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Translation:Two

6/10/2017, 11:47:58 PM

81 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TimoHelmers
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Had this in my placement test. You can't really know that this is "two" without any context or the kanji ニ. This could mean so many things. I for example tried "at" as one of the functions of the に particle. Sorry if this is out of place in the context of a lesson on numbers.

6/14/2017, 11:41:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MarajosGar13

that is so true, kanjis are really necessary

7/5/2017, 5:28:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Eiswolfe

It accepted "In" as an answer, though I had written it accidentally, but when I hovered over に it did not offer "In" as a valid translation. Is this a system error or does に also translate to "In"?

8/8/2018, 12:05:24 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Chogo777

Good question. I write down what i learned it as "ni"

8/18/2018, 10:36:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Soy_Jaguar
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It can translate to in for sure, but very loosely. Like 本当に means in truth, though if you word for word translate it you would say truthfully to (subject)

8/18/2018, 2:55:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mishasan7

Even substituting the word 'Translate' would help. I thought it wanted the word in romaji. It's just a refresher lesson, I didn't know the focus was on numbers. But yes, CONTEXT.

11/2/2017, 11:19:46 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/mce9
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I agree. I thought "ni" was the desired answer. If the word "translate" the hiragana symbol was the required answer then I would have answered "two".

5/7/2018, 11:01:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielMcBrearty

I put "ni" and it let me though thinking it was a typo for "in" lol

7/12/2018, 8:42:37 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Acha3170

And it also means "to"

7/12/2017, 3:06:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DABurnside
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DL didn't accept "to" for me. DL wanted "two."

11/22/2017, 4:58:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/VEa645886

Yes, "at" shouldn't be a choice here. Since you can't tell from context or kanji, it should try to avoid anything the に particle can get transliterated to like "at", "on", "to"... My guess is that in the Duolingo meta if it asks for a word definition it won't be a particle, it seems to ask that another way, in sentences (the particles make little sense alone, most of them, or its slangy to do so)

8/21/2017, 4:56:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcoGregorio23

What is a particle?

9/14/2017, 1:20:28 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Alcedo-Atthis
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It's how we refer to single graphemes with a certain grammatical function. E.g. に、で、と、は、が、の、を. In some cases they are like prepositions, in some they are conjunctions, and some indicate the role of other words in a sentence.

9/14/2017, 4:40:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Escorpio123ss

I don't understand.

5/30/2018, 10:43:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sum_Gai

That is because Alcedo tried to put an hour long lecture into 1 sentence.

6/10/2018, 6:59:22 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/zDuckLordz

Google conjunctions and prepositions and you should be able to understand what he means

7/4/2018, 9:15:54 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/redcamarocruiser

So a particle is a conjunction ( and, or) or a preposition (to, for) etc. But not a noun or verb?

1/12/2019, 10:31:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dana369417

You are right, ni could be other letter.

2/4/2019, 2:04:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sho101786

sorry I have just started learning but whats kanji?

3/9/2019, 11:21:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/NigelDB
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Kanji literally means chinese character. Japanese use Kanji to write with along with hiragana and katakana. Hiragana usually is used to write native japanese words and katakana is used to write foreign words or names or slang words.

3/9/2019, 6:46:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Boro819824

the knights who say two

6/17/2017, 9:01:39 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/bennnymann
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Good reference

7/19/2017, 12:48:38 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/envylol
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Why not Ni?

6/13/2017, 5:23:55 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Christophe763306

You are supposed to translate it to the English word it means, not the pronunciation.

6/22/2017, 4:39:07 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Zanahoria

Then it should say 'Translate this into English.'

3/3/2018, 8:41:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Zanahoria

If you are going to down vote you could at least explain why.

That character can be written in English as 'ni' but it is translated to English as 'two'. There is a clear difference.

3/7/2018, 6:28:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Prathamesh543279

It clearly says translate this sentence

4/6/2018, 6:20:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/paco_hojaverde

My screen says "Write this in English".

7/15/2018, 5:01:40 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BooBooKitt

Then they shouldn't have been presenting it as ni all this time.

3/21/2018, 11:42:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MolinoDeViento
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I, too, was confused by "Write this in English" (not "translate"). So I wrote "ni" for に ruining my sharpshooter achievement.

2/14/2019, 6:17:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Prathamesh543279

Ni is a transliteration

4/6/2018, 6:18:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/runninswaggy

My first question in the placement test was to write the translation of に in English. I thought it was trying to determine whether I understood hirigana, and answered "Ni". As mentioned by many before, one can't know that the answer should be "two" without any more context. It's frustrating, because this vague "question" influences where I'll be placed... :/

(I hope this comment is helpful in shaping the course; I appreciate the work that y'all are putting into this valuable endeavor! Thank you for giving me a way to practice my language skills!)

10/25/2017, 6:42:02 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/PhilNolan1

Right, it's under the hiragana /katakana lessons so I thought it wanted the romaji for に. Ni

4/13/2018, 4:11:55 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Zamomin
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Does anyone else find it weird that the Japanese word for "one" contains two letters and the word for "two" contains one letter?

6/25/2017, 8:33:49 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/kai19154

well, the kanji for them is just one line and two lines so haha

7/18/2017, 8:11:54 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sum_Gai

Actually, they don't contain any letters. Kana is a syllabary; someone corrected that to a more accurate writing system in comments for another question, but I don't remember what it is called. However, I agree that 一(いち) having 1 stroke but 2 syllables and 二(に) having 2 strokes but 1 syllable is silly.

4/29/2018, 2:50:10 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/RebelBrigid

What is the difference between this and the two lines (like an equal sign) without the one on the side?

6/10/2017, 11:47:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Tc3KDQp5

Do you mean 二?

If so, that's just the kanji for "two". It has the same meaning, and is mostly read as に, with some exceptions.

6/11/2017, 12:27:30 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/RebelBrigid

What are some of the exceptions?

6/13/2017, 7:25:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Alcedo-Atthis
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Exceptions are when it's used in compounds; in those cases you use the on-yomi (Sino-Japanese reading. For example 二つ (ふたつ) "2 pieces/items", or 二人 (ふたり) "2 people".

6/18/2017, 8:04:35 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Shanliang
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To complement, '二' can also be the katana form of 'に'.

6/12/2017, 1:10:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/V2Blast
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*katakana

10/15/2017, 6:19:12 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Jectoons

に Is hiragana for "ni"; ニ is katakana for the same syllable, and also the kanji for number 2.

7/4/2017, 4:57:51 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/zazakoolaid
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Or do you also mean the hiragana 「こ」(ko) ?

6/13/2017, 4:06:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sum_Gai

So ya'll can see the difference: 2 二, ニ "katakana ni", ko こ. At least on my screen they are all different enough to identify, and with proper calligraphy they are even more different.

4/23/2018, 8:11:10 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannah319641

ニ:に

8/11/2017, 3:15:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/clanderholm

The question doesn't say translate this to English, it says write this in English. I answered "ni" because that is how it is written in English. If you want a translation, phrase the question to say "translate this into English"

1/13/2018, 6:09:11 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sum_Gai

ni isn't に in English. It's Romaji, which is the representation of かな in a Roman/Latin based alphabet. English and almost all European languages use Roman/Latin based alphabets. If Romaji was English, it would be spelled nee, because in English the letters "a e i o u" sound like "e i ai o yu" in every other Latin based language I have seen (I hope that makes sense to someone). Not familiar enough with the history to say it as a fact, but since Portugal had visitors to Japan before other Europeans, Romaji is probably based more on Portuguese than any other alphabet.

4/23/2018, 8:36:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Timon564955

WHAT IS ー!?

8/23/2017, 1:18:21 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Alcedo-Atthis
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ー INDICATES AN EXTENDED VOWEL IN KATAKANA!

For example, ビル biru means "building", but with that dash; ビール bīru means "beer". And just in case you meant 一, that's いち, meaning "one" (1).

8/23/2017, 5:38:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Raphael-Ribeiro

Take a look in these 2 links below (You'll learn concepts basics about grammar rules and earn vocabulary):

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7963862 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24871159

1/16/2018, 2:55:23 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/carlos.a.g7

There is a curious fact which helped me to learn how to say "two" and "three" in Japanese (way before I wanted to learn xD).

Nissan, the Japanese car company, always have a car with the number 23 in the races, because 2 is "Ni", and 3 "San".

7/5/2018, 10:49:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeuarReyes

You answer "Ni" only if a TRANSLITERATION is asked. "Two" isthe correct answer because it's the TRANSLATION lf the character "に", not the transliteration called romaji.

I don't get why people get stuck here. There are going to be stuff way more annoying than this later on, you'll see...

8/11/2018, 8:55:38 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/kawaiidevi2

one of my Japanese teachers said that that is not 2. there is a meaning for 2 in kanji but not in hiragana

10/12/2017, 8:53:33 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Emme997394

Hiragana is basically just syllables/letters in Japanese. に can mean many different things in hiragana, including 2. You can also write 2 in kanji.

10/26/2017, 8:20:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AlaskanMalamute

に = Particule that indicates place. 二 = Number 2 or "ni" in katakana

For this reason Kanji are necessary.

1/10/2018, 6:40:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Misa433087

Anybody fluently speaking japanese here? Because I don't know: When do you write a word in kanji and when in Hiragana? Are all words written in Kanji and these in Hiragana are exceptions? Or can chose how you want to write it? Should I learn the words in both or just in Kanji? Are there words you can only write in Hiragana?

5/25/2018, 1:01:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sum_Gai

If there are Kanji that make a word, and you know the Kanji, use Kanji. Most numbers nowadays are written using the Arabic numerals. Hiragana is usually reserved for grammar, but there are exceptions. Child, or 子ども, is one. There are 2 Kanji in the word, but the 2nd doesn't have a meaning in this word so it is usually written 子ども or こども.

5/26/2018, 4:00:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/shiroNeko727233

Ni lol!

2/2/2019, 7:11:49 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Gloria665469

Its hard to hear the differences in sounds cause the voice is really robotic

2/2/2019, 11:28:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Qeint

What sre kanji's?

2/6/2019, 11:55:52 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StephanieZ693882

I am learning chineese and Japanese

2/9/2019, 9:57:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StephanieZ693882

Anyone 2019

2/9/2019, 9:57:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/millie.wil

I mistyped

2/25/2019, 4:54:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Emo.tt

i missed this one ;I

2/27/2019, 7:18:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LittleBird340100

ZgjFKzgul H lgzlsi g kzlhf

2/27/2019, 9:20:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ubaydullah2

Lol wrote "Ni" instead of "Two" and got it wrong.

3/4/2019, 4:18:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackNoise2

I hope they could make the characters bigger so we could see and memorise it clearly especially those who rely on visualizations~ just saying because there's a lot of space anyways~

3/9/2019, 4:56:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ToriHop1

its weird how they are showing ni as one character by itself and it is a number

3/12/2019, 4:58:52 AM
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