Hello, i was talking to a japanese friend over MSN last night and she was very persistant in asking me what いちばん右 meant in english, she drew diagrams of four circles, and the last one filled. ○○○● saying ichiban migi is the fourth one, and that ichiban hidari would be ●○○○, I have no clue what she was talking about.
I asked;"Does it mean Best right?" "Mostly Right?" and she seemed to think that was the correct translation. I also asked her if it was a math word and she said no its commonly used in japanese. She then proceeded to try to describe its use in simple sentences such as;
These counters are used to show postition in a group of objects. In your question you were asking about いちばん右(ICHIBAN MIGI). It means the one that is all the way to the right. Japanese uses this in many situations:
The め (ME) that your friend is refering to is the Order Counter. It is also explained in Course 3 Lesson 7 . You basically stick it to the end of any other counter to give it rank. Look at the transformations:
いちばん (ICHIBAN) - Number One いちばんめ (ICHIBANME) - First
にだい (NIDAI) - 2 Electronic devices にだいめ (NIDAIME) - The second electronic device
asdasd What confused me most about her explanation was that in my mind i was thinking ichiban was meaning "best" and "most" and not the counter. After some time talking i was able to realize what was being said and came up with the translation to english as "far right" "far left" "first one on the right" and so on. Funny enough Course 3 Lesson 7 is my next lesson. Thanks again.