There are many words that mean “to break” in Japanese.
Which word would you choose to describe breaking a plate in Japanese…
砕(くだ)く or 割(わ)る?
Actually, these two words differ in the state of the plate after it is broken.😆
-I broke a friend’s valuable plate.
Can you find a mistake?
To apply force to something solid and make it very small. To break into pieces (like powder).
break, smash, crush
To apply force to a solid object and divide it into several pieces.
break, divide, split
These will be shattered.
These will be several pieces.
Did my explanation enhance your understanding?
割る is a JLPT N4 (Elementary level) word and 砕く is a JLPT N2 (Pre-advanced level) word.
N4 level is the second stage of the JLPT.
This level will allow the student to continue working on sentence building as well as new grammar points.
N2 level is the first stage of the advanced level.
This level will allow the student to work on challenging grammar points such as complex relative pronouns.
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