japanese-verbs 2017-08-21T15:49:27+00:00

 Learn Japanese Verbs

Let’s learn Japanese Verbs with Keiko Sensei!  Here you will find all the basic forms and tenses of Japanese verbs.  This includes polite form, casual form, past and present.  The verbs section you are reading now is meant to be supplementary.  If you’re new to Japanese and looking for a place to start, check out the “Reading and Writing” or “Grammar Lessons” from the top menu.  Otherwise, continue on to the wonderful world of verbs.  Don’t worry, it gets easy.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Keiko.  Let’s begin!

 

Learn Japanese Verbs - Lesson 1: The "Plain Form"

Learn Japanese Verbs – Lesson 1: The “Plain Form

In this lesson, I am going to talk about Japanese verbs in their “plain form”.  I’ll start by showing you the two major differences between Japanese verbs and English verbs.  I even have some flashcards for you to practice!

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Learn Japanese Verbs - Lesson 2: The "Polite Form"

Learn Japanese Verbs – Lesson 2: The “Polite Form

Now that you have learned the plain form of a verb, you are now ready to learn what we call “verb conjugation”.  You will learn how to transform the plain form into the “polite form” of a verb with a simple change in the ending.  You will need to learn this so that you can communicate in a formal setting.

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Learn Japanese Verbs - Lesson 3: The Polite Form in "Past Tense"

Learn Japanese Verbs – Lesson 3: The Polite Form in “Past Tense

Changing from the present tense to the past tense is very easy with formal conversation.  When you are done this lesson, you will be able to formally express that an action occurred in the past (eg. “I traveled to Japan”).  Practice the flashcards I have included with this lesson until you are comfortable with moving on.

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Learn Japanese Verbs - Lesson 4: "Negative" verbs in the Polite Form

Learn Japanese Verbs – Lesson 4: “Negative” verbs in the Polite Form

Now I will show you how to formally express that an action is not happening, or didn’t happen.  For example, you will learn how to express that you are “not studying” or that you “didn’t study”.

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Learn Japanese Verbs - Lesson 5: The Casual Form in Past Tense

Learn Japanese Verbs – Lesson 5: The Casual Form in Past Tense

We introduced you to the casual form in the first lesson, which we also referred to as the “plain form”.  That built your foundation for learning the Polite Form.  Now we are going to start conjugating the casual form with different tenses, and it will be a little bit more challenging.  Using the methods I have already shown you though, this will be easy!

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Learn Japanese Verbs - Lesson 6: "Negative Verbs" in the Casual Form

Learn Japanese Verbs – Lesson 6: “Negative Verbs” in the Casual Form.

This lesson will teach you how to casually express that an action is not happening, or didn’t happen.  For example, you will learn how to express that you are “not studying” or that you “didn’t study”.  This lesson includes all both past and non-past tenses.

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