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japanese particles (Was: Chinese writing systems)

From:Florian Rivoal <florian@...>
Date:Thursday, November 7, 2002, 4:38
>I only took 2 semesters of Japanese, and i don't remember learning "eh" >(which is how i would probably spell it)... i remember learning something >like |~kara ~ made| for "from ~ to ~".
..kara ...made is a very common form to express "from... to..." for time, location. and many other things. you can use it for "toukyou kara kyouto made densha de ikimasu." i go by train from tokyo to kyoto. or "1ji kara 2ji made nemashita" i slept from 1o'clock to 2o'clock. "muko made 5fun de ikemasu" you need 5 minutes to get (until) there. "akira kara tegami o moraimashita" i recieved a letter from akira. and so on. On the other hand, the target of a movement expressed by verbs like to come(kimasu) to go(ikimasu) to return (kaerimasu) is usualy inticated by e (writen with the "he" hiragana). "eki e ikimasu" i go to the station "kuni e kaerimasu" i go back to my home-land.


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