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mcball

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Hi All,

I am new to Japanese, and was hoping for some help replying to an email I received from my teacher. I recently missed a couple classes because of a trip to Japan, and in his email he asked me a few simple things, so just wanted to reply back with some basic things about my trip.

Basically the english equivalent would be:

Hi oo sensei,

Thank you for the email. Japan was very fun. The weather was hot. While I was in Nikko I often ate fish for breakfast. The fish was good, but it was a little weird because in America we eat sweet things for breakfast. Here is what I have:

こにちは おつか先生、

電メールをありがとうございます。
日本はとても楽しかったです。天気は ちょとう あつ かったです。
日光にいるのとけいは 私たしは あさごはんに よく さかなを食べました。
それは おいしい さかなでした、でも 朝ごはんに アメリカで よく あまい物 を食べたの で ちょとう 変なかったです。

Any help is much appreciated! Thanks.
 

Mike Cash

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ちょっと not ちょとう

とけい means "clock"

Past tense of 変 is 変だった not 変なかった
 

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Thanks Mike,

I was under then impression (maybe wrongly apparently) that you could use とけい in that way to refer to a specific time, such as "at the time I was in Nikko".

Just a beginner so no familiar with a good structure to get across "while I was somewhere, something happened". Any suggestions?

Thanks for the help. Appreciate it!
 

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にちは

それ is "that," as in, closer proximity to the listener than the speaker. Since you're both removed from the fish, I'd use あれ/あの:
あれはおいしいさかなでした that was tasty fish
あのさかながおいしかったです that fish was tasty
 

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Nice Gaijin,

Yah, good catch on the あの/あれ

Think I will go with the:
あのさかながおいしかったです。

Thank you for the help!
 
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Can I recommend that you send what you write without help so that your teacher is able to judge where he or she needs to remediate your skills?
 
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