Asked • 04/13/19

What's the difference between 少{すこ}し (sukoshi) and 小{ちい}さい (chiisai)?

What's the difference between 少{すこ}し (sukoshi) and 小{ちい}さい (chiisai)? In what situations would I use each one?

Katherine D.

chiisai is used to indicate size or magnitude. For example, "kono neko wa chisai desu." (this cat is small). Sukoshi is used to indicate an amount. For example, "sukoshi nihongo wo hanashimasu." (I speak a little Japanese). sukoshi is for questions of how much or how little where as chiisai is for questions of size (how big or how small). Hope this helps!


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James W. answered • 04/17/19

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