Meaning

Primary

To Continue Something

Alternatives

To Keep On, To Continue

Word Type

transitive verb, ichidan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means continue, so 続ける means to continue something. It's a transitive verb, so it takes a direct object. You can 続ける your work, for example, and you should 続ける your WaniKani lessons at a pace that works for you!

Although it has the same kanji, this word is a bit different from 続く, which is used for when something just continues on its own (like rain, or trends). It can be hard to remember the difference, so here's a mnemonic to help with you 続ける:

You only care (ける) about things that you can continue through your own actions. For those other things that just continue on their own, you're like, That's coo' (), but you’re that that interested.

Reading

つづける
  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading is the same as 続く, so be sure to know that so you can know this.

Context

Context Sentences

これからもずっとワニカニを続けるつもりです♡

I will continue WaniKani forever ♡

どうしてあなた達は私のことを批判し続けるのですか?

Why do you all keep criticizing me?

一日中寝続けられるので、週末は最高だ。

Weekends are awesome because I can continue to sleep all day long.

Kanji Composition