"My name is John."


June 21, 2017



Why is it 「ジョンともうします」? Isn't better to say 「ジョンということです」 or 「名前はジョンです」 at least?

June 21, 2017


もうします comes from 申す (もうす), a formal verb for "to say". Like ジョンといいます it means "they call me John" or "I'm called John".

ジョンということです would be "I'm [the thing called] John". こと is not used for people.

July 16, 2017


I was looking for a simple ジョンといいます or even just (名前は)ジョンです. apparently ジョンと呼びます is also okay, which seemed strange when i first encountered it.

July 18, 2017


I agree. This does not make sense to me.

June 27, 2017


I never got "moushimasu" in a lesson; it only ever came up in practice. This has happened once or twice before, but I don't remember which specific words it was with. I've also had lessons where halfway through it just starts repeating the same 2 questions over and over again (or even just one question - I once got "It's 9:00" like 10 times in a row, back-to-back). I think something is glitching with however the questions are selected. I'm commenting about it here because I don't know how else to report it.

November 18, 2017


You can submit a bug report.

June 1, 2018


yep. same here.

May 22, 2019


this is a humility expression. you use this phrase in the introduction yourself when you are introduced to high rank superior, or when you are a speaker, speech to the audience you first meet at a conference or a lecture.

If you are introduced to friends of your friend, "ジョンです" or "ジョンといいます" is better to use.

December 20, 2017


もう means from what I've learned from wanikani to mean 'say humbly', Japanese has a fair number of these verbs where there's the polite form for speaking to people formally, but other forms for less formal occasions.

March 29, 2019


Why is と used with もうします instead of a particle like を?

August 1, 2017


を is mostly used for objects that are interacted with. When it comes to something that is said or called a certain way, you use と. E.g. "What do you call this?" = これは何と言いますか

August 2, 2017


To add to Alcedo's answer, one way that it has been explained to me is that と can ask as a particle that follows a quote, like a name

June 12, 2019


This came up for me on mobile as one of the exercises where you choose the cards to form a sentence. For some reason, the one with "申し" was completely silent

April 23, 2019


It would be great to be provided the kanji significance or appelation before giving exercises that uses them. There are often these exercises that just throw kanji without a (kana) exercise before them.

February 7, 2019


I typed this "ジョンと言います。" and it was marked wrong and corrected to "ジョンといいます。" Is this just a shortcoming? I reported it 11/2/17. Or is there some reason it's incorrect or wrong to use the Kanji here?

November 2, 2017


That should be accepted. Report it. Some of the kanji isn't in the system yet.

November 30, 2017


Why is "Also/And" used here instead of wa?

January 20, 2018


と is not only "also/and." It's also the "quoting particle" in Japanese (among other things). You use it to mark the end of a quote that someone says or a thought someone has. In this case, the phrase <X>ともうします loosely can be translated to, "I am called, 'X'. (note the quotes)

February 2, 2018


its like the (,) or (;) in english?

August 3, 2019


Literalmente uno tiene que adivinar las respuestas, no hay contexto, no hay nada, es muy difícil aprender este idioma así, improvisando.

December 13, 2018



Does there need to be だ?

October 29, 2017


Yes, for about the same reason you need "is" in "My name is John".

October 29, 2017


So would "I'm called John" be a more direct translation?

January 2, 2019


Why before it was "Maria tooimas" and now it's "Maria toomoshimas" ?????

March 19, 2019


マリアと言います。(normal politeness)

Maria to iimasu.

My name is Maria.

マリアと申します。(even more polite)

Maria to moushimasu.

My name is Maria.

April 23, 2019


Kanji for 'Moshi', has no audio for male voice

March 25, 2019


why is this "申レ" not heard during the exercises?

April 18, 2019


It's 申し (mou shi) not 申レ (mou re)

July 9, 2019


In the beginning we learned toiimasu but now their telling us to use moushimasu? Explain phase.

June 2, 2019


KenShinoda has given an explanation above.

June 2, 2019


Why is it marking "ジョンともうします" as wrong?

July 9, 2019


Why arent some of the kanji being pronounced!!

August 8, 2019


ジョンと申します (Jon とmoushimasu)

September 15, 2019


ジョンと言います is "incorrect" according to Duolingo... :-O

June 25, 2018


The kanji tiles aren't saying anything

May 23, 2019


My name Jeff :v

August 16, 2017
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