What’s The Difference Between “Suki Nan Da” and “Suki Da” In Japanese?

I’m getting thrown by that “nan” in there- do they have the same meaning? Different? Same general meaning but different contexts for using them or different shades of meaning?

There is a subtle difference between the two.

好きだ (suki da) is more of a statement of the facts. I like (whatever).

好きなんだ carries with it more of an explanatory tone. ie maybe you’re eating really fast and someone gives you a weird look, you could say 好きなんだ (sukinanda)

the nda/ndesu (more polite) can be used also with i-adjectives and verbs in short form. In those cases you don’t need the na before nda


aѕнι a, tesuto ga aru
(I have a test tomorrow, simple statement)
aѕнι a, tesuto ga arunda
I have a test tomorrow (so….I can’t go out tonight or somethin along those lines is implied from the nda)

also, people use it a lot in questions where they want some sort of clarification or explanation.
ie, you might hear douѕнι ano? (どうしたの?)
a lot
の is a casual way of saying んですか (where ka is the question particle)
which means what’s wrong and implies that something isn’t right.
The answer to this could be something like:
kare to wakaretanda
I broke up with my boyfriend (the nda means that it is an explanation)

‘What do you like’ would be more like:
nani ga suki?
nani ga suki desu ka
(more polite)

Suki Nanda

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Ai is a noun. Suki is verb, (or adjective-verb of Japanese). You can’t put them in the same row. But putting grammar aside, I think you want to know the difference between ai as “to love” and suki as “to like”. Suki can be used as “love”. In fact, ai is not always used in Japanese. Ai is like deep love, you use it only to your sweetheart or parents/children relations. But even among them, some people use only suki, and end up not using ai.

Nan suki da= what do you like.
Suki da= I like it.

Source(s): Speak Japanese at home.

i think suki nan da is like: how do you like it?
and suki da means something like: i like it.
sorry, im a n00b =/

Source(s): elective language for schoool

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