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Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Random Phrases
I have compiled a list of random phrases you will probably never use. I'm pretty certain they are grammatically correct, but sometimes, jokes don't work in another language...
Have fun with these. Even though I have no idea of the circumstances in which you will use these...
If you are interested in learning a particular structure I have use, feel free to ask, and I will make a lesson for it.
わたしは ドイツごを はなせません。
Watashi-wa Doitsu-go o hanas
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Expressions
Here are some useful expressions
おはよう （ございます） - ohayou (gozaimasu)
こんにちは - konnichiwa
さようなら - sayounara
じゃ (また) ね - ja (mata) ne
See you (again)
こんばんは - konbanwa
おやすみなさい - oyasuminasai
おなまえは （なん です
mystichuntress's Japanese grammar - comparisons 2
Comparisons 2: ～の ほうが
Also used to make comparisons, in my opinion, ～の ほうが has more uses than より.
It can be used to say "which is more____, A or B?" "B is more ____ than A" etc.
Words that are underlined you replace with your own. There are 3 parts to each of the sentences: First in Japanese, second in romaji, third in English. Each structure is followed by an example.
Aと Bと (では) どちら (の ほう)が adjectiveですか&
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: List of verbs
List of common verbs
Verbs in Japanese come in many different forms as they do in English. Just as there are transitive, intransitive, weak, strong and irregular verbs in English, they also appear in Japanese. Japanese divide their verbs into three distinct groups: いちだん (ichi-dan), ごだん (go-dan), and irregular verbs.
I will go into detail in a later lesson what this means and how to tell verbs apart. For the time being, here are 3 lists of verbs already divided into the appropriate groups. This is so that those who already understand the different verb types can find them easily. I have listed
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Verbs
This lesson will teach you how to convert between the different forms of verbs in Japanese and how to tell them apart.
There are 3 distinct groups of verbs in Japanese: the いちだん (ichidan) verbs, ごだん (godan) verbs and irregular verbs. The いちだん verbs are also known as "iru/eru" verbs because when they are in their plain forms, they end with an "iru/eru" sound. HOWEVER this does not mean that all verbs that end in "iru/eru" are いちだん verbs. The ごだん verbs are also known as "u" verbs beca
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Ability to do
Ability - I can...
There are two ways to say "Able to do something" in Japanese. One is using -られる (-rareru) which is the potential form of a verb. The method I'm going to explain will be できる (dekiru) which is easier to use but lengthier.
Aは verb (plain present)ことが できます。
A-wa verb (plain present) koto ga dekimasu.
A can do verb
Note that the particle that comes after the verb is が。
The plain present form of the verb is also known as the dictionary form. This is the form in which the verb is fou
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Verbs 2
て form of verbs
Verbs can take on many different forms. The て form of a verb does not mean anything by itself, but it can be used for a variety of structures, such as sentence joining, so it is important to learn how to change a verb into its て form.
In Japanese, there are 3 types of verbs: いちだん (ichidan) verbs, ごだん(godan) verbs and irregular verbs.
There are only 2 irregular verbs which do not follow any rules when taking on different forms so they need to be rote learned. Generally, there are more ごだん verbs than there are いちだ
mystichuntress's Japanese grammar - comparisons
There are several ways to make comparisons in Japanese. Here is the simplest way: to use より (yori)
Where I have underlined words, you replace them with your own. Each sentence is repeated 3 times: once in Japanese, second in romaji, third in English.
より can be used to make comparisons between two nouns. It roughly translates to "more than" or "-er than" in English.
A は B より adjective です。
A wa B yori adjective desu.
A is adjective-er than B.
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Animals
Everyone likes to talk about what pets they have, what animal is their favourite, etc. Here is a list of the animals I know. I may have missed a few though... If you'd like to learn the names for insects, please check the "Insects" vocabulary list.
But before I get to that, I thought the Zodiac was worth mentioning.
In Western Countries, the zodiac we use are based on the constellations i.e. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. The Japanese also have a zodiac, but their's h
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Adjective use
Adjectives are describing words and are used to describe nouns. Something we've all learnt since we were at primary school. Where some languages, such as French, distinguish between
feminine and masculine adjectives, Japanese distinguishes between い-adjectives (i-adjectives) and な-adjectives (na-adjectives). Because I am a lazy person, for the rest of the lesson whenever the word "い-adjective" or "な-adjective" comes up, I will use the abbreviation "adj".
Distinguishing between the two types
There is no clear cut way of telling whether an adjective is an い-adj or な-adj. The only w
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Doing 2 things
Doing two things at the same time
This structure is used to describe the same person doing two different activities at the same time. This means ながら cannot be used to describe what two different people are doing at the same time. For that, the structure あいだ will need to be used - I will explain this one later as it involves the plain form.
verb stem ながら verb
verb stem nagara verb
While doing verb stem, I do verb or I do verb while doing
To explain this:
The verb stem is the part of the verb that comes before ます (masu) when the verb is writ
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