Sunday, 22 July 2012


Common Mistakes Japanese Make

There are many differences between Japanese and English grammar and vocabulary.

8 common mistakes Japanese make in IELTS

  1. Least/Lowest e.x. “The least lowest number of students was in Denmark at 18,000”  Low, lower, lowest = level/ rank/ height of something e.g. low cost, low amount   Little, less, least = Not as much e.g. There is little time, It is less important
  2. All/each e.x. “There were increases in sales in each all countries” "All" is plural and "each" is singular. There is also a very small change in meaning -- "each" emphasizes the individual members of a set/group.
  3. Almost e.x. “Almost (all) Japanese can eat natto” In Japanese 殆ど can be used in many situations, but “almost” is usually used with other words in English (all, everyday etc.)      
  4. Until/by e.x. “There was an increase in sales by until 2009 when sales began to fall”  By = deadline e.x. You must finish this report by until Wednesday Until = Length of time remaining e.g. You have until Wednesday to finish this report
  5. About e.x. “In this essay I will discuss about ....... Some verbs cannot use “about”   〇 Talk, argue, think, dream, laugh X discuss, consider, describe, teach 
  6. Know e.x. “I went to America and there I could know learn a lot about American culture.” In Japanese 知っている can be used in many situations, but “know” has a more specific meaning in English. Use more specific words like learn, understand, be aware of, notice etc.
  7. Easy e.x. "people easy to It is easy for people to take the train in Tokyo",  Japan easy It is easy to get a bank account”
  8. Most/Most of e.x. “most of Japanese live in Tokyo and Osaka”. Most = general, unknown subjects e.g. Japanese, women etc. Most of = specific, known subjects e.g. my friends, students in this class

Try to understand these mistakes and avoid them.