Family: My younger brother started tennis when he was 5 years old.

Basic sentence
Basic sentence
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On this page, you can learn how to say when somebody started something in Japanese.

Key Sentence

First box: English, Second box: Romaji, Last box: Japanese writing and audio

My younger brother started tennis when he was 5 years old.
o to u to wa go sa i no to ki ni te ni su wo ha ji me ma shi ta
五才ときテニス始めました

One by one

  • 弟(おとうと) → my younger brother
  • は → no meaning
  • 五才(ご・さい) → 5 years old
  • のときに → when
  • テニス → tennis
  • を → no meaning
  • 始めました(はじ・めました) → started

Note: のときに

のときに means ‘when’ and is used after a noun. Use ときに after a verb.

Example: noun のときに

  • 五才のときにwhen (the person was) 5 years old
  • 中学一年生のときにwhen (the person was) in Year 7
【Japanese Vocabulary】Schools and Year Levels
You can learn Japanese words for primary school, high school, university, grade 1, year 7, year 12 and so on.
Example: verb ときに

  • ねるときにwhen you sleep
  • あるくときにwhen you walk

Vocabulary

【Japanese Vocabulary】Sports
You can learn Japanese words for baseball, soccer, rugby, basketball, table tennis, volleyball, swimming, track and field and so on.
【Japanese vocabulary: Counter】Let's learn how to say someone's age
On this page, you can learn how to say someone's age in Japanese.

Review

Task 1: Change into Japanese.

  • My mother started swimming when she was 10 years old.
  • My older sister started basketball when she was 12 years old.

Task 2: Change into English.

  • 私は九才のときにサッカーをはじめました。
  • 兄は十五才のときにゴルフをはじめました。

Kanji

Task 3: Listen to answer what you hear in English.

Answer

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