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I have a Japanese assignment that requires me to write about anything I want. I decided that I wanted to write about why I want to learn Japanese. I think the title should be "Why I want to study Japanese"; would 私は日本語を勉強したい理由 work? I am not sure if I am using 理由 correctly here.

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「私日本語を勉強したい理由」

This is a nice try, but the 「は」 needs to be replaced by a 「が」. 「は」 is not an option here. Why not?

That is because 「私日本語を勉強したい」 is a relative clause that modifies 「理由」, correct?

Inside if-clauses and relative clauses, the subject/topic marker is always 「が」.

We say:

「ジョーンズさん買った車はBMWです。」

「あなた日本に行くなら、私もいっしょに行きたい。」

The 「が」 in either sentence cannot be replaced by a 「は」. I might even add that this particular mistake in the particle choice sounds more serious to us native speakers than you might think.

Finally, you are using 「理由」 correctly.

  • Despite sounding a serious mistake, would it be understood? – Mauro Nov 19 at 14:29
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    Yes, I think it would be though it might take some people a second to understand. How quickly it is understood would depend mostly on how much experience one has had with foreigners. – l'électeur Nov 19 at 15:13

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