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Lesson 243: 方: the way of doing something

When かた is added to a verb, it expresses the way of doing something or how to do something.

For example, たべかた means way of eating or how to eat, and つくかた means way of making or how to make.

To use かた, we add it to the verb stem. For example, たべべますかた.

Do you know how to eat ramen? ラーメンのかたるか。
raamen no tabekata ha siru ka.
The way you make this cake is really easy. このケーキのつくかたはとてもやさしいです。
kono keeki no tukurikata ha totemo yasasii desu.

Note that where other particles would usually be used with a noun, is used when making a sentence with .

I'm going to the department store with my friend. わたしともだちとデパートにきます。
watasi ha tomodati to depaato ni ikimasu.
Excuse me. Can you inform me how to get to the department store? すみません。デパートのかたおしえてください。
sumimasen. depaato no ikikata wo osiete kudasai.
I use chopsticks when I'm at a Japanese restaurant. ほんのレストランにいるときはし使つかう。
nihon no resutoran ni iru toki ha hasi wo tukau.
You're good at using chopsticks. (The way you use chopsticks is good) はしの使つかかたじょうです。
hasi no tukaikata ga zyouzu desu.
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