JLPT N1 Grammar (no yara~no yara)

How to use

[A]のやら + [B]のやら
Verb (casual form)のやら
な-adjective + な
い-adjective

Learn Japanese grammar: (no yara~no yara). Meaning: or ~ (I don’t know).

This expresses the speakers uncertainty or ability to make a decision / judgement.

It is based on the particle .

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Example #1

かれはバスにまにあったのやらまにあわなかったのやら...
kare wa basu ni ma ni atta no yara ma ni awanakatta no yara...
I wonder if he made it in time or not for the bus...
Example #2

このカレーはからすぎて、おいしいのやらおいしくないのやらわからない。
kono karee wa karasugite, oishii no yara oishikunai no yara wakaranai.
This curry is too spicy I can't tell whether it tastes good or not.
Example #3

うそなのやらほんとうなのやら、かれしが「あいしてる」といってくれた。
uso nano yara hontou na no yara, kareshi ga "aishiteru" to itte kureta.
I'm not sure if it was a lie or the truth, but my boyfriend told me that he loves me!
Example #4

かのじょはパーティーにいくのやらいかないのやらはっきりしない。
kanojo aw paatii ni iku no yara ikanai no yara hakkiri shinai.
She won't say clearly whether or not she will go to the party.
Example #5

たなかさんはじゅぎょうないようがわかっているのやらわかっていないのやら、むひょうじょうなのでわからない。
tanaka san wa jugyou naiyou ga wakatteiru no yara wakatteinai no yara, muhyoujou nano de wakaranai.
I'm not sure whether or not Tanaka understands the class content since his face lacks any expression.
Example #6

しごとがないのでまいにちともだちとあそんでいる。ひまなのやらいそがしいのやら。
shigoto ga nai no de mainichi tomodachi to asondeiru. hima nano yara isogashii no yara.
Since I'm out of work, I've just been hanging out with my friends everyday. I'm not sure if I'm "full of free time" or busy.
Example #7

よろこんでいいのやらかなしんでいいのやら、さいきんフリーランスしごとのいらいがおおく、しゅみのじかんがまったくとれない。
yorokonde ii no yara kanashinde ii no yara, saikin furiiransu shigoto no irai ga ooku, shumi no jikan ga mattaku torenai.
Lately I've gotten a lot of requests for freelance work. I'm not sure whether I should be happy or sad though, since I have no free time to enjoy myself.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
ひまfree time
うそlie
彼氏かれしboyfriend
喜ぶよろこぶto be happy
悲しいかなしいto be sad
フリーランスふりーらんすfreelance (work)
依頼いらいrequest
趣味しゅみhobbies

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