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Colours in Japanese can be divided into two categories: い-adjectives (あかい akai) or nouns (みどり midori). This is similar to English. We can use colour words as both adjectives and nouns.
e.g. The red pen.
The pen is red.
All colours have a noun form (which is just the colour word minus the い. However, not all Japanese colours have an adjective form. Therefore, the adjective あかい (akai) for red also has a noun form あか (aka). みどり for green is a noun and has no adjective form. The い sound at the end of みどり does not count as an adjective ending.
Some colours have two forms, both of which are acceptable. The second form is for some noun colours and is created by adding いろ (iro), which means colour, to the end. So みどり can also be みどり-いろ.
When describing the colour
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: VerbsMystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Verbs in Other More Like This
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 because they change into the polite form by dropping the "u" and adding "imasu". Because I am lazy, for the rest of the lesson, I shall refer to いちだん vebs as "iru/eru" verbs and ごだん verbs as "u" verbs.
Iru/eru-verbs are so called いちだん ve
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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 the verbs in their plain (dictionary) form. This is because if you were to look them up in the dictionary, this is the form you will find them in. Again, it will be in a later lesson in which I will explain how to convert between the different verb forms.
たべる - taber
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Japanese has two types of adjectives: い-adjectives and な-adjectives. Here is a list of い-adjectives which are more commonly used. For notes about distinguishing between the two types of adjectives and how they are used, please see the tutorial named "Adjectives".
おおきい - ookii
ちいさい - chiisai
おもしろい - omoshiroi
つまらない - tsumaranai
うるさい - urusai
あたらしい - atarashii
ふるい - furui
old (for things only)
たのしい - tanoshii
おかしい - okashii
やさしい - yasashii
むずかしい - muzukashii
まずい - mazui
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Uses of the て-form of verbs
As I have mentioned, there are many uses of the て-form. In this lesson, I will only cover a handful of them. Other uses will appear in their own lesson. Right now, I will cover the more basic ones.
Asking and giving permission
Telling someone what they can and can't do
By putting verbs in their て-form and stringing the sentence together, you get the equivalent of adding commas or "and" between each sentence.
Take all the sentences, save the last, and put the final verb into the て-form. Don't worry about the tense - because in Japanese, the tense of the sentence is determined by the final verb.
I wake up at 6am. I eat breakfast. I go to school.
ごぜん 六じに おき
Mystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: NumbersMystichuntress's Japanese Tutorial: Numbers in Other More Like This
The numbers are quite basic, formed in a similar way to Chinese. This is due to the fact there are two counting systems. One is Japanese and the other is derived from Chinese.
The Chinese set can be used to count forever, although when used for counting objects, they are combined with the correct counter. (Counters are used to count objects - there are many!) The Japanese set only reaches ten and can be used to count objects which do not have a specific counter designated to them.
The -つ numbers
1. ひとつ - hitotsu
2. ふたつ - futatsu
3. みっつ - mittsu
4. よっつ - yottsu
5. いつつ - itsutsu
6. むっつ - muttsu
7. ななつ - nanatsu
8. やっつ - yattsu
9. ここのつ - kokonotsu
10. とう - tou
After 10, the tens are counted by adding 二