This phrase let’s us say things like, “Out of all my school subjects, I like history the most”. This piece of grammar or sentence structure is practically guaranteed to come up on the JLPT N5 examination.


But first let’s just look at a few examples of 一番 on its own. It means “number one” but used with an adjective it turns it into a superlative.

The fastest/earliest.
The cleverest.
The most expensive.

Using the structure above we can come up with the following sentences.

Out of my classmates, Yumiko is the cleverest.
Of all my school subjects I like mathematics the best.
The coldest winter in memory.

Note that 中 is a kanji you will see often. It means “middle” and the reading on its own is なか.

You May Also Like


JLPT N3. Used in both conversation and writing depending on the usage. よる is a grammatically versatile verb…

Colloquial Japanese

One gripe among Japanese learners is that they learn all these verb conjugations and honorifics and then when…

The Subject Particle (が) Explained (and the difference between は and が)

Last but by no means least is the subject particle, が. This is the one particle that many…

Nothing Else to Do

しかない can also be added to the dictionary form of verbs to express that you have no choice…