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みなさん、 こんばんは。It`s been very long since i wrote a grammar article. I was browsing through one of the online websites for Japanese teachers and it has something like this. 「日本語がお上手ですね。」「いいえ、まだまだです」 It seems that there was a research done on the public`s response to negative sentences nowadays. People tend to like sentences that is of avoidance….

Identifying Verb Group

Hi all, One of the things about learning 国語 (Kokugo, the Japanese language which is learned by native Japanese) is that they have different ways of identifying their group 1, 2 and 3 verbs. If you are unsure if a verb is group 1 or 2, remove the る、ない、た、etc from the verb and add a…

Difference between「得意」と「上手」

みなさん、 こんにちは。今日は「得意(とくい)」と「上手」の違いを説明します。 ——————————————————————————— 得意 and 上手 both can be used when we talk about someone else. However, it would NOT be appropriate to use 上手 when we talk about ourselves. This difference of usage comes from the the meanings of the two words. Both are used talking about skills, capabilities, etc. 得意 denotes the “confidence”…

N5 Grammar: Park or Stop Your Car! Difference between 「あそこに車を止めてください」 vs 「あそこで車を止めてください」

みなさん、 おはようございます。 It`s been a while since i wrote a grammar article. Today, i would like to share the difference between 「あそこに車を止めてください」 vs 「あそこで車を止めてください」 To help aid the understanding, let`s do a bit of revision on the particle 「で」 and 「に」 食堂で昼ご飯を食べます。 Eat lunch at the dining hall. The 「で」 here refers to the place…

New Lesson Synopsis on 名詞修飾形 (Noun-modifier form)

Hi all, One of my students has written a very good lesson synopsis on 名詞修飾形。 Feel free to refer to it. Link Some points to note on Pg 3 Wrong: 「HERMES」で高島屋の隣ビルにあります。Correct: 「HERMES」は高島屋の隣ビルにあります。 /Can

~ました、~て+しまいました、~おわりました の違いについて。

みなさん、 こんばんは。 今日、~ました、~て+しまいました、~おわりました について話したいと思います。 下記の例をみたら、わかると思います。 今度、学校の先生に聞いてみてください。   ~ました ~てしまいました ~おわりました Example sentence 朝ごはんを食べました 朝ごはんを食べてしまいました 朝ごはんを食べおわりました English Translation I ate breakfast。 I have completely finished my breakfast。 I have finished eating my breakfast。 Is Action Fully Completed? No Yes No   If the person eat 1 mouthful of rice or more, this phrase is used. The person…