Reported Speech, Part II
Well cheer up, baby.
Because in casual Japanese, we don't need no hoity–toity razzmatazz.
Allow me to elucidate, ください...
Imagine we have three people...
...or, uh, animals...
Specifically, we have:
You may have picked this up already, just looking at those photos, but yeah:
★ ★ In casual Japanese, you can: ★ ★
1) Ask a question just by saying VERB? (<--Person A)
2) Answer that question by saying VERB. (<--Person B)
3) Report someone's answer (#2) by saying ANSWER って. (<--Person A)
4) Show that you are surprised and/or interested in that answer by saying ANSWER んだ. (<-- Person C)
Simple examples galore...
Is Raccoon going to the party?!
You going to the party?
Literally: "party + go?"
Yeah, I am.
He said he's gonna go.
Literally: "go + って"
So he is going to the party.
Literally: "go + んだ"
Note: The nuance is that Panda is surprised and/or interested to learn that Raccoon is going to the party... like maybe he didn't expect Raccoon to go.
Will Raccoon eat some cake?!
Do you want some cake?
Literally: "cake + eat?"
Literally: "eat + eat"
Note: By saying 食べる twice [rather quickly, mind you] makes it sounds like he is happy and or excited to eat some cake.
He said he'll have some (cake).
Literally: "eat + って"
So he will eat some cake, then.
Literally: "eat + んだ"
Does Raccoon like to dance?!
Do you like dancing?
Literally: "dance + liked?"
すき だ って.
He said he likes dancing.
Literally: "liked + だ + って"
Note: 好き is a na-adjective, not a verb, so we add だ, saying 好きだって.
Ah, so he likes dancing.
Literally: "liked + なんだ"
Note: 好き is a na-adjective, not a verb, so we add な, saying 好きなんだ.
Does Raccoon read the newspaper?!
Do you read the newspaper.
Literally: "newspaper + read?"
Yeah, I do.
He says he reads the newspaper.
Literally: "read + って"
Ah, so he reads the newspaper.
Literally: "read + んだ"
Can Raccoon speak Japanese?!
Can you speak Japanese?
Literally: "Japanese + can do?"
Yeah, I can.
Literally: "can do."
He said he speaks Japanese.
Literally: "can do + って"
So he can speak Japanese, then.
Literally: "can do + んだ"
Raccoon does like everything.
Jokes aside, though, I hope this helps you build up a bit more courage for diving into some casual Japanese conversations ^_^
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