Ichidan and Godan Verbs (Dictionary Form)

There are 3 groups of verbs in Japanese. The 2 main ones are Ichidan verbs (iru/eru verbs) and Godan verbs. The different groups conjugate in different ways, so it’s important to recognise the group that a verb belongs to. Godan Verbs: These are pretty much all the other verbs, that don’t end in ‘iru’ or…

Directions in Japanese

SO you’ve finally made it Japan after years of saving and months planning (maybe) and you find yourself in beautiful Kyoto. You know you are in an area filled with amazing historical sites, and the only problem is, you left your accommodation without your map and you’re LOST! ╭(๑¯д¯๑)╮  So you’re going need to ask someone…

Talking About Family in Japanese – 家族

Family – Kazoku – 家族 Father – Otousan – お父さん    (Formal) * Mother – Okaasan – お母さん    (Formal) * Older Brother – Ani – あに Younger Brother – Otouto – おとうと Older Sister – Ane – あね Younger Sister – Imouto – いもうと Siblings – Kyoudai – きょうだい Baby – Akachan – あかちゃん How many people…

LINKING in Japanese (AND) – Grammar Help

I will try to show simply how to link adjectives, nouns and sentences in Japanese (using ~くて form, で, と, そして and て) and give examples. The Japanese equivalents of ‘AND’. (There isn’t just one way to say ‘and’ in Japanese like there is in English – There are varying ways to link in Japanese, depending on what…

Adjective Conjugation – Past and Negative (~かった、~くない、~くなかった、etc.)

Two Types: First of all, there are 2 classifications of adjectives in Japanese. The ‘i’ adjective and the ‘na’ adjective. To see how to use the ‘na’ adjective click here. ‘i’ adjectives always end in an ‘i’, but never ‘ei’. Common Examples: Fun = tanoshii (楽しい), small = chiisai (小さい)*, cold = samui (寒い) ‘na’ adjectives…