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Re: Someone to practice with...

Post by furrykef » Wed 11.25.2009 6:07 am

You don't need to learn all the conjugations at once. Just learn 'em as you go. Most students of Japanese never use this sort of "base 1, base 2" system. Instead we speak of "masu stem", "negative stem", "te form", stuff like that. Some of the more hardcore students use the Japanese names, but I have enough problems with Japanese vocabulary as it is without having to memorize names of conjugations, too.

By the way, what's "tabere" (base 4) in the list, anyway? I've yet to encounter this form, either as a stem or a complete conjugation. Was it supposed to be "tabero" (the imperative), perhaps?

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Re: Someone to practice with...

Post by pm215 » Wed 11.25.2009 6:34 pm

furrykef wrote:By the way, what's "tabere" (base 4) in the list, anyway? I've yet to encounter this form, either as a stem or a complete conjugation. Was it supposed to be "tabero" (the imperative), perhaps?
That link chikara posted uses it as the base you stick 'ba' on the end of to get a conditional form (and for some other stuff if you pick verbs in the same class as 'nomu' rather than 'taberu'). I think that of the various different incompatible sets of terms for verbs, the more ad-hoc stuff like 'masu stem' has the advantage that everybody understands it without having to go and look things up :-)

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Post by furrykef » Fri 11.27.2009 5:10 am

Ah, right. That makes sense, then (although the idea of teaching たべれ separately from たべれば doesn't really make sense to me).
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Post by JPKid » Fri 11.27.2009 9:34 pm

You can buy the Rosetta Stone to apply what you've learned. I do that. They say it's the easiest way to learn a language, but in my opinion, it's not. I think that the Rosetta Stone (Japanese version) is only useful when you want to apply what you've learned. I think the best way to learn about the entire language is with the My Japanese Coach video game for the DS. I LOVE IT! :D
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