For a couple of days now I have been using the application tandem that let you speak with a native speaker of a language that your are learning. The idea is that the person will help you with X while you help him with Y.

Yesterday my Japanese teacher told me that I should ask my partner to correct all my mistakes (and not leave some for the sake of politeness).

So now I want to write to that person : "My teacher said [You need to ask your partner to correct all your mistakes]".

I am having issue translating the part where I quote my teacher.


I came up with this. I didn't found a way to say "ask him to do it" but I found people using 欲しい instead.

I also found this post here that tells to use 必要です for something really necessary when I use "need to/have to". But is 「必要です」 too strong a word ?

So that's my best guess but I'm pretty new to japanese.

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    You sure 必要はない means "need to/have to"?? Can you double-check it? – Chocolate Jun 14 '17 at 6:36
  • @Chocolate I modified it, i was using the negative form. Thank you – rXp Jun 14 '17 at 6:51

First, here is a translation of your sentence to help you understand.

My teacher said "You, by your partner, want to fix your error is needed"

The first あなた is redundant.

The following :

訂正して欲しい : wants someone to fix
が必要です : is needed

Would make more sense this way :

訂正してもらう : to receive someone's correction
必要があります/ことが必要 : there is a need to / is needed

欲しい is a desire, and saying that your desire is needed does not make much sense. Also note that saying that it is needed for your partner to fix your mistakes seems a bit over the top. Unless your partner has a contract and is getting paid by your teacher. It might be better to say something like "if possible, it would be best if ...". Which can be said in the following way.


So in the end you would get something like this.


  • Thanks a lot, I see my errors and it makes perfect sense. – rXp Jun 14 '17 at 7:43

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