JLPT N4 Grammar (nikui)

How to use

Verb ます (stem form)にくい
nikui にくい にくい jlpt n4 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (nikui). Meaning: difficult to do~.

Difficult To…

This is used to say that it is difficult to do something.

Add にくい to the verb’s stem form to say that action is difficult to do.

  • 見る (miru) to see
  • (mi nikui) = difficult to see

Easy To…

To say the opposite, that something is “easy to do”, use instead.


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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

このしつもんにはこたえにくいです。
kono shitsumon niwa kotaenikui desu.
This question is difficult to answer.
Example #2

このほんはじがちいさくてよみにくいです。
kono hon wa ji ga chiisakute yomi nikui desu.
This books print is too small, it's difficult to read.
Example #3

このかんじはおぼえにくいです。
kono kanji wa oboe nikui desu.
This kanji is difficult to remember.
Example #4

このじてんしゃはふるくてのりにくいです。
kono jitensha wa furukute norinikui desu.
This bicycle is old and difficult to ride.
Example #5

さかなはほねがおおくてたべにくいだ。
sakana wa hone ga ookute tabe nikui da.
Fish have a bunch of bones and are difficult to eat.
Example #6

かれのせつめいがむずかしくてわかりにくいだった。
kare no setsumei ga muzukashikute wakari nikui datta.
His explanation was complicated and difficult to understand.
Example #7

このみちはせまくて、くるまもおおいので、うんてんしにくいです。
kono michi wa semakute, kuruma mo ooi no de, unten shi nikui desu.
This road is really narrow, and there's lots of cars, so it's difficult to drive on.
Example #8

かのじょはつきあいにくいひとだ。
kanojo wa tukiai nikui hito da.
She's a difficult person to get along with.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
質問しつもんquestion
答えにくいこたえにくいdifficult to answer
さかなfish
ほねbone; bones
多いおおいmany; numerous
食べにくいたべにくいdifficult to eat
ほんbook
characters
小さいちいさいsmall
読みにくいよみにくいdifficult to read
彼のかれのhis
説明せつめいexplanation
難しいむずかしいdifficult
分かりにくいわかりにくいhard to understand
漢字かんじkanji
覚えにくいおぼえにくいdifficult to remember; memorize
みちroad
狭いせまいnarrow
運転うんてんdriving
しにくいhard to do
自転車じてんしゃbicycle
古いふるいold
乗りにくいのりにくいhard to ride
彼女かのじょshe
付き合うつきあうto date; hang out; get along

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