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Another "no" question

Postby Diggity » Thu 03.17.2005 1:58 pm

OK. I am studying from Genki - Book 1 for anyone else with this textbook. I know that ~nensei means "year student." So ichinensei means 1st year student, or can also mean freshman. Gakusei means student. My question is - if I want to tell someone that I am a 1st year Japanese student would I be correct in saying

(Watashi wa) nihongo no ichinensei desu.
(I) japanese's 1st year student am.

or would I use

(Watshi wa) nihongo no gakusee ichinensei desu.
(I) japanese's student 1sy year student am.

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RE: Another "no" question

Postby clay » Thu 03.17.2005 2:55 pm

Diggity wrote:

(Watashi wa) nihongo no ichinensei desu.
(I) japanese's 1st year student am.

or would I use

(Watshi wa) nihongo no gakusee ichinensei desu.
(I) japanese's student 1sy year student am.

Arigatougozaimasu!


If you are studying at a school and it is a 4 year program or something like that, then you can say:
私は日本語の学校の一年生です。 watashi wa nihongo no gakkou no ichinensei desu.
I am a first grader at a Japanese school.

But if you aren't going to a proper school, you would say something like:
私は日本語を一年間勉強しました。 watashi wa nihongo o ichinenkan benkyou shimashita. I have studied Japanese for a year.

the KAN means a span of time.
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