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Quoting with "という" and how it is shortened in spoken Japanese

Discussion in 'Ask a Senpai!' started by cheapsh0t, Feb 26, 2015.

By cheapsh0t on Feb 26, 2015 at 12:34 AM
  1. cheapsh0t

    cheapsh0t 日本語の先生 Teacher Administrator

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    is used to quote something that someone said. There are a lot of contractions though when speaking as seen in this one panel of よつばと!. Let’s have a look!

    Jumbo: That one was under, right? Under the string, I said!!

    Dad: I said it was over…! Where are you looking?!

    Jumbo uses だって at the end of his sentence, where the って is a shortening of といった。

    Yotsuba’s dad says the even more convoluted “っつーの” which as you might be able to guess is a shortening of というの. The と is mashed into the う to make つう and then the の on the end is the “explanatory” の (See our JP course JP7 for more on this ;)

    On a side note, the どこ見てんだよ contains a shortening of みているんだよ where the いるん is all contracted into a single ん.

    Closing remarks
    All of the above is very common stuff in spoken Japanese. This is the power of manga. It gets you FROM the textbook into REAL SPOKEN Japanese.
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