February 23, 2023
Asking questions in Japanese

Beginner Japanese Sentences: Asking Questions

In Japanese, it is extremely easy to take a simple statement and turn it into a question. 


I want something to eat.


Note: the “I” is assumed, but it just as easily could be “you” in the right context.

For example, to make that into a question, just add か


Would you like something to eat?


Notice I didn’t translate this as “Would I like something to eat?” since it is obvious that “you” would be more appropriate. With anything, but especially Japanese, context is critical.


I want something to drink.



Would you like something to drink?


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