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Dialogue 2
9.2. Dialogue 2 In this dialogue, Shô meets two students from overseas. One is a boy from the U.S., and the other is a girl from China. しょう ...
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Dialogue 1
9.1. Dialogue 1 I will explain Japanese grammar using dialogues from now on. In the first dialogue, a kid named しょう "Syô" comes home, and he has...
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Plants
8.9. Plants 8.9.1. Flowers I have already explained chrysanthemum and cherry blossom. つつじ tu tu zi Japanese azalea ひまわり hi ma wa ri sunflower...
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Invertebrates
8.8. Invertebrates 8.8.1. Molluscs All of the molluscs listed here except snails are edible. (Escargots are not so popular in Japan.) たこ ta ko...
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Vertebrates
8.7. Vertebrates 8.7.1. The Chinese zodiac You might have heard of the Chinese zodiac. Each year is associated with one of the twelve animals in...
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Space-time
8.6. Space-time 8.6.1. Directions All of the direction words in Japanese are nouns, while the English words up and down are not nouns. -うえ u e...
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Colors
8.5. Colours First of all, please note that the colours you see on your computer screen are highly dependent on your particular system. Different...
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Kinship
8.4. Kinship 8.4.1. Kinship reference terms Japanese kinship terms have two categories: reference terms and address terms. The latter is used to...
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Body parts
8.3. Body parts 8.3.1. Head Kana:あたま Romanization:a ta ma Meaning:head Kana:かお Romanization:ka o Meaning:face Kana:かお Romanization:ka o...
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Demonstratives
8.2. Demonstratives 8.2.1. Three locations Demonstratives are words to point something based on its location. "This" and "that" are English...
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Pronouns
8.1. Pronouns You might think learning pronouns after learning verbs and adjectives is strange, because many language courses begin with the...
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Questions
7.9. Questions 7.9.1. Colloquial questions It is quite easy to ask a question in colloquial Japanese. Just say a sentence with a rising pitch at...
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Emotion markers
7.8. Emotion markers 7.8.1. Sentence-final particles Japanese has several communication-oriented particles to clarify a speaker's intention...
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Negative forms
7.7. Negative forms 7.7.1. Negative forms of verbs First of all, I would like to explain the difference between verbs and adjectives in...
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Relative clauses
7.6.1. Relative clauses and verbs A relative clause has a principal noun and an explanatory phrase that are combined grammatically, and it has a...
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Adjectives
7.5. Adjectives 7.5.1. Nonpast forms English adjectives are more similar to nouns than to verbs, and they require the copula be to become...
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Copula
7.4. Copula A copula is a word that combines the subject of a sentence and its description. Copulas are often irregular in many languages. The...
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Verbs
7.3. Verbs 7.3.1. Group I and Group II Japanese verbs are divided into two groups with different inflexion styles. One group is called the Group...
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