Japanese Grammar

Japanese Grammar

How to Express Limitation: 限る, にかけては, ならでは, and ともかく

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Wasabi’s Japanese Grammar Reference (with Audio Files) (English Edition)Get exclusive Wasabi material as an e-book for kindle on Amazon. Last time, you learned topic-related expressions, e.g. “アイヌ語ごというのは北海道ほっかいどうの一いち部ぶで話はなされている言こと葉ばのことだ (Ainu languages is a language spoken in part of Hokkaido),” and “北海道ほっかいどうといえば、私わたしは何なん度どか行いったことがある (As for Hokkaido, I have been there some times).” Then, if you would like to say, […]

Japanese Grammar

Topic-related Expressions: というのは, といえば, and だが

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Wasabi’s Japanese Grammar Reference (with Audio Files) (English Edition)Get exclusive Wasabi material as an e-book for kindle on Amazon. Last time, you learned how to express difficulty and possibility, e.g. “iPhoneは使つかいやすい (iPhones are easy to use),” and “完璧かんぺきな翻訳ほんやくはありえない (Perfect translations cannot exist).” In Japanese, the concept of topics is really important to make natural expressions. […]

Japanese Grammar

How to Express Difficulty and Possibility …やすい, …にくい, …かねる, and …得る

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Wasabi’s Japanese Grammar Reference (with Audio Files) (English Edition)Get exclusive Wasabi material as an e-book for kindle on Amazon. Last time, you learned how to express partial negation and double negative, e.g. “必かならずしも漢かん字じが難むずかしいわけじゃない (Kanji is not always difficult),” and “勉べん強きょうしないことはない (I will perhaps study).” Then, if you would like to say, “Kanji is difficult to […]

Japanese Grammar

Partial Negation and Double Negative in Japanese

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Wasabi’s Japanese Grammar Reference (with Audio Files) (English Edition)Get exclusive Wasabi material as an e-book for kindle on Amazon. Last time, you learned how the explanatory わけだ works, e.g. “日に本ほん語ごが話はなせるようになった。助じょ詞しが重要じゅうようだったわけだ (I became able to speak Japanese. The particles were important).” Just like the explanatory のだ, わけだ also has an important role to express detailed nuances. […]

Japanese Grammar

Explanatory わけだ

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Wasabi’s Japanese Grammar Reference (with Audio Files) (English Edition)Get exclusive Wasabi material as an e-book for kindle on Amazon. Last time, you learned how to express doubts in various ways, e.g. “日に本ほん語ごは難むずかしいのかな (I wonder if the Japanese language is difficult),” and “日に本ほん語ごは簡単かんたんなんじゃないか (I suppose the Japanese language is easy).” As you can see, the explanatory […]

Japanese Grammar

How to Express Doubts: かな, かしら, だろうか, and ではないか

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We have started a new section named “Advanced Sentence Patterns.” This is the final section in our grammar reference. Through learning advanced sentence patterns, you can spice up your knowledge more and more. In this lesson, you will learn how to express doubts in various ways Explanation for How to Express Doubts in Various Ways […]

Japanese Grammar

Advanced Sentence Ending Particles な, なあ, っけ, わ, ぞ, and さ

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Last time, you learned how Japanese prefixes and suffixes work, e.g. “ビジネス上じょう、外国がいこく語ごを話はなせることは便べん利りだ (it’s useful to be able to speak foreign languages from a business point of view).” In this lesson, you will learn a similar concept again, which is to express additional meanings by placing something at the end. That’s sentence ending particles. Explanation for […]

Japanese Grammar

Japanese Prefix and Suffix

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Last time, you learned how the generic nouns: もの and こと work, e.g. “ケイスケのことをよく知しっています (I know about Keisuke a lot).” You might consider のこと as a kind of a suffix. That is to say, by attaching のこと to nouns, you can express additional meanings. In this lesson, you will learn more about prefixes and suffixes. […]

Japanese Grammar

Generic Nouns: もの and こと

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Last time, you learned how Japanese interjection and other emotional expressions work, e.g. “あのう、ペンを貸かしてくれない (Excuse me, can you lend me a pen)?” and “成長せいちょうしたもんだ (You are matured).” もの and こと can express really various things, which sometimes confuses learners. In this lesson, we would like to focus on what function the generic nouns: もの and […]

Part of Speech

Japanese Interjection and Emotional Expressions

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Last time, you learned how particles work to indicate supplementary subordinate clauses, e.g. “先生はiPadを片手に授業をしている (The teacher is holding the class with an iPad in his hand).” Then, if you’d like to add a nuance of surprise like “Wow, the teacher is holding the class with an iPad in his hand!” what should you say? In […]