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N2 Lesson 2: 22/24


Towards, To face, To head to


Noun + ()かっ
Noun + ()
Noun + () + + Noun


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About に向かって・に向けて

Coming from a link between に and the う-Verb ()かう 'to face', or 'to go towards' in its て-form, ()かって indicates that some specific action is being done 'towards (A)' or 'facing (A)'. (A) usually marks a stationary object or destination in the form of a noun. However, it can also mark less obvious destinations, such as the future '未来(みらい)'.
  • マイク()かって(なに)一言(ひとこと)(ねが)いします。
    Please face the mic and say something.
  • (そら)()かって大声(おおごえ)()した。
    I shouted loudly towards the sky.
  • (あか)るい未来(みらい)()かって一緒(いっしょ)人生(じんせい)(あゆ)もうじゃ()いか!
    Why don't we walk toward a bright future together!
Additionally, when ()ける (the transitive form of the verb) is used, it will imply that the speaker is intentionally 'aiming' or 'facing' something towards (A). This is especially true when the objective of the speaker is to make something 'suitable' for (A).
  • 新入社員(しんにゅうしゃいん)()けて(なに)かアドバイスを一言(ひとこと)(ねが)いします。
    Please share a few words of advice suitable for the new employees.
  • (かれ)らは全国(ぜんこく)大会(たいかい)()けて毎日(まいにち)(あさ)から(よる)までトレーニングをしている。
    They are training towards the national championship from morning to night everyday.


  • カメラ()かって笑顔(えがお)(ねが)いします

    Please face the camera and smile.

  • 将来(しょうらい)()かって治療(ちりょう)発展(はってん)(すす)一方(いっぽう)だ。

    Heading toward the future, medical development is continuously progressing.

  • 日本(にほん)をはじめ、外国(がいこく)()けてブランドを(ひろ)げたい。

    Starting with Japan, I want to expand my brand towards foreign countries.

  • 受験生(じゅけんせい)()けてアドバイスを(ねが)いします

    Please give an advice aimed at a student preparing for exams.

  • 小学生(しょうがくせい)()かってなんでそんなに(むずか)しい()(かた)するのだろう...

    I wonder why he uses such a difficult way of speaking toward elementary school students.

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