What's new

Is そうだったんですか different from そうですか?

AngJo

Registered
Joined
Apr 26, 2016
Messages
1
I've recently started messaging with someone from Japan, but I've been struggling to properly translate them. Up to now I've always sort of guessed using context and what I do know, but I'm really curious to know the proper translation.

His response to me telling him that I'm currently studying Japanese is " あっ、そうだったんですかw".
I know that そうですか is something like 'Is that so', but I can't imagine what the ttan adds to the phrase.

Is there a big difference between the two or is the second option something comparable to slang?

Thanks in advance.
 

mdchachi

Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 6, 2003
Messages
2,516
Ratings
1 237
だった is past tense of だ(です) and ん is colloquial version of の.
This の doesn't typically make into the translation because there's no direct English equivalent; it gives it a more natural explanatory/inquisitive feel.
So the translation is: Ah, was that so?
I'm not sure why s/he is using past tense. It's kind of like they are putting 2+2 to together like "Oh now I see" or "Oh now it makes sense."
 

Toritoribe

松葉解禁
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Feb 22, 2008
Messages
14,835
Ratings
2 1,538
The past tense shows that he is talking about past things, for instance, previous conversations between you make sense to him now, but the present form そうなんですか also works fine and there is not much difference in that case.
 
Top