I browsed around this website (here and here) as well as around the internet but could not come up with a satisfactory answer, or at least well related to my case (though I might have missed that point).

Simply, the other day a quite old lady (over 70 I think) asked me 「楽しいでした?」 at the end of a shodou class.

My question is, is this just a polite version of 「楽しかった?」that somehow confuses me? In such case would that be more polite than 「楽しかったですか」?

Or is it just a way older people might talk sometimes? At the moment I heard it my first thought was whether she thought I could not speak Japanese and put it in a wrong but easy to understand form (as if she thought I might not know how to conjugate an いーadjective properly).

Maybe it's just a silly question but right there on the spot it confused me a bit and I would like some clarifications. Thanks.

  • Next time ask her maybe ?
    – oldergod
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 6:43
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    I never expect a native speaker of Japanese to say "楽しいでした". "she thought I could not speak Japanese and put it in a wrong but easy to understand form" +1 for your guess. One form of Pidgin, I'd say.
    – nodakai
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 10:06
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    Are you sure you just didn't mishear 「楽しいでした?」
    – istrasci
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 14:00
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    Was there any hesitation in their voice? It could also be possible that the past tense was an afterthought or a similar mistake. I often find myself incapable of speaking my own native language properly (especially when tired!)
    – BCDeWitt
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 14:36
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    – chocolate
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 0:30

2 Answers 2


My assumption is that she asked 楽しいでしたか? In that case, it might sound natural, depending on the context.


I think it pays to bear in mind that people who speak a language at a native level often use the language in ways that we would consider as improper, on a grammatical level(e.g. how someone could be saying the most profound things, but wrt it ot lyk dis, bcuz dis is hw dey grw up wrtng out their thoughts n feelings). Grammar is still important, but as long as you can understand them, everything else is gravy

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