これは一体何なの!?


#1

Ok, so I found this word in my grammar book: 訊く
Apparently, it’s the same as 聞く (at least according to Jisho). Does anyone know what the exact difference is between the two?


#2

The kanji seems to have a nuance of asking a question, so probably a (archaic?) way to differentiate that?
聞くcan mean both ask and listen right?


#3

I recently found this on Japanese Stack Exchange.

Basically, 訊く sounds more like “to inquire” and is more refined, which the kanji being used to indicate as such.


#4

I’m stealing this from @mamimumason’s awesome article, but:

聞く means “to hear a sound,” “to take into consideration,” or “to ask.”

話し声が聞こえました

I could hear someone talking.

私の言うことを聞いてください

Please hear me!

訊く means “to ask a clarifying question” or “to search for a clear answer” and is mostly used in writing.

どうしてそんなことを訊くの?

Why do you ask me such a thing?

ペットボトルはどこに捨てればいいのか彼に訊いてみます

I’ll ask him where we can dispose of these plastic bottles.

Here’s the article:


#5

Similar to 見る and 観る, isn’t it?


#6

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