Hey all, this is my first post!!
So as adult language learners, we are very susceptible to “first language interference”, where you think in your native language and try to translate that into your target language, which results in odd sounding sentences or word usage. This can be especially problematic with Japanese being so different from English. Things that are verbs in English are adjectives in Japanese, they “drink” medicine whereas we “take” it, etc.
Recently I had an interesting lesson with my Japanese tutor where I was talking about setting up my new apartment, and I was saying that I didn’t feel like installing my furniture. I wanted to say “I’m lazy” and asked him how to say that in Japanese.
He said “Well, there’s なまけもの, but try to think of a more Japanese way to say it”
I thought about it for second, and then it was obvious. "セットアップはめんどくさい”
So my question for everyone is, what are some Japanese phrases or sentence constructions that you’ve learned that make you sound more natural? Or funny mistakes you made when learning to speak Japanese? Common things we say in English (or other languages) that isn’t really said in Japanese?