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Quick sentence check.

Postby Silvanoshei » Sun 05.27.2007 3:45 pm

はい。おれはとてもいそがしいです。
Yes, I am very busy Right?
Do I have totemo and isogashii in the right places? How would I make this sentence very busy lately? Dunno the word for lately. ;;
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby katafei » Sun 05.27.2007 4:05 pm

hhhmm,
This is not really an answer, but a try out....

This is what comes to my mind:
このごろとても忙しいです。

I wonder whether that is correct?

No, probably:
このごろとても忙しかったです。
is better? Past tense?
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby ess_jay_arr » Sun 05.27.2007 4:06 pm

Yeah, you've got totemo and isogashii in the right places. :) Depending on who you're talking to, it might be better if you didn't use 'ore'. I think it's a bit of a sore point around here. :P

'Lately' is 'saikin', so 最近に、私はとても忙しいです should do the trick. Or maybe just 最近は大忙しです。

PS. I'm not an expert, so stick around a bit longer for someone else to give you the definative answer. :P
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby tanuki » Sun 05.27.2007 4:08 pm

I think it's just 最近.

最近、私はとても忙しいです。

(as SJR said, don't use "ore". Or if you're going to use it, make your sentence in plain speech. "Ore" and polite don't mix well.)
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 05.27.2007 4:09 pm

Using おれ with です is pretty much always wrong regardless of context or situation; combining a very casual/blunt expression like "ore" with a polite "desu" is strange. But as SJR indicates, おれ is a dangerous word if you're not certain of what you're doing. This isn't just a "sore point" for this board, but general advice on Japanese usage.
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby ess_jay_arr » Sun 05.27.2007 4:20 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
This isn't just a "sore point" for this board, but general advice on Japanese usage.

Sorry, I didn't mean to sound sarcastic or anything, just tried to add some levity so I didn't sound like I was coming down hard on him.

Actually, I've made the mistake of using 'ore' and 'desu' together before. When I introduced myself to a Japanese girl at my uni, the sentence I used was a train wreck. :D

"Hey Mai, are you Japanese?"

"Err, yes, why?"

「今、おれは日本語を勉強してるんだから、君と話してみたいです!」

「... ... どこで?」


Bikkuri saseta to omoimasu. :P
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby katafei » Sun 05.27.2007 4:21 pm

So no past tense?

@SRJ, that story is hilarious :D

My mother has new Japanese neighbours one flight up.
When I met them, they were struggling with garbage bags and I was struggling keeping a rather big dog away from them.
So, bang, all my Japanese was gone and all I could think of was;
こんばんわ。

I don't think they were very impressed :(
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby ess_jay_arr » Sun 05.27.2007 4:24 pm

katafei wrote:
So no past tense?

I think you'd use past tense if you had been very busy but you aren't anymore, but I got the impression the OP wanted to say he'd been very busy and still is... so I'd go with present tense.
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby AJBryant » Sun 05.27.2007 5:23 pm

Using おれ with です is pretty much always wrong regardless of context or situation; combining a very casual/blunt expression like "ore" with a polite "desu" is strange.


You beat me to it. :)


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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby inuinu » Sun 05.27.2007 6:45 pm

「このごろ」と「さいきん」を使い分けるのは、とても難しいと思います。
「このごろとても忙しかったです」のように
Past tenseと一緒に使うのは不自然な感じがします。
recently と lately の違いが私にはよくわかりませんが、
「このごろ」と「さいきん」の違いも、それと似たようなものなのかな。

とりあえず「さいきん」のほうが汎用性があって、色々な文に適用できるので
「さいきん」を使っておいたほうが無難です。
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby Tspoonami » Sun 05.27.2007 7:04 pm

I think このごろ is more of 'this time,' rather than 'lately' (seeing as how that is the literal translation...). さいきん is more 'broad,' whereas このごろ is more specific about the time being now. However, the ごろ part is a slightly vague term in the sense that it isn't specific about the time. Thus, このごろ is more like 'around now.' If you look at the meanings of the individual kanji, さいきん is kind of specific, but not as much as このごろ.

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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby Silvanoshei » Mon 05.28.2007 10:53 am

ess_jay_arr wrote:
katafei wrote:
So no past tense?

I think you'd use past tense if you had been very busy but you aren't anymore, but I got the impression the OP wanted to say he'd been very busy and still is... so I'd go with present tense.


Bingo, present tense is what I wanted to use. I had no idea Ore was so rude, I just thought it was for men only, and boys/teenages used Boku. lol, whoops.

Btw what does doko de mean? :(
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby ess_jay_arr » Mon 05.28.2007 10:56 am

Silvanoshei wrote:
Btw what does doko de mean? :(


"Where?" :P

I guess you were asking because of that little anecdote of mine? In case you didn't catch it, what I said to her was "Right now, I (rude) am studying Japanese, therefore I want to try speaking with you! (intimate/condescending)"

Whoops. :P
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby Teh_Freak » Mon 05.28.2007 1:36 pm

For "Yes, I'm very busy", I simply would use:
はい、とても忙しいんです。

"Lately, I've been very busy", I'd use:
最近とても忙しかったんです。
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RE: Quick sentence check.

Postby Silvanoshei » Tue 05.29.2007 5:49 pm

ess_jay_arr wrote:
Silvanoshei wrote:
Btw what does doko de mean? :(


"Where?" :P

I guess you were asking because of that little anecdote of mine? In case you didn't catch it, what I said to her was "Right now, I (rude) am studying Japanese, therefore I want to try speaking with you! (intimate/condescending)"

Whoops. :P


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