って (tte) Meaning Japanese [JLPT N5]

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って (tte) Meaning Japanese [JLPT N5]

The particle って (~tte) is used in Japanese to quote what was said by someone else.

って is the more colloquial form of the particle と.

って is very useful in indirect speech, that is, in all those situations where you want to quote what someone said.

In this post we learn more about the meaning of って, how it is formed, and when って is used through real example sentences.


How って is formed

って is formed by the Hiragana character て preceded by っ (small つ).

って is added after a quote and before the verb:

Quote+って+Verb

How and when to use って

って is often used to form indirect speech, specifically when we directly quote what someone said:

トムは「今日(きょう)(やす)む」って。

Toma said: 'Today I rest'.

We can see from the example how って is added after the brackets 「...」. って is used to indicate that we are repeating what someone said.

って at the end of the sentence: I heard that...

って can often be found at the end of a sentence. In these cases って expresses the fact that what we said is a quote from someone else.

A possible translation is I heard that.., as って indicates that I'm quoting what someone said.

For this reason, adding って at the end adds a sense of uncertainty: it seems that, I heard that, they say that.

今日(きょう)宿(しゅく)(だい)ないんだって。

I heard there is no homework today.

Let's see an example from the video game Final Fantasy VII: Remake:

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ってば: reiterate what was said above

って is also used at the end of the sentence to express a sense of frustration in repeating what was previously said.

(ほん)(とう)だって!

I said it's true!

This sentence indicates a strong emotion in reaffirming that what we said previously is true. This emotion is often found in the tone of voice used, which will be very direct and strong.

A particular expression in these cases consists of adding ば after って:

Verb+って+
Adjective[い]+って+
Adjective[な]+(だ)+って+
Noun+(だ)+って+

You can also use ったら instead of ってば

This form emphasizes even more the sense of frustration in having to repeat what was said:

(いそが)しいってば!

I told you I'm busy!

Let's see another example from the video game Final Fantasy VII: Remake:

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って instead of the particle は

って can also be used in place of the particle は to indicate the topic of the sentence. Again, って makes the sentence more colloquial:

Topic+って

って is more often used in spoken language, as it is quick and easy to pronounce.

このパスタって美味(おい)しいよね。

This pasta is delicious!.

明日(あした)って、(あめ)()るんだって。

Speaking of tomorrow, they say it will rain.


Examples of って

明日(あした)って()(よう)()なの?

What day is it tomorrow?

わかったってば!

I said I understood!

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