Instantaneous Composition Method

Japanese Grammar: Expressing Easy or Difficult to Do 「やすい」「にくい」「づらい」

Japanese Grammar: やすい にくい

Before starting the exercise for expressing easy or difficult to do 「やすい」「にくい」「づらい」, please clarify any doubts you may have about the grammatical rules by referring to your grammar guidebook or dictionary. The Instantaneous Composition Method requires you to compose sentences with the target sentence pattern(s) over and over in order to use them almost effortlessly. You should already have the necessary knowledge.

Genki II – Lesson 20: ~やすい / ~にくい
Tae Kim’s Guide – Actions that are easy or hard to do

Instantaneous Composition Exercise for Expressing Easy or Difficult to Do 「やすい」「にくい」「づらい」

This is not a translation exercise. This is the Instantaneous Composition Exercise. As if a reflexive action, try to create an equivalent Japanese sentence shortly after reading an English script. Try not to think for more than three seconds.

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English and Hidden Japanese Scripts

 1.  Green tea is easy to drink. 
 2.  Hiragana is easy to read. 
 3.  These are the shoes (that are) easy to run in. 
 4.  This is a sport (that is) easy to enjoy. 


 5.  This meat is hard to eat. 
 6.  This bridge is hard to cross. 
 7.  That story is difficult to understand.  
 8.  This is difficult to explain. 
 9.  This is hard to say. 
 10.  As for the mornings in the winter, (it’s) difficult to get up. 


にくい and づらい have almost the same meaning. The difference is that when you physically have difficulty, にくい is more suitable and indicates objective judgment. When you mentally have difficulty, づらい is more suitable and indicates subjective judgment. 

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