How to say ‘also’ in Japanese

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There are two words to say ‘also’ in Japanese correctly.

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また

Use また if you want to say ‘Also’ at the start of an English sentence.

れい

Also, I sometimes study Japanese.

また、私はときどき日本語を勉強します。

れい

Also, I bought a car last week.

また、私は先週車を買いました。

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Use も if you want to say ‘also’ in the middle of an English sentence.

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も is placed after a noun.

れい

There are also bad points.

わるい点あります。

れい

I am also Japanese.

日本人です。

If an English sentence can be translated into two Japanese sentences, you need to think about which noun you need ‘also’ for.

れい1
  • I also speak Japanese.

With the sentence above,

you would like to say ‘(Not only my mother but also) I speak Japanese.’

then, 私日本語を話します。is correct in Japanese.

Whereas, if you would like to say ‘I speak (not only English but also) Japanese.’

then, 私は日本語話します。is correct in Japanese.

れい2
  • My father is also good at tennis.

With the sentence above,

you would like to say ‘(Not only my mother but also) my father is good at tennis.’

then, 父テニスが上手です。is correct in Japanese.

Whereas, if you would like to say ‘My father is good at (not only golf but also) tennis.’

then, 父はテニス上手です。is correct in Japanese.

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