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  • rob-san 12:22 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Why I started this blog. 

    As many percieve it, Japanese is a difficult language to learn.  It is the language that all of your favorite anime characters use, or the language that was used to create games like Super Mario Bro. and consoles like Nintentdo and Playstation.

    But the question is, “Is Japanese really that difficult?”.

    The answer, is obviously “YES”, but so are learning other languages. But what makes Japanese so difficult is 1) grammatical structures that are none like Latin-based languages 2) the conceptualization of the world (or the way the Japanese language “views” the world) ,  this combined with the fact that Japan has long history of being isolated from the rest of the world, keeps the language and culture so intact that it has less influence (or less similarities) to other languages.

    This blog will focus on “hacking” the Japanese language. This means 1) easier ways to “formulate” sentences 2) understanding nuances/implications in certain words and phrases.  this will be done through the comparison between the English language.

    Even being ethnically Japanese, with all my relatives being born in Japan, I still had the problem of understanding the language and also the cultural aspects that are so closely tied to the language itself.  As I have struggled my way through to unraveling the culture, I would like to share whatever I know so that those with ambitions for the language can do the same to others.

     

     
  • rob-san 12:37 am on May 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Side dish = Main Dish 

    おかず 
    side dish (main dish)

     
  • rob-san 12:16 am on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    ~ でしょう。
     most probable (more about communal)
    ~ つもり です。
    intend to
    ~ と 思います。
    I think (personal)
    ~ 予定(よてい) です。
    is scheduled to

     
  • rob-san 12:15 am on May 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    ~ でしょう。

     
  • rob-san 11:50 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    これ < こちら < 彼女・彼・この人

     
  • rob-san 12:54 pm on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    あまり not much 

    あまり not much

    ex. わたしは あまり 日本語が 得意ではありません。
    I’m not much good at Japanese = I’m not really good at speaking Japanese.

     
  • rob-san 4:21 am on May 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    How do I say “just now” or “just a moment ago?” 

    たった、今(いま) just now
    さっき just a moment ago

    You can use these phrases at the very beginning of your sentences.

    ex.
     たった今、起きました。
     I just woke up now.

     たった今、終わりました。
     I just finished now.

    ex.
     さっき、起きました。
     I woke up just a moment ago.
     
     さっき、終わりました。
     I finished just a moment ago.

     
  • rob-san 4:17 am on May 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    たった、今 just now

    さっき just a moment ago

    時間があるとき when I have free time

    時間を過ごす spend time

     
  • rob-san 10:36 am on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    SAYING OPINIONS 

    plain form と、思います。
    まだ verb て いません。
    ~ そうです。

     
  • rob-san 10:36 am on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    REASONING, EXPLANATION 

    REASONING, EXPLANATION
    どうして、なぜ why/how come
    ~ますから / ~ ですから because it is ~
    辞書+こと が できます。

    アルバイトが終わってから、友達とあそびにいきます。
    verb てから ~from/after VERB

     
  • rob-san 12:18 am on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Use of とんでもない for a compliment 

    When you’re being thanked for favor for given a comliment, you can choose to answer with 「とんでもない」。

    P1: 「本当に日本が上手ですね。」
    P2: 「とんでもない」

     
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