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daniel asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 9 months ago

Is this the right way to say it?

So I've been on duolingo for 2 weeks now trying to learn japanese and so far I've been taught that, *name* と言います。means "my name is *name*" but I never see this used and google translate says something totally different

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  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Yes and no.

    [name] to iimasu = is called [name]

    For example, if you wanted to say in Japanese "Cat is neko" - you could use that structure: cat wa neko to iimasu = (a) cat is called (a) neko.

    You can use the structure to say: My name is Lilli - watashi wa Lilli to iimasu = I am called Lilli.

    note: to iimasu -- has other uses you will learn about later. It doesn't always mean "am called".

    note also = iimasu, actually means "say", but in this particular structure expresses the idea of "am called" without expressing the individual words.

    Another way to say: my name is [name] = namae ga [name] desu = name - (subject marker) [name] is.

    名前が[name]です。

    namae ga mark desu = my name is Mark (name Mark is).

    Expressing MY is unnecessary. namae - is used to refer to your "in" group (you, your friends/family/coworkers etc). onamae (o-, a polite prefix) refers to your "out" group (those outside your "in" group).

    Also, if it's clear from context, you can leave out "namae ga". Mark desu = (I) am Mark (Mark am).

    So, yes, you can use it to express a person's name or to say what anything is called or referred to as, and you will be understood. It is not, however, literally "my name is".

    Source(s): intermediate Japanese
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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    I think you are supposed to say it backwards

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