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i have a qustion

Postby kanadajin » Tue 06.28.2005 11:14 am

unlike all my other posts that no one answers i want to know some thing..

i know learn japanese is said
nihongo o narau but lets say i wanted to tel lsome one i'm learning japanese i can't say
watashi wa nihongo o narau because that would mean

i learn japanese how do i put the ing in there so it would be i'm learning japanese is it just a differen't word or do i have to add some thing on to narau.
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RE: i have a qustion

Postby raevin » Tue 06.28.2005 11:24 am

kanadajin wrote:
unlike all my other posts that no one answers i want to know some thing..

i know learn japanese is said
nihongo o narau but lets say i wanted to tel lsome one i'm learning japanese i can't say
watashi wa nihongo o narau because that would mean

i learn japanese how do i put the ing in there so it would be i'm learning japanese is it just a differen't word or do i have to add some thing on to narau.

Well, you could say:

watashi no nihongo o narau

Don't know if that's correct, but if so, it'd translate into:

I'm learn Japanese (but I'm sure people will take it to mean "I'm learning Japanese")
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RE: i have a qustion

Postby kanadajin » Tue 06.28.2005 11:36 am

lol ok thx..
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RE: i have a qustion

Postby zengargoyle » Tue 06.28.2005 11:43 am

kanadajin wrote:
i learn japanese how do i put the ing in there so it would be i'm learning japanese is it just a differen't word or do i have to add some thing on to narau.


i think it goes Vte + iru
日本語を習っている。
nihongo o naratte iru.
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Postby kanadajin » Tue 06.28.2005 12:27 pm

iru.. hmm ok thx..dosn't that mean some thing else though ? i remember hearing iru on a site but i don't remember what it means.. meh
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RE: i have a qustion

Postby zengargoyle » Tue 06.28.2005 1:19 pm

true, iru means 'to be' for animate objects (and aru is 'to be' for inanimate objects). but it's also used for many other things. the -te form of a verb is also used for many things. and Vte+iru == -ing among other things (at least according to my book o' verbs).

i would translate it something like...

(me) doing the japanese study (exists at this moment in time). == i'm studying japanese (right now).
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RE: i have a qustion

Postby dballred » Tue 06.28.2005 1:26 pm

kanadajin wrote:
iru.. hmm ok thx..dosn't that mean some thing else though ? i remember hearing iru on a site but i don't remember what it means.. meh


「日本語を習っている」 works just fine for 'I am learning Japanese' as far as I know. If you are learning it formally, you might use the term 'study' as well: Nihongo wo benkyou shite iru. 「日本語を勉強している」
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RE: i have a qustion

Postby kanadajin » Tue 06.28.2005 1:27 pm

Yea i thought it meant some thing else.. but then if it means to be i guess theres just a complete different word for the ing.. but i'v never seen any words english words that end with ing on sites.. like learning i'v never seen that word only learn which is narau i think.. if it is a different words how come there isn't any ing english words on any site.. this is getting really confusing
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Postby kanadajin » Tue 06.28.2005 1:31 pm

oh i didn't see dballred's post.. i guess its starting to make a lil sence but.. not enough for me to understand :|
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