What’s the Best Way to Use きっかけ ?
When you were inspired by someone or something and stared something because of him/her or that, the word “きっかけ” is used. However, I’d say there are a lot of people are confused about using “きっかけ”, so let me introduce how native speakers use this word “きっかけ” today!
Triggers / Incentive / Be inspired
“きっかけ” means “Triggers, Incentive or Be inspired” and it is used as the positive and negative meaning. Although “引き金” is also used as the same meaning of “きっかけ” is 引き金“, which is used as the only negative meaning. Furthermore, “きっかけ” is quite often used in daily conversations. For instance, “きっかけは父です。(He inspires me.)”, “きっかけはナンパです。(It all started after being hit.)”, “付き合ったきっかけは私の一目惚れでした。(We started dating after I had a crush on him.)”, “彼の暴言が引き金で喧嘩になった。(He violently talked to me that is the trigger for getting into a fight.)” etc. Lastly, “日本語を勉強するきっかけは何ですか？” means “What inspired you to study Japanese?”.