How to say “stop” in Japanese

tomareHello! I just wanted to say your site is very useful. My friend and I are having an argument about the meaning of “stop” in Japanese. I think it is ‘yamete’ or ‘yoshite’ and she thinks it is ‘tomari’ is there more than one way to say stop and are there only certain situations you can use them with? Also I read your newsletter about the IPhone app and was interested in making a video for your students about American high school life.Are there any rules I should know about? I’m interested in learning about schools and students in Japan as well.
Thanks,
Ashlynn

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Q: Hello! I just wanted to say your site is very useful. My friend and I are having an argument about the meaning of “stop” in Japanese. I think it is ‘yamete’ or ‘yoshite’ and she thinks it is ‘tomari’ is there more than one way to say stop and are there only certain situations you can use them with? Also I read your newsletter about the IPhone app and was interested in making a video for your students about American high school life.  Are there any rules I should know about? I’m interested in learning about schools and students in Japan as well. Thanks, Ashlynn

A: Hi Ashlynn, again thank you for the nice words about the site!  The answer for the “stop” part is, you are both right!  やめて = ya me te = means “Stop what you are doing!”  like if someone is annoying you, you say “Yamete!”.   止まれ = to ma re = means “Stop moving” so it’s what you see on stop signs at the side of the road.

With regards the iPhone, please do make some videos for the students in Japan, they love them!  Just keep the English really, really, really simple – or you could do it in Japanese of course!  Please send me the links when you are done!

Be genki,

Richard

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