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2005.08.05(Review of 2001.03.28 edition)

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NOTE vs. NOTEBOOK   メモ vs. ノート


  • A note is a short piece of writing.

    A notebook is a book of blank or lined paper that is used for writing.

    Be Careful! We do NOT use the word “note” like the Japanese ノート to mean notebook.
  • note は、メモ、覚え書きのことです。

    notebook は、白紙あるいは罫の入った紙を製本したもの、つまりノート、帳面のことです。

    注意:note には日本語で言う「ノート」のように notebook の意味はありません。


  1. My mother put a note in my lunchbox today. It said, “Good luck on your test!”
  2. (on the phone)
    a: Is Mr. Simpson in?
    b: No, he is out all day. Would you like me to leave him a note for you?
  3. Instead of writing letters when I travel, I usually just write a quick note on the back of a postcard.
  4. At the beginning of the school year, I buy a new notebook for each of my classes.
  5. My diary is just a simple notebook I bought at the 100 yen shop. I didn't want to spend a lot of money for a good one.

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