Category Archives: N5

新しい教師、新しいクラス、未来を切り開こう!(New teacher, New classes)


こんばんは。 I have a new teacher on board with me to help all Japanese learners achieve fluency in Japanese. Here’s a short introduction about him.
My name is J, a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Japanese Studies and English Language at the National University of Singapore.

I am a JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) 1 holder and have been through a one-year study on Japanese language pedagogy at Sophia University, Tokyo. Although I do not have much experience in teaching, I believe that teaching is not just a one-way process but a reciprocal one, which entails the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

I look forward in learning and growing together with everyone.
J will start teaching Beginner classes from October 6th (Sat), 10-12pm. Maximum number of students: 6
He will incorporate the syllabus taught in Foundation studies  into his Beginner lessons.
Please do give him your full support. To sign up, email us.

Courses starting in September/November 2012

Dear all,

The following are the courses that will be starting in September/November 2012.

Foundation Studies/Beginner class (weekday night class)
Max student number: 6

N5 Prep Class (weekend afternoon class) – 5 weeks course
Max student number: 6

N4 Prep Class (last minute revision class/mid-Nov)-5 days (9-12pm, 1-5pm)
Max student number: 4

N5 Prep Class (last minute revision class/end-Nov)-3 days (9-12pm, 1-5pm)
Max student number: 4
For details, contact me at takahashi_tsubasa at

N5文法:「何(なに)」と「何(なん)」,いつ「なん」を使う?いつ「なに」を使う? (N5 Grammar: When you do use なん、 When do you use なに?)


こんにちは. (Good day everyone)

今日はまたN5文法の謎を解いていきます。  (Today, i will solve another mystery from N5 Grammar).

いつ「なん」を使う?いつ「なに」を使う? (When you do use なん、 When do you use なに?)

1.If 「何」 is followed by 「と」、「だ」、「で」、「の」「ですか」, 「なん」 is used.

2.When you express quantifiers, e.g なんぼん、なんびき

3.When 「何」 is followed by 「も」、「が」、「を」, 「なに」 is used.

The reason why 「nani」 becomes 「nan」 is because it makes the word easier to pronounce. You can also see some patterns, like if the next character after 何 starts with d (です。なんですか。), t (と~、なんとなく) or n (の、なんのことはありません) , then you will use 「なん」.

In terms of quantifiers, if you want to say “What”, then it will be 「なに」。Example: 「なにご」 /What language.

If you want to say how many, then it would be 「なん」。Example: 「なんぽん」/How many sticks?

Some more examples are given below.

なにじん  なにいろ なにどし    なにご

なんにん  なんしょく なんねん なん(か)こくご

Of course, there are some exception to the above. I would like you, the readers of my blog to tell me what are the exceptions and do a short explanation of the exception.

3 lucky winners will receive a Kurutoga from me.

Use the below template.

Subject: 何 vs なに: Kurutoga Competition

Contact Number:
Current JLPT level:

Send your emails to here

Deadline: 12th August, 12pm.

Winners and answers will be announced on 14th August.

N5文法:「に」と「で」の違い (N5 Grammar: Difference between に and で)


おはようございます。 (Good morning everyone.)
(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.


家(いえ) と 家(うち) の違い: The difference between いえ and うち




家(いえ)を使う場合 (When いえ is used)

家(うち)を使う場合 (When うち is used)

Morning everyone.

Today, i would like to tell you all bout the difference between 家(いえ) and 家(うち).

家 (いえ) is referring to your house. It is used a lot to describe a building.

家(うち) is referring to your home and family. It is used a lot to describe your family and your household.

A lot of Japanese learners have problems using these 2 words.