What’s the difference between ばかり and ところ? [JLPT grammar]

Konnichiwa! It’s Chika sensei.

Today I share my reply to a student’s question in the JLPT All-in-One course.
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just finished, something just occurred


[A student’s comment]

先生、I have a question.
たばかり and たところ
same meaning?

Can I also say 来たところ?



[Chika Sensei’s reply]



Using when the speaker feels they just did something.

=The speaker thinks that “two years in Japan” is still a short time.


Not psychologically, but when it is actually done just now.

=Indeed, “I had coffee ten minutes ago” is a short time.

=Some people think “two years in Japan” is a long time, so you can’t use “ところ”.



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