100 Grammar Points


51. Looks like ~みたい

Looks like we made it – as Barry Manilow would say – at least we made it half way!

台風が 来る みたい
taifuu ga kuru mitai.
looks like a hurricane.
[This could mean you are looking at storm clouds, OR someone told you a hurricane is coming and you are reporting that possibility]

And just add it after a noun:

この 景色は 夢 みたい
kono keshiki wa yume mitai.
This scenery looks like a dream.
[Useful if visiting Mt. Fuji – or, alternatively, if you have bad dreams, a garbage heap…]

あの 人は 日本人 みたい
ano hito wa nihonjin mitai.
That person looks like he’s [or she’s] Japanese.

There is another usage of –mitai where it can mean “try and see” when added to the て form of a verb:  

やってみたい yatte mitai – I’ll give it a shot.
食べてみたい tabete mitai – I’ll taste and see.

100 Grammar Points


Is this site helping your Japanese? Do you have a spare $1 to help Clay pay the bills?

View Some TJS Supporters!

DarwinGenome Guides – helpful academic writing tips for students
Expert assistance with languages homework help for every student at ezassignmenthelp
123Writings.com writes admission essays since 2013

Get Clay’s Kanji 100 eBook For FREE

Claim Your Two Tocks Before Midnight eBook for FREE

Facebook your comment here! 😀
%d bloggers like this: