Help me translate that sentence


#1

so i am doing an exercise in one of my books and have a weird phrase which i cannot translate…

日本語の日本はいくらですか

From my understanding it means How is japanese in Japanese (??) or how far?

this exercise is on page 26 in Genki 2nd edition (1) workbook


#2

Is that the title of a book? “How much is that book (called 日本語の日本)?”


#3

Well i have no idea…

にほんごのにほんはいくらですか。
this was written with hiragana only which makes it more confusing…


#4

いくらですか is a phrase meaning “How much is it?” referring to price usually. So my guess is that the asker is at a store and asks about an object, my guess is a book, 日本語の日本. Something like “How much does The Japanese of Japan cost?”

That’s the only way that it makes sense to me, but it’s still a weird sentence. Maybe someone who knows better can explain it.


#5

Well, i’m gonna msg one of my roommates which has N2 in Japanese maybe he will actually understand it…

normally i would ask my GF about it but she is really mad at me for doing something and i don’t want to even bother her now ;(


#6

That was my thought. It’s not a confusing sentence if 日本語の日本 is an item.


#7

Well yeah, in that matter i can understand it but without the context any image etc… its still a bit confusing if you think about it


#8

Is that definitely the sentence? It does seem odd. Especially since it’s very close to 日本語の本はいくらですか which seems like a more Genki-ish sentence to include in a workbook exercise.


#9

Well i got confused and it was actually 本… this one i understand but i guess
learning Math,Chemistry,Biology,German,Polish,English and Japanese can make things a bit confusing especially after not sleeping whole night and studying :laughing::laughing::laughing:


#10

Hi, glad you got that all figure out. You’re doing fine, everyone is allowed to misread every now and then. Also Genki is a little weird because it asks you to answer, How much is that book in written japanese? But makes you make up the price!

Also

https://community.wanikani.com/t/short-grammar-questions/?source_topic_id=19575

This is the short grammar questions thread, perfect for quick questions like this!