In this lesson we are going to see how to indicate that you are going to or toward a place. Let’s go!
When you want to indicate the destination of a journey or travel, you will use the particle に [ni].
がっこう に いきます。
[gakkou ni ikimasu.]
/(I’am) going to school./
When you want to indicate the direction toward which you are heading, you will use the particle へ [e].
しごと へ いきます。
[shigoto e ikimasu.]
/(I’am) going toward my workplace./
Take care to the pronunciation! As a particle へ shall be pronounced [e] as え, and not [he].
に? へ? What’s the difference?
The difference between に and へ is as subtle as the difference between to and toward.
に indicates the final target, the purpose, of your travel.
On its side へ indicates a more general destination, that may be your precise target or close to it, but may also be a more general direction toward which you will be heading. With へ you are somehow giving more focus on the fact that you will be going toward a certain direction than on the destination itself.
|帰る||かえる||[kaeru]||/to come back/|
I’am coming back to home.
うち ＿ かえります。
uchi _ kaerimasu.
こうえん へ いく。
[ko~en e iku.]
2. I'm going toward the public park.
うみ に いきます。
umi ni ikimasu.