Monthly Archives: July 2011
Beginning Vocabulary: Classroom Objects is the first vocab-specific page in the Beginning Lessons. For a full listing of all vocab-related pages, see Basic Japanese Vocabulary.
Telling Time is the second lesson in the numbers series of Beginning Lessons, which started with Counting in Japanese. This lesson covers the pronunciations of time in hours and minutes, intervals of time (from X to Y) as well as … Continue reading
I spent some time fixing up Hiragana and the Japanese Sound System, and to a lesser extent Hiragana and the Japanese Sound System, Part 2. The basic organization is the same, but the guide should now be a bit more … Continue reading
Having gone through a couple of name changes but not a change in content, Introduction to the Japanese Language has been revised and slightly expanded. This page covers background information for beginning Japanese learners, and should also be an enjoyable … Continue reading
The first number related lesson, Counting in Japanese, covers Japanese numbers up to 1000. It also discusses the differences between yon/shi for 4, nana/shichi for 7, and kyuu/ku for 9, and introduces the counters ban and banme. Subsequent lessons will cover … Continue reading
The first page in the new Reference section, Conjugations of the Japanese Copula, has been posted. This page lists the conjugations of the three basic forms of the copula: da, desu, and de gozaimasu, as well as additional forms used … Continue reading
Demonstratives: the Ko-so-a-do Series covers an interesting collection of Japanese pronouns, adverbs, and modifiers. English has demonstratives too, like “this”, “that”, “here”, and “there”, but as usual Japanese is far more systematic. At this, the first main section of the … Continue reading
The Introduction to the Japanese Language series has now been fully integrated into the Beginning Lessons. Several new pages have been written, the top page reorganized, and “recommended background” and “what next?” sections added to all pages. A Guide to … Continue reading
I’ve written the new pronunciation guide and expanded the intro lesson on writing. The other big changes I need to make is to reorganize the lessons relating to desu and nouns/pronouns/plurals. Then I’ll post everything and make the remaining changes.