~をこめて、〜わりに(は)、〜くせに、〜てみせる and 〜をきっかけに/して/として

I’ve been trying to find blogs that are about studying Japanese. I’ve said so before that I love reading about people and their experiences learning a new language, especially Japanese. It’s even better when they regularly document their journey and therefore become a source of inspiration for others out there. I am interested in being part of a community of Japanese learners to keep the motivation level up.

I have surprised myself by keeping true to the schedule and objectives for this summer vacation. I am almost done with this N3 grammar book. I do feel a bit more distracted than usual and pretty soon when it’s time to go back to school I will have to come up with an altogether new schedule for myself. It will be a bothersome process but change is good. Especially when I feel my current one is not helping me focus anymore.

I learnt five grammar points today: ~をこめて、〜わりに(は)、〜くせに、〜てみせる and 〜をきっかけに/して/として

~をこめて

This is used to convey “put your all into something” feeling. をこめて means “filled with”

Eg: 心をこめて、愛を込めて、力をこめて

2) 〜わりに(は)

This is used to convey being surprised at an unexpected outcome. It means ‘rather’ or ‘unexpectedly’.

V(casual)/ na-adj+ わりに

i-adj+ わりに(は)

Noun+ のわりに(は)

3)  〜くせに

According to this lesson 〜くせに is used to express disgust or anger at a unfortunate result. This is used in conversations only.

V/ i-adj/ na-adj + くせに

N + の、なくせに

4) 〜てみせる

Used with the te-form of a verb, 〜てみせる is used to show intent and says “I’ll definitely do this particular thing.”

5) 〜をきっかけに/して/として

Used when trying to do something or start something (an opportunity) when a major event happens.

Noun + をきっかけに/して/として

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