Free learning space to revise/learn Japanese

Dear all, I have collaborated with a classroom provider to provide a self-study room for you all to self study starting October 3rd. Time: 7.00pm-830pm, every Wed Location: Waterloo Centre Classroom rental: Free for the 1st 5 who contact me. Subsequent members: $3/per person/per session If you would like to come and meet up with…

Self study Japanese Lesson 9: Verbs 2

Dear all, In lesson 9, we are going further into verbs. As mentioned in lesson 7, there are generally 2 types of verbs, transitive (他動詞/たどうし/ta-dou-shi)  and intransitive verbs (自動詞/じどうし/ji-dou-shi). As many of you may know, transitive verbs take in a object and intransitive verbs don’t take in an object. The general structure is like this….

Self study Japanese Lesson 8: Telling time /Trains Part 2

Dear all, Lesson 8 is on telling time and trains part 2. Sometimes you might wonder, how to ask the train station which platform to take your next train. Below is a good example. ============================================================================================= Station Master: こんにちは (kon-ni-chi-wa/Good day) You: __________(place that you want to go)へ いきたいですが、何番線ですか。 (__________(place that you want to go) e i-ki-tai-desu-ga,…

Self study Japanese Lesson 7: Verbs

Dear all, Lesson 7 is about verbs. There are generally 2 types of verbs, transitive (他動詞/たどうし/ta-dou-shi)  and intransitive verbs (自動詞/じどうし/ji-dou-shi). As many of you may know, transitive verbs take in a object and intransitive verbs don’t take in an object. The general structure is like this. Person wa Object o Verb E.g HKさん は いちご を たべます。 HK san…

Self study Japanese Lesson 6: Telling time /Trains Part 1

Dear all, Lesson 6 is on telling time and trains part 1. I-ma  nan-ji desu ka? (いま、なんじですか?) What time is it now? Nan-ji (なんじ) here refers to what time, so you can have something like this Tsu-gi no den-sha wa nan-ji desu ka (次の電車は なんじ ですか) What time does the next train comes? (What time is the…

フィンランド人ができるなら、世界のどこにいても、努力すれば、必ず日本語が上手に話せる (If a Finnish can do it, no matter where you are in the world, if you put in effort, you can speak Japanese well for sure)

皆さん、 おはようございます。今日はフィンランドにいて、日本語が話せる友達を紹介したいと思います。 彼の名前はJR (プライバシのため、本名を言わない)です。本当にすばらしい人だと思います。今でも考えると、出会いは本当に不思議かなと思って。。。。 8ヶ月前に、チャートのウェブサイトで知り合って、あまり信用されませんでした。なぜなら、インターネットで騙す人が多いですね。 時間を経ってから、彼はどうやって日本語が上手に話せるようになったかわかりました。。。2年間独学なのに日本語がぺらぺらに喋るようになって、すごいと思います。 皆さんは多分彼の秘密を知りたいでしょう。 英語で書かせていただきます “Well first I learned hiragana – and since it actually takes about 6 months to be able to read it without paying attention, i had to study words both using hiragana and romaji first. By then I had learned what I need to learn to get better…

Self study Japanese Lesson 5: Buying things (Part 3)

Dear all, Good evening. Continuation from lesson 4, 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…

Self study Japanese Lesson 4: Buying things (Part 2)

Dear all, Good afternoon. Today, i’ll like to share with you how to slash prices. 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) 負けてくれれば、また来ますよ (ma-ke-te ku-re-re-ba, ma-ta ki-ma-su yo / If you give me a discount, i’ll come again)…

Self study Japanese Lesson 3: Buying things (Part 1)

Dear all, Good evening. Today, i’ll like to share with you how to buy things. 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) ひとつ: hi-to-tsu/ one ふたつ: fu-ta-tsu / two みっつ: mi-ttsu / three よっつ:…

Self study Japanese Lesson 2: Asking for Directions

Dear all, Good morning. Today, i’ll like to share with you how to ask for directions. 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) までは どうやって 行きますか。 (_________(Place that you wish to go)  ma-de wa  dou-yatte   i-ki-masu ka / How do i get to _______)…