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  5. "あのベッドは大きいです。"


Translation:That bed is big.

June 12, 2017



For those who don't know, 大きい has two "o" - おおきい


Whenever I see Japanese romanized, I see that both おお and おう get romanized into "ō", do these two make the same sound?


As a Japanese person this confuses me too, they don't exactly make the same sound, in 「おう」 it's more like an "o" fading into a "u" and in 「おお」it sounds like you went to a middle school and you hear some teens yelling "OOO". I honestly prefer writing 「おう」as "ou" and 「おお」as "oo".


Since some are confused on the kanji:

大 - Big, large
Kun-yomi: おお-, おお.きい
This is the native Japanese reading used when the kanji is by itself such as in this sentence.

On-yomi: ダイ、 タイ
This is the Sino-Japanese reading used when it is combined with other Kanji (with some exceptions)
This is the reading used for 大学 - "daigaku" College, 大好き "daisuki" Very likeable, 大切 "taisetsu" Important


What's the difference between あの and その? Google translates them both as, "that".


There are これ(kore)、それ(sore) and あれ(are). 'kore' means 'this', or the thing that is near your position (like when you introduce your bag to your friend). 'sore' means the thing that is near your interlocutor but not near you (like when you mention your friend's bag). 'are' means the thing that is far from both of you. (you mention the building that is far form you and your friend).


I think its the same as with これ, それ, and あれ; having to do with the distance between "that," the speaker, and the one being spoken to.


ano is for an object wich far away from you and the one you are speaking to. sono is when it closer to the one you are speaking to (ex : in his hand)


You probably shouldn't trust Google translate too much as a reference...


Hahah silly me. I was doing this as a listening exercise so not reading the text at all. So my translation became 'That lunchbox is big'


[だい] and [おお] share the Kanji [大]?


Yes. One is the On'Yomi reading, the other is Kun'Yomi reading.


According to my Japanese dictionary, yes they do.


I see many native english speakers having trouble to figure out how does that これ それ あれ and この その あの things work. I ended up having to use the english-japanese plataform bc my native language, portuguese,does not have a japanese plataform apparently... But there is one cool thing about portuguese and that thing I mentioned above. In portuguese, we have the same sistem with more than one word for "this" and "that" It'd be like:

これ/ Isto

それ/ Isso

あれ/ Aquilo


その/ Esse

あの/ Aquele

I guess it makes things a little bit easier if you're a portuguese speaker (:3 」∠) But tbh it is a little harder to learn in portuguese bc the second one needs to agree in gender and number with the word it references to as well (`・ω・´) Like,


その/ Esse-Esses/Essa-Essas

あの/ Aquele-Aqueles/ Aquela-Aquelas


Oh wow, I wish I had known this comparison earlier in my Portuguese studies !


Jesus, I'm so dumb. I totally forgot about that and it's my mother language e.e .


Why does "That bed is huge." not work?


I believe "huge" would translate not to 大きい, but to でっかい。


big and large are interchangeable in this situation. Large should be an acceptable answer.


I feel like "That is a big bed" should be an acceptable answer.


In my opinion, "That is a big bed" would translate to 「あれは大きいベッドです。」So, different, although I am unable to explain why that is so. ^^'


That's a big bed. (Not good enough?)


あの ("that") is an adjective, "that" as you use it is a pronoun. Your translation would back-translate to あれは大きいベッドです。 (I believe).


When they pronounce ベッド, I keep hearing [betto] rather than [beddo]. Is it just my hearing or there is a reason for the discrepancy?


ペットベッド (pet bed) try saying that to practise the slight difference, or put into Google translate to listen.


I hear [beddo]. I think the romaji is simpler for italians, and less for americans. For example this hiragana [え] in romaji is [e], and in italian I read it as [e], but maybe that is not the correct sound for you when you hear the word [家] = [ie].


I said " That bed is huge" and got marked wrong. I think it should tske this synonym.

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