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    anyone japanese here? i got a question :


    am confuse with i and na adjective .

    for example :

    kawaii jagaimo

    genki na jagaimo


    both kawaii and genki also end with "i" but why genki have to add "na" ?

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    anyone japanese here? i got a question : am confuse with i and na adjective . for example : kawaii jagaimo genki na jagaimo both kawaii and genki also end with "i" but why genki have to add "na" ? thanks
    i-adjectives vs na-adjectives.

    http://www.guidetojapanese.org/adjectives.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    Any Japanese speaker here can help out?
    Where is kei chan when she is needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanzohattori View Post
    Where is kei chan when she is needed
    Where do you think?

    Last edited by Sion; 5th November 2013 at 01:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    Don't think the two cases its an adjective. I'm not too sure about it as when I learned Japanese it was a more polite form. But these two examples are more of street conversational Japanese. kawaii jagaimo Also not beautiful? genki na jagaimo Also not healthy? Any Japanese speaker here can help out?
    Of course it is. "Jagaimo" is "potato".

    "Kawaii" is "cute". It is an adjective (a noun modifier/description).

    可愛いじゃが芋 means "cute potato".

    元気なじゃが芋 means "healthy potato".

    Slightly off normal usage but I assume it is used as an illustrative example.

    僕の日本語そうなに上手ではないが,すこうしだけ話せますよ。
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    i did google liao before i started this topic, watched a few videos, also read a few articles, including the one provided by uncle. still a bit vague..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    i did google liao before i started this topic, watched a few video, also read a few article, including the one provided by uncle. still a bit vague..
    Let me simplify it then: for adjectives ending with a "i" (い), you don't add a "na" (な) except for the words "kirei" and "kirai" - these two ends with "i" but you still need to put a "na" before the noun it describes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFai View Post

    可愛いじゃが芋 means "cute potato".

    元気なじゃが芋 means "healthy potato".
    You show me a "healthy" potato and I'll show you a "cute" potato.

    Last edited by Sion; 5th November 2013 at 05:22 PM.

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    Fastest way is to find a Japanese gf..... or bf..... lol...
    Art is perception; Perception is art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halfmoon View Post
    Fastest way is to find a Japanese gf..... or bf..... lol...
    Or a Japanese auntie also can:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    Or a Japanese auntie also can:

    Sion... as always... killjoy.... lol.....
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