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Personal Pronouns in Japanese Grammar Posted by on Aug 31, 2014

I don’t believe that I covered this topic in the past.  This is one of those basic grammar lesson, and it is very important to know. Today, let me cover the personal pronouns.   The major personal pronouns we use in Japanese are: Watashi  (私、わたし) - I Anata (あなた) – You Kare (彼、かれ) – He Kanojo…

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Basic Japanese Lesson – Ne and Yo particles Posted by on Aug 31, 2014

Back to lesson on particles again!  In Japanese, we have many types of particles, but the ones I will show you today are one of those that you often hear at the END of the sentence.  Previously, we covered some that are in the middle of the sentences, but these are a bit unique.  I…

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Working with Passive Verbs in Japanese Posted by on Aug 28, 2014

This morning, one of my boys opened our refrigerator and said, “Oh no, someone ate my cake!” He was devastated as he wanted to save his cake for later. In Japanese, when something is stolen or taken away from you, we often use “passive verb” in our expression rather than “active” verb.  In the scenario above…

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Where are you going? – Simple Japanese Lesson 2 Posted by on Aug 28, 2014

The 2nd article on simple Japanese conversational exercise is about ” Where are you going?”. How would you respond when someone asks you, “Where are you going?(Dokoe ikimasuka?, どこへ 行きますか? Dokoe ikunodesuka? どこへ、行くのですか?)  Let me show you how you can respond to this question. Read on! Where are you going today? – Kyo dokoe ikimasuka?, Kyo dokoe…

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What did you eat today? – Simple Japanese Lesson Posted by on Aug 27, 2014

What did you eat today?- Kyo nani o tabemashita ka? (今日、何を食べましたか?きょう、なにをたべましたか?)  Did you eat something good?, Did you eat anything spicy or sweet? Here are some conversational Japanese you can learn.   What did you eat today?- Kyo nani o tabemashita ka? (今日、何を食べましたか?きょう、なにをたべましたか?) ==> I ate lots of fruits. – Takusan no kudamono o tabemashita…

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Good to know Modals in Japanese Posted by on Aug 22, 2014

I have covered some of the major particles in Japanese during the last few posts. In this post, let me introduce you to some of the modals that can be useful when expressing your opinions and ideas in Japanese. ~ BEKI desu. This modal is close to “should” in English. It indicates your “strong opinion”on…

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Basic Japanese Lesson – O and De particles Posted by on Aug 15, 2014

So, this month is the month you will be familiar with basic Japanese grammar.  We are starting with important particles. So far, we have covered the following particles: Mo (も) – means “too” or “also” in English. Click here to review this.   Ga(が) & Wa (は) – two confusing particles of Japanese. Click here…

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