Sunday, April 26, 2015

Like- Suki (Learning Japanese with Dogs)

Today's word is suki. It's pronounced as "ski".

According to JED (Android's Japanese-English Dictionary), the term suki means fondness, love, or liking. So, if you've come across a few Japanese drama or anime  series, when a person is in-love with another, he/she says "Daisuki desu" (silent u) or "Suki desu" (again, with a silent u). The term love is barely used.

 マンゴ が すき です。 - Mango ga suki desu.- I like mango. More correctly put, I like mangoes.
Unlike the English language, suki is used as noun rather than a verb. So, when they say Inu ga suki desu (いぬ が すき です), it roughly translates to "I like a dog." or "I like dogs." It can also mean "I love dogs!"

Breakdown of Definitions:

Inu (いぬ) -dog
ga (が)- particle used to denote ability or preference.
suki (すき)- like
desu (です)- is/are/be/am; polite filler

So, to create a sentence where you want to express liking/ loving something, just pick a word and add "ga suki desu" after it.


バナナ が すき です。- Banana ga suki desu. I like banana(s).
チョウィ-ちゃん が すき です。-Chooey-chan ga suki desu. I like/love Chooey. 

Note: The suffix -chan or -san is added after a name just like Mr. and Ms. is added before a name in the English language. However, chan is added after a child's name while san is added to an adult's name.


  1. Thanks for the explanation. Don't know that we'll pick up Japanese, but it is interesting understanding other languages.

  2. Hey that's cool! We learned stuff today!

  3. That was a great explanation! I love your posts -- they bring back wonderful memories of when I was learning Japanese! :)


  4. Thanks for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday.

    Aroo to you,

  5. Thank you Haopee - that is really interesting and thank you for dropping by my blog too :-) Lovely to hear from you always - woofs and licks from Magic xx


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