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I like anime so I need to learn Japanese

Postby leonl » Mon 04.27.2009 10:56 pm

Suggestions, improvements, anything helps


Person A:なんのために日本語を学ぶことが入りますか
Person B:アニメが好きので日本語を学ぶ事が入ります
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Re: I like anime so I need to learn Japanese

Postby LordOfTheFlies » Tue 04.28.2009 6:21 am

I believe you're looking for the verb 要る(いる) which means to need, to be necessary. But it sounds a bit strange when it's used like that. Here's what I'd say.

Person A: 何のため日本語を勉強しているんですか? "Why are you studying Japanese?" / What is the reason that you're studying Japanese?
Person B: アニメが好きだから日本語を習わないといけません。 "I like anime so I need to learn Japanese."
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Re: I like anime so I need to learn Japanese

Postby Bucko » Tue 04.28.2009 7:57 am

Or to make it more natural:

A:なんで日本語を勉強してんの?
B:アニメが好きだから
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Re: I like anime so I need to learn Japanese

Postby Mike Cash » Tue 04.28.2009 10:20 am

LordOfTheFlies wrote:I believe you're looking for the verb 要る(いる) which means to need, to be necessary. But it sounds a bit strange when it's used like that. Here's what I'd say.

Person A: 何のため日本語を勉強しているんですか? "Why are you studying Japanese?" / What is the reason that you're studying Japanese?
Person B: アニメが好きだから日本語を習わないといけません。 "I like anime so I need to learn Japanese."


覚えないと would be a bit more natural than 習わないと.

And the OP should more carefully distinguish between "need to" and "want to".
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Re: I like anime so I need to learn Japanese

Postby leonl » Tue 04.28.2009 11:46 am

Mike Cash wrote:覚えないと would be a bit more natural than 習わないと.

And the OP should more carefully distinguish between "need to" and "want to


Sorry about that. The reasons I used need instead of want. One it's a new verb for me so I am trying to learn how to use it properly.
Secondly this little conversation snippet, actually comes up quite a lot when I tell so called otakus I'm learning Japanese, they often respond with the second sentence(in English of course). I understand this is more of a want than need, but I left as is to demonstrate the foolishness of the statement. My apologies, I should have mentioned this in the first post

Thank you all for your suggestions
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Re: I like anime so I need to learn Japanese

Postby AJBryant » Tue 04.28.2009 3:32 pm

leonl wrote:
Mike Cash wrote:And the OP should more carefully distinguish between "need to" and "want to


Sorry about that. The reason I used need instead of want One it's a new verb for me so I am trying to learn how to use it properly.


I think he meant in *English*.



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Re: I like anime so I need to learn Japanese

Postby Mike Cash » Tue 04.28.2009 6:02 pm

Yes, I did mean he should be more careful of the distinction in English. Not merely because I'm a pedantic bunghole (which I am), but because it would help in choosing between different constructions in Japanese.
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