Articles: Learn Japanese Best

  • Top 50 Most Frequent Japanese Verbs

    October 30, 2019 by

    This article is about the first 50 most-frequent verbs as determined by the Balanced Contemporary Corpus of Written Japanese (2011). “Balanced” refers to the utilisation of online web forums as well as television subtitles in addition to novels and newspapers. 1 言う to say, to speak. いう2 する to do. 3 ある to be (inanimate existence),… Read more

  • The Japanese Musical Mind

    October 29, 2019 by

    and how Pitch Accent will bring your Japanese to a native-sounding level. This article is about Japanese Pitch Accent. Most people exercise their eye-strength for recognizing Japanese visually (eye intelligence), let’s work on our ear intelligence! Just like in other languages, rising intonation on the last syllable indicates a question-statement, as in “Are you going… Read more

  • 二十四節気 24 Terms to Denote the Changing of the Seasons

    October 23, 2019 by

    Twenty-four Seasonal Atmospheres 二十四節気 Japan’s seasonal appreciation in clear through art and things like haiku, but did you know that there are 24 specific terms for each “seasonal atmosphere?” We rendered it as “seasonal atmosphere” because there is no term in English equal to 節気 but the ideograms are fairly reminiscent of the idea 節… Read more

  • Giving and Receiving

    October 22, 2019 by

    This image shows the difference between the main verbs of giving and receiving in Japanese. Notice how with small changes in particles we change the active giver and receiver of the sentence. The が particle is a marker for the Subject of the sentence (or thought) and is the active one associated with the sentence-final… Read more

  • Articles in English versus Particles in Japanese

    October 20, 2019 by

    Check out this image, it shows how articles in English come before the primary terms and how particles in Japanese come after the primary terms. You can see that Particles in Japanese are like Post-term Articles (P+Articles) Cover up the articles and you’re speaking Japanese, Cover up the particles and you’re speaking English. Next: Read… Read more

  • What’s Next? Developing Intuition

    October 17, 2019 by

    Developing Intuition about the Japanese Particles The following question was asked by BK2 I learnt all the vocab for Genki 1 & 2, what’s next? Sure, kanji and vocab are important, but you need to have a really solid understanding of the particles (grammar particles / じょし = 助詞 ) How come? In order to think… Read more

  • Habits of Successful Language Learners

    October 10, 2019 by

    Habit and Patterns versus Discipline. Stoics Had An Idea: Discipline Marcus Aurelius and the movement of Stoicism emphasized Discipline. However, discipline is like stamina. It runs out when applied constantly. Patterns live longer than Forces The solution is Habit. Patterns Live Longer than Forces. A man who had gone through the front windshield of a… Read more

  • A Graphical Comparison of Japanese Textbooks

    October 9, 2019 by

    This post shows some helpful information graphics (infographics) to help us understand the coverage of each introductory Japanese learning program. Next: Read “To Learn Japanese, You need a Rocketship.”

  • Comparison of Introductory Japanese Textbooks

    October 8, 2019 by

    What do you learn when you go all the way through Genki I, Tobira, Mina no Nihongo, and other books? By the numbers, how many Kanji, how many Verbs, how many grammar constructions will you know? This article takes a long solid look at the state of Japanese textbooks today. (Numbers are estimates based on… Read more

  • To learn Japanese, you need a Rocket Ship.

    October 7, 2019 by

    > very interested in learning more about and how you’ve validated your product Z,Japanese Complete is the result of years of tactics and strategies distilled into one course for getting fluent fast. The main idea is that Japanese is classically taught wrong. Well, not wrong, but it’s not a rocketship. Classical Teaching:Measures number of… Read more

  • Basic Sentence Structure of Every Japanese Sentence

    October 6, 2019 by

    Sequence is Versatile like Legos Japanese sentence structure is quite different from English; although it’s demonstrated as TSOV instead of SVO (topic, subject, object, verb, instead of subject-verb-object like English), Japanese has a much more elegant syntax that doesn’t actually depend on sequence. Japanese glues small markers to each word or phrase in a sentence… Read more

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