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Articles for Beginners of Japanese
Title Teaser
Basic Colors in Japanese
Japanese Beginner's Conversation - Say Again?
motto yukkuri hanashite kudasai
Please speak a little slower.

mou ikkai hanashite kudasai
Please say that again.

I don't understand.

Japanese Beginner's Conversation - Feelings with a 'shii'
Japanese Beginner's Conversation - Feelings with a 'shii'
Four very common beginner level Japanese words to describe feelings.
How to Tell Time in Japanese
How to tell time in Japanese
Directions in Japanese
Basic directions in Japanese with audio and video
Body Parts in Japanese
Body Parts in Japanese with audio and video
Japanese Kotowaza, Sayings, and Four Letter Words Japanese Proverbs and Sayings-a growing collection of lessons with audio and video
Type Romaji to see Hiragana Type in romaji and out comes hiragana
Kana Sounds An MP3 file with all the sounds in hiragana. Learning correctly the sounds of Japanese early on will help train your ears and improve pronunciation.
Animal Sounds Vocabulary List
Today we will look at how to correctly speak to your cat -- in Japanese. Or maybe how to sound like a Japanese cat. I am not sure. I teach at 8 elementary schools and invariably this topic comes up. It is interesting how different cultures perceive animal sounds differently. More...
The Many Mushis Words that have the pronunciation of mushi.
Kanji Study Archive Untitled Document

KANJI—an Introduction

Small Words in Japanese Small, useful words in Japanese
Sound and Action Words Onomatopoeia in Japanese - a short list
Making -ing How to make the -ing form
Particles and Conjunctions More Japanese particles with examples
Small, but Powerful Words A List of Small, but Powerful Words with examples and sound.
Pronunciation of the R's How to pronounce the R sounds
Verb Forms Verb forms in Japanese
Verb Groups, an Intro A look at the various Verb Groups in Japanese
How to Count How to Count to One Million in Japanese
Can - Dekiru An article on できる - can
-na Adjectives About -na Adjectives in Japanese
-i Adjectives About -i Adjectives in Japanese
Japanese Adjectives Learn about Adjectives in Japanese
Basic Japanese Particles A list of a few basic Japanese particles with examples
Fast Track: 100 Grammar Points

Watered-down, understandable, bite-sized grammar lessons. Perhaps by knowing these basic Japanese grammar points, you will be able to communicate in Japanese limited only by vocabulary and guts! Of course this list is a simplified grammar, and is meant to be only an introduction to the grammar points presented.

Questions and Question Words How to make Questions and a few common Question words
Japanese Word Order

A Smattering of Japanese Grammar

First, Japanese isn't English. As obvious as that sounds, it is important to keep it in mind. It is good to a certain extent to compare the languages to get a better feel for both, but a constant comparision can lead to disappointment and frustration.

English (SVO)

Cats eat mice.

Beginner Japanese Greetings Video
A short video with seven super useful and common Japanese greetings. More...

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