Meaning

Primary

To Say

Word Type

godan 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 say, so the verb version of that is to say.

Reading

いう
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn that reading with this kanji, so here's a mnemonic to help you:

To remember the reading we use the word "eagle."

You're trying to say something, but every time you try to say anything an eagle () swoops down and pecks at your face then flies away. Just imagine yourself saying tiny bits of words, then an eagle crashing down on your face. Then, you wait in silence. Nothing happens. You try to say something again, and the eagle swoops down on you again.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜と言う
  • 〜言う
  • 〜を言う

Common Word Combinations

  • ワニカニと言う
    it's called "WaniKani", to say "Wanikani"
    ありがとうと言う
    to say thank you
    何と言う
    to say what
  • どう言う
    how to say
    そう言う
    to say that way
    こう言う
    to say this way
  • 皮肉を言う
    to be sarcastic
    お礼を言う
    to express gratitude
    ウソを言う
    to tell a lie

Context Sentences

ゆっくり言ってください。

Please say it slowly.

いつもありがとうってえいごで何て言うの?

How can I say, "Thank you always," in English?

ジェイクに、足を踏んでごめんって言うつもりなの?

Are you going to say sorry to Jake for stepping on his foot?

Kanji Composition