Making Proposals in Japanese 〜ましょう

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Japanese Grammar: Eliciting and Making Proposals – Review Notes

Today we will learn how to elicit and make proposals in Japanese using 〜ましょうか (~mashou ka) and 〜ましょう (~mashou)! (◕ω<)

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Eliciting and making proposals in Japanese

how to make proposals

Today we will learn how to elicit and make proposals in Japanese using 〜ましょうか (~mashou ka) and 〜ましょう (~mashou)

to elicit a proposal

〜ましょうか (~mashou ka) means shall we~ and is used to elicit a proposal.

to make a proposal

〜ましょう (~mashou) means let’s and is used to make a proposal.

to make mashou form

To make the 〜ましょう (~mashou) form from the 〜ます (~masu) form of the verb (AKA polite present form), just take off the 〜ます (~masu) and add 〜ましょう (~mashou).

ikimasu changes to ikimashou

For example, 行きます (ikimasu) – to go – changes to 行きましょう (ikimashou) – let’s go!

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Example 1:

doko de aimashou ka

どこで会いましょうか。

Doko de aimashou ka.

Where shall we meet?

resutoran de aimashou

レストランで会いましょう。

Resutoran de aimashou.

Let’s meet at the restaurant.

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Example 2:

nani o tabemashou ka

何を食べましょうか。

Nani o tabemashou ka?

What shall we eat?

tenpura o tabemashou

天ぷらを食べましょう。

Tenpura o tabemashou.

Let’s eat tempura.

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Example 3:

doko e ikimashou ka

どこへ行きましょうか。

Doko e ikimashou ka?

Where shall we go?

umi e ikimashou

海へ行きましょう。

Umi e ikimashou.

Let’s go to the ocean.

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 Conclusion:

Today we learned how to elicit and make proposals in Japanese! If you missed it, check out our other grammar lesson on how to invite someone to do something in Japanese using 〜ませんか.

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3 comments

  1. Yes! You are right \(◕ω◕)/♪ You can use に instead of へ for this example!

    Comment by PuniPuni on 07/01/2013 at 6:24 pm
  2. So if I say”nihon ni ikimashou” does it mean let’s go to japan?

    Comment by Niara on 08/04/2013 at 10:13 am
  3. Yes! It does \(◕ω◕)/☆

    Comment by PuniPuni on 08/13/2013 at 10:26 pm

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