In Japanese, the verb 会う can be translated into “meet” and “see.” Because of this, a common mistake Japanese speakers make is to say “I met (a person)” when they really mean to say “I saw (a person).” Today, let’s look at the differences between how we use the words “meet” and “see” in English.
We use “meet” when we spend time with somebody for the first time .
・I’ve never met my cousins who live in Italy.
・Did you meet the new sales representative?
We also use “meet” when we are introduced to somebody for the first time.
・I’d like you to meet Mr. Suzuki.
・Have you two met before?
“Meet” is also used when you have plans or a scheduled appointment with someone. “Meet with” means you are going to have a talk or discussion with the person.
・I’ll meet with the client at his office.
・I met with my professor to talk about my thesis.
When it is not the first time we spend time with someone, we use “see.”
・I saw my friend last weekend.
・We are going to see my grandparents this weekend.