Common Mistakes Japanese Make日本人がよくする間違い
There are many differences between Japanese and English grammar and vocabulary.
8 common mistakes Japanese make in IELTS
- Least/Lowest e.x. “The
leastlowest 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
- All/each e.x. “There were increases in sales in
eachall 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.
- 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.)
- Until/by e.x. “There was an increase in sales
byuntil 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
- 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
- Know e.x. “I went to America and there I could
knowlearn 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.
- Easy e.x. "
people easy toIt is easy for people to take the train in Tokyo", “ Japan easyIt is easy to get a bank account”
- Most/Most of e.x. “most
ofJapanese 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