"Is north that way?"

Translation:北はあっちですか?

7/17/2017, 5:57:04 PM

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Difference between socchi and acchi?

7/17/2017, 5:57:04 PM

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そっち - that way (close to listener あっち - (over) that way ( away from both speaker and listener)

7/21/2017, 4:10:54 PM

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it's annoying that they expect us to use a certain one with no context

7/22/2017, 3:55:55 PM

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I can't quite get my head around how speaker proximity works with direction. Like, if I'm standing due west of you, and you're due east of me, then would west be kochira, east sochira, and north and south would be achira? Or are all cardinal directions achira, since their terminal points are far from everyone?

I suppose if you were talking to Santa Claus, north would be sochira.

3/26/2018, 3:09:55 AM

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But あちら and あっち are equivalent right?

8/19/2017, 4:03:54 AM

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I think the shortened versions are a little more casual, so you'd use the direction's "full name" if you're being polite!

9/7/2017, 9:22:01 AM

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So should both あちら and あっち be accepted?

10/16/2017, 5:19:38 AM

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I think so. 北はあちらですか was marked wrong, though. I've reported it (10/28/17).

10/28/2017, 6:20:55 AM

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If anyone listens to Migos.. remember how they say....THAT WAY.. helps me remember for So-chi and for Achi i just think of AYA(spanish) for over there. Hope this kinda helps >_

10/29/2018, 3:02:40 PM

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Was thinkin' about those guys this whole lesson lmao XD

12/27/2018, 7:36:54 AM

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Anybody know if you can switch which is the topic in this sentence? I said あっちは北ですか? It was rejected.

12/19/2017, 3:24:52 AM

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That would change the meaning/emphasis of the sentence. Rather than intending to find north in particular, your sentence ("Is that way north?") would imply that you're intending to just identify which cardinal direction you're currently pointing at.

1/30/2018, 10:11:57 PM
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