JLPT N4 Grammar (to iu)

How to use

Nounと言う
という
と言います
といいます
Phrase
to iu という という jlpt n4 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: 【という】(to iu). Meaning: called; named; that~.

Both the kanji form と言う and hiragana form という are regularly used.

Many different meanings of という

This can be used to express many different meanings, including:

  1. to be called, said, named, etc.
  2. to define something.
  3. to emphasize something.
  4. they say; people say.
  5. relative pronoun (who, whom, whose, which, that).

Many other grammar points stem from という to create even more possible meanings.


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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

このいぬはバディーというなまえです。
kono inu wa badii to iu namae desu.
This dog is called "Buddy".
Example #2

きのう、トムというひとにあいました。
kinou, tomu to iu hito ni aimashita.
Yesterday, I met a person called Tom.
Example #3

あしたというひもある。
ashita to iu hi mo aru.
There's always tomorrow.
Example #4

あなたにとってにほんというくにはどういうくにですか?
anata ni totte nihon to iu kuni wa dou iu kuni desu ka?
What kind of country is Japan to you?
Example #5

えいごで「しゅくだい」は、なんといいますか?
eigo de 「shukudai」wa, nan to ii masu ka?
How do you say "shukudai" (homework) in English?
Example #6

ねこみたいだというひともいる。
neko mitai da to iu hito mi iru.
Some people think he is like a cat.
Example #7

かれはかっこいいというよりかわいい。
kare wa kakkoii to iu yori kawaii.
He is more cute than cool.
Example #8

かれががいこくにいくというはなしがある。
kare ga gaikoku ni iku to iu hanashi ga aru.
There's talk of his going abroad.
Example #9

あなたにあいたいというひとがいます。
anata ni aitai to iu hito ga imasu.
There's somebody who wants to meet you.
Example #10

あかなどのいろものとしろいシャツはいっしょにあらわないほうがいいだという。
aka nado no iromono to shiroi shatsu wa isshoni arawanai hou ga ii da to iu.
It is said that it is best not to wash colored materials (like red) together with white shirts.
Example #11

あかは、せいめいのいろで、あいやゆうきをあらわすいろだという。
aka wa, seimei no iro de, ai ya yuuki o arawasu iro da to iu.
Because red is the color of life, it is said to expresses love and courage.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
記録的なきろくてきなrecord breaking
暖冬だんとうmild winter
生命せいめいlife
あいlove
勇気ゆうきcourage
表すあらわすto express
色物いろものcolored article
洗うあらうto wash

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