General Reference

Pages listed here cover important general language knowledge. Both beginners and more advanced learners should find them useful.

Back to Basics

The following pages are from the Beginning Lessons, but cover topics that even those with some experience might still want to take a second look at.

The Structure of a Japanese Sentence
An overview of basic sentence structure. Basic word order, subjects and objects, the particles ga and o, and modifiers. All necessary general grammar knowledge covered in context.

Pitch Accent and Vowel Devoicing
Two very important topics in Japanese pronunciation.

Politeness and Formality in Japanese
The issues of politeness and formality in Japanese, levels of formality. The three basic styles of spoken Japanese: informal, formal, and honorific.

More pages of this sort will be added to this list as they are written.

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