I like ...

4 December 2018 by wolfganghofmeier

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I like ice cream. _ Aisukurīmu ga suki desu. _ アイスクリームが好きです。

 

[The personal pronoun I is not translated into Japanese, it is inferred from context.

Note that the key word, suki, has a silent u, so it sounds much like English ski. The silent u must be remembered, it is not normally written in Romaji.

‘suki desu’ literally means ‘liking it is’ where suki is a noun that can be translated as liking (as in ‘it is to my liking’) or preference or love]

 

I like like hot coffee. _ Hottokōhī ga suki desu. _ ホットコーヒが好きです。

 

I like to swim. _ Oyogu no ga suki desu. _ 泳ぐのが好きです。

 

Let's swim. _ Oyogemashou`. _ 泳げましょう。

 

[ou is pronounced as a long o sound, sort of as in snow in English, but without the diphthong.]

 

I swam in the ocean. _ umi de oyogimashita. _ 男は海で泳ぎました。

 

Do you like to swim? _ Anata wa oyogu no ga suki desu ka? _ 泳ぐのが好きですか?

 

[The personal pronoun you is not translated into Japanese, it is inferred from context.]

 

No, I don't like to swim. _ Īe, oyogu no ga suki de wa arimasen. _ いいえ、泳ぐのが好きではありません。

 

[Actually, you probably won’t get that answer from a Japanese person because Japanese don’t like making negative statements. Your Japanese friend might just say: hmm...]
 

I like to drink coffee. _ Kōhī o nomu no ga suki desu. _ コーヒーを飲むのが好きです。

 

I don't like to drink coffee. _ Kōhī o nomu no ga suki de wa arimasen. _ コーヒーを飲むのが好きではありません。

 

[It seems odd, but arimasen is the negative form of desu.]

Word Meaning
です 1. desu
2. it is
ありません 1. arimasen
2. it is not
好き 1. suki
2. liking
3. preference
コーヒ 1. kōhī
2. coffee
ホットコーヒ 1. hottokōhī
2. hot coffee
アイスクリーム 1. aisukurīmu
2. ice cream
1. umi
2. ocean
泳ぐ 1. oyogu
2. swim
泳ぎました 1. oyogimashita
2. swam
泳げましょう 1. oyogemashou`
2. let's swim
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