Monday, July 31, 2006

こちらこそ

こそ is an enigmatic particle that seems to escape a lot of Japanese learners' vocabularies for a variety of reasons. Mainly though, this is because it is simply a word that is used to emphasize the preceeding word. Therefore, it is very situational-dependent.

(1) これこそ探してるものだよ!
This is the very thing I've been looking for!

(2) 日本の旅行すれば、北海道こそ行くべきだ。
If you're gonna travel in Japan, you shouldn't miss Hokkaido.

明日こそ勉強するぞ!
I'm gonna study tomorrow!
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However, there is one set phrase that even the most earliest of beginners have heard.



"こちらこそ。"

This is, essentially, a way to reply to a greeting or thanks:

「お話しできてよかった」「こちらこそ」
"Nice talking with you." "You, too."

「この間はどうもごちそうさま」「こちらこそ」
"Thank you for the dinner the other day." "You are welcome."


It is also frequently used with だから:



~だからこそ
only because of /precisely because

大きいからこそよく見える。
Because it's big, it's easy to see.


A: だって、具合が悪くて、散歩できないもん。
B: だからこそ、散歩しようよ。散歩したら、元気になるに違いないよ。
A: I can't go for a walk with you because I feel sick.
B: Precisely why you should come for a walk! If you do, you'll definitely feel better.

4 comments:

ss said...

明日こそ勉強するぞ!

jljzen88 said...

Added to the post!
But my question is...
本当に勉強するの?うそつくな!!

Anonymous said...

dakara koso -

I can't go for a walk with you because I feel sick.

DAKARA KOSO you should come for a walk! It will help you recover.

Or something like that.

RC

jljzen88 said...

Comments added, RC! Thanks for posting. When you got some free time/suggestions --post!