Source: Maggie Sensei
= Sakana demo nihongo no sensei ni naremasu ka?
= Even a fish can be a Japanese teacher?
We are your guest teachers for today, Sakana (Fish) Sensei!
We are going to teach you how to use でも ( = demo)
We will teach you the basic usages and also the one that may not cover in your text book.
How to use:
There are a few ways to say “but / however” in Japanese.
けれども ( = keredomo)
けど ( = kedo)
が ( = ga)
だが ( = daga)
しかし ( = shikashi)
しかしながら ( = shikashinagara), etc.
Unlike けれども ( = keredomo) 、けど ( = kedo) 、が ( = ga), you can’t connect sentence with でも ( = demo) .
I am busy today but I am free tomorrow.
= Kyou wa isogashii keredomo, ashita wa hima desu.
= Kyou wa isogashii ashita wa hima desu.
= Kyou wa isogashii ga, ashita wa hima da.
You can’t connect sentences with でも( = demo).
= Kyou wa isogashii demo, ashita wa hima desu.
You say something first and then start a new sentence with でも ( = demo).
= Kyou wa isogashii desu. Demo ashita wa hima desu.
You can also start a sentence with しかし ( = shikashi) / だが ( = daga) but compared to them, でも ( = demo) is much more casual.
しかし ( = shikashi) / だが ( = daga) is used more in writing.
でも ( = demo) is for casual conversation.
It would be unnatural to use しかし ( = shikashi) in conversation.
今日は忙しいです。しかし明日は暇です。(Not natural in conversation.)
= Kyou wa isogashii desu. …continue reading
Hi everyone! お元気ですか？
Minna no Nihongo L25 Vocabulary and Grammar Lesson videos:
① Conditional sentence: ＿＿たら、〜。If___, 〜.
② “Even though” sentence: ＿＿ても、〜。Even though___, 〜.
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The Minna no Nihongo Japanese Video lesson are based on this textbook.
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Source: Gaijin Pot
With the New Year celebrations behind us, it’s time to forget about our past mistakes and look forward to the future.
Talking about our New Year’s resolutions in Japanese isn’t so easy though. Mastering the future tense is as arduous as finishing an entire osechi bento including those… unidentifiable fishy bits.
One of the biggest problems with talking about the future tense in Japanese is that, one could argue, Japanese doesn’t really have a “proper” future tense like other languages.
A common example of this is 大学（だいがく）へ行（い）く which can mean anything from the present (I’m going to university [and am a student now]) to the future (I will go to university [and I am not a student now]).
Forming the future tense in Japanese with nouns
Japanese accomplishes a lot of what English accomplishes with “will” and “be going to” by attaching nouns instead of verbs to the verb in question.
The most commonly attached nouns are つもり (“intention”) and 予定（よてい） (“plan”). For example, if there was likely to be any ambiguity about whether the speaker was talking about the present or the future when they said 大学へ行く they may add つもり to make 大学へ行くつもり (“I intend to go to university”) or 予定 to make 大学へ行く予定 (“I plan to go to university”), which may help to clear up any misunderstandings.
The ことに form
So far so good? Things get just a bit trickier when we want to project into the future. For that, we need to use the ことに forms. The most common of these are ことにする and ことになる.
ことにする implies you’ve “decided to” do something. In this case, you’ve made the decision (in the past) to do something (in the future). Make sense?
Let’s look at some examples.
Of course, this grammar can also be used …continue reading
In this lesson, we’re going to learn sentences with a word of
Also going to learn
Please check this lesson notes along with the lesson videos below.
Minna no Nihongo L24 Vocabulary and Grammar Lesson videos:
① くれます：receive, give to me
〜さんは (わたしに) ____を くれました。~san gave me ___.
② __さんは 〜て くれます: __san kindly do~ for me.
③ _A_さんは _B_さんに 〜て もらいます: B san kindly do~ for A.
* for this ③, it’s hard to translate exactly to English, so for the each sentence’s meaning, please check the L24 grammar lesson video.
Good evening, everyone! みなさんこんばんは！ How are you? おげんきですか？
In this lesson, we’re going to learnt When~, – and If~, – sentences.
Minna no Nihongo L23 Vocabulary and Grammar Lesson videos:
① When〜, sentence [noun/adj]
Noun+の / Adj[〜な、〜い]とき、＿＿＿＿＿＿＿。
② When〜, sentence [verb]
Please compare below each two sentence.
③ If〜, sentence
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