Today’s Grammar Point: ~とか

~とか is an expression to list examples. It is often used multiple times in a sentence to give multiple examples. It is similar to ~や or ~など but ~とか is more casual and doesn’t get used in writing very often. If a noun is following ~とか、it takes the form of ~とかのxxx, ~とかいうxxx or ~とかいったxxx.


  • [plain form verb] + とか
  • [いadj] + とか
  • [なadj] + (だ) + とか
  • [noun] + とか


I didn’t have anything to do, so I killed time by doing things like going to a temple and other things.
Cf. なにもすることがないので、おてらって時間じかんをつぶした。
I didn’t have anything to do, so I killed time by going to a temple (but I didn’t do anything else).

I don’t like greasy foods such as fried chicken.

Tell your grandmother that you passed the exam by calling her, writing a letter to her, or something,

I don’t like household chores such as cleaning and washing.

I’m sick of him telling me all about himself like going to university or buying a car, etc.

Please give me some feedback on whether it is delicious or not.

I don’t know what to do when someone tells me I’m cute, pretty, etc.

JLPT N5の試験しけん簡単かんたんとか単純たんじゅんとかってわれていますが、勉強べんきょうしないと合格ごうかくしません。
The JLPT N5 exam is said to be easy or simple, but you will not pass it unless you study.

I like noodles like yakisoba and udon.

I can’t answer if questions are asked in French, German, etc.

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