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そういえば

Speaking of which, By the way, Come to think of it

使い方・接続

そういえ + Phrase

詳細

  • 使用域

    Standard

  • 使用域

    一般

「そういえば」の情報

そういえば is a hypothetical structure in Japanese consisting of the adverb そう 'like that', and the ば conjunctive form of the う-Verb ()う 'to say'. Common translations include 'speaking of which', 'by the way', and 'come to think of it'. These translations are actually very close to the literal translation of 'if saying that' in that they all refer back to the previous statement as being a trigger for bringing up a topic that the speaker wants to discuss.
そういえば will primarily appear at the beginning of sentences, before the speaker will then bring up the topic that they were reminded of.
  • そういえば、この(まえ)()りた(ほん)()()わったよ!めちゃくちゃ面白(おもしろ)かった!
    By the way, I finished reading the book I borrowed from you the other day! It was super interesting!
  • そういえば大家(おおや)さんに家賃(やちん)()()んでくれた?
    Speaking of which, did you transfer the rent to the landlord for me?
  • そういえば、さっき(えき)でお(かあ)さんの友達(ともだち)()ったよ。よろしくだって。
    Speaking of which, I met your friend at the station. She told me to tell you she said hi.
Caution - Due to そういえば refering to something that has already been brought up over the course of a conversation, it will not be used to move on to completely unrelated topics in the same way that phrases like 'by the way' are used in English.
  • 中田(なかた)さん:今度(こんど)バッティングセンターに()こ!
    高橋(たかはし)さん:そういえば藤田(ふじた)さんと伊藤(いとう)くんが()()(はじ)めたって()いた?
    Tanaka-san: Let's go to the batting cage next time!
    Takahashi-san: Speaking of which, did you hear that Fujita-san and Ito-kun has started dating? (Unnatural Japanese)
Fun-fact - そういえば is very similar in the way it is used to といえば, with そう simply replacing the direct quotation of と. Many textbooks will list both as a single grammar point, despite そういえば itself basically being a set phrase.

例文

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  • そういえば昨夜(さくや)何時(なんじ)(いえ)(かえ)ったの?

    Speaking of which, what time did you get home last night?

    • そういえば今日(きょう)(はは)()だ。

      Come to think of it, it is Mother's Day today.

      • そういえば昨日(きのう)卒業式(そつぎょうしき)どうだった?

        Speaking of which, how was the graduation ceremony yesterday?

        • そういえば着替(きが)()ってきてくれた?

          Speaking of which, did you bring the change of clothes for me?

          • そういえば今度(こんど)のイベントで機関車(きかんしゃ)()れるみたいです

            Speaking of which, it looks like you can ride a locomotive at the upcoming event!

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