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14 November 2006 @ 10:27 pm

I apologize if advertising other communities is not allowed. Please delete this post if that is the case.

I have noticed there are several intro to Japanese or kanji-learning communities, but few intermediate ones or ones concerned with grammar. And so, I’ve created an intermediate Japanese grammar community. If you know anyone else who might be interested in such a community, please spread the word.


In this community, I will post intermediate level Japanese notes. I will assume that you have knowledge of hiragana, katakana, and some very very basic kanji. Generally speaking, little to no romanji will be used. It also assumes that you know the difference between ~る(~ru) and ~う(~u) verbs [for example, 食べる(taberu) vs. 読む(yomu)].

It'll probably work best as a review. I'll provide basic conjugation information and give some grammar points that go with said conjugations, but I won't really provide sample sentences. If you *really* want a sample sentence, comment and I'll provide one, but otherwise I won't bother.

I will update once every week or every two weeks.

x-posted to several Japanese learning communities.
18 April 2006 @ 02:12 pm

おはよう Good Morning


Good Morning (polite)


Good Afternoon


Good Evening






Thank you


Thank You (polite)


Excuse me; I'm sorry; Not at all!

These are some very basic expressions and phrases in Japanese. It is important to note, that when speaking, speak "like a flowing river." If you're an American like me ( ^^; ) pay attention to how you speak. You will notice that there is a great variety in how you accentuate your words. Japanese people did not accentuate anything unless they are trying to stress something- and we will learn that later. When you say, "おはよう" for instance (pronounced O-HAI-yO, the 'y' is practically non-existant) all thress syllables should be spoken at the same pace and given the same accentuation.

-Gozaimasu (GO-ZAI-MAS, no 'U') is a politeness marker. It can not be used everywhere, so for now only denote it to the phrases above.

Ohayou can be used to greet anyone before 11am, after that, you switch to Konichiwa until 5pm. After that, Konbanwa. Ohayou literally means "What a day." Sayonara is the most known version of goodbye, I will review the others later. It is said when the person speaking does not know when he or she will see whom he or she is speaking to again. It could be in a few hours, a few days, months or even years... if ever again.

Sumimasen can used both to get someone's attention politely and to use as a sort of "You're welcome."

*Note: It is an EXCELLENT idea to watch untranslated anime or current TV dramas to pick up accentuation and accents. If you were to, by chance, speak to a japanese person with an american accent, 70% of the time they will think you speaking English to them!
Hello everyone, my name is Ariel. I started this community so that I could keep the Japanese I have learned thus far at college fresh in my mind, as well as to help all of you guys if you are just starting (or are interested in) studying Japanese. The book I work with is called Genki, by The Japan Times. I will try to be thorough enough so that people who do not have access to the book will understand what I am talking about, and add pictures when appropriate.

Before I begin, There are some very basic things you need to know.

1) In Japan, Japan is not Japan; It's called "Nihon"
2) There are 3 different alphabets in Japanese:
a) Hiragana (the simplest form of the alphabet, it's what you should learn first)
b) Katakana (characters used for foreign words, this is what you should memorize next)
c) Kanji (by far the most difficult, there are about 2,000 characters to learn, but we will cover them in time)*

To help you get started, I am going to give you guys the links to a few useful pages so you can learn the first two alphabets quickly:

For Hiragana, go here: http://www.thejapanesepage.com/readarticle.php?article_id=2
For Katakana, go here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2048.html (note: The Katakana syllables make the same sound as the Hiragana)

For extra practice, you can visit this page: http://members.aol.com/writejapan/hiragana/writutor.htm (it's useful if you want to learn correct stroke order-- an essential part of writing Japanese!)

That's all for now, I'll post the next lesson soon! ^^
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