“But” in Japanese – でも (demo)? けど (kedo)? しかし (shikashi)? が (ga)?
konnichiwa yuuka-san service in this lesson I want to talk about how to say but and however in Japanese because I have received questions from quite a few students this is a lesson from my online course Japanese three verbs and the particles please see the show more section below if you want to learn more about the course there are hmmm a shop [Music] let’s learn how to connect two sentences by using but or however in Japanese now that you know how to say Japanese verbs in negative form I’m going to use these two sentences as examples my father drinks green tea every morning he doesn’t drink coffee let’s first change each sentence into Japanese my father drinks green tea every morning is shiva maha ASSA HR o na Mimas shiva maha or ciao Nami mas he doesn’t drink coffee is Kohi Oh Nami Marcin cojiro Nami my sin for the second sentence you don’t need to repeat stiva because it is understood in the context now when you say these two sentences in one flow you’d say however here right my father drinks green tea every morning however he doesn’t drink coffee to say however you put this word demo demo this type of words is called a conjunction a conjunction is a word that connects sentences we have many of these in Japanese and I am sure you have two in your native language so my father drinks green tea every morning however he doesn’t drink coffee in Japanese is stiva nyasa h AO na Mimas demo call here you know me my sin this is completely grammatical and ok to say but it is not the most natural way to say these two sentences in one flow let me show you how a native Japanese speaker would say these two sentences HECO to cut here there are two items in contrast right green tea and coffee native speakers instantly noticed the contrast in the context and tried to highlight it like this my father drinks green tea however as for coffee he doesn’t drink demo Kohi wa nani misen demo ho he WA Nani ma sin this sounds more natural to Japanese people to make it even more natural you can change the first sentence to like this as for green tea my father drinks it every morning stiva my Yassa halwa na Mimas demo Kohi wha no me my cell I would say 99% of Japanese native speakers would say this sequence of two sentences this way here the party Cova works as a contrast mapa you are saying yes the green tea but no to coffee right when we have this type of contrast in the context we highlight the two things in contrast with the particle wa as you see here this subha is different from this one which is marking my father chichi as the topic of the sentence like this it is very common in Japanese that one single particle is used for different functions in one sentence so now this sequence is completed and it is the most natural way to say these two sentences in one flow stiva Maya or Chava no Mimas demo Cohiba no me my sin stiva my Yassa ozawa no Mimas demo Cohiba no me Marcel we have another way to say however scotchy scotch a compared to demo this skocy is less conversational we would use it only when we are giving a lecture was speech to an audience or writing something formal in everyday conversation demo is way more common okay let’s try another style you can actually say these two facts about your father in one sentence rather than two sentences like this as for green tea my father drinks it every morning but as for coffee he doesn’t drink let’s run how to do this in Japanese first you need to drop the period after the first sentence since it is no longer the end of the sentence and then add this word Kaito Kaito this is another conjunction in Japanese unlike demo OS kasi which can come only at the beginning of a new sentence this Kido comes at the end of a class like this and you can continue the sentence without ending it now this is one long sentence stiva my Yassa a chihuahua Nami Moscato Kohi wa ni’ma sin as for green pea my father drinks it every morning but as for coffee he doesn’t drink stiva nyah-ah-ah Java Nani mosquito Cohiba na me my sin another conjunction that you can use at the end of a class is this one da da and you can go like this to Shiva Marisa or Chava Nomi Masuka Cohiba Nami my sin compared to kiddo this gun is less conversational and just like Kashi that I introduced earlier that is only used when giving a formal speech or in writing Kido is very more common in everyday conversation so here’s the summary of how to say however or but in Japanese if you are going to state two facts in two sentences use demo or Kashi at the beginning of the second sentence just like however in English if you are going to state the two facts in one sentence add Kido or gah at the end of the first fact and a continuous the second effect okay before we wrap up today’s lesson let’s try saying these two facts about nihongo japanese language in one sentence by using the conjunction kettle here the two facts Japanese is difficult but it is very interesting can you figure out how to say this if you are not familiar with Japanese adjectives you can download a list of adjectives from my website I’ll leave the link in the description box below okay this is how you phrase it nihongo la musica she desu kedo thought mo almost zero Edith nihongo la musica she descoteaux tottemo omoshiroi desu I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson and now feel confident to say but or however in Japanese again this was a sample lesson from my online course Japanese three verbs and the particles come join us and continue learning Japanese with me the course is self-paced so you can study in your spare time and go at your own pace I will always be there to answer your questions and support your learning there are like that so you noticing that I’m Michelle [Music]Tags: Basic Japanese, But in Japanese, coffee in Japanese, demo in Japanese, green tea in Japanese, how to say but in Japanese, however in Japanese, Japanese language Particle, Japanese Particles, learn Japanese grammar, smile nihongo, the, this, what is kedo, what is 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