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New Conversation Class

Hi all,

I will be starting a new conversation class from 5th Jan 20 onwards.

Date: 5th Jan 20
Time: 1215-215pm
Fees: $300 for 12 lessons
Slots: 6 (4 slots left)
Minimum level required: N5

Contact me using the Contact us form to find out more.


Course content
-Learn the 4 various types of Tokyo accent.
-Learn how to pronounce words with correct accent

2. Generating the CI
-Understanding how does your brain work when generating ideas
-Learn how to generate the CI to help you to churn out what you want to say

3. Learning how did Japanese people study Japanese
-Understanding 国語
-Forming sentences using the concept of BXE

4. Feeling injection/Music Conversation
-Understanding how to inject feelings into your conversations
-Understanding how Japanese express their feelings through their conversation.
-Music Conversation: How to use music to help you to improve your conversation

5. Forming complex sentences
-Understanding 活用 and 連体形
-Practising complex sentences with complex sentence structures.

and much more. (^_^)

Difference between に and で – Repost



こんにちは。This is a repost.
(Today, i received my correction for my teaching course assignment. There’s a question in the assignment regarding 「に」 and 「で」 which i like to talk about. )

① 移動行為の方向を示します. 英語の「to」に大体対応します。 (Indicate a direction of a movement act. It’s similar to 「to」 in English. )
② また、間接目的語の後ろにも置かれます。 (Also, it is also put after an indirect object.)
私はAKB48コンサートへ行きます。 (I went to AKB48 concert. (point 1) )
姉は私に辞書をかってくれました。 (My sister bought a dictionary for me)

① 活動場所を示し、場所の後に置かれます。 (It indicates the place of the activity and is put after the place)

AKB48会場で歌を聞きます。 (I listen to songs at AKB48 concert hall)
秋葉原駅で待っています。 (I am waiting at Akihabara)

In contrast to the above example on 「で」, 「に」 is a particle that describes existence, let’s take a look at the below examples.


② 「名前はそこ書きました。」

What are the differences between and ?

For ①、 you are describing that the location of where your name is being written to (to a piece of paper) . 「i wrote my name over there (maybe somewhere on a piece of paper)」

For ②, you are describing that the location of where the action of “your name is written (e.g on a table/in a room) ” 「i wrote my name over there (on a table/room/etc) 」

③ 「庭物置を建てた」 (In the garden, a store room is built)

④ 「庭物置を建てた」 (In the garden, a store room was built)

For ③、 the place where the store room exists is in the garden. There’s a possibility where the garden can also be somewhere else in the garden.

For ④、the building of the store room is done at the garden, where the store room is, it is probably somewhere else in the garden.

⑤ 「あそこボールを投げる」 (I am throwing the ball to over there)

⑥「あそこボールを投げる」 (I am throwing the ball over there)

For ⑤、You are describing the location of where the ball will end up (あそこ)

For ⑥、You are describing the location of which the action of throwing the ball is being done.

⑦ 「そこステレオがあります」 (There’s a stereo over there)

⑧ 「そこパーティがあります」 (There’s a party of there)

Also, if you are describing location of nouns that has no movement (e.g ステレオ), use 「に」。

For unnatural/dynamic nouns (e.g パーティ,結婚式 ), use 「で」.

⑨ 「仕事に疲れる」(精神的にまいっている) 

⑩ 「仕事で疲れる」(肉体疲労)

In sentence 9 and 10, 「に」 is used for mental fatigue, 「で」 is used for physical fatigue.

Buying things (Part 3)

Dear all,

This is a repost.
Continuation from Part 2, today i will share more about buying things.

Sometimes if you buy medicine, electronics, the person at the counter will ask you if you have a loyalty card or something. It’s always good to make a loyalty card if you plan to always buy electronics at the same place. You will get some discount (8-10% of points that you can use to offset your next purchase). Example would be LABI or Yodobashi Camera.

Shop Employee: ポイントカードがお持ちですか (poin-to kaa-do ga o-mo-chi-de-su ka/Do you have a point card)

You: いいえ、ないです(iie, nai desu/No)   or はい、もっています (hai, motte imasu/Yes)

If you don’t have a point card, usually the person will ask you if you want to apply for a point card (usually it’s free)

Shop Employee: ポイントカードを作りますか (poin-to kaa-do o tsu-ku-ri-ma-su ka/Do you want to apply for one?) or

Shop Employee: つくりましょうか (tsu-ku-ri-ma-shou ka/Do you want to apply for one?)

You: はい、おねがいします (hai, o-ne-gai-shi-masu/Yes, please)

Usually, you can put in your hotel address. If unsure, ask the shop employee. =)

This will really help to bring savings if you buy lots of electronics.

Buying things (Part 2)

Dear all,

This is a repost of what i did a few years back.


いくらですか (i-ku-ra de-su ka/How much is it?)
その値段はちょっと。。。(sono nedan wa chotto…./That price is a bit…)
ちょっと負けてください。。。(chotto ma-ke-te ku-da-sai /Please give me a little discount)

In most big department stores, you can get a tax refund if the price exceeds 5,000/10,000 yen. But most of the time, there’s isn’t. So be thankful if they give you a discount and say ありがとうございます (a-ri-ga-tou go-zai-ma-su) (^_^)

Buying things (Part 1)

Good morning,

This is a repost of what i did few years ago. I would like to share with you all how to buy things in Japanese.
すみません. (Su-mi-ma-sen/ Excuse Me)
これ/それ/あれ を ___________   ください (kore / sore/ are   o  ________kudasai )
Give me _________ of this/that/ that thing over that (far from you and the listener)

これ: ko-re /this
それ: so-re / that
あれ: a-re / that thing over there (not near to you or listener)
ひとつ: hi-to-tsu/ one
ふたつ: fu-ta-tsu / two
みっつ: mi-ttsu / three
よっつ: yo-ttsu / four


これ を よっつ ください。 (kore o yottsu kudasai/ Give me 4 of this)

それ を みっつ ください。 (sore o mittsu kudasai/ Give me 3 of that)

For different items, there are different counters. For now, you can use the above first. We will learn more later. (^_^)
Usually Japanese will take the calculator and show you how much you need to pay.

Asking for Directions

Hi all,

This is a previous repost that i did a few years ago.
すみません. (Su-mi-ma-sen/ Excuse me)
道に迷いました。 (mi-chi  ni  ma-yo-i-ma-shita / I am lost)   / Optional to say
______(Place that you wish to go) まで どうやって 行きますか。
(_________(Place that you wish to go)  ma-de  dou-yatte   i-ki-masu ka / How do i get to _______)

すみません。 (su-mi-masen / Excuse Me)
道にまよいました。 (michi-ni-ma-yo-i-ma-shita / I am lost)
しんじゅくまで どうやって いきますか (shinjuku ma-de  dou-yatte iki-masu ka / How do i get to Shinjuku?)

You might hear words like ひだり (hidari / left)   ,   みぎ (migi / right) ,  まえ (mae/ front)  , うしろ (ushiro / back) ,
あがって (a-ga-tte / go up) , まがって (ma-ga-tte / turn) , つきあたり (tsu-ki-atari / end of the street) ,
わかりません (wakarimasen/ i don’t know)

Once you are done, don’t forget to say ありがとうございました (a-ri-ga-tou  go-zai-ma-shita)  (^_^)

How to introduce yourself in Japanese

Hi all,

This is a revisit of the post that i did a few years ago.
In lesson 1, i’ll be sharing how can we do a self introduction in a humble manner. (^_^)
This is how it goes.

はじめまして (Ha-ji-me-ma-shi-te / How do you do?)
_____(your name) と申します (__________ to mou-shi-masu / I am called __________)
よろしく おねがいいたします。 (Yo-ro-shi-ku o-ne-gai-ita-shi-masu / Please take care of me)


はじめまして (Ha-ji-me-ma-shi-te)
ケン と申します (Ken to mou-shi-masu)
よろしく おねがいいたします。 (Yo-ro-shi-ku o-ne-gai-ita-shi-masu)

If you watch youtube videos from Japanesepod101, etc, you would notice that
they will tell you to say 「わたしは________です」 (watashi wa _______ desu) in the second line,
「どうぞ よろしく」 (douzo yoroshiku) in the third line.

What i am teaching here is the humble way of introducing yourself in Japanese.
i feel it will impress the person that you are speaking to when you are able to use this way of introducing yourself.
Do feel free to send your recording of your voices to me and i’ll be glad to correct you if needed.

Have a good day!