出来る・できる・Dekiru


出来る・できる・Dekiru3

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My level 1 students first encounter this verb when I say ‘しゅくだいを 出して 下さい。‘/Shukudai o dashite kudasai./Please turn in or pass up your homework.’ They hear it over and over all year long. In second level we encounter it again but in some different contexts.

They learn that the same kanji ‘出る・でる, pronounced deru/dashimasu in this context means “to appear, leave” or even “accelerate” as in ‘スピードを 出します’・Supiido o dashimasu or speed (in fact they’re learning some traffic expressions currently).

The 2s are also learning about ‘来る・来ます’/kuru or kimasu (to come, arrive, approach or become). Further, if you put 出 and 来 together, they become 出来る・でいる(dekiru)・できます(dekimasu) which is defined as “to be able to do a thing, to take up a task” or to put it simply:  can do or (We/I)can do it.

That’s your J2 Kanji lesson for the day.  By the way, my reference was Jim Breen.

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