I wanna say "I think that for Brazilians, studying English is easier than it is for Japanese"

I know how to make simple comparisons like


but I am having trouble coming up with that sentence, specifically because the only place I can check if it is right is Google translator, but I know it is not reliable... my attempt is:



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    Do you actually mean "the act of studying" the languages, or do you actually mean "learning" the languages?
    – istrasci
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 17:10
  • @istrasci learning! Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 18:02
  • Also, AFAIK, 方 is written in hiragana when used in comparisons.
    – istrasci
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 18:38
  • @istrasci oh I didn't know that, even so Yuuichi Sam seems to have used the kanji as well Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 18:41
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    @istrasci I think it's often written in hiragana, but writing it in kanji is not uncommon.
    – user1478
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 19:39

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I think your attempt is a literal translation. I translate it as ブラジル人が英語を習得する(覚える)方が日本人より簡単だと思うよ.

  • thanks a lot, it's funny how your answer fits my idea of parsing in comparisons but the other one it's kinda different, both right I guess。本当にわかりやすい Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 18:28

how about something like


  • cool, so I need to let the "complex" part at the end? the whole "learning" thing. And the comparison is just "to brazlians is easier than to japanese"? Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 18:26

I wanna say "I think that for brazilians, studying english is easier than it is for japanese"


I think it's a good try, but a little confusing.
It's easier to understand if it's like this:

1 英語の勉強ブラジル人にとっての方が日本人にとってより簡単だと思うよ。

See it's more similar to you sample sentence:


This can be also like this:

2 ブラジル人英語の勉強をする日本人が英語の勉強をするより簡単だと思うよ。
3 ブラジル人英語を勉強する方が日本人が英語を勉強するより簡単だと思うよ。

I find when I see the sentence starts with ブラジル人にとって, I expect it to be followed by ~は. In other words, I seem to expect ~にとって to be a modifier to the theme of the sentence.

ブラジル人にとって英語を勉強すること、日本語を勉強するより簡単だと思うよ。 [Comparing studying English and studying Japanese, both for Brazilians]

  • I understand the Idea, I like the fact how it can be worded in so many different ways, just one question is "にとって" natural in this case? it feels like it was one of the things that made Yuuichi Tam think that my sentence was too "literal" Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 20:09
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    When you pick the #1 from my examples, you can omit にとって, but I don't say it doesn't go well in your case. The にとって just makes the expression more accurate.
    – karlalou
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 20:25
  • are にとってのほう and/or にとってより grammatical? they sound a bit strange to me.
    – A.Ellett
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 23:24
  • For most of the occasions they are fine. We use の to make anything in front of it into a noun. OK. I show you in the order from logically loose to strict here: 英語の勉強はブラジル人の方が日本人より簡単だと思うよ<英語の勉強はブラジル人にとっての方が日本人にとってより簡単だと思うよ<ブラジル人にとって英語を勉強することは、日本語を勉強するより簡単だと思うよ。How's that? :)
    – karlalou
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 23:48

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