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ようにする vs. volitional+とする

Postby mattaku » Sun 02.12.2006 8:08 am

What is the difference between 日本語を読むようにする and 日本語を読もうとする? I would translate them both as "to attempt to read japanese". Thanks in advance!
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RE: ようにする vs. volitional+とする

Postby keatonatron » Sun 02.12.2006 9:11 am

日本語を読もうとする is like "decide to speak Japanese".

Isn't it?

I wouldn't translate either as "attempt", but... I'm curious to hear a clear explanation too, as I'm at the point where I understand both, but.. not really.
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RE: ようにする vs. volitional+とする

Postby mattaku » Sun 02.12.2006 7:23 pm

I thought "decide to read Japanese" translated as 日本語を読むことにする.
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RE: ようにする vs. volitional+とする

Postby Harisenbon » Sun 02.12.2006 9:30 pm

I could be wrong on these, but this is how I believe that it translates out:

日本語を読むようにする -- Make it a rule to read Japanese (but this is not often said. 心がける would be better)
日本語を読もうとする -- To attempt to read Japanese
日本語を読むことにした -- To decide to read Japanese
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