Pointing words 2

How to point to a location.

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KanjiVocabularyPointing words 2

Kanji

What

Garden, Yard

Vocabulary

ここ

Here, This place

そこ

There

あそこ

Over there, There

どこ

Where

学校

School

何人

How many people, A number of people

高校生

High school student

Garden, Yard

Pointing words 2

In this lesson, we will introduce a new set of pointing words: ここ, そこ, あそこ, どこ. These are used to point to locations.

As we explained in Beginner Lesson 11, the first character of each pointing word (こ, そ, あ, ど) defines the distance between the speaker, the listener, and the item which you are pointing to. This is shown in the table below:

First characterDistance
Item is close to the speaker
Item is close to the listener
Item is far away from both the listener and the speaker
The distance to the item is unknown

Pointing words ending with are used when pointing to a place. Some examples are shown below:

  • ここに高校生こうこうせい何人なんにんいますか?
  • How many high school students do we have here?
  • そこがわたし学校がっこうです。
  • There is my school.
  • あそこに高校生こうこうせいがいます。
  • There are high school students over there.
  • どこがにわですか?
  • Where is the garden?

Reference table

The table below organises the pointing words we have learned so far.

ObjectSpecific objectLocation
Close to speaker: ここれこの + nounここ
Close to listener: そそれその + nounそこ
Away from both: ああれあの + nounあそこ
Unknown: どどれどの + nounどこ
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