"I put a cup on the table."


June 12, 2017



Can you really translate つくえ as "table"?? I learned it as "desk"...

June 24, 2017


You should learn 机 (つくえ) as desk and テーブル as table.

This course is still in beta and Japanese is weird (compared to English) sometimes. The little kinks will get worked out over time.

June 27, 2017


thank you so much for adding hiragana with your kanji! i cant read half of these comme ts because the kanji hasnt been presented yet.

June 27, 2017


I'm glad it helps! I try to keep them included for those who may not have learned them. So I'll be sure to try to keep them in my later posts. I've already learned more Japanese than Duolingo teaches, so I'm just going through and seeing who would need help with sentences.

With that said, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about Duolingo focusing so much on kana rather teaching kanji. Personally I feel that they should teach you the kanji from the beginning and teach you how to read it rather than only do kana. The more integrated kanji is and the more you use it, the easier it is to learn to read it. It's more intimidating in the beginning, but it's better for learning the language. And in my opinion, it actually makes reading easier since Japanese doesn't have spaces.

June 28, 2017


From someone who has been trying to learn Japanese from books, it's not a good idea to introduce kanji without being familiar with the underlying Japanese first. You use different parts of the brain learning conversational and written languages. It just ends up an overload of information.

Learning how to use it in a conversation like Duolingo does is much better. You can always learn the kanji later with furigana.

July 13, 2017


I normally see this as テーブルのうえにおきました

July 6, 2017


Im not 100% sure but to me 机 means a smaller table, like a Japanese chabudai or a coffee table, for larger tables it's probably more common to use テーブル for a large table、and デスク for a desk。

June 25, 2017


It's probably a bit advanced for this lesson but I'm pretty sure おいておきました will work as well.

June 28, 2017


置いておきました would technically work, but the ~ておく construction is usually used to say you did something in preparation for later. So for example 昼ご飯を作っておきました would still translate as "I made lunch." but it has the implication of "I made lunch, so that I may eat it later." Without ~ておく it woud usually mean you just made it and are about to eat it, whereas using it means you'll eat it later.

So テーブルにカップを置いておきました would mean something like "I put a cup on the table for later." Sounds a bit weird, but maybe you're preparing the table for a dinner later? It has a close translation to "leave" rather than put. If you "leave" something in English, you're probably going to go back for it later.

That said, I am on board with it being accepted. There's a bunch of ~て forms that don't have a lot of good English translations. ~ておく being one of them.

June 29, 2017


Wait, what's the difference between 貼ります and おきます?

June 12, 2017


Never seen 貼る but looking it up it means sticking or pasting something to something else. おく simply means placing it there.

June 15, 2017


置く(おく) is also translated as "leave", as in "leave behind" which I think is much more meaningful than just "put" in some cases

June 30, 2017


desk is not table

July 2, 2017


C'mon desk and table is different

July 15, 2017


つくえ is desk. テーブル is table.

July 22, 2017


Duolingo should put the translation (when you click in the word) in kanji and hiragana...

July 22, 2017


As far as I know, cup can be コップ or カップ。It should accept both.  Also, "put" is the same in present and past in English, so it's impossible to tell whether it wants おきます or おきました。

November 15, 2017


I stumbled on this too

June 22, 2017


False, tsukue Is desk

July 15, 2017


Aren't we supposed to use 'のうえに' for 'on'? This seems like an incomplete sentence.

July 29, 2017


の上に would be closer to "above", but I can understand why you'd think that. Just the particle に is fine for "on" as well.

July 29, 2017


つくえ is desk, not table.

November 2, 2017
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