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How to say "It was an amazing experience"

GenjiMain

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Hi guys,

I want to say the phrase "I went to Japan and it was an amazing experience". I think the first part would be 日本に言って right? The second part I'm not sure; I don't have the vocabulary or the finesse to do the phrase justice. I don't want it to sound like the phrase of a 5 year old, like "I went to Japan and had fun" (日本にいって、楽しかったです). If someone could help me I'd appreciate it.

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I think you probably want 行く, not 言う. ;)

I'm not very good at Japanese, but I would say something like this, I think:

日本に行くのが楽しかったです。

I'm sure someone will correct me if I made a mistake in that sentence.
 

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日本に行きましたが、すごくよかったです。
日本に行きましたが、とてもいい経験でした。
とか・・・
 

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日本に行ってきたんですが、素晴らしかったです。
日本に行ったんですが、素晴らしいところでした。
etc.

"Did something, and..." is not always translated as "~て、…" automatically. The translation varies deending on the context.
As for tense, the present form 行く expresses a past habit/repeated action in 日本に行くのが楽しかったです.
 

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What is the meaning of が in these examples? It sounds odd if I think in English.
I went to Japan BUT it was awesome. As if this was contrary to expectations.
I must be missing another usage/meaning of が.
 

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Thanks a lot for your help everyone. I will definitely use one of the phrases above. I have one more question. This is all in aid of an online application to head over to Japan which will be recorded. However, I don't what time of the day it will be viewed and I would like to say a greeting/intro my name in Japanese. Is there a greeting synonymous with こんにちは/こんばんは that works regardless of the time, or would it be acceptable for me to simply say something like"こんにちは、John です" as a simple intro?

Not sure if I've sufficiently explained what I mean here but any help would be appreciated. Thanks :D
 

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I think こんにちは is perfectly acceptable. You don't have to take into account when the viewer will be listening. You can also say something like (本日)よろしくお願いします which is time-of-day neutral.
 

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I just realised I could use はじめまして *facepalm*.
 

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Hey guys I'm trying to figure out my final draft before I do the video. If someone could help me make sure it makes sense (and preferably sounds natural) I'd really appreciate it. This is what I have so far:

はじめまして、GenjiMainともうします。

さんねんまえぐらい、日本に行きましたが、とてもいい経験でしたから、日本ではたらきたいです。

私の趣味は、ゲームをしたり、ウェイトリフティングをしたり、そしてピアノを弾くです。よろしくおねがいします。

I'm almost positive the part about playing piano is wrong but I'm not sure how to end the sentence. Plz help!
 

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Probably not completely correct but better would be
私の趣味は、ゲームをしたり、ウェイトリフティングをしたりして、そしてピアノを弾くことです。
but I don't think that works well because the hobby is not the one doing the action.
Maybe something like
私の趣味は、ゲームをしたり、ウェイトリフティングをしたりすることとピアノを弾くことです。
or
私の趣味は、ゲームをすることやウェイトリフティングやピアノを弾くことです。
 

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Hey guys I'm trying to figure out my final draft before I do the video. If someone could help me make sure it makes sense (and preferably sounds natural) I'd really appreciate it. This is what I have so far:

はじめまして、GenjiMainともうします。

さんねんまえぐらい、日本に行きましたが、とてもいい経験でしたから、日本ではたらきたいです。

私の趣味は、ゲームをしたり、ウェイトリフティングをしたり、そしてピアノを弾くです。よろしくおねがいします。

I'm almost positive the part about playing piano is wrong but I'm not sure how to end the sentence. Plz help!
初めまして、GenjiMainと申します。
三年ほど前に日本に行ったことがあるのですが、とても素晴らしいところでしたので、日本で働きたいと思っています。
私の趣味は、ゲームやウェイトリフティングをしたり、ピアノを弾いたりすることです。(or more simply ゲームやウェイトリフティングやピアノです.)
どうぞよろしくお願いします。
 

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Thanks a lot both of you. I can't believe I used から instead of ので *facepalm*.
 

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There is no problem to use から there. Both から and ので indicate the cause/reason of the main clause, i.e, both mean "because". I chose ので since the sentence is written in polite forms. ので sounds more polite than から, so it's preferred in polite sentences.
 

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There is no problem to use から there. Both から and ので indicate the cause/reason of the main clause, i.e, both mean "because". I chose ので since the sentence is written in polite forms. ので sounds more polite than から, so it's preferred in polite sentences.
That's what I mean. I should've used the polite form.

Regarding とがある, I was under the impression prefacing this with a timestamp was inappropriate. Why is 三年ほど前 appropriate here?
 

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ほど sounds more polite/formal than ぐらい, similar to ので vs. から.

The particle に is necessary at the end of the phrase for the word order さんねんまえぐらい. Incidentally, に is optional for さんねんぐらいまえ.
 

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