Lesson 192: Traffic directions and the waypoint particle を
In this lesson you will learn to give and understand traffic directions. Take a look at the following sentences:
|Please turn right at that corner.||あの 角 を 右 に 曲がって ください。|
ano kado wo migi ni magatte kudasai.
|Go straight at the traffic light.||信号 を まっすぐ 行って ください。|
singou wo massugu itte kudasai.
Even though normally the word at is translated with に or with で, in the above sentences the particle を is used.
The particle を is often used to indicate motion through something, and together with motion verbs often means through, from or past. The particle を indicates a point that is between the origin, which would be marked with the particle から, and the destination, which would be marked with the particle へ or に.
|(We) ran through the forest.||林 を 走りました。|
hayasi wo hasirimasita.
|The canoe went down the river.||カヌー は 川 を 下った。|
kanuu ha kawa wo kudatta.