[JLPT grammar] Using という appropriately in Japanese

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N4 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

In Japan, I went to Tokyo.


The speaker thinks that the listener does not know of A when Aという is used.
However, if you add an A to a name that everyone knows, it sounds like you are making fun of the listener for not even knowing it.

For example, if you say “東京というところ,” it sounds as if you are speaking on the assumption that the listener does not know even “東京.


I went to Tokyo.

I went to a place called Abashiri in Hokkaido.

I ate pizza.

I ate Zundamochi, a souvenir from Sendai.

I drank beer.

I drank Awamori, an Okinawan drink.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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