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Lesson 43

Why do you think it is?

Anna is on a study tour with her university. Today, she has come to Himeji Castle in Hyôgo Prefecture.

Lesson 43 ( 10 min. )

Key phrase:

DÔSHITE DESHÔ KA

Scripts

先生 姫路城は奇跡の城と言われています。
どうしてでしょうか。
Himeji Castle is said to be a miracle castle.
Why do you think it is?
Teacher HIMEJI-JÔ WA KISEKI NO SHIRO TO IWARETE IMASU.
DÔSHITE DESHÔ KA.
Himeji Castle is said to be a miracle castle. Why do you think it is?
ロドリゴ 戦争でも焼けなかったからです。 Because it has never burned down even in wars.
Rodrigo SENSÔ DEMO YAKENAKATTA KARA DESU.
Because it has never burned down even in wars.
アンナ さすが、ロドリゴ! Great, Rodrigo!
Anna SASUGA, RODORIGO!
Great, Rodrigo!

Grammar tips

DÔSHITE DESHÔ KA

(Why do you think it is?)

DÔSHITE means "why." To make DÔSHITE formal, use NAZE.  
e.g.) NAZE DESHÔ KA.

Teach Us, Teacher

How to use DESHÔ
You use DESHÔ at the end of a sentence, when you talk about a prediction for the future or something uncertain. When you use it in combination with nouns or adjectives, you replace DESU at the end of a sentence by DESHÔ.

Sound Words

Sounds for correct/incorrect answer
Japanese is a language with lots of onomatopoeia. A wide range of onomatopoeia in the Japanese language, from noises made by animals to expressions of feelings, is explained by audio.

Anna's Tweets

Himeji Castle is also known as the White Heron Castle. A white heron is a kind of white bird. There are many theories for this. But a popular one is that the white castle looks like a white heron.

Anna

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