"I am her younger brother."


June 28, 2017



This section im finding to be very challenging

August 4, 2017


yeah, i keep getting confused because of the sentence structure. It's similar to french sentence structure, but also sometimes has normal English sentence structure which is throwing me off a lot

January 14, 2018


I am french and I am very confused too! where do you see the similarity with french?Maybe It could give me some tricks cause my brain is about to explose!

July 21, 2018

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    It's proving a difficult unit for me too. A lot of things aren't clear and they are asking us to construct different types of sentences with different sets of particles in different ways. I'm sure this is simple to more experienced learners but for people still trying to understand when to use は, の and が, as well as remember which kanji we're suppose to use at this point, it's pretty daunting.

    September 9, 2018


    は is for 'is'. John is student. The の is used as posessive. My chair, his sister. And が is used when the subject is being used and isnt the actor. Like: The chair is bought (chairs dont buy things). Anyway, Japanese isnt a hard language. Barrier to entry is the writing though. Before this i focused some time to Remembering the kana / Remembering the kanji. So focus on the early lessons first. Reading comfortably makes focussing on the rest easier.

    October 3, 2018


    You're right about the other two particles but in this sentence, です is what means "is", not は. は marks the topic of the sentence.

    October 3, 2018


    Thanks for your help!

    November 21, 2018


    As you're talking about yourself, shouldn't you drop the お?

    July 11, 2017


    Not in this case, since the お isn't an honorific: おとうと (弟) is a single word.

    July 16, 2017


    I wish they wouldnt break up words into the individual hiragana, it makes me im missing particles rather than combinding a word

    September 18, 2017


    Couldn't you just say 「かのじょのととうです」 ? Why is there a need to affirm that you are the subject of this sentence? I understand that it would be highly sensitive to the context of the conversation and it might as easily be understood as "That's her little brother". Maybe I'm being a bit too difficult.

    August 21, 2017


    Yes, you could say that. It's indeed likely to be interpreted as "It's her younger brother", but since it is so context-dependent it could technically also mean "I am her younger brother", without including わたし. Be careful with the spelling of little brother though: it's おとうと (弟)

    August 22, 2017



    October 16, 2017


    Since this would come from a guy it would be more natural to say ぼくは or おれは instead of わたし. Youd only really use わたし formally.

    March 22, 2018


    If you want to sound natural dont use watashi.... btw ore can come off as rude while most male adults dont use boku...

    May 17, 2019


    If I were a guy shouldn't I use 俺 instead of 私?

    May 19, 2018


    You dont need watashi! Also you can use it regardless of gender!

    May 17, 2019


    Yes, or 僕 (boku).

    June 7, 2019


    Could you reverse the order here, finishing with watashidesu?

    July 20, 2017


    It's similar and grammatically possible, but it sounds strange and (just like in English) you'd be changing the topic/subject of the sentence.

    To break it down: わたしは = "As for (about/regarding) me", かのじょのおとうと = "her younger brother", です = "I am" (in this context). On the other hand: かのじょのおとうとは = "As for (about/regarding) her younger brother", わたしです = "it is me".

    July 20, 2017


    Yes but it would be a slightly different sentence. かのじょのおとうとはわたしです would translate as "her younger brother is me".

    July 13, 2018


    Do I have to put watashiwa at the beginning?

    September 5, 2017



    October 16, 2017


    It's accepted if you don't, so no

    December 8, 2017


    kind of a jerk move splitting up otouto into its hiragana....i was looking for other brother words in the word list and not seeing any, chose kyoudai, thinking that duo messed this one up too.

    November 30, 2017


    The choice for younger brother was not available, only older brother. The report button doesn't have "answer not there" as one of its choices.

    February 14, 2018


    What's going on with this question? I got it wrong because there was no "little brother." Then when it comes back, the pieces for little brother are there, but there is no "her". Did they just change it? I'm looking it over character by character and the pieces just aren't there.

    February 14, 2018


    Maybe there is a kanji 「弟」 or just hiragana 「おとうと」? Sometimes I overlook it because of that.

    June 7, 2019


    I'm lost here. The translation is full of kanji but my only options are hiragana...

    December 13, 2018


    It is a good challenge.

    January 31, 2019


    this is bullshoiit

    March 5, 2019



    May 9, 2019


    I prefer: 「俺は彼女の弟です。」(Ore wa kanojo no otouto desu.)

    June 7, 2019


    Anyone got any tips for finding a good online Japanese keyboard?

    June 6, 2019


    Why can't it be: 彼女の弟は私です ??

    June 7, 2019


    Because it translates to "Her younger brother is me". The subject and object are swapped, which is considered as a mistake, even they have the same meaning. "I" must be a topic in the sentence, not "her younger brother".

    June 8, 2019


    This is hard...

    June 8, 2019

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