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Japanese Lesson 72: Present Tense Verbs 2 Part 6


Follows: Ni tsuite iku: に ついて いく: について行く

Return: Kaesu: かえす: 返す

Comes: Kuru: くる: 来る

Considers: Kentousuru: けんとうする: 検討する

Takes: Toru: とる: 取る

Seems: Mitai: みたい


The night comes.
Yoru ga kuru.
よる が くる。

He takes my food.
Kare wa watashi no tabemono o toru.
かれ は わたし の たべもの を とる。

She returns the hat.
Kanojo wa boushi o kaesu.
かのじょ は ぼうし を かえす。

She seems like a child.
Kanojo wa kodomo mitai da.
かのじょ は こども みたい だ。

Not to be confused with the verb "mitai" 見たい meaning "want to see". This "Mitai" is actually not a verb and acts instead to compare one thing to another. Because it's not a verb there is a verb at the end, in this case it's "da" (is/am/are) ((informal form of "desu")) (((also a declarative))). Mitai can also be moved to different parts of the sentence, see this Ouran High School Host Club quote below.

"Haruhi mitai mamedanuki yo!" ~ Hikaru.
"Haruhi looks like a tanuki!"

The best way to keep yourself from accidentally thinking the above sentence translates to "Haruhi wants to see a tanuki" is by remembering that a verb must go at the end of a sentence. Meaning that "mitai" is, again, not a verb and therefore is "seems like" "looks like" etc.

I follow the woman.
Watashi wa sono josei ni tsuite ikimasu.
わたし は その じょせい に ついて いきます。

Please consider the job.
Shigoto o kentou shite kudasai.
しごと を けんとうして ください 仕事を検討して下さい。

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Is 返す only for returning property to people or can it also be for returning to a location?


It can be used in either case.


Yay! A new lesson!

  • "Follows" can also be 追う, although it also kind of means to chase.
  • Your example from Ouran High School Host Club, it would probably better to also have a literal translation. It translates more like "It looks like Haruhi, the tanuki." It should probably be worded better, but the quote in Japanese has the sentence backwards from how it would normally be said in Japanese. It would normally be ハルヒはたぬき_みたい_。
  • The example "I follow the woman" is really stalker-like. :P
  • You might want to have a new line for 仕事を検討して下さい。 in the example "Please consider the job."


I hope you are also saving these on a blog or somewhere, because some lessons are already gone, like this one:
Basics 1 part 1...
It's a pity, because they are very good lessons...


OK. I've got the first six lessons on my old Japanese Tumblr

Kitsune no Nihongo

There's a table of contents set up, I've got the first 5 lessons, and the free resources page up it will take me some time to dump the rest of the lessons but it's a start. :) Thank you!


Great, I bookmarked it! The tinycards thing looks cool too, but I wish the answers were accepted in Romaji too... When you make a flashcard, is it possible to add multiple answers to it?


:( I wish. ... I can remove the kana and kanji altogether, OR I can get rid of the typed answers. (in which case I might just do the latter)


I personally think the typed answers are good, but I would keep the kana and kanji only for show and accept the answers in romaji if you say multiple answers cannot be used, this way you would make the lessons accessible to more people who are not willing to learn the Japanese writing from the start (like me :D)


;^; it won't let me decide what gets typed and what doesn't. -sniffles-

You might be able to use Jisho.org while doing the flashcards to get the kana and kanji.


I guess I'm going to have to. :/ The good news is I can still see them. So I guess I'll copy paste them.


So this is lesson 73, but your link to the previous lesson goes to 71...


That's because I went to Public School and can't count. XD

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