Japanese Lesson – Going to/Going toward

Hello everyone,

In this lesson we are going to see how to indicate that you are going to or toward a place. Let’s go!

Going to…

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.]
/shool//{purpose}//to go//./
/(I’am) going to school./

Going toward…

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.]
/work//{direction}//to go//./
/(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.



うち [uchi] /home/
うみ [umi] /sea/
公園 こうえん [ko~en] /public park/
行く いく [iku] /to go/
帰る かえる [kaeru] /to come back/

I’am coming back to home.

家 _ 帰ります。
うち _ かえります。
uchi _ kaerimasu.



こうえん へ いく。
[ko~en e iku.]

1. I'm going to the public park.
2. I'm going toward the public park.



I am going to the sea.
うみ に いきます。
umi ni ikimasu.



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