How would I go about saying "Courageous warriors called Samurai? Would さむらいと言うゆうきなせんし make sense?


No 勇気な戦士 does not make sense, because 勇気 is not a na-adjective.

If you want to use 勇気 (you probably do), you have to say 勇気がある and when this modifies a noun (like 戦士), you should use no-ga conversion to get


  • Ahh you're correct, thank you! I should've checked if it was a na adjective first, I just didn't know how to express "courageous" with a noun properly. What I was originally trying to write was, "the warriors who rode on horses and were courageous were called "Samurai"" I re-modified my old one with your help, is this sentence okay now? 勇気があって馬に乗って戦士たちは「侍」とよびました。
    – user3682
    Mar 11 '14 at 21:24
  • 4
    It would have been easier if you had asked your full question from the beginning.
    – Earthliŋ
    Mar 11 '14 at 23:08
  • Sorry about that, I thought this alone would be enough, but I figured that my Japanese may not be well-off enough to make sure this sentence was correct. I also wanted to try making the sentence myself without someone translating it completely, that way I could learn better
    – user3682
    Mar 11 '14 at 23:15
  • 1
    「侍という勇気のある戦士」 sounds wordy if I may speak on the native level. I would either drop the 「の」 as it is unnecessary or use 「勇敢な」 instead.
    – user4032
    Mar 12 '14 at 1:12
  • 3
    It's not so much that I didn't want to help you a second time, but I answer questions in my free time and sometimes I run out of free time. I had imagined "Courageous warriors called Samurai" was some sort of slogan (maybe for a poster) that you wanted translated. For such a slogan 「侍という勇気のある戦士」 fits well in my opinion. The comments seem to suggest that you don't want a slogan, but a full sentence. A full sentence may appear in all sorts of contexts, so you'll have to provide the context to get the best answer. You can either try to edit your original question, or ask a new question.
    – Earthliŋ
    Mar 12 '14 at 10:13

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.