Text: Basic PhrasesText: Basic Phrases4 years ago in Other More Like This
Ohayou gozaimasu / ohayou
Good morning (formal) / 'Morning (informal)
Often said until 11 AM
Often said from about 11 AM to 6 PM
Often said from about 6 PM and on
さようなら / じゃね、また / またね / バイバイ
Sayounara / ja ne, mata / mata ne / baibai
Good bye (formal) / Well, see you later (informal) / See you later (informal) / Bye bye (informal)
おやすみなさい / おやすみ
Oyasumi nasai / Oyasumi
Good night (formal) / 'Night (informal)
Said only when going to bed.
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Random PhrasesMystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Random Phrases3 years ago in Other More Like This
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 hanasemasen.
I can't speak German.
Amerika jin desu ka?
Are you American?
I will kill you!
Jigoku ni ik
Japanese grammar for dummies1. Japanese has no plurals.Japanese grammar for dummies5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Quick way to remember: All Japanese has the same plural as Sheep.
And yes, there are still some people out there that get to college and still think the plural of Sheep is
Sheeps. No, the plural of sheep is sheep. The plural of deer is deer.
So Dear, remember that the plurals in Japanese work like deer.
hitsuji ga ippiki, hitsuji ga nihiki, hitsuji ga sanbiki
One sheep, two sheep, three sheep.
2. Japanese is an SOV language.
Subject, Object Verb. So Yoda, as one person put it.
(I am Hitsuji.)
3. Japanese is a contextual language.
English is like trying to pick up the grains of sand on a beach. If you get one subject or object wrong, with the references off wrong, then you're screwed. Even Chinese which has a similar syntax (in a different language grou
Text: Verbs: -Masen, -Mashita, -MasendeshitaText: Verbs: -Masen, -Mashita, -Masendeshita3 years ago in Other More Like This
For this tutorial, I'll be covering present negative, past affirmative and past negative of the "masu" form. This may remind you of the "desu" lessons covered previously as there are similarities.
Hopefully you remember how to get to the "masu" form from each verb type as this is necessary before moving on. Let's get started!
The first form to cover is the present negative form. What this basically means is a sentence like, "This is not an apple." The sentence is in the present tense (is) but also negative (not). To achieve this, we change "masu" after the verb stem to "masen".
Notice how the verb stem changes the same. This case is true for all of these conjugations.
To make a past affirmative sentence (This was an apple), change "masu" to "mashita".
And finally, p
Text: Verbs: -Masu FormText: Verbs: -Masu Form3 years ago in Other More Like This
The next verb form I'm going to teach you is the "masu" form. This will take some getting used to, but I'm sure you'll get it soon enough c:
The "masu" form is the present affirmative tense of verbs. It is also the future tense as the language has no separate way to say it. I'll go more over the meaning of the verbs at a later time. For now, let's just learn how to conjugate.
Let's start with 'ru-verbs'. To make a 'ru-verb' into 'masu' form, you take it's stem. The verb stems for 'ru-verbs' are very easy to figure out as they are the same their respective verb base. You add 'masu' to the verb stem and that's it for 'ru-verbs' Pretty simple, huh?
おきる (okiru) = dictionary form
おき (oki) = verb stem
Add "masu" and you get:
おきます (okimasu) = masu form
And that's it!
Go ahead and try it with the other verbs before going on.
たべる (taberu) = たべます (tabemasu)
ねる (neru) =
Text: Verbs: Dictionary FormText: Verbs: Dictionary Form3 years ago in Other More Like This
Hopefully by now you've had time to look over all the verbs that I posted previously. If not, I highly suggest doing that first before reading on!
Please note that this is not a tutorial on how to use verbs. This is only explaining them, their base form and their dictionary form. How to use them will come at a later time!
To be blunt and honest, verbs are, in my opinion, the most difficult thing to master of the Japanese language. Don't be scared though, I'll be taking you one step at a time and (hopefully) make things easy to understand and learn. So let's get to it!
Looking at all the verbs I've posted, I'm sure some of you have noticed a trend. (If not, that's fine.) All of the verbs end in an 'u'. You might have noticed that all the 'ru' verbs end in 'ru'. Well, that's where the name came from c: The 'u' verbs are verbs that can end in things other, but not excluding, 'ru'. This could be 'ku', 'mu', 'bu', 'u' (just itself), etc. An 'u' or 'ru' is added on to the verb base ('ik' as
Text: Suffixes for NamesText: Suffixes for Names4 years ago in Other More Like This
In Japan, people very often call someone by their family name and then an added on suffix depending on their relationship. Japanese people are extremely formal and rarely call someone by their first name unless they are close friends, family, etc.
The most commonly used suffix is -さん (-san). It is basically the same thing as adding Mr., Mrs., or Ms. to English names. たかなさん (Tanakasan) is "Mr. Tanaka" for example. It is a regular occurrence to add -san to the end of names and it is NEVER used to refer to oneself. No suffix is EVER added on to ones own name when referring to yourself.
For example, I would never say this:
Watashi wa Samu-san desu.
I am Ms. Sam.
I would instead, say this:
Watashi wa Samu desu.
I am Sam.
To add a suffix to your name makes you look extremely arrogant