I've been texting with some friends and I asked:


He replied:


So what exactly does the ~ったら mean? I've gathered it might mean something like 'if I say...'

Some examples of using this form would be greatly appreciated.

  • Related? japanese.stackexchange.com/a/5324/9831
    – Chocolate
    May 8 '17 at 5:55
  • As for the first sentence, it's better to ask like : 大体{だいたい}/普段{ふだん}どんな音楽{おんがく}を聴{き}きますか?
    – mackygoo
    May 8 '17 at 13:38

You're right! Generally XたらY means "if X then Y."

In this case, ...たら良い literally means "If... then (things will be good)" so なんて言ったら良いのか means "Oh, what should I say (in order for the situation to be good)" or more naturally "How should I put this."

In the same sense, どうしたらいいのか分からない means I don't know what I should do (= I don't know the thing that, if I do it, things will be good).


Normally 'たら' means 'if'.( conditional form) It can be used with ' もし' as well.

Eg: もし私はロボットが持っていたらせんたくがべんりになるだろう。 (if i had a robot, cleanings would be easy)

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