Basic time expressions

In today’s post I’m looking at the basic time expressions “tomorrow”, “today”, “every day”, “sometimes” and “tonight” in Japanese.

Let's start with the Japanese word for “tomorrow”...
あした「Ashita」

How would you say, “I will drink coffee”...?
わたしは コーヒーを のみます「Watashi-wa kōhī-o nomimasu」

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Now, in Japanese, when we add a time expression, we put it before the item, so we say, “Tomorrow, coffee, I drink”
So “Tomorrow I will drink coffee” becomes…
あした わたしは コーヒーを のみます「Ashita watashi-wa kōhī-o nomimasu」

The Japanese word for “sometimes” is…
ときどき「Tokidoki」

How would you say, “sometimes, I drink coffee”...?
ときどき わたしは コーヒーを のみます「Tokidoki watashi-wa kōhī-o nomimasu」

The Japanese word for “today” is…
きょう「Kyō」

How would you say, “Today, I eat a hamburger”...?
きょう わたしは ハンバーガーを たべます「Kyō watashi-wa hanbāgā-o tabemasu」

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“Today, I will drink some orange juice”...
きょう わたしは オレンジジュースを のみます「Kyō watashi-wa orenji-jūsu-o nomimasu」

Let’s introduce the word for “every day”...
まいにち「Mai-nichi」 

This word is actually made of two parts: the first part「mai」meaning “every”, and the second part「nichi」meaning “day”...

“Every day, I drink coffee”...
まいにち わたしは コーヒーを のみます「Mai-nichi watashi-wa kōhī-o nomimasu」

The word for “this evening” or “tonight” in Japanese is…
こんばん「Konban」

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That's all for きょう「Kyō」I hope you remember what きょう is!


Summary

Tomorrow is...
あした「Ashita」

Sometimes is...
ときどき「Tokidoki」

Today is...
きょう「Kyō」

Every day is...
まいにち「Mai-nichi」 

Tonight is...
こんばん「Konban」

 

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