Japanese Grammar Lessons

1.) Fast Track: 100 Grammar Points

2.) Grammar Power Words from JLPT N4

3.) Miscellaneous Grammar

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Title Teaser
Keigo, the Complete Mess More basic information on Japanese polite and humble language. More…
Using nara なら Using なら with example sentences
(な)のに although, but
場合 condition, in the case of…
ばかり 1) often, a lot, much, only doing… 2) about, around
はず must be, should be, supposed to
~っぱなし 1) left as is; unchanged 2) continue an action
~ほうがいい this is better than that
まま same, doesn’t change
~にくい difficult to…; hard to
~やすい easy to…
~ませんか won’t you…, wouldn’t you like to…
または or, choice between A or B
~ながら while doing A also doing B
どうも 1) truly, really, very much 2) I’m not sure
という called, such as, that
出来る 1) can, able to, ability to, 2) finished
つもり planning on, intend to
1) while, 2) throughout
ために for…, goal, cause, sake of
だろう perhaps, maybe, I wonder
たとえば For example
~過ぎる exceeding, too much, to overdo…
ずつ little by little; dividing by; each
けれど but, however
かもしれない it’s possible that.., perhaps
おかげ thanks to, because of
あとで later, After this, after
Using 的
For Upper Beginners: 1 Minute Japanese lesson on using 的 to make nouns into adjectives.
敬称 Name Titles A look at the many name titles in Japanese

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Title Teaser
Introduction to Keigo, Polite Language An Introduction to Keigo, polite language
Japanese Grammatical Terms Grammatical terms in Japanese
Toki, Tara, and To – When to say When When to say When – Using Toki, Tara, and To
Small Words in Japanese Small, useful words in Japanese
Making -ing How to make the -ing form
Particles and Conjunctions More Japanese particles with examples
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 comparison can lead to disappointment and frustration.

English (SVO)

Cats eat mice.

Grammar Power Words from JLPT N4 Grammatical Patterns for the JLPT 3 kyuu Test


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