JAKWOW-J #21 – ただ

Japanese

jakwowj皆さん、こんにちは!今週のJAKWOWを始めましょうか?[Konnichiwa, minna-san! Konshū no JAKWOW-J o hajimemashou ka?]

Hi everyone! Shall we start this week’s JAKWOW-J?

This week we’ll be looking at the word ‘ただ’. It’s got a lot of meanings, so it’s really useful!

ただで働く  [tada de hataraku] – Working for free

In this case, ただ implies free.

 ただの冗談のつもりだった [tada no jyoudan no tsumori datta] – It was just intended as a joke.

However, in this sentence it’s being used as ‘just’

そのシャツはかわいい!ただ、ちょっと高いね。。[sono shatsu ha kawaii! tada, chotto takai ne..] – That shirt is cute! However, it’s a bit expensive…

In this final sentence, ただ is used to mean ‘however/but’, mostly at the beginning of a negative sentence. In more formal written situations, you can also write it as ただし.

今週のジャックワウが終わりました!じゃ、次回まで![Konshyuu no JAK-WOW ga owarimashita! Jya, jikai made!]

Well, that’s this week’s JAK-WOW finished! Until next time!

Published by VickyAngel

I'm currently a university student specializing in Spanish, Japanese and Italian, but studying abroad at Tokyo's 国際基督教大学 (International Christian University)! As well as languages, I've been around in the convention scene since 2009 in various capacities from attendee to organizer. As well as Japanese, I've got a love for all things Korean too! You can follow my Japan adventures at http://www.nihongoingcrazy.blogspot.co.uk/ .

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