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"Last month, I called my friend in Japan over the phone."


November 16, 2017



i find this a little wrong, its saying 日本の友だち implying that the friend is infact japanese and not just a friend in Japan. This needs to be worded better to say 先週、おれはともだちが日本に電話をかけました。this follows the english translation much more closely cause we dont know if the friend is actually Japanese or not.


This is kind of a gray area. It is most probable that the person would be Japanese, but depending on who is speaking the friend in Japan might not be a Japanese person.

日本の友達 could be "my friend in Japan"

日本人の友達 would be "my Japanese friend"


日本にいる友だち will be better to expess "my friend in Japan."


"おれ" "ました"

Please do not say "おれ" in a formal context. masu-form and "ore" do not mix, either say わたし or ぼく. Better yet, leave it out completely ;)


It is not wrong, and really if the speaker would like to emphasize that the friend is a Japanese, it is more likely that he would say 日本人の友達.

Even in English, to say "my friend in Japan" doesn't always mean that that person is physically in Japan at that moment.


I would say it does! My friend from Japan would be different


In your suggested sentence there are 2 subjects,「俺は」&「友達が」. This makes it unclear which one made a call.


Could someone break down the particles used in this sentence?



の connects two nouns. This can often be translated as a genitive ('s), but other times a compound noun or even some kind of adjectival construction is better. In this case, 日本の友だち can be seen as "Japan-friend", which can mean either a friend who is from Japan ( = Japanese) or a friend who is in Japan, which is what we want.

を is the direct object marker. 電話 means telephone, かけました can mean many things but in this case translates best as "made"; together, 電話をかけました means "made a call (by telephone)".

に has a few different uses, but in this case it works as an indirect object marker, showing who you made the call to.


true but to make it truely right they have to introduce forms not used yet, like currently doing (-ている), prepositional phrases, and living at x (にvs.で)
日本に住んでいるの友だち ...






about かけ, is there a kanji translation of that term? or is it simply in hiragana?


I used the kanji for かける in my comment (currently a short way up the page from yours) where I wrote what the full kanji version of the sentence would be. ^^

Can check out the following link to see which kanji is used for the word, especially what it says under the "etymology" heading:


However, it's not common to write the word with the kanji. The usual way it's written is the same as how Duolingo wrote it, with 電話 in kanji but かけました completely in hiragana. ^^


Ok - of course not 先週 - and it's just me not being careful enough while concentrating on what really matters here, and being tricked to click on the wrong tile because it came up two questions ago. But seriously: this kind of entrapment really kills my motivation. It's petty and totally annoying. I am making far too many mistakes about things I actually know quite well, due to the authors being crafty. It really shows when a teacher is trying to be helpful, or when they try to lure you into mistakes, and I am just finding too much of the latter on the courses I am working with here. (Apologies for taking your time, I just had to vent this. :-( )


They should just get rid of the word bank and go back to the way Duolingo was before, where the only way to answer was by typing the whole sentence yourself and coming up with your translation in your own words from what you've learned. I think the word bank was an awful change to Duolingo. Wouldn't have this problem.


It accepts 電話する, too. Nice


I was messing around doing the placement test on a different account just now. I avoided answering with kanji to try to stop it marking my answers incorrectly... Yet it still rejected this, even though it's the exact same as the default answer only written fully in hiragana:


The correction it showed was just the default answer, without telling me which part of my sentence it didn't like:

The default answer is only half in kanji. The full kanji version would be this:

I like how it expects people to psychically know the exact level of kanji it wants. Usually it accepts any sentence written fully in hiragana, but apparently not this time. XD


It could have corrected you for “にっぽん”. Although that is correct, try again using “にほん“。I did not even really know about “nippon” until I had a conversation with an elder person (I was studying in Tokyo at the time) and he said it’s mostly the older generation that still says it like that, which is traced back to before WWII.


I find this a bit wrong as well “日本の友達“ is technically saying, “Japan friend”. It should be, “先月日本にいる友達に電話をかけました“. “日本にいる友達 “ means “my friend in Japan”. (´Д`)

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