JLPT N3 Grammar (nanka; nante; nado)

Meaning

give examples; show modesty; make light of~

How to use

Nounなんか
なんて
など
nanka nante nado なんか なんて など jlpt n3 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (nanka), (nante), (nado). Meaning: give examples; show modesty; make light of~.

This used to either:

  1. give examples (see examples 1~2).
  2. show modesty (see examples 3~4).
  3. make light of; belittling something (see examples 5~8).

How are なんか・なんて・など different?

  • なんか -> nanka = informal (used in spoken Japanese).
  • なんて -> nante = less formal (used in spoken Japanese).
  • など -> nado = more formal (mostly used in written Japanese).

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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

しけんもちかいし、テレビなどみているひまはない。
shiken mo chikai shi, terebi nado miteiru hima wa nai.
Exams are close and I don't have time to do things like watch TV.
Example #2

ちゅうごくごやスペインごなど、しごとでやくにたちそうながいこくごをべんきょうしたいです。
chuugokugo ya supeingo nado, shigoto ni yaku ni tachi sou na gaikokugo o benkyou shitai desu.
I want to study foreign languages that would be useful for work, like Chinese or Spanish.
Example #3

かれはわたしなんかよりすごいひとだよ。
kare wa watashi nanka yori sugoi hito da yo.
He is a much better man than I am.
Example #4

かれはわたしなどにはめもくれようとしないだろう。
kare wa watashi nado ni me mo kureyou to shinai darou.
He would never bother to notice (someone like) me.
Example #5

カラオケなんかいきたくない。
karaoke nanka ikitakunai
I don't really want to go to karaoke..
Example #6

なっとうなんてきらいだ。
nattou nannte kirai da.
I really hate natto (Japanese fermented soybean)
Example #7

おまえのはなしなんかだれがしんじるもんか。
omae no hanashi nanka dare ga shinjiru mon ka.
Who's going to believe you're story?
Example #8

ゆうれいなんかいるもんか。
yuurei nanka iru mon ka.
How could anyone believe in ghosts!

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
化粧けしょうmakeup
納豆なっとうnatto
嫌いきらいhate; dislike
授業じゅぎょうclass

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