Meaning

Primary

One's Convenience

Alternative

Circumstances

Word Type

adverb, noun

Explanation

This one makes no sense (sorry!). When you join together with someone at a metropolis, you do it at your convenience. You're important, after all, so you just do what you want and make the other person wait in this giant metropolis while you move along leisurely. Imagine this, and keep thinking "at your convenience" as you walk about.

This word is usually used in a nicer way, though. As in, "do it at your convenience!"

Reading

つごう
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading for is an exception from what you learned with the kanji. To remember this, just think about someone who does something at their own convenience. They say, I'm going to go (つごう) where I want, when I want, at my own convenience.

The (ごう) part is a reading you know from the kanji, though, so if you can get to "to go" with the mnemonic, you should be able to put two and two together to know that it's a long vowel ごう.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 都合が〜
  • 〜の都合
  • ご都合

Common Word Combinations

  • 都合が悪い
    to be inconvenient
    都合が良い
    to be convenient
    都合がつく
    to be able to arrange, to suit the convenience of someone
  • 自分の都合
    one's own convenience
    仕事の都合
    work circumstances
    時間の都合
    time circumstances, time constraints
  • ご都合
    your convenience

Context Sentences

都合がつき次第、こちらかられんらくします。

I'll get in touch with you as soon as possible.

都合次第では、コウイチのけっこんしきはえん期になるかもしれません。

Depending on the circumstances, Koichi's wedding ceremony may be postponed.

「土曜日と日曜日、どちらの方が都合がいい?」「どちらでもいいよ。」

"Which day is convenient for you, Saturday or Sunday?" "It makes no difference to me."

Kanji Composition