"I buy a bag."

Translation:カバンをかいます。

June 19, 2017

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Tara166383

Interesting... I learned kaban in hiragana. Any idea why it's in katakana on duolingo? What's the loan word here?

June 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Alcedo-Atthis

Well, nowadays it's just a Japanese word, so you'll most often see it in hiragana, but once upon a time it was a loan word from the Chinese 夾板 (キャバン).

It changed somewhere in the Meiji period (1868-1912), when it became 鞄 (かばん); a tanned hide used for carrying things.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/V2Blast

Very interesting! Thanks for the info!

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt522032

My Genki 1 textbook also has it in hiragana. So I'd be interested to know why also.

June 21, 2017
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