Japanese Grammar Lessons 2017-08-17T08:29:33+00:00

Let’s Learn Japanese Grammar

Learn Japanese Grammar with my free lessons! My name is Keiko and I am a teacher at Japanese MEOW Language School.  Japanese Grammar should be fun and easy, and I want to help you achieve your goals.  Practice these lessons regularly and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  Let’s begin!

 

Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 1: How to Pronounce Japanese Vowels and Consonants

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 1

Welcome to your first Japanese grammar Lesson.  I would like to show you how to pronounce vowels and consonants.  Learning good pronunciation of these basic Japanese sounds will build a strong foundation for your other lessons!

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 2: How to use the Japanese WA DESU construction.

 Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 2

“WA” and “DESU” are Japanese grammar components that we use to build very basic Japanese sentences.  Don’t try to translate them to English just yet.  Think of these words as big balls of glue that we are going to use to attach meaningful words to.  In Hiragana, these “balls of glue” are spelled as  (“WA”) and です (“DESU”).  When you are finished this lesson, you will be able to build your own sentences in Japanese!

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 3: Possession and Position using the Japanese particle NO (の)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 3

So what is a “Japanese Grammar Particle”, anyway?  Well, you have already learned one “Japanese particle” from the last lesson, and that was (WA).  The Japanese particle NO (の) in this lesson is used to indicate possession, similar to the way we use apostrophe “S” after someone’s name followed by an object (“Tom‘s ball”).  The particle NO (の) can also be used to indicate a position of something.  For example, we will learn how to say “on the desk” in Japanese.

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 4: Japanese KSAD Pattern: ko, so, a, do

  Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 4

Next I will show you how to say things like “this”, “that” and “which” in Japanese.  We will accomplish this by using a special series: ko (こ), so (そ), a (あ), do (ど).  We often refer to this as the “KSAD pattern“.  To learn more about the KSAD pattern and how we use it as a valuable learning tool, begin this lesson!

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 5: Japanese Particle WO (を)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 5

The Japanese particle WO (を) comes after a direct object in a sentence.  The direct object is any person or thing receiving the action of a verb.  For example, “Timmy fed the dog”.  The dog is the direct object, and “fed” is the verb.  In English, we don’t need to attach them with anything to show this relationship, but in Japanese it is required.  I will show you how to use the particle WO (を) to glue the direct object to the verb.

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 6: The Japanese Particle NI (に)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 6

In this lesson, we will learn about the Japanese particle NI (に).  It is a lot like the word “to” in English.  This particle has many uses and we will go over each one with you in detail in this next grammar lesson.

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 7: Adding Japanese Nouns Together with も, と, や

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 7

In this grammar lesson, we will learn how to add Japanese nouns together with 3 new grammar particles.  Mo (), (to), and (ya) all have slightly different purposes in a sentence but they are all very easy to learn.

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 8: Japanese Particle DE (で)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 8

The goal of this lesson is to learn about the Japanese grammar particle で (de). It’s a lot like the word “in“, “at” or “by” in English.  It can also mean “because“.

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 9: Japanese verbs Arimasu and Imasu (あります and います)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 9

Arimasu and imasu are verbs we use to express existence of non-living things (arimasu) and living things (imasu).  They are both similar to “there is“.  In this grammar lesson we will take a closer look at these verbs and find out what’s going on!

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 10: The difference between WA and GA (は and が)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 10

Learning the differences between WA and GA ( and ) can be challenging, but this lesson will break it down into simple parts.  This a good lesson to bookmark as a reference since you will probably come back here more than once!

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 11: Adding ka and mo (か and も) to Japanese interrogatives to create new expressions

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 11

You have already learned interrogative words such as “nani” (なんい) and “dare” (だれ).  Next we will be creating brand new expressions simply by adding (ka) or (mo) to those same words.  Using this simple modification, we can create new words similar to “something”, “someone”.  There are many more as you will see in this lesson.

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 12: Becoming and Deciding: NI NARU and NI SURU (になる and にする)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 12

In this lesson we will look at になる (ni naru) and にする (ni suru).  They mean “becoming” and “deciding”, respectively.  We will also learn about the difference between a transitive and intransitive verb!

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 13: Expressing cause and reason: kara (から)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 13

から (kara) is a conjunction that is similar to “because”, “since” or “in order to”.  In this grammar lesson, we will take a closer look with a few examples. Begin The Lesson

 

Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 14: Going To and From: MADE and KARA (まで and から)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 14

から (kara) is similar to “from“.  まで (made) is similar to “until“, “(up) to“, or “as far as“.まで (made) and から (kara) are often used in the same sentence.

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 15: Asking Permission: mo ii desu ka (もいいですか)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 15

もいいですか (mo ii desu ka) is a polite way to ask permission.  It should always come after the te-form of a verb.  It is very similar to “Can I” or “May I” in English.

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 16: After Doing Something: ~TE KARA (~て から)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 16

から (kara) can be attached to the te-form of a verb, becoming ~から (~te kara).  This is similar to “after doing (verb)…”

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Learn Japanese Grammar - Lesson 17: Changing States.. or not: MOU and MADA (もう and まだ)

Learn Japanese Grammar: Lesson 17

We will go over the differences between もう (mou) and まだ (mada) in this lesson. もう (mou) is similar to “already” or no longer in English, implying a change of state. まだ (mada) is similar to “still” or “not yet”, implying that a situation remains unchanged. 

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