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Was wondering if it is natural to use 「チャンス」in Japanese sentences.

For example, 「本を読むチャンスになって」

It feels somewhat natural, as I likely heard it in a manga, but wanted to see if it was okay to use it in normal speaking/text messaging.

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    What exactly are you trying to express with this?
    – Angelos
    Sep 9 at 23:09
  • チャンス is a common word, but its meaning is not the same as chance in English. Your example sentence ("Turn into an book-reading opportunity"?) makes no sense.
    – naruto
    Sep 10 at 5:08
  • @naruto So would きっかけ be more appropriate in this sort of usage/nuance?
    – A.Ellett
    Sep 10 at 20:51
  • @naruto To clarify what my comment meant: would 本を読むきっかけになって make better sense. To say in English, "it became an opportunity to read a/my book" does make sense.
    – A.Ellett
    Sep 10 at 23:41
  • @A.Ellett 本を読むきっかけになって is a valid sentence, but I'm not sure if that was what OP wanted to say.
    – naruto
    Sep 11 at 6:02
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Yes, it is.

Meaning

While it's a phonetically transcribed word from "chance", its meaning also covers "opportunity".

チャンス implies a chance of doing what you wanted to do sometime. It MAY be somewhat sudden and/or unexpected.

[機会]{きかい} is a synonym of チャンス. The difference is a bit similar to "opportunity" and "chance".

Example 1, written sentence

[明日]{あす}の[予定]{よてい}がキャンセルになった。[家]{いえ}で[積]{つ}んでいた[本]{ほん}を[読]{よ}むチャンスだ。

(Tomorrow's plan has been canceled. It's a chance to read my unread books.)

Example 2, spoken sentence

[前]{まえ}の[走者]{そうしゃ}が[疲]{つか}れてきた[今]{いま}がチャンスだ![追]{お}い[抜]{ぬ}くぞ!

(The runner in front of me is getting tired, now it's my chance! Gonna overtake him!)

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