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<< toii~toii | toittaranai >>

といったら [といったら] (toittara)
    Meaning: Express admiration/horror; eg, how +adjective, so+adjective
    Example: My son's room is so dirty, it's dreadful.
    JLPT Level: 2
    Author: rakki

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ex #6328   息子の部屋の汚いことといったら、ひどいものです。  
My son's room is so dirty, it's dreadful.  
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(rakki)
ex #6329   これを見たときの私の驚きといったら 
How astonished I was to see this.  
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ex #6331   メアリーは彼に何といったら良いのか途方に暮れている。  
Mary is at a loss what to say to him.  
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(dc)
ex #6332   私にできることといったら彼女に忠告してやるくらいのことです。  
All I can do is to give her advice.  
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ex #6333   私には彼に何といったら良いか分からなかった。  
I didn't know what to say to him.  
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ex #6334   私はなんといったらいいかわからなくてだまっていた。  
Not knowing what to say, I remained silent.  
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ex #6337   私は彼に何といったら良いか分からなかった。  
I didn't know what to say to him.  
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ex #6338   私は母に何といったらいいのか困ってしまった。  
I was at a loss what to say to my mother .  
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ex #6339   彼の食べ方といったら、胸が悪くなるね。  
Speaking of his eating habits, they're revolting aren't they?  
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(dc)

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shiho-chanIm not sure if it matters but, maybe it should noted that this is often shortened to ったら 
kadoka66Hmm to make one of the usages of this grammar item a little more understandable there is a Japanese drinking game which I often play with friends.

It goes like this:

なにものといったら、なにもの
What would you think of if I said ??

例:人A:バナナと言ったら、黄色い。
人B:黄色いと言ったら、色。
人C:色と言ったら、虹

Etc etc

It's a bit like Mallets Mallet for those of you who are familiar with the British 80's Morning show.

 
tigert[#] is the strangest japanese I have every seen. これを見たときの私の驚きといったら??? say what?

私はそれを見た時、驚きといったら十分じゃないよ
When I saw that, to say I was suprised is insufficent.
 
seanohaganThe example sentences are a bit confusing. The first two make sense given the meaning above "how +adj". But the rest of the examples seem to be a different usage. Am I wrong? 
nayNo, I agree. "to ittara" is used in a "to ieba" sense in all the other examples. I know that's common for "ttara" (which is a contraction of "to ittara"), but I'm not sure myself how to distinguish these obviously two meanings properly.
Maybe a native speaker can help us out.
 
karekano# and # are both the same thing, right? 

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