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Translation:There is a restroom.

June 6, 2017



I personally think they shoukd translate it as "toilet" or "lavatory" since in Japan the bathroom is literally in a differnt romm from the toilet. Dont mind the English sounding great, it is about teaching Japanese and understanding Japanese concepts of things.


This is another instance of UK vs US terminology. In the US every toilet/washroom/bathroom is just called bathroom.


They should accept all varieties of English.

U.S. - home (bathroom), public (restroom)

Canada - washroom

UK - loo, toilet, etc.

If any of these are not accepted, report them. They may not have thought of all the possible correct answers initially, but will update the answers accepted if you report them.


Australia - dunny, tin-can, sh_thole, cr_pper :-P


Any place in Australia can be a cr_pper. 何? - you may ask. Well, remember that homemade vid where a giant venomous snake comes out of a fricking air cooler, then gets swallowed back with a huge rat in the mouth. Maybe that's why you have such a variety of synonyms after all.


What's the name of the video? I can't seem to find it and for some reason want nightmares tonight!


Actually in Canada it is - your home or friend's home (bathroom), public or polite (washroom)


I was unsure if restroom was a toilet or a lounge until I read this, lol


Agreed. In the US, "toilet" refers to the porcelain bowl thingy that flushes, and "restroom" refers to the room in which you do that in. In the UK, toilet refers to the room that you do that in (and I have no idea what they call the porcelain bowl thingy itself then...)


Strictly speaking, in the UK, the receptacle is the toilet, and the room is the WC (water closet). Now we just call both the loo (or toilet if you're working class; lavatory for upper class). Loo is a corruption of the French l'eau. In the days before plumbing, when people chucked water (or other liquids) out the window into the street, they would shout "guardez l'eau".


Amazing explanation how languages are culturally and historically influenced


So do we Dutch have our name of WC from the UK?


I've no idea, but probably - unless WC spells something different.


I've always lived in southern England and virtually never hear WC, it strikes me as a rather antiquated synonym to the toilet. While it is written on signage occasionally, but I very rarely hear people say WC. Asking where the toilet/loo/bathroom/lavatory/lav. are, or announcements of needing the loo, or simply announcing a need "to go" said in a mixed embarrassed/urgent tone of voice, are all far more common in my experience. While cauldron of poo is plenty amusing, what we actually refer to the porcelain bowl and the room it lives in England (UK) is "the toilet".


It is called 'the bowl' - Creative we English ;-) Or toilet bowl if there might be doubt from the context.


When I was growing up, we said "washroom," regardless of the reason for visiting the facilities. All "public facilities" had either a gender, the word "Washroom," or a visual representation of a gender on the door.

"Bathroom" was considered vulgar (TMI implied) and one never uttered the word "toilet" (considered well beyond vulgar). 'Twas quite the experience moving to the UK and learning to not squirm uncomfortably when someone said toilet!!

Moderators, please add, "There's a washroom." Arigatou gozaimasu. :-)


well, you've become a mod yourself now


While that's true, moderators don't have any control over the course. Adding answers and fixing sentences are completely done by contributors


To be fair -- "lavatory" is mostly (correct me if I'm wrong) a chiefly British term, and most lavatories in the US are usually if not always referred to simply as either the "bathroom" or "restroom". The toilet being the amenity most primarily associated with it.

Which brings up the question -- should Duolingo consider tweaking their courses to cater to different dialects of English?


I'm from the UK and I've very rarely heard the word lavatory. I dont think the word usage is too common.


Isn't that what "the loo" is short for?


It's what "the lav" is short for. But "the loo" has a more mysterious origin. No one quite knows where that bit of slang came from, but there are some fun articles on it. :)


What's the role of 'ga' here?


"Ga" indicates the subject of the sentence and links it to the verb--the toilet/bathroom is the thing that exists (ある/あります) Does that make sense?


If I'm not wrong, "が" is used here because it's implied that the topic (denoted by "は") is implied:「(ここには)トイレがあります。」Or "There is a bathroom (here)."


What woukd be wrong about トイルは?


Using は means that the word toilet is topic, that is the thing we are talking about. トイルはあります would mean "The toilet exists", which is a bit weird but might work for example in a context of "Ha! Didn't I tell you, there is a toilet here, but you just wouldn't believe me!". More common would be トイルは[place]にです "The toilet is in/at [place]."

Using が instead, as in the current sentence, shows that the word toilet is new information ("At each end of the corridor, there is a toilet.") Note how English tends to use a in sentences with が and the in sentences with は (in general, that is, there are exceptions).


Know I'm two years late, but just out of curiosity, how would that work with 今がチャンス(think that's how it should be spelled)? I've heard that line in games before, but if I'm translating right that would be "now's a chance!", so shouldn't 今, based off your description, be followed by は, not が?


は and が can often be used interchangeably, but slightly changes the emphasis on different parts of a sentence.
は introduces a topic and can usually be dropped if the topic is already understood from context. The words that come after it are the important information.
が introduces new information and puts emphasis on the word before it.

Both of these translate to "this is a pen" but with a slight difference in meaning
これペンです - (On the topic of this thing) it is a pen (it is not a pencil or a crayon, it is a pen.)
これペンです - THIS (is the thing that is) a pen (not that thing, or that other thing. This one is the pen.)

今はチャンスです - (On the topic of now) IT'S A CHANCE
今がチャンスです - NOW (is a chance!)


How is "arimasu" different from "desu"? (Hopefully i transcribed that right)


です is used when you want to make your sentence polite, and can also be translated as "it is". So トイレです。 is like saying "It's a toilet." あります on the other hand, is used when you are talking about the existence of a non-living thing (so inanimate objects, plants, etc. Not my decision to say plants are non-living btw.) So when used in a sentence like トイレがあります。 it will translate to "There is a toilet." It this case they're kind of similar, but there's a difference. ^^


For those who speak Korean, is あります the Japanese equivalent of the Korean 있어요?


It seems that is mostly the case. Both indicate the existence of something, but I don't think the korean version is exclusive to "non-living things"... Other than that, I think you're right.

It would be great to confirm with someone who has more knowledge/experience in both languages.


Why is the "ga" particle used with "arimasu" but the "ha" particle with "arimasen" (I think the previous example was like that). Is there an explanation?


Negative expressions use "arimas" with "ha". I think it's because the topic is absence of something, and the object is already known (verb more important than noun).


What's the difference between が and は? Also what's the difference between でばありません and ありません?


ではありません is a negative version of です (slightly more formal than じゃありません) - so it's used to describe what something is not

ありません (on its own) is a negative version of あります - so it's used to say that something does not exist


Would asking if there is a bathroom (not where, just confirming its existence) be as simple as adding a ka か at the end?


I always thought that トイレ was the toilet itself and that おてあらい was the bathroom


What's the difference between あり, それ, and これ?


これ - this one (near the speaker)
それ - that one (near the listener)
あれ - that one over there (away from speaker and listener)

None of these words are present in this sentence though.

トイレがあります "There is a toilet/bathroom/restroom"
トイレ - toilet/bathroom/restroom
が - marks the do-er or be-er of the verb, the subject
あります - polite form of verb ある "exist" (inanimate)


Oh, my bad. I confused あれ with あり. Thank you very much for explaining!


Is トイレ a loan word?


Yes, I believe it is an abbreviation of トイレット which is taken from the English word "toilet"


Doesn't 'xxx ga arimasu' mean ' I have xxx'? Please correct if I am wrong.


Aru/arimasu means "exists" (iru /imasu for animate beings). The "have" is implied.

Hon ga arimasu -- the book exists, there is a book

(Watashi wa) hon ga arimasu -- (as for me) the book exists. Ie i have the book

You'd have to rely on context as "hon ga arimasu" could mean either of those two transitions, as well as many other variations (a book, books, the books, i have, you have, etc etc).


when i was asked this and got it wrong it corrected me with "i have the toilet" you guys should look into that.


Well, it depends on how you got it wrong. "I have the toilet" is a correct, albeit strange, way to translate this sentence, and it may simply have been the closest alternative to your incorrect answer.


So, if I were to ask if there is a toilet, I would say トイレがありますか?


Yes, that would be correct. However, since トイレ is presumably a new topic of conversation, it's much more common to hear トイレありますか instead.


I can see two reasons in English to say "There is a bathroom."

  1. Right over there is a bathroom. A direction meaning.

2.Yes, the place we will be visiting has a bathroom. An existence meaning.

Does this phrase mean both, or is it specific to one?


This phrase specifically means the second one, an existence meaning.

I would argue that the direction meaning in English is an unnatural interpretation, since I would say "There is a bathroom there" or "There is a bathroom over there", in order to avoid relying on emphasis.


Why do they write が but pronounce わ or は?


We may be listening to different versions of the recording or have different speakers/headphones, but the audio sounds like a typical Japanese "ga" to me. The Japanese "g" is usually a lot softer/more nasal than the English "g", so maybe it sounds like "wa" (or more like "nga") to your ears, but this is the correct Japanese pronunciation.


Exactly! But it's not a standard velar nasal, like the "-ing" ending in Eng-lish words (hehe) It's a uvular nasal, positioned higher in the throat. At least -someone- else noticed it xD


Are the articles just implied?


Yes, and no. Yes because they aren't present in the Japanese sentence, but no because Japanese simply doesn't have articles, which means there's nothing being implied. When we translate into English, we have to guess which articles would be appropriate based on the context and to a certain extent, the sentence structure.


I refuse to write "He's a restroom" ....that's the way is correcting my answer "It's the restroom" can u tell me why?


Duo is saying that because one correct answer is "He has a restroom," which, technically, can be contracted to "He's a restroom" in some English dialects.

Your answer of "It is the restroom" is wrong because that would be トイレです, not トイレがあります. The word あります is either stating existence or possession, but is not a substitute for is/am/are/etc. To say "X is Y", you'd say "X は Y です".


Just want to say that the actual Japanese word for toilet is 手荒い (てあらい) which literally means hand wash. You can usually get by fine with using just トイレ but expect to hear and see 手荒い if you visit Japan.


I think you mean 手い. The word 手荒い (which, to be fair, is pronounced exactly the same) means "violent, rough".

To prevent any misunderstanding, you're actually much more likely to hear 手洗い in Japan.


What does あり mean in a normal sentence


What do you mean by "a normal sentence"?

This exercise is a normal sentence. Here, あり is the verb stem for the verb あります which means "to exist (for inanimate objects)". In another "normal" sentence, if used as a noun, あり can mean "ant", though it's also written as 蟻 for this meaning. In yet other "normal" sentences, especially casual ones, あり (commonly also written as 有り) means that the speaker considers something is possible/doable or they consent to doing/trying something.


I said "This is a restroom" and got it wrong. Question: How would you say "This is a restroom" instead? Would you need additional words for context like,




I don't believe you would use があります at all for that sentence. これはトイレです or something like that sounds more right for me, though keep in mind I'm not a native Japanese speaker.


Why there, and not it is!


Why not read the other comments first?

Here, あります is the verb, "to exist" and が tells us that トイレ the thing which is doing the existing.

"It is" means that something is equivalent to some other thing, whereas "there is" simply means something exists.


I, too, clearly hear "toire wa arimas", with the sound more similar to Russian в than to [g] or [ŋ]


This one says puru?? Not toire


Why was it "there" instead of "it"?


あります is a verb of existence. Literally the sentence would read "The/a toilet exists" or more naturally in English "there is a toilet" or even "I have a toilet"

If you wanted "It is a toilet" you would have to use the copula です which declares a state of being in X=Y sentences. トイレです "(implied 'it') = toilet"


can someone break down this sentence?


Can someone please tell me, I studied for months before for to Japan last November and when i went, this was the most important phrase i think i used but it was a huge struggle getting people to understand me. Is there a reason why? I know i cant give an example of how i spoke, but is there a reason a foreigner speaking this sentence wouldnt sound right?


(Oh sorry i mean the question form. Looking for a toilet. I thought i got the pronunciation down pretty well, but most of the time i had to repeat it a lot)


So if you just say, "Toire desu" then it means "(subject) is a restroom" but if you say "Toire ga ari masu" (masu implying a verb other than the verb of being) then it's saying "A restroom is existing in this place"?


Yes, though the full verb there is あります, which is the polite form of ある the non-past verb "to exist". "toire ga aru" would mean the exact same thing as "toire ga arimasu", just more casual. :)


Toilet should be accepted. The japanese word トイレ is actually a transcription of the word toilet into katakana.


”There is a toilet" has been an acceptable answer here for a long time...


No matter how many times i repeat the audio, i cannot hear a が when the female speaker says トイレがあります。


Can anyone help me, so far I've been understanding the Japanese courses quite well but now I can't tell the difference between "there is" and "it is", what's the difference?


I think あります is "there is", and です is "it is".


Can someone explain to me when you use ga and wa


ga for subject; wa for topic.


I thought the tips said we should use "ga" when the sentence is only about the subject. I'm confused...


Why "it is a toilet" wrong?


That would be トイレです [Toilet] [copula - is/am.are]
トイレがあります uses the verb あります "exist" so "A toilet exists" or more naturally "there is a toilet"


What is meant wit "there is a toilet." like there is a toilet in this house or there is a toilet we're I pointing at?


The former ("there is a toilet in this house") is an accurate example of what the Japanese means. In "There is a toilet where(?) I am pointing at", it doesn't really feel like normal English, but it has some notion of location. あります just means "to exist" - it doesn't have any information about location.


Is "GA" pronounced as "NGA"?


why does it sound toirenga arimasu が sounded like nga the ng sound


So you gonna assume that toilet and restroom are NOT the same thing? Ok owl, let's go with that


My only guess as to why this is is that restroom COULD be taken to mean as "somewhere to rest"


I know I've mentioned this before, but I've yet to receive a reply on the subject. The character "が" is supposed to be, and -usually is- a "ga" sound. However, I've noticed that at times, it's instead pronounced like "/Nä/" (IPA transliteration) -- which is not a voiced velar plosive (g). I'm sure that, to most people, it likely sounds more like a voiced velar nasal ("ŋ" -- as in English words that end with "-ing"); however, it sounds to me to be more like the elusive uvular nasal consonant.

And in the books my sister was so gracious to lend me, they all mention that the voiced uvular nasal sound (N) is commonly used in Standard [Tokyo dialect] Japanese. You can hear it occasionally when they use the "ga" particle on here.

So, my question is this:

Are there any specific rules on when to nasalize the "g" sound, or is it always interchangeable? Or is it dialectal, or even generational? Because they don't really say much about it in any of the sources that I've read =/ And I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to proper pronunciation xD


The question is about bathroom but in translation options bathroom convert rest room


Wait i thought トイレ is a toilet...


Why not "it's a toilet/bathroom"?


That would be トイレです

あります is an existence verb, トイレがあります is "there is a toilet" or more literally "a toilet exists"


'restroom' is exclusively american. NOT English. トイレ is NOT a rest room to most of the world it is a toilet.


Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't this also roughly the same as "a restroom exists"?


Why we shouldn't use "wa" after bathroom? Why we should use "ga"?


In this question toire is restroom?


So this gave me the answer "There is a restroom." Is "there" in this translation referring only to the location of a restroom (over there is a restroom), or is this interchangeable with "a restroom exists"? (There IS a restroom)


It is the existence use of "there"
トイレ - restroom が - subject あります - exists (inanimate)

"The restroom is there" or "There is a restroom there" with a locational "there" would use そこ or あそこ


が for animals and humans but は for other than animals and humans


が introduces new important information. It is used with existence verbs such as in this sentence to announce the existence of something previously unknown.

は marks contextual information. You would use this if something was already understood in the conversation and you wanted to make a comment about it.

It is the "Exist" verbs that are different depending on whether the thing being talked about is animate or inanimate.
いる・います is for animate things (people, animals)
ある・あります is for inanimate things (objects, plants)


When exactly does the "GA"/が sounds like "NHA"?


I've been noticing in these pronunciations that "toire ga arimasu" has been sound more like" toirenga arimasu". Japanese has always had pretty defined syllables but alot of sentences lately I play over and over again and the ga is very hard to hear clearly, along with an N sound preceding it, which is really just a vocalization very close to beginning of the g sound. I want to get the accent right and so if I should be a little looser with this pronunciation then I will. For example, in America, I hardly pronounce the T in truck. I say it more like chruck, less use of teeth.


Ugh english It's hard for me to differentiate Restroom, bathroom, toilet, washroom... etc. Because i only use CR (Comfort room)


The Duolingo audio pronunciation of が here sounds like "na"—is that correct? Did I miss something?


Maybe this has been answered elsewhere, but could somebody please explain when the pronunciation of が sounds like "ga", and when it sounds like "nga"? Or is that down to a regional accent or something?

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