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<< sukini | sukoshimo.....nai >>

少し [すこし] (sukoshi)
    Meaning: a bit...
    Example: A bit cold
    JLPT Level: 4
    Category: grammar
    Author: funfactory

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ex #869   かれは少しおそいですね。[kare ha sukoshi osoi desu ne.] 
He's a bit late isn't he?  
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(Amatuka)
ex #4721   もう少し居てもいいですか 
Can I stay a bit longer?  
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(bamboo4)
ex #4927   「水を少しくださし。」「いいですよ。」 
"Please give me some water." "All right."  
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(Miki)
ex #4928   11時15分前を少し過ぎています。juuichi ji juugo fun mae wo sukoshi sugiteimasu. 
It is a little after a quarter to eleven.  
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ex #4929   あそこは少し高すぎると思います。 
I'm afraid that place is a little too expensive.  
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ex #4930   あなたの報告書には少し間違いがあります。anatano houkokusyo niwa sukoshi machigai ga arimasu. 
There are a few mistakes in your report.  
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ex #4931   お茶が濃すぎるので少し水を加えてください。ocha ga kosugiru node sukoshi mizu wo kuwaete kudasai. 
The tea is too strong. Add some water.  
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ex #4932   今日は少し寒い。kyou wa sukoshi samui. 
It's a little cold today.  
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ex #4933   この靴は少しゆるい。kono kutsu wa sukoshi yurui. 
These shoes are a little loose.  
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ex #4934   このスープは塩が少し足りない。 
This soup needs a bit of salt.  
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(Miki)
ex #4935   このスカートは少しきついのです。くのすかあとはすこしきつのです。[kuno sukāto wa sukoshi kitsu no desu.] 
The skirt is a little tight for me.  
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(Miki)

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AmatukaDon't get sukoshi confused with chiisai
少し : sukoshi samui desu (a bit cold)
小さい : chiisai neko desu (a little cat)
 
Amatuka少し 【すこし】 (adv,n) (1) small quantity; little; few; something; (2) little while; (3) short distance; (P)
 
MikiRoma-ji in red is wrong, it should be s_U_koshi. 
Amatuka*sigh* romaji will be the death of me. 
bamboo4彼は少しおそいですね is a bit confusing because it could also mean "he's a bit slow." 彼はすこし遅れてますね would sound clearer. 
GenkiGuyex #4934 - "This soup needs a bit of salt." reads better in English. 
dcactually the translation is not that literal. 足りない means not enough. so "this soup's saltiness is not quite enough". i prefer literal translations as my english is fine - would rather know exactly what the japanese way of saying it is. 
彼はちょっと遅いですね。Would be better? 
bambo4彼はちょっと遅いですね would be better, but we are here concerned with すこし.
 
KWhazitFor #4934, how about "This soup is [a bit] short on salt" or "This soup isn't quite salty enough"? 
herinapotterWhat's the difference between 少し and ちょっと? 
IMABISukoshi is more formal than chotto. I teach Japanese myself at www.freewebs.com/kanjiwebs/
Course not as near as much stuff as this place does but it's just gotten started. Of all my time learning Japanese this place is the best.
 

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