the phrase 「こんなことがあろうかと」 if I’m understanding correctly it means some thing like – “I though something like this might happen”, however I can’t say for sure what does he refers to? Maybe something like – “I though something like this(that everyone will be the same present) might happen, so I bought it too.”


  150. kuroineko says:

    So what is “いて”?
    Yes, trend for both language and people.

    • Maggie says:


      verb ている = have been doing / to be doing (the action is going now). In this case “have been playing, to be playing ”

      When you use a verb with くれる(=kureru) (to do something for the speaker), you have to change the verb て(=te) form.
      〜てくれる(=te kureru)

      So the literal meaning of 遊んでいてくれる is “Can you be playing over there.”

      OK for the language trend, please wait. I have been tweeting colloquial expressions on Twitter and I will make a summary lesson eventually. (For the past trend, go check my 若者言葉  lesson)
      And trend varies depending on the age. Kids love 妖怪ウォッチ (=Youkai watch). And even adults are into their Youkai dancing.

  151. kuroineko says:

    And I’ll always study from your great website.
    I hope I can improve my Japanese this year.
    I have the following questions:

    1. Please teach me how to say (something Different than something) in Japanese.
    2. I don’t understand this sentence (ちょっとあちであそんでてくれるかな)What is “あそんでて”? is it てーform? I’m confused.

    BTW, what is the newest trend now in Japan? For girls and boys?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Maggie says:


      This is your first question of the year!

      1. Aと違うB

      = Kore to chigau mono wo kudasai.

      2. It should be ちょっとあっちで遊んでてくれるかな。= Chotto acchi de asondete kureru kana.= Can you play over there (not here)?

      If you are talking about slang words, I am planning to make the new lesson, so please wait.

      あっち means “over there”
      遊んでて is a casual contraction of 遊んでいて
      ~くれるかな? = Can you do ~ (for me)?

      The difference between あっちで(=acchide = over there) + 1) 遊んでくれるかな?= Ason de kureru kana? and 2) 遊んで(い)てくれるかな?= Asonde (i)te kureru kana?
      They both means “Can you play ~ (over there) (for me)?” but 2) implies the duration of activity, the literal translation is “Can you be playing over there.”

      As for the newest trend, you mean language-wise or trend in general?

  152. kuroineko says:

    先生、明けましておめでとうございます :-D
    I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful year and good luck. I also wish that you achieve your goal and wishes.
    I want to thank again for your support to me and other Japanese learners..
    Wow, Time flies!!!
    I can’t believe that it’s my fifth or fourth year (not really sure) following, learning, asking questions from your wonderful site.
    I hope that you don’t have sad experience anymore and have a healthy pet.

    Finally, Have a Happy New Year 2015!!! !flowerssss!
    Best wishes.

    • @kuroineko

      Happy New Year!! 明けましておめでとう!!
      Really? You have been studying with me for such a long time?
      Though I became an angel, I will be with you always.

      We are going to study more and more this year!! Are we ready??

  153. みなさん、明けましておめでとうございます! !onpu!
    = Minasan akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!
    = Happy New Year, everyone!!

    = Kotoshi mo Maggie Sensei no saito wo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
    = Please keep supporting Maggie Sensei’s site this year.

    = Atarasihi toshi ga minasan ni totte subarashii toshi to narimasu you ni.
    = I hope this new year will be a wonderful year for all of you.

    = Issho ni koko de nihongo tanoshin de benkyou shimashou.
    = Let’s have fun studying Japanese with me here.

    = Minna daisuki!
    = I love you all! boucingheart!

    • 天人 says:


      • @天人様!!

  154. mona says:






    • Maggie says:



      〜が/は (subject) + (direct object を)+ intransitive verb
      〜を(object) + transitive verb



      *〜を掴む(つかむ)= to grab,to grip something
      *〜に掴まる(つかまる)= to hang on to something, to hold on to something


      はしっかりと何かで体を支えるイメージがあります。(Hang onto something, hold onto something)


      (A little note for you. とても便利だし、参考書になります。→I think you meant 参考になります。)

      • mona says:


        「つり革にお掴まりください」の意味はhang on to the strap. and not catch the strap ですね。
        「掴まる」のほかの意味はto be caught 。この意味だと思いましたから文章の意味が分かりにくくなりました。
        ありがとう。 :w:

        • Maggie says:


          参考までに(警察に)つかまる(to be caught)の時は、「捕まる」 という漢字を書きますよ。

  155. shiro says:

    sensei, whats the difference between そうに and ように

    example: 吸い込まれそうに this should be translated like : as if being absorbed…
         魅入られたように but how about this?

    im asking for the difference cause in the translated version both of them are translated : as if

    • shiro says:

      some more questions: 1st 落ちる= to fall down
                    落ちてゆく what does ゆく mean?
      2nd: no matter how much i tried i could not find a translation for this word もがれ
      sentence: やがて翼をもがれ there is already a translated version of what im reading so im checking it out to check my translations, there it is translated as “torn off” i dont know if i got the word wrong or something but i couldnt find it anywhere

      • Maggie says:


        1. While 落ちる describe the movement of something/someone falls instantaneously, 落ちてゆく : is describing the way something/someone is falling down. / Someone/something is gradually falling down / Someone is watching the process of something/someone is falling down.

        2. It is from a verb もぐ (to tear off something (twisting something from where it is attached.), to rip off
        →(passive) もがれる
        When you continue the sentence
        もがれて or もがれ + what happened
        That is why
        やがて翼をもがれ means
        Eventually the wings were torn off and…

  156. Lava says:


    文法の質問なんですけど、下の文章にどれが正しいか、どれが間違っているのかを教えていただけませんか? 「形容詞〜」と「思う・思った・思っていた」の使い方はいつも混乱しているんです。言いたいのは “I thought it was quite fun!”
    「結構楽しかったと思います」 I thought it was quite fun ?
    「結構楽しかったと思いました」I thought it was quite fun ?

    「結構楽しいと思いました」I think it’s quite fun
    「結構楽しかったと思っていました」I thought it was quite fun

    • Maggie says:


      メリークリスマス、Lava!!! はい、楽しいクリスマスを過ごしましたよ!Lavaはどうでしたか?
      I thought It was fun.は、
      1)(結構)楽しかったと思った。・思いました。You are remembering

      There is a slight nuance difference between these two.
      1) You are remembering the time when you thought something was fun.
      2) You are thinking some fun event in past.


      思っていました= I thought it was fun~ / or I used to think it was fun (But…not now)

      「結構楽しかったと思います」I think it was fun. (今、そう思っている)

      Did you used to think Japanese was difficult? / Did you think Japanese was difficult then?

      • Lava says:


        漢字のコツを掴まえば、結構分かりやすくなると分かりました。(I realized that once you get the concept of kanji, everything becomes easier to understand)

  157. hana says:

    Have a Merry Christmas Maggie and Yukari!

    Thanks for all your hard work and enjoy the year end festivities, 乾杯!

  158. Sanyal says:

    Thanks for the most detailed explanation ever!!!

  159. sanyal says:

    sensei! konna koto o [shiru/ shitte iru] [hitsuyou desu / iru/ irimasu ]!??
    (I need to know this!)

    konna koto o shirasete kudasai.
    I would like to know the following.

    1. iru tsukaikoto vs (?) hitsuyou tsukaikoto (tsukaikata?)
    How to use iru (to need) vs hitsuyou desu (need)

    2. iru (to need) no tekei tsukaikata
    te form usage if that exists (i.e. itte imasu – is needed? itte imashita – was needed? itte iru tsumori da – will be needed???).

    3.”that’s all you need to know” nihongo de[ dou iu koto desu ka?/ nantte itte ta?]
    I want to to know how to say “That’s all you need to know.”

    nihongo de kono bun wa imi o nasanai ndesuka?
    [Does this sentence make sense in japanese?]

    (omae ga) sonna koto o [shiru/shitte iru] [koto again?] [subete/minna] [irimasu/ hitsuyou desu]. [That’s all you need to know.]

    What is the proper order/positioning for omae/subete?
    Is mina/minna usage similar to a/an usage i.e. mina before a consonant sound and minna before a vowel sound?

    toutou [finally]

    tadashikunai bun (tachi?) to kotoba tachi o tadashiku narasete kudasai. [Please correct my incorrect words/phrases/sentences.]

    zenshitsumon o kotaete arigatou ! (Thank you for answering my previous question!).

    • 天人 says:

      Maggie, delete please my two previous answers. Something okashii has happened.

      1. I need to know this! = Sonna koto shiranakuteha! (<== More emphatic, includes the feelings of speaker) / Sonna koto wo shiru hitsuyou ga aru ( “that’s all you need to know” ha nihongo de dou iu desu ka / nanto iimasu ka.
      that’s all you need to know = a) anata ni ha kore ijou shiru / shitteru hitsuyou ha nai or
      b) kore ja shitteru / shiru dake de ii / yoi no da.

      6 Does this sentence make sense in japanese? => kono bunshou ha nihongo de chigau’n ja nai ka.
      A: It’s unnatural
      When you try to translate something into Japanese, you have to stop thinking in your native language and start thinking in Japanese. Translating word for word makes the sentence unnatural in Japanese.

      7. What is the proper order/positioning for omae/subete?
      人称代名詞+の+みんな/すべて ==> Bokutachi no minna ha buji datta. (All of us were fine.)
      a) omae, subete shitteru no kai? (So you know everything, huh?)
      b) omae ha sonna koto subete shitteru wake ga nai daro! (You cannot know this all, it’s impossible!)

      8. Is mina/minna usage similar to a/an usage i.e. mina before a consonant sound and minna before a vowel sound?

      Mina is more honorific, Minna is less.
      You say Minasama (often translated as “ladies and gentlemen”), but not Minnasama.
      Minna / mina means 1) everything (ex. mikan no mi[n]na = all oranges) and 2) everyone (ex. gakusei no min[n]a= all students)

      9. toutou [finally] ==> saigo ni

      10. Please correct my incorrect words/phrases/sentences. ==> Machigatta bunshou wo naoshite (/teisei shite) kudasai.
      “tadashikunai bun (tachi?) to kotoba tachi o (…)” ==> Suffix ~tachi can be only used for living things (humans and animals).

      11. zenshitsumon o kotaete arigatou ! (Thank you for answering my previous question!). ==> saki no (mae no / izen no) shitsumon wo kotaete kurete arigatou!


      • 天人 says:

        I guess my answer is too long so here comes the rest.

        2. Konna koto o shirasete kudasai = Let me know this.

        3. How to use iru (to need) vs hitsuyou desu (need)
        – ima ha mizu ha iranai (I don’t need water now [I need something else])
        – ima ha mizu wo nomu hitsuyou ga nai (There’s no need to drink water now [emphatic, strong sentence])
        [Noun] + ha iranai = I don’t need A
        [Verb – dictionary form] + hitsuyou ga nai / ga aru = There’s is no need / There is a need to do something

        4.iru (to need) no tekei tsukaikata (「要る」の~て形の使い方)
        Here you should use hitsuyou:
        a) …was needed / required: …ga hitsuyou datta.
        b) …is needed / requires: …ga hitsuyou da.
        c) …will be / will require: …ha hitsuyou ni naru.

        EX) Kono mondai ni ha omoikitta kaiketsusaku ga hitsuyou datta. (The problem required a drastic solution.)

        5. ”that’s all you need to know” nihongo de [dou iu koto desu ka?/ nantte itte ta?] ==> “that’s all you need to know” ha nihongo de dou iu desu ka / nanto iimasu ka.
        that’s all you need to know = a) anata ni ha kore ijou shiru / shitteru hitsuyou ha nai or
        b) kore ja shitteru / shiru dake de ii / yoi no da.

        • Maggie says:

          @sanyal & @天人
          Sorry for the late reply. I just realized that I haven’t answered your question.
          But it seems like you have a nice tutor answering your question. Thank you 天人さん!
          I will read all your comments later when I have time. ごめんね!

          • Maggie says:


            OK, finally I can sit down and answer your questions. I think 天人さん clarified your questions but here you go!

            *sensei! konna koto o [shiru/ shitte iru] [hitsuyou desu / iru/ irimasu ]!??
            (I need to know this!)

            Note : こんなこと( =konna koto) means “such a thing” so it sounds strange here.

            The direct translation is
            = Kore wo shiru hitsuyou ga arimasu.

            But we never say that when we have a question.
            Just say,

            = Sensei shitsumon ga arimasu.
            = I have a question

            * I would like to know the following.


            = Ika no koto ni tsuite shiritai desu.

            = Kaki (no koto) ni tsuite shiritai desu.



            = Ika no shitsumon ga arimasu.
            = I have following questions.

            1) *iru tsukaikoto vs (?) hitsuyou tsukaikoto (tsukaikata?)

            How to use iru (to need) vs hitsuyou desu (need)

            →「いる」vs 「必要」の使い方 ( =”Iru” vs ” hitsuyou” no tsukaikata)

            〜がいる・〜がいります。(= ~ ga iru/ ~ ga irimasu)
            〜が必要だ・〜が必要です(= ga hitsuyou da/ ~ ga hitsuyou desu)

            verbことが必要だ・必要です (~ koto ga hitsuyou da/ hitsuyou desu.)
            verb (plain form) 必要がある・必要があります。(=hitsuyou ga aru/hitsuyou ga arimasu.)

            「いる」is more conversational. And 「いる」is only used with a noun

            Ex. お金がいる = Okane ga iru
            Ex. お金が必要だ = Okane ga hitsuyou da

            Ex. お金をためることが必要だ
            = Okane wo tameru koto ga hitsuyou da.
            You can’t say (X お金をためることがいる(=Okane wo tameru koto ga iru)

            2.*iru (to need) no tekei tsukaikata
            te form usage if that exists (i.e. itte imasu – is needed? itte imashita – was needed? itte iru tsumori da – will be needed???).

            →The te-form of いる is いって
            Ex. お金がいって困る (= Okane ga itte komaru)
            past tense
            Ex. お金がいった。(= okane ga itta)

            but the usage of this te-form is very limited.

            we don’t say
            Xいっています。(Itte imasu)
            X いっていました。(= itte imashita)

            3.*”that’s all you need to know” nihongo de[ dou iu koto desu ka?/ nantte itte ta?]

            *“That’s all you need to know.”は日本語でなんと言いますか? (=~ wa nihongo de nanto ii masu ka?)

            I want to to know how to say “That’s all you need to know.”

            “That’s all you need to know.”を日本語でどういうか知りたいです。(= ~ wo nihongo de dou iu ka shiritai desu.)

            *How to say “That’s all you need to know””

            →In most natural Japanese we say
            →(今、) 知らなくてはいけないのはこれ(or それ)だけです。
            = (Ima) shiranakute wa ikenai no wa kore (or sore) dake desu.

            *nihongo de kono bun wa imi o nasanai ndesuka?
            [Does this sentence make sense in japanese?]

            = Nihongo de kono bun wa imi wo nashimasu ka?

            (Your sentence, 日本語でこの文は意味をなさないんですか?= Nihongo de kono bun wa imi wo nasanain desu ka? means “Doesn’t this sentence make sense in Japanese?” )

            *(omae ga) sonna koto o [shiru/shitte iru] [koto again?] [subete/minna] [irimasu/ hitsuyou desu]. [That’s all you need to know.]

            What is the proper order/positioning for omae/subete?
            Is mina/minna usage similar to a/an usage i.e. mina before a consonant sound and minna before a vowel sound?

            →The direct translation may not work.
            How about
            お前が知らなくてはいけないのはこれ(or それ)だけだ。
            = Omae ga shiranakutewa ikenai nowa kore (or sore) dake da.

            = Sore ga omae ga shiranakutewa ikenai koto (no) subete da.

            I think you know but お前(=omae) is very rude and rough so be careful when you use it.

            *toutou [finally]

            In this case, you can’t say とうとう(=toutou). You use とうとう(=toutou) when someone does/did something that you have been waiting / something that you have been waiting happened ”

            Ex. とうとう山頂に着いた。= Toutou sanchou ni tsuita = Finally (At last) I got to the top of the mountain.
            *tadashikunai bun (tachi?) to kotoba tachi o tadashiku narasete kudasai. [Please correct my incorrect words/phrases/sentences.]

            →First we don’t express plural form as much as in English. 達(=tachi) is only used for people.
            = Machigatta kotoba/bunshou ga areba naoshite kudasai.
            zenshitsumon o kotaete arigatou ! (Thank you for answering my previous question!).

            = Zenjutsu no shitumon ni kotaete kurete arigatou.

            But I would just say 質問に答えてくれてありがとう。(=Shitsumon ni kotaete kurete arigatou)

        • Sanyal says:

          c) …will be / will require: …ha hitsuyou ni naru.
          “Hitsuyou to naru” – Is this ever used?

          • Sanyal says:

            べつに質問(another question)- “that’s all you need to know!” と言うために、”知っておく”を使うべきですか?(should I use shitte oku?). I feel like its more appropriate for the situation I’m thinking of. Situation – someone’s being too nosy. I say to him “That’s all you need to know! Get out of my business!” おまえには、これ(それ?)を(じゃ?)知っておくだけでいい(?!?!?!?!?!?)

          • Maggie says:


            Yes, you can also use 知っておく

  160. Maggie says:

    12月3日〜9日まで1週間の間、お休みを取って旅行に行くので質問やコメントに答えることができません。10日過ぎから少しずつ答えていきますね。よろしく!! :maggie-small:

  161. darkakira says:

    Hello Maggie-sensei, could you please give me a hint abot the translation of 門出を祝って舞い落ちる花びら in the following passage, does it correct to translate 「門出を祝って」 part here as “in celebration of”? “Regretting my departure, I thought from the bottom of my heart that sakura petals, which are falling down in celebration of my departure, are very beautiful.”


    Context: the speaker had an amnesia, and now he remembers his past

  162. hana says:

    Hello Maggie,

    didn’t know you had a human pet, I hear food for human pets are expensive…not to mention the upcoming Christmas presents!

    Just a very short question, why do people say 頬を緩ませてくれる but not 頬を緩めさせてくれる? I’m not exactly sure why the intransitive verb is favored over the transitive one.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Maggie says:


      Hello hana,
      Actually I had a few human pets but they all think they owned me.
      Luckily I didn’t have to spend money to please them for Christmas. They were just happy being with me. :)

      Tough question!
      I think it’s because 頬をゆるめる is a spontaneous reaction that you can’t usually control.
      something let/make YOUR CHEEKS to relax automatically not let YOU to manage them.

      • hana says:

        Haha okay, sounds like you have a great bunch of human pets.

        Yes that makes sense, is a similar principle applied to this too?



        As always, thank you for your help.

        • Maggie says:


          Hello again,

          When you say 終わらせる, you control the war
          戦争を終わらせる = You make/let the war end

          But when you say 終えさせる, you make someone/some country end the war
          戦争を終えさせる= You make someone end the war/ You force someone to end the war.


          • hana says:

            Oh okay! I will keep that in mind if I encounter similar constructions in the future. These things usually give me trouble so I definitely need to read more…

            Thanks and take care!

          • Maggie says:


            You’re very welcome! Have a nice day, hana!

  163. Commenter says:

    Something I wonder about is usages of past tense that I haven’t exactly been told about, like ちょっと待った. It feels like ちょっと待った is saying almost the same thing as ちょっと待って (i. e. a command), but for some reason, it’s in past tense.

    • Maggie says:


      Hello Commenter,
      ちょっと待った is much stronger than ちょっと待って.
      The form is a past tense but it is used to urge someone to do something.
      It’s a male speech.
      The verb you can use is very limited.

      Ex. どく(to get out of one’s way) → どいて(ください)(Please) move
      →どいた、どいた!(Usually you repeat twice/ male speech rough) Get out of my way (Now!)

      Ex. 買う(to buy) →買って(ください)(Please) buy something
      →買った、買った!(Buy! Buy!) (Again you repeat it twice/ male speech rough) But you hear this often in the fish market or vegetable stores to get customer’s attention.

  164. マルコ says:

    Hello Yukari! Thanks a lot for your continued effort on this sugoi website :yy:
    Is there any plan for expanding Victor’s school also to be a Japanese language school for foreigners living in Japan?
    Thanks and have a great day!

    • Yukari says:


      Hello マルコ!
      Thank you for visiting Maggie Sensei’s site.
      Oh you know Victor through Youtube? If we open a Japanese course, you will be the first person to know. :)

  165. Lotuskun says:

    Hello Maggie-sensei,
    Could you please with understanding ど非常にヘルシー part in the following sentence, am I understanding correctly that the speaker tells that ‘his mother last words were extremely healthy, such as 「人参残さず食べるんだよ」「鳥は牛骨粉を食べて育ってるから要注意だよ」.’


    • Maggie says:


      Hello Lotuskun!
      Yes, it means extremely, (very) healthy but I think it’s a typo.

      • Lotuskun says:

        Thank you for your reply! Maybe it’s a typo… however, as far as I know ど has the meaning similar to 超, ‘very’.

        • Maggie says:


          It could be possible depending on the writer’s style. If you are reading a noble, it is obviously a typo.But if you are reading a casual writing, it could be ど for emphasizing as you said.

  166. MrV says:

    Hey sensei can you explain what’s the use of
    だって and けど at the end of a sentence. i understand they mean but if used in the middle of sentence right?
    and what is the difference between using 思った and 思っていた ? and how do we use each of them in a sentence?

    Thankyou :)

    • Maggie says:


      Hey MrV!
      ~ だって is used

      1) when you quote what you have heard.
      I heard ~ / Someone said ~~
      Ex. 先生の血液型はA型なんだって。= I heard my teacher’s blood type is A.

      2) When you emphasize your opinion
      * I am telling you ~~/ I said ~!
      Ex. もう行かなくてはいけないんだって!
      = I am telling you I have go now!

      When you leave a sentence unfinished on purpose to avoid the straight expression.
      Ex. もう行きたいんだけど…
      = I want to go now, you know…
      Ex. 明日は忙しいんだけど…
      = I’m busy tomorrow, you know..

      They are both very casual.


      思った= I thought (It could be just that moment)
      思っていた= I have been thinking (You have/had been thinking about something for certain period of time.)

  167. shiro says:

    sensei, im back with more questions from the visual novel ^_^

    1: その人一度頭頭をなでて、漆黒の瞳でそういった

    2: 少なくても、ここ一年間を平凡な毎日だと思ったことはない

    3: 単純に、日常かどうか考える余裕がなかったとも言える

    4: だからこの一年、耐え続けることが出来た

    can you translate these for me? i’m not sure whether what i understood was correct

    • Maggie says:


      Sorry but I don’t do the translation here. ごめんね。

      • shiro says:

        thought it might be so, well its ok,i think i understand how it’d be troublesome for you, is it possible for you to check if my own translation is correct? cause ill try to finish the novel and i dont think ill understand everything correctly.