How to Say This and That in Japanese

This video demonstrates how to say the words “this” and “that” using the Japanese language.

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These two aren’t the smoothest talkers, but if you watch the video a couple of times you will definitely learn the difference between “this,” “that,” and “it.”

If you’ve got it, great! If their bumbling confuses you a bit, here is an explanation…

Kore” means “this.” You use it when you are referring to something that is near you.
Sore” means “that.” You use it when you are referring to something near the person you are talking to.
Are” also means “that.” You use it when you are referring to something that is not near you or the person you are talking to.

It is importnat to understand that the above words are NOUNS. For example, in English, you could say, “This is a book.” The word ‘this” in the sentence is a noun.

On the other hand, say that you have 10 books sitting on the table. You pick one up and say “This book is my favorite.” Now the word “this” is an adjective.

In Japanese…

Kono” is the adjective for “this” (notice that it’s the same root word as the noun above–just a different ending).
Sono” is the adjective for “that.”
Ano” is the adjective for “that over there” (referring to something not near you or the speaker).

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Have a great day!

Ryan

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