Sentence Patterns

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 […]

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Expressions for Numbers and Amounts: も, だけ, しか, ばかり, and すぎる

しか: only

Last time, you learned how to express comparison, e.g. “田た中なかさんは玉たまねぎより芋いもを食たべます (Tanaka-san eats potatoes more than onions).” Then, if you would like to say, “Tanaka-san eats ONLY potatoes,” what should you say? In this lessons, we will delve deeply into the world of numbers and amounts. How to Express Numbers and Amounts in Various Ways Table […]

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Japanese Comparison: より, …の方が, and …で一番

Comparison より

Last time, you learned how to express quotations and definitions, e.g. “ボブは日に本ほん語ごが上手うまいと聞きいた (I heard that Bob is good at Japanese).” However, if you would like to say “I heard that Bob speaks Japanese better than John,” what should you do? In this lesson, you will learn how to express comparison. Explanation for How to Express […]

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Quotation と, という, and ように

Quotation: ように

Last time, you learned how to use 行いく and 来くる as helping verbs like 学校がっこうまで走はしっていきます (I will run and go to school). Now, you can express motion of subjects, motion of objects, and a time flow. Then, if you would like to say “I heard that you would run and go to school,” what should […]

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Helping Verbs: …ていく and …てくる

Helping Verb

Last time, you learned how to express giving and receiving, e.g. 田た中なかさんが日に本ほん語ごを教おしえてくれた (Tanaka-san taught [me] Japanese). By using the helping verb: てくれる, you can express your gratitude. In Japanese, helping verbs have an important role. In this lesson, you will learn other key helping verbs. Explanation for How Helping Verbs: …ていく and …てくる Work Table […]