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What does this mean..?

Post by nikhilkhullar » Mon 01.30.2012 6:10 am

Konnichiwa,

I am learning basic verbs, and current verb is : ききます ... (listen, hear)

I found a sample sentence: でんしゃ の なかで cdを ききます。

I tried to dissect this as:

Densha-no naka-de cd-o kikimasu...

I have found out that Densha means electric, and no is the particle showing ownership, then cd-o means CD is the object in the sentence, naka-de means by means of or event occuring at ... something called naka, which am unable to find...

What is naka , and please help me with the meaning of this sentence.

P.S.: Google Translator says for this: Listen to the cd's in electricity. This translation makes no sense... :(


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Re: What does this mean..?

Post by phreadom » Mon 01.30.2012 7:34 am

I believe what it's saying is this:

電車 の 中 で CD を 聞きます
でんしゃ の なか で CD を ききます

でんしゃ = (electric) train
の is the possessive particle here
なか means "in"
and で is the "place where something happens"

So it's saying "densha no naka de" = "taking place at the train's inside"... or just more simply "in the train"...

and "CD o kikimasu" is just to listen to the CD...

So you're listening to the CD in the train. :)

http://thejapanesepage.com/grammar/chap ... ssive_s_no
http://thejapanesepage.com/grammar/chap ... _particles

I hope this helps. :bow:
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Post by furrykef » Mon 01.30.2012 4:54 pm

nikhilkhullar wrote:I have found out that Densha means electric
I think you've mixed up "densha" and "denshi". (To be more precise, "denshi" means "electron", but "denshi" is used as a prefix for "electric" and "electronic", e.g., denshi jisho = electronic dictionary; denshi renji = electric range (i.e. microwave)).
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Re: What does this mean..?

Post by nikhilkhullar » Mon 01.30.2012 9:11 pm

phreadom wrote:I believe what it's saying is this:

電車 の 中 で CD を 聞きます
でんしゃ の なか で CD を ききます

でんしゃ = (electric) train
. :bow:
Thanks for the information. Does this word densha here means "an electric train". I mean is train an understood assumption or this word means a train literally...

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Thanks for the insight, indeed I didn't know the difference between the two. But now, WAKATA..! :)


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Re: What does this mean..?

Post by Hektor6766 » Tue 01.31.2012 7:54 pm

More broadly, 車 means "vehicle"

自動車 "automobile"
自転車 "bicycle"

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Re: What does this mean..?

Post by nikhilkhullar » Tue 01.31.2012 9:29 pm

Thanks a lot...

Got the meaning. and added to my little, but growing vocabulary list :)
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