"Is she sick?"


June 24, 2017

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No half kanji words please.


Why can't we just get furigana? In parentheses even, if it's too hard to implement. I have never seen びょう気 written anywhere, in my seven years of living in Japan. Either go all kana, or use furigana if you're going to use kanji at all.


I favour a toggle system where I just tap the kanji to see them "roll over" into kana.


This is a common practice when part of the word's kanji hasnt been learned yet, but it would be great if we got to learn more kanji!


病気 (byou-ki) - ill/sick




Shouldn't it be 病気なんですか?


That would imply a question of whether her illness is the reason behind something. 〜なんです is used to indicate the /reason/ behind an action or event. "Why isnt she here today? Is she sick?" Might be a conversation where you'd hear 「病気なんでねか?」


Thatd be why is she sick I think


No, I think "why is she sick" would be 「かのじょはなんで病気になったんですか」(lit. Why did she become sick). OP wrote 「なんですか」at the end (which is kind of hard to translate, but adds a tone of surprise/incredulity to the question I think), rather than「なんでですか」which means "why is that?"

At OP, I think your translation is also correct, but I don't think it's necessarily more correct; it just depends on the context and relationship between the speaker and listener. It feels somewhat more colloquial than what Duo has taught until now though.


なんですか or Nandesuka, asks for a reason or clarification.


What would be the informal way to ask this?


There are several options, depending on level of familiarity or tone you want to convey.

  • 彼女、病気?(very familiar, fairly neutral/distant tone)
  • 彼女、病気なの?(very familiar, somewhat softer/more concerned than the above)
  • 彼女、病気か?(somewhat familiar, very gruff/standoff-ish tone, along the lines of "what's her problem, she sick or something?")
  • 彼女、ちょっと具合悪そうだけど... (somewhat familiar, actually a statement that she seems a little unwell but can imply the same question, somewhat concerned yet distant tone)

Disclaimer: Of course your actual tone of voice/cadence will dictate how these options are perceived, but I've tried to give a description of how they are typically/commonly used.

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