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If you’ve ever set foot in Japan, you might have noticed how overly cautious Japanese people can be about everything. From signs on the street, to packaging labels and seals on electronic products, this is a country where the number one rule is 安全第一 あんぜんだいいち : Safety First.

If Apple was Japanese

デザインのことは良く分かりませんが、もしもアップルが日本の会社だったらたぶんiPhoneはこうなってたと思います。= I don’t know much about design, but if Apple was a Japanese company the iPhone would probably look like this.

@hiroshi_ struck a chord with many Japanese Twitter users with this hilarious image picturing what an iPhone would look like if sold by a Japanese maker. Yep, the thing would most definitely be covered entirely in safety stickers.

How to state your thoughts and ideas in Japanese

おも is an excellent expression to know in order to level up your conversation in Japanese. と here acts as a quoting particle for the verb clause that precedes it, and the verb 思う which means “to think.”

  • Noun + だ + と思う / と思います
  • な-Adjective + だ + と思う / と思います
  • Verb (plain form) + と思う / と思います
  • い-Adjective + と思う / と思います

Beyond expressing your thoughts and beliefs, と思う is an excellent way to soften your opinion. Japanese culture places great emphasis on harmony and people will generally try to avoid imposing their views on others. By ending their sentences with this verb, they’re being polite toward the listener.

The subject ( わたしは) is commonly omitted, as と思う is understood to refer to the speaker’s own thoughts.

Note that, in all the above examples, the negation is placed within the quoted sentence and the verb 思います is used in the affirmative tense. While it is possible to use 思わない, this is used more often to convey doubt or uncertainty.

Vocabulary

Japanese Romaji English
デザイン dezain design
yoku properly, well
かる wakaru to understand
もしも moshimo if
日本 にほん nihon Japan
会社 かいしゃ kaisha company
たぶん tabun probably, likely
こう kou this way
なる
naru to become
おも
omou to think, consider

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