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Lesson 113: Connecting sentences with そして and nouns with と

In Japanese there is no single word for and, which can be used to connect nouns, verbs, and sentences together like in English. Instead there are a variety of words and conjugations employed for this purpose. In this lesson we introduce そして, for linking sentences, and , for nouns.

Using both of these words is straightforward. For そして, the word is placed at the beginning of the second of two sentences you want to connect, while is inserted between two nouns. Check out the sentences below for some examples.

English Japanese
I went to school and saw friends. がっこうきました。そして、ともだちにいました。
gakkou ni ikimasita. sosite, tomodati ni aimasita.
Somalia and Morocco are in Africa. ソマリアとモロッコはアフリカにあります。
somaria to morokko ha ahurika ni arimasu.
He will do the shopping, and make dinner. かれものをします。そして、よるごはんをつくります。
kare ha kaimono wo simasu. sosite, yorugohan wo tukurimasu.
My father and I are salesmen. とうさんとわたしはセールスマンです。
otousan to watasi ha seerusuman desu.