Stop! だいたい Is Not The Same As たいてい:How to Figure

Stop! だいたい Is Not The Same As たいてい:How to Figure

Did you think “だいたい” and “たいてい” are the same meaning? Actually, they are quite similar, however, the nuance of them is pretty different. After reading this, You would be able to figure out what the difference between them is. Let me introduce how you correctly use “だいたい” and “たいてい” today!




だいたい / たいてい (daitai/taitei)

About / Mostly

“だいたい and たいてい” means “About and Mostly” and which have been using when people expect something. Although basically they are the same meaning, they have a little bit difference that is a possibility of them and people have the data, knowledge, or experience about their expectation. For instance, ”日本人にほんじんはだいたい寿司すしき(Most Japanese people like SUSHI.)” and ”日本人にほんじんはたいてい寿司すしき(Most Japanese people like SUSHI.)” which is exactly the same meaning. However, native Japanese speakers think a person who said ”日本人にほんじんはたいてい寿司すしき(Most Japanese people like SUSHI.)” have the data, knowledge, and experience about their expectation instead of ”日本人にほんじんはだいたい寿司すしき(Most Japanese people like SUSHI.)”. So, “たいてい” is the pretty stronger word than “だいたい”, that’s why the possibility of “だいたい” would be 70-80% and “たいてい” would be 80-90%. In this case, you won’t be able to “たいてい”: “この会場かいじょうにはだいたい何人なんにんひとていますか?(About how many people came to this venue?)” Because you don’t have the data about it, that’s why you asked. Even though mostly “たいてい” and “だいたい” are interchangeable with each other, some cases are not like this. Additionally, the possibility-wise, “だいたい我慢がまんできる(Mostly I’ll be able to control myself.)” which the possibility would be 70-80% and “たいてい我慢がまんできる(Mostly I’ll be able to control myself.)” would be 80-90%.

Example
ゆか
明日あしただいたい何時頃なんじごろいえかえってくるの? (About what will you come home tomorrow?) (你明天差不多几点回家?) (내일은 대충 몇 시쯤에 집에 돌아와?) (Ngày mai tầm mấy giờ thì cậu về đến nhà?)
たつや
たいてい夜7時よるしちじにはかえってるよ。 (Mostly I get home until 7 pm.) (多半我会在晚上7点回来。) (대부분 밤 7시에는 돌아가고 있어.) (Thường thì 7 giờ tối là tớ về nhà rồi.)
ゆか
だいたい日本人にほんじんは、とりきだよね? (Most Japanese people like Yakitori, don’t they?) (大多数日本人喜欢烤鸡肉串,是吗?) (일본인의 대부분은 닭꼬치를 좋아하지?) (Hầu hết người Nhật đều thích gà xiên nướng đúng không?)
たつや
昨日きのうのパーティに、だいたい何人なんにんぐらいのひとてたかってる? (Do you know about how many people came to the party yesterday?) (你知道有多少人来参加昨天的派对吗?) (어제 파티에 대략 몇 명이 왔는지 알아?) (Cậu có biết hôm qua có khoảng bao nhiêu người đến dự tiệc không?)
ゆか
たつやってさぁ、雨降あめふったらたいてい学校がっこう遅刻ちこくするよねー。 (If it rained, Tatsuya would be late for school.) (达也啊,下雨的话上学多数都会迟到呢。) (타츠야말야 대체로 비 오면 학교에 지각하네.) (Trời cứ mưa là hầu như Tatsuya lại đi học trễ nhỉ.)
たつや
たいてい日本人にほんじんは、てんぷらきだよね? (Most Japanese people like Tempura, don’t they?) (大部分的日本人喜欢天妇罗,对吧?) (일본인의 대부분은 튀김을 좋아하지?) (Đa số người Nhật đều thích tempura nhỉ?)
ゆか
だいたいかったよ! (I pretty much got it!) (大概都明白了!) (대충 알았어!) ( Tớ cũng hiểu đại khái rồi!)
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たつや
たいてい学生がくせい昨日きのう試験しけん合格ごうかくしてたよ。 (Most students passed the exam yesterday.) (大多数学生昨天都通过了考试哦。) (학생들 대부분이 어제 본 시험에 합격했어.) (Đa số học sinh đều đậu kỳ thi hôm qua đấy.)
ゆか
だいたい我慢がまんできるとおもうよ。 (I think mostly I’ll be able to control myself.) (我想我大概可以忍受。) (대부분 참을 수 있을거야.) (Tớ nghĩ là đại khái tớ có thể chịu đựng được.)
たつや
たいていかったよ! (I almost got it!) (大部分都明白哦!) (대충 알았어!) (Tớ hiểu đại khái hết rồi!)

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