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わたしはにほんごのだいがくせいです。

Postby pubju » Sun 09.23.2007 4:57 am

わたしはにほんごのだいがくせいです。

Is this correct? I'm trying to say "I am studying Japanese at university", but I think it might say "I am a Japanese college student" instead... :(
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RE: わたしはにほんごのだいがくせいです。

Postby leergierig » Sun 09.23.2007 5:33 am

Yes, you have actually written "I am a Japanese college student".

You might try:

私は大学で日本語を勉強します。
わたしはだいがくでにほんごをべんきょうします。

This means "I study Japanese at a university". The で particle is used to indicate where an action is performed.

If you want to say "I am studying Japanese at university", you could write:

私は大学で日本語を勉強しています。
わたしはだいがくでにほんごをべんきょうしています。

This implies that the studying is either done now, or is an ongoing state/action.

Maybe I should leave this to a more experienced member who can probably explain it better. ;)
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RE: わたしはにほんごのだいがくせいです。

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 09.23.2007 9:38 am

Looks good to me; the only possible complaint I think anyone could make is that in most cases the 私は is not necessary. Learning to drop 私 as early as possible in your studies is a good thing to do.
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RE: わたしはにほんごのだいがくせいです。

Postby mattyp » Mon 10.01.2007 3:55 pm

so taking out the 私 implies your talking about yourself right?

I just started taking japn 101 in college my sensei was talking about how depending on the context of what is said can change the sentence.
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RE: わたしはにほんごのだいがくせいです。

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Mon 10.01.2007 5:58 pm

In general, "I" will be assumed to be the subject of the sentence unless the context makes it obvious that it's not.

So for instance:

1.
はじめまして。クリスです。オハイオ州立大学の大学生です。

2.
A: 田中さんは教授ですか?
B:いいえ、大学生です。

The first example is "I", the second example is Tanaka-san.
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