Grammar Info

N3 Lesson 5: 12/21

から()うと

Speaking in terms of, From the point of view of

The preceding noun cannot identify a person. However, Personの立場 + からいうと/からいって/からいえば are allowed.

Structure

Noun + から()うと(1)

(1)から()えばから()って

Details

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About から言うと

からいうと (appearing with or without kanji) is a phrase in Japanese that is used to express a particular viewpoint or standpoint from which some type of evaluation, conclusion, or opinion can be drawn. The と that appears here is one of the assumption uses of this particle, meaning that から()えば may also be used.
からいうと will always follow a noun (or noun phrase), before the (B) part of that same sentence will describe some kind of evaluation/opinion/etc. This structure closely reflects phrases like 'speaking in terms of (A), (B)', or 'what can be drawn from (A) is that (B)'.
  • (わたし)経験(けいけん)から()うとこのやり(かた)一番(いちばん)効率(こうりつ)いい
    Speaking from my experience, this way of doing it is the most efficient.
  • (わたし)立場(たちば)から()えば(かれ)絶対(ぜったい)いつか成功(せいこう)する
    Speaking from my position, he will make it big one day.
Occasonally, the use of particles such as と or may be skipped entirely, with からと()って being used instead.
  • この結果(けっか)から()ってこの計画(けいかく)あまりよくありませんでした
    Speaking from these results, this plan was not that great.
Caution
'Name + からいうと' may not be used with this expression, as a person is not a 'situation'. However, it is perfectly ok to use something like 'name の 立場(たちば)からいうと', as this highlights a specific situation that the said person is in.
  • タクミから()うと後輩(こうはい)タケシ(くん)(つぎ)試合(しあい)()てそうなの? (Unnatural)
    Speaking as Takumi, do you think your kouhai, Takeshi-kun can win in the next competition?
  • タクミ立場(たちば)からいうと後輩(こうはい)タケシ(くん)(つぎ)試合(しあい)()てそうなの? (Natural)
    Takumi, speaking from your position, do you think you kouhai, Takeshi-kun is going to win at the next competition?
  • サトミ視点(してん)からいうとあの(ひと)たちは採用(さいよう)ない(ほう)がいいという(こと)ですか? (Natural)
    Satomi, from your point of view, are you saying that we should not recruit those people?
Caution
Due to からいうと regularly highlighting some sort of 'overall situation', it will not be used with momentary/visual things. In these cases, while not strictly incorrect, it may sound quite unnatural to a native speaker.
  • (いえ)レイアウトから()うとこの(いえ)は30年前(ねんまえ)()てられた(いえ)(おも)。 (Not incorrect, but a little unnatural)
    Speaking from the layout of this house, I think it was built 30 years ago.
A more appropriate choice here would be something like から()ると, as this can be used to make purely visual assessments.

Examples

  • (わたし)経験(けいけん)から()先生(せんせい)のおかげで卒業(そつぎょう)ができた。

    From the point of view of my experience, it was thanks to my teacher that I graduated.

  • 法律(ほうりつ)から()それ違反(いはん)です。

    Speaking in terms of the law, that is a crime.

  • 結論(けつろん)から()失敗(しっぱい)です。

    Speaking in terms of results, it is a failure.

  • 値段(ねだん)から()このコーヒー(たか)すぎる

    Speaking in terms of price, this coffee is too expensive.

  • 物価(ぶっか)から()この地域(ちいき)()みやすいですね。

    Speaking in terms of prices in general, this region is easy to live in.

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