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Defining and Describing (という)

The various uses of 「いう」 In the previous lesson, we learned how to quote a subordinate clause by encasing it with 「と」. This allowed us to talk about things that people have said, heard, thought, and more. We also took a look at some examples s... More... 25 Comments

Cooking with Japanese: Sukiyaki

When the Japanese think of winter foods, generally two meals come to mind: Nabe (stews) and Sukiyaki! What is Sukiyaki (besides the 1963 American Smash hit)? Read on, and find out how to make this delicious and easy-to-make dish! Ue o muite a... More... 35 Comments

Performing an action on a subordinate clause (と、って)

In the section about modifying subordinate clauses, we learned how to treat a subordinate clause like an adjective to directly modify a noun. We will extend the functionality of subordinate clauses by learning how to perform an action on a subo... More... 19 Comments

Desire and Suggestions (たい、欲しい、volitional、~たらどう)

We will now learn how to say what you want either by just coming out and saying it or by making discreet suggestions. The major topics we will cover will be the 「たい」 conjugation and the volitional form. We will also learn specialized uses of th... More... 26 Comments

Cooking with Japanese: Chawan-mushi

It's getting cold here in Japan! When it is cold, we can't think of anything better than eating a warm dish. Today we introduce how to cook Chawan Mushi.  What is Chawan-mushi? Is it easy to make? Well, let's take a look! What is Chawan-Mushi?... More... 72 Comments

Expressing "must" or "have to" (~だめ、~いけない、~ならない、~ても)

When there's something that must or must not be done In life, there are things that we must or must not do whether it's taking out the trash or doing our homework. We will cover how to say this in Japanese because it is a useful expression and ... More... 20 Comments

Conditionals (と、なら、ば、たら)

How to say "if" in Japanese This whole section is dedicated to learning how to say "if" in Japanese. Oh, if only it was as simple as English. In Japanese, there's four (count them, four) ways to say "if"! Thankfully, the conjugations are spars... More... 25 Comments

Using する and なる with the に particle (~[よう]になる/する)

We can use the verbs 「する」 and 「なる」 in conjunction with the 「に」 particle to make various useful expressions. We are used to using the object particle with 「する」 because something is usually done to something else. We will see how the meaning change... More... 15 Comments

Potential Form

Expressing the ability to do something In Japanese, the ability to do a certain action is expressed by conjugating the verb rather than adding a word such as the words "can" or "able to" in the case of English. All verbs conjugated into the po... More... 14 Comments

Other uses of the te-form (~ている、~てある、~ておく、~ていく、~てくる)

The te-form is incredibly useful as it is used widely in many different types of grammatical expressions. We will learn about enduring states with the 「~ている」 and 「~てある」 form. Even though we have learned various conjugations for verbs, they have... More... 23 Comments

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