I'm trying to say something along the lines of "I have been studying Japanese for 12 days". So far my research has led me to this attempt:

watashi wa juuni nichi nihingo o benkyou shite imasu.

I suppose my question is whether this is a valid sentence, and if not, how would I phrase this so that it makes sense?

  • Is there anything in particular that makes you uncomfortable with your translation attempt?
    – ajsmart
    Mar 26, 2020 at 23:25
  • @ajsmart It's not that I felt uncomfortable per se, just that I wasn't confident with the way I'd structured the sentence, but I get it now. Also, I was unsure whether or not I needed a particle after the duration part.
    – jokai_
    Mar 27, 2020 at 15:41

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(watashi wa) juu-ni nichi kan, nihongo wo benkyou shite imasu.

You don't need to add 私/僕/俺 if it's already understood from context that you are talking about yourself. Apparently it can seem obnoxious.

Numbers are often written as the actual numbers.

If you are just starting, I really recommend you check out Misa's lessons on YouTube! Here is her beginner playlist. She does videos up to N3. Watching her made some things click for me the way reading about them didn't.

  • Since the OP is a beginner I added furigana to your answer (see the edit for how to do it). To make this a good answer I recommend you say a little about why you added 間, since this isn't in the OP's original sentence, so they probably aren't aware of its function.. Mar 26, 2020 at 19:03
  • From what I understand, 間 (kan) acts as a counter of sorts, right? I definitely remember seeing it somewhere, but I just couldn't figure out when and when not to use it. Just so I know, "勉強" has to be connected to "日本ご" using "を" because that noun is what's being acted on by the verb, correct?
    – jokai_
    Mar 26, 2020 at 21:08
  • @KyleJones Your description of を is correct. 間 adds a meaning of duration. It is optional with some counters. See if this page helps: learn-japanese-adventure.com/japanese-numbers-durations.html Mar 27, 2020 at 6:50
  • @user3856370 I see. Thanks for the help!
    – jokai_
    Mar 27, 2020 at 15:42

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