Wishes, dreams and hopes- almost every people around the globe share this universal idea that we all have dreams to fulfill. In this sense, Japan has a festival solely for making wishes come true! Let us find out more about this lovely Summer festival.
So, What Really is Tanabata?
Also called the Star Festival, its legend has been told throughout Japan for generations. The story dates back to more than 2,000 years ago.
When is Tanabata?
Generally July 7th. However, since Tanabata festival used to be held based on the lunar calendar, the date varies from region to region. Nowadays Tanabata festival is held on either July 7th or around August …continue reading
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= “Yoku asobi yoku manabe” dayo!
I am your guest teacher, Ren!
Today I’m going to answer one of the most frequently asked questions:
“How do you connect verbs with the masu-stem?”
Many of you know how to connect verbs with te-form, right?
Just in case, let’s review.
to do A and do B
A: 書く ( = kaku) to write
B: 消す ( = kesu ) to erase
You change the first verb 書く ( = kaku) to the te-form →書いて ( = kaite)
= Jibun no namae wo kaite kesu.
= Write one’s name and erase it.
past tense: You make the second (the last) verb, 消す( = kesu = to erase) past tense.
= Jibun no namae wo kaite keshita.
= I wrote my name and erased it.
You can also connect verbs using the masu-stem.
How to form:
書く = かく= kaku
→ masu form: 書きます = かきます = kakimasu
→ Make a masu stem: delete ます ( = masu) 書き = かき = kaki
= jibun no namae wo kak, kesu.
= to write one’s name and erase it.
Past tense: Just change the last verb to the past tense.
= Jibun no namae wo kaki, keshita.
= I wrote my name and erased it.
It is more common to use te-form or if the masu-stem is one mora such as,
* 来る= kuru = to come→来ます= きます= kimasu
→masu-stem 来 = き= ki X
→you use (te-form) 来て = きて= kite
* 出る = deru= to leave, to come out →出ます= でます= demasu
→masu-stem 出= で= de X
→you use (te-form) 出て = でて= dete
* 見る = miru = to see, watch, look→見ます=みます= mimasu
→masu-stem 見 = み = mi …continue reading
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Smartphones are almost a necessity in modern life and a divisive one at that. With constant notifications, we are so easily dragged out of present surroundings and into that welcoming pixelated glow. Distractions aside—and I’m speaking as a chronic social media addict—there are some very helpful apps for studying Japanese.
Best of all, these magical tools won’t cost you a single yen. This is particularly great considering how much it costs to have a smartphone in Japan. So let’s check out the options.
1. Learn From Day One: LingoDeer
LingoDeer will have you speaking Japanese and raising your fluency level from day one. It follows a fun building-block approach that feels more like a game. Each lesson applies grammar and vocabulary that you learned from the previous one using several methods of testing.
Unlike other apps that have you memorizing Japanese vocabulary and phrases without context, LingoDeer features audio from native Japanese speakers and integrates words, sentences, and culture naturally that you can use in real life. You can even slow down the speaker’s voice to be as accurate as possible in your pronunciation—indispensable to learning the language. Other awesome features include the ability to turn on furigana so you can study kanji, and learn the meaning and context of a particle with a simple tap.
While LingoDeer isn’t entirely free, you can learn all the basics such as hiragana and katakana, more than 1,000 essential Japanese phrases, and enjoy a deep dive into the first modules. Afterward, you can pay a small fee for the premium version, which includes …continue reading
Ohayō gozaimasu! Kyoo wa ichinichi-juu ame desu.
Today’s YT Live lesson topic is “Japanese Birthday Party Phrases”
Let’s check it out!
＊YouTube Japanese Live Lessons: Every Mon & Wed 9am~ JST
Here are the phrases introduced in the lesson:
How to ask someone’s birthday and invite people for a party?
How to congratulate on a special day?
Example phrases when giving a present
Sample birthday messages on Social Media
Source: Japanese Blog
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Did you meet a Japanese girl or guy but have no idea what to say to them in Japanese? I have come to rescue you. Here are a few basic Japanese dating phrases that you can use for that special someone.
Good afternoon (こんにちは).
When starting a conversation with that cute Japanese person across the room, you’ll need to first introduce yourself. You can start that by first saying, “good afternoon”, “good evening”, or, if leaving at night, “good night”. “Konnichiwa” (こんにちは) is a word that generally means “good afternoon”, but it can also be used at other times of the day. If you are meeting your potential dating partner specifically in the evening, you can use “Konbanwa” (こんばんは). You’d use these words like you would in English. For example, “Good evening, I’m Phil” would be translated to, “こんばんは、僕はフィルです).
My name is … (私のなめは …)
Let’s break the grammar down for this one, because understanding this sentence is really important because you are going to use this sentence a lot.
There are several ways to say “I” in Japanese, and “watashi” is probably the most neutral and polite way to do so. It is used by both men and women and is commonly used in formal situations. If you are a girl, you’ll probably be using this or the variant “Atashi” (あたし) quite a lot. If you are a guy, you have two additional options for the word “I”: “boku” (僕) or “ore” (俺). “Ore” is considered rougher and more informal (also more manly), while “boku” is more childish, polite, and demurring. Great, so “I” is covered. Next in the sentence, you’ll add the “no” (の) particle which is a possessive particle. This, when combined with “I”, essentially makes the word “my”. The next word, “namae” (名前) literally translates …continue reading