#22 What does 使 mean?

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So today's kanji is 使

Reads: tsuka-u (使-う)
Means: to use


1. Hey (big) brother! Did you use my
-No, I didn't


/o-nii-chan! boku no keitai tsuka-tta?!
-iiya. tsuka-tte nai yo/

👉お兄ちゃん(おにいちゃん, o-nii-chan)
means "big brother"

In Japan, you have to make a difference
between "big brother" and "little brother"

As you know, "big brother" is お兄ちゃん
And "little brother" is 弟(おとうと, otouto)

兄 means "big brother" itself, but
お兄ちゃん is more natural, for no reason.

If you connect the two kanji, like 兄弟, it
reads "kyoudai" and means "brothers"

They are read like that in only this case.
So don't worry ^^

兄弟 is used like

"Do you have any brothers?"
/kyoudai wa iruno/

When you don't know whether he has
"big brother" or "little brother" or both
or nobody, you say like that.

By the way,
"big sister" is お姉ちゃん
(おねえちゃん, o-nee-chan)


"little sister" is 妹 (いもうと, imouto)

姉 means "big sister" itself, but we say
お姉ちゃん like お兄ちゃん for no reason.

So, お兄ちゃん!means like "hey brother!"

👉使った(つかった, tsuka-tta) is a past form
of 使う(tsuka-u)

Basically, you can make past forms by putting
た(ta) instead of the end of verbs.

But 使た(tsuka-ta) ishard to pronounce for
Japanese people, so we say 使った

For example,

見る(みる, mi-ru)...to see
→見た(みた, mi-ta)...saw

作る(つくる, tsuku-ru)...to make
作った(つくった, tsuku-tta)...made

👉僕の means "my"

僕(ぼく, boku) means "I"

This can be used only by men.

Women use 私(わたし, watashi).

And 私 can be used both of men

and women, but if men use that,

it sounds very formal.

👉けいたい(keitai) meams a phone.
If you write it with kanji, it's 携帯

How confusing! XD

This means "no"

This was made from いいえ(iie), which
is very formal.

👉使ってない(つかってない, tsuka-tte nai)

This is past and negative form of 使う.

To begin with, the past form is "使った", as
you saw above.

And if you put ない after verbs, it'll be negative

So you put ない after 使った to make past and
negative form.

But if you put ない after verbs, the end of the
verbs have to be changed like ~て

So, 使った+ない→使って+ない→使ってない

This is one of the most difficult points in Japanese

👉よ(yo) is put to make the sentence soft.

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