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How to make quotations using the particle “と” in Japanese

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How to make quotations using the particle “と” in Japanese Last time we took a look at how to express on-going actions or lasting effects in Japanese using “~ている”. In this lesson, ou will learn how to use the particle “と” together with verbs like “言う” and “思う” to make quotations in Japanese. That way, […]

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How to express desire in Japanese using “たい” & “ほしい”

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How to express desire in Japanese using “たい” & “ほしい” Last time, we took a good last look at verb conjugations by introducing the te-form. This week you will learn how to express desire or wanting something in Japanese by using “tai” and “hoshii”. Table of Contents [About “たい” & “ほしい”] [The difference between “たい” […]

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How to conjugate verbs in Japanese Part Ⅲ

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How to conjugate verbs in Japanese Part Ⅲ Last time, we took a look at exceptions from the verb conjugation rules we learned in the previous lesson. In this lesson, Shiho will introduce the conjugation of the “te”-form, or “テ形”. The te-form is used for various grammar points in Japanese and it’s therefore crucial to […]

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How to conjugate verbs in Japanese Part Ⅱ

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How to conjugate verbs in Japanese Part Ⅱ Last time Shiho explained the very basics of verb conjugations in Japanese, including the three verb groups (u-verbs, ru-verbs, and irregular verbs) and how to conjugate each group from its “辞書形 (dictionary form)” to the masu- and nai-form. In this lesson Shiho reviews some of the grammar […]

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How to conjugate verbs in Japanese Part Ⅰ

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How to conjugate verbs in Japanese Part Ⅰ In the last lesson, Shiho revised some of her introduction to Japanese adjectives and showed you how to express adjectives in Japanese in the past tense. Do you remember the two ways to use “良かった”? In this lesson, Shiho will give an introduction to conjugating verbs in […]

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Introduction to using the particle “の”

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Introduction to using the particle “の” Last time you learned the basics about Japanese adjectives. This week Shiho took a look at the genitive particle “の” with which you can express possession and belonging using two nouns. Of course, there are other ways than “noun の noun” to use this particle, but let’s start with […]

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Introduction to using adjectives in Japanese Part 2

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Introduction to using adjectives in Japanese Part 2 Last time Shiho introduced the “の”-particle and its basic uses in Japanese. For this lesson, we return to “い”- and “な”-adjectives and how to express them in the past tense. Table of Contents [Revision] [過去形: Adjectives in the past tense: “い”-Adjectives] [過去形: Adjectives in the past tense: […]

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Introduction to using adjectives in Japanese

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Introduction to using adjectives in Japanese Last time you learned how to use demonstrative pronouns in Japanese. This week Shiho explained about the different types of “形容詞” (adjectives) and how to use them in Japanese. Do you know the difference between “い”-adjectives and “な”-adjectives? If not, prepare to learn! Table of Contents [Adjectives in Japanese] […]

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How to use demonstrative pronouns in Japanese

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How to use demonstrative pronouns in Japanese Last time you learned how to tell the date and time in Japanese. For this video and article, we are leveling up to take a look at “指示詞” – demonstrative pronouns in Japanese. As in most languages, demonstrative pronouns are something you will use fairly often, so try […]