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How to describe what language something is written in.

Postby kentaku_sama » Sat 08.01.2009 10:43 pm

I bought genki 2 and I love it but In the exersizes is says to describe all the things mary can do. It has pictures of things but one has her writing a letter with (in japanese) in parentheses. There are other exersizes where it also tells you to sescribe what language but it hasn't taught me this yet. メアリさんは手紙を書けます。 Mary can write a letter. but how do you say "Marry casn write letters in japanese" or "I had a conversation in german." Do you use に or some thing like
日本語の手紙を書けます。  
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Re: How to describe what language something is written in.

Postby Infidel » Sat 08.01.2009 10:47 pm

de

nihongo de tegami o kakimashita. would be someone wrote a letter in Japanese.
なるほど。
さっぱりわからん。
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Re: How to describe what language something is written in.

Postby NileCat » Sun 08.02.2009 5:19 am

> de

I was kind of impressed by this perfect answer.
It's short and sweet. Great.

Mary can write letters in Japanese.
 メアリさんは、日本語で手紙が書けます。
 メアリさんは、日本語で手紙を書けます。 is also acceptable.

I had a conversation in German.
 私はドイツ語で話しました。
 私はドイツ語で会話(かいわ)しました。
 私はドイツ語で喋(しゃべ)りました。

In any case, " de " is crucial.
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Re: How to describe what language something is written in.

Postby jcdietz03 » Fri 08.07.2009 6:13 pm

Super basic example from seriously the second meeting of a Japanese intro class:

Teacher holds up a Japanese newspaper:
"Nihon no shimbun desu" - [a] Japanese newspaper
Teacher holds up a magazine:
"Nihon no zasshi desu"
etc...

The teacher also says it's okay to say:
"Nihongo no shimbun desu" - [a] newspaper written in Japanese

"de" - one of the uses for "de" is "way or method of doing something" so when describing an action you can use "de."
nihongo de itte kudasai - Please say [it] in Japanese
nihongo de - In Japanese
itte kudasai - please say
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Re: How to describe what language something is written in.

Postby chikara » Mon 08.10.2009 8:47 pm

jcdietz03 wrote:.... The teacher also says it's okay to say:
"Nihongo no shimbun desu" - [a] newspaper written in Japanese ......

"Japanese-language newspaper" which implies that it is "written" in Japanese. :)

The term "X-language newspaper" is quite common. Wikipedia even has categories for them.
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Re: How to describe what language something is written in.

Postby kentaku_sama » Fri 02.05.2010 1:11 pm

ok
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