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Archive for February, 2010

が Particle Posted by on Feb 28, 2010

We’ve seen the が particle used in certain grammatical expressions like: 先生が好きです = I like the teacher. (先生 = せんせい/teacher. が = ga particle. 好きです = すきです/like) and 傘がありません = I don’t have an umbrella. (傘 = かさ/umbrella. が = ga particle. ありません = don’t have) There are also other uses of が. The が…

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The Seven Lucky Gods Posted by on Feb 25, 2010

The 七福神 (しちふくじん) or the Seven Lucky Gods are deities that occur frequently in Japanese art and mythology. 布袋 (ほてい) is the god of good health and abundance. He is depicted as a plump and bald man with a protruding belly. Somtimes he is seen holding a bag full of presents. He also symbolizes happiness, which…

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から Posted by on Feb 22, 2010

から can be used in a variety of situations. One way から is used, is to express when something begins. 昼御飯は午後十二時からはじまります. (昼御飯 = ひるごはん/lunch. は = topic marking particle. 午後 = ごご/pm. 十二時 = じゅうにじ/12 o’clock. から = from. はじまります = begins) In English this sentence would mean, “Lunch begins at 12pm”. から can also…

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Toyota Posted by on Feb 19, 2010

Toyota (トヨタ) has been in the news recently, and not for very postive reasons. A series of recalls, including the most recent recall for anti-lock brakes in Toyota hybrids, has consumers worrying about the safety of Toyota cars. The recalls have coincided with Toyota’s struggle to emerge out from the recession. Due to the recalls, Toyota plants in…

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Te Form Posted by on Feb 16, 2010

The て form will be useful to learn because it’s used for various grammatical purposes. First, let’s learn how to form the て form. In the next post, we’ll learn the various uses for this form. With RU verbs, the て form is constructed by taking off the る and adding て: おきる (to get…

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Prime Minister Posted by on Feb 13, 2010

This year in the U.S., Presidents Day will be the fifteenth of February. I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce Japan’s equivalent of a president. In Japan, instead of a president, the head of government is the prime minister. In Japanese, the prime minister is called そうりだいじん. In order to qualify as a prime…

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すきな/きらいな Posted by on Feb 10, 2010

For today’s lesson we’ll learn how to express our likes and dislikes. First let’s take a look at this sentence: わたしはいぬがすきです (わたし = I. は = topic marking particle. いぬ = dogs. が = subject marking particle. すきです = like.) In English, this sentence would mean, “I like dogs”. これはわたしのすきないぬです (これ = this. は = topic…

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