Separate names with a comma.
Writing Japanese with the Latin alphabet is called Romanization. Japanese people use kana and kanji to write Japanese, and...
9.2. Dialogue 2
In this dialogue, Shô meets two students from overseas. One is a boy from the U.S., and the other is a girl from China.
9.1. Dialogue 1
I will explain Japanese grammar using dialogues from now on.
In the first dialogue, a kid named しょう "Syô" comes home, and he has...
I have already explained chrysanthemum and cherry blossom.
tu tu zi
hi ma wa ri
All of the molluscs listed here except snails are edible. (Escargots are not so popular in Japan.)
8.7.1. The Chinese zodiac
You might have heard of the Chinese zodiac. Each year is associated with one of the twelve animals in...
All of the direction words in Japanese are nouns, while the English words up and down are not nouns.
First of all, please note that the colours you see on your computer screen are highly dependent on your particular system. Different...
8.4.1. Kinship reference terms
Japanese kinship terms have two categories: reference terms and address terms. The latter is used to...
8.3. Body parts
Romanization:a ta ma
8.2.1. Three locations
Demonstratives are words to point something based on its location. "This" and "that" are English...
You might think learning pronouns after learning verbs and adjectives is strange, because many language courses begin with the...
7.9.1. Colloquial questions
It is quite easy to ask a question in colloquial Japanese. Just say a sentence with a rising pitch at...
7.8. Emotion markers
7.8.1. Sentence-final particles
Japanese has several communication-oriented particles to clarify a speaker's intention....
7.7. Negative forms
7.7.1. Negative forms of verbs
First of all, I would like to explain the difference between verbs and adjectives in...
7.6.1. Relative clauses and verbs
A relative clause has a principal noun and an explanatory phrase that are combined grammatically, and it has a...
7.5.1. Nonpast forms
English adjectives are more similar to nouns than to verbs, and they require the copula be to become...
A copula is a word that combines the subject of a sentence and its description. Copulas are often irregular in many languages. The...
7.3.1. Group I and Group II
Japanese verbs are divided into two groups with different inflexion styles. One group is called the Group...
7.2. Topics and focuses
The topic and the focus are concepts commonly found in human languages. Topics are old information, which you have...