にに行きましょ!;p Make things personal

Another quick language post.

I was doing my Sound of Music translation, and another sentence said, “I had nine and a half children then.”

So I translated it as:

Sono toki (then) watashi wa (I) kyuunin no kodomotachi motte imashita. (had nine children). NOTE: This translation is wrong!

I checked what I wrote with a co-worker (they are life savers) and I learned another two important rules about talking about things you have. The first was NI. に。

If you want to say “I have something” where that “thing” is a person, then you need to put, には after わたし。

E.g  I have a cousin.                               

わたしにわいとこがいます。

(watashi ni wa, itoko ga imasu). 

Here I put the “NI WA” to make it relative to me. If I left it out, it would sound strange, but if i am talking about a PSP or something like that, I leave it out, because its a “thing” not a person.

I have a PSP.

私はPSPをもっています。

(watashi wa PSP wo motte imasu) I found that difference very helpful.

The second thing I learned was about the way you say “I have a child” or “I have a (Creature)”

Instead of saying “motte imasu” which is literally “i have”, you just say “exists”. I remembered this when I did some Japanese study a few years back, but i’m glad I re-learned it. So saying

“I have three children” is literally: For me, three children exist.

so 私にわさんいんおこどもたちいます。

(watashi wa, san nin no kodomotachi imasu ).

I’m writing these posts to track stuff I learn, but I find it cool to be able to evolve to this point where I am really starting to pick out grammatical points. I haven’t reached expressing conditional mooods, or arguing with a girlfriend about who paid the water bill yet, but its a start. But I will focus more on grammar after I’m done with RTK1.

cheers

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