JAPANASU - Learn to Speak Japanese Effectively Season 1
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JAPANASU - Learn to Speak Japanese Effectively Season 1

A unique, clear and practical way for English speakers to master Japanese conversation
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  • 29 downloadable resources
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What you'll learn
  • Understand basic Japanese grammar without prior knowledge
  • Understand the basic differences between English and Japanese clearly
  • Engage in simple and useful Japanese conversations
  • The only thing needed is your enthusiasm!

Let me explain what JAPANASU means first.
Hanasu means “to speak", so Japanese + Hanasu = JAPANASU (Speak Japanese) ! 

My course is aimed at English speakers who would like to learn basic Japanese Conversation. They do not require any prior knowledge of Japanese. I start with basic grammar so that students can quickly begin to construct their own sentences, and introduce the related vocabulary so that they can improve their vocabulary effectively. Each lesson is related to the former lesson, which enables learners to review and learn more. I frequently compare Japanese grammar to English grammar to avoid confusion.

At the end of the course, students will be able to hold basic conversations in Japanese! They can test your understanding through assessments and quizzes.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners wanting to focus on Japanese conversation should take this course
  • Advanced Japanese Learners should NOT take this course
Course content
Expand 37 lectures 04:15:52
+ Introduction
37 lectures 04:15:52

Introduction to Japanese

You can find main Japanese features as follows: 

1) Connecting words - particles

2) The end of the sentence - verbs

3) Formality level and the length of the sentence - Generally, the shorter a sentence is, the more casual it sounds.

<Speaking Tips>
Japanese is what is called a Mora-Timed language. This means that every character in japanese occupies the same length of time. English on the other hand, is a stress-timed language. This means that some syllables are pronounced longer while some will be shorter.

Other speaking tips:
1. The double vowel “ou” should be lengthened and pronounced as “oo”.
2. The “u” should be pronounced very quietly at the end of the sentence, which will make your Japanese sound more natural.
3. Lastly, R sounds in Japanese are pronounced like a mixture between R and L.
(For example, listen to the R in Arigato. Your tongue will briefly touch your upper gum ridge.)

Preview 07:06

You can learns "Basic Greetings Phrases" with several examples.

    - Regular Greetings - standard and casual ways

    - Reunion Greetings / First Meeting Greetings

    - Parting Greetings

    - Thank you & Sorry

    - Greetings for Meals

    - Other Everyday Greetings

Preview 07:14

Please click the "External Resources - Introduction Quiz" (below) and answer the questions! 

Quiz - Basic Knowledge and Greetings

Basic Form A=B  <A is B.>

A wa B desu.

You can put a noun (i.e. the name of a thing, place, person, animal, a feeling) or a pronoun (i.e. I, you, he, she, they, we, this, that.) in both A and B.

Preview 05:27

A ≠ B (Negative Form) <This is the negative form of A=B>

We need to change the verb “desu” into its negative form.

--> A wa B dewa arimasen or A wa B ja arimasen

Lesson 2 - Basic Form: A ≠ B

A = B? (Question form)

Let’s ask the question - is A the same as B? (Question form)

A wa B desu ka?

Lesson 3 - Basic Form: A = B?

3 Basic Forms of A=B

  • A wa B desu.

  • A wa B dewa arimasen / ja arimasen.

  • A wa B desu ka? - Hai. or Iie.

The 3 Basic Forms expressions are considered as standard formality.

Here are more casual forms: 

  • A wa B da.

  • A wa B dewa / ja nai.

  • A wa B ? - Un. or Uun.

<Vocabulary - weather & days of the week, etc.>

Lesson 4 - Summary of Basic A = B Form

Please click the"External Resources - Assessment 1" (below) and answer the questions! 

Assessment 1 - L1 - L4

When we point out something and describe it , we use Japanese pronouns -

kore, sore, are ” (= “this one” “that one” and “that one over there”)

These words should be chosen depending on the distance between things and you.

  • Kore = (this one) is for something close to you

  • Sore = (that one) is for something slightly away from you

  • Are = (that one over there) is for something away from you ...

Lesson 5 - Kore, Sore and Are

When talking about someone or introducing someone in front of you,
please don’t use ‘Kore’ ‘Sore’ and ‘Are.’ Instead, please use ‘Kochira’ ‘Sochira’ and ‘Achira’.

Kochira’ ‘Sochira’ and ‘Achira’ are the politer forms of ‘Kore’, ‘Sore’ and ‘Are” ...

Lesson 6 - Kochira, Sochira and Achira

When you want to add information to an object (i.e. a category, group or owner)
you can add the information just before the object

--> Information + no + object

Please make sure to put the particle ‘no’ between them...

Lesson 7 - Particle 'no' (for modifying the following word)

Please click the"External Resources - Assessment 2" (below) and answer the questions! 

Assessment 2 - L5 - L7

We will start to learn basic questions with Question words.
What are “Question words” like? In English, “What” “Who” “When” “Where” and so on….

So let’s start to learn a basic question form with “What”!

Q: A wa Nan desu ka? or A wa Nani?  (=what is A?) 

A: B desu. (It's B.) ...

Lesson 8 - Question forms with 'What'

A wa Dare/Donata desu ka? = Who is A?  

Dare/Donata means “who” in English, however, please make sure you use the correct word ordering.
Dare/Donata shouldn’t be put at the beginning of the question! Donata is politer than Dare.

When asking about a possessor of something, you can combine Dare/Donata and particle ‘no’.

Dare/Donata + no + something/someone = Whose something/someone
--> X wa Dare/Donota no Y desu ka? = Whose Y is X?  ...

Lesson 9 - Question forms with 'Who' and 'Whose'

Itsu means “when” in English, however, please make sure you use the correct word ordering.
Itsu shouldn’t be put at the beginning of the question!

A wa Itsu desu ka? = When is A? ...

Lesson 10 - Question forms with 'When'

Doko/Dochira means “where” in English, however, please make sure you use the correct word ordering.
Doko/Dochira shouldn’t be put at the beginning of the question! Dochira is politer than Doko.

A wa Doko/Dochira desu ka? = Where is A? ...

Lesson 11 - Question forms with 'Where'

Form lesson 8 to 11, you have learned basic question forms with several question words:

  • Nan/Nani - what

  • Dare/Donata - who , Dare no (something)  = whose something

  • Itsu - when

  • Doko/Dochira - where... ,etc...

Please make sure that such question words are not at the beginning of the question, unlike English!

There are more useful question forms...

Lesson 12 - Review of Question forms + More Expressions

Please click the"External Resources - Assessment 3" (below) and answer the questions! 

Assessment 3 - L8 - L12

What are adjectives? --> Adjectives are describing words that tell you an attribute of a noun.

<Japanese adjectives>
(1) I-adjective (adjectives ending with the vowel "I")  *there are some exceptions.
(2) Na-adjective (the other adjectives) 

  • I-adjective + Noun / Na-adjectivena + Noun  ...

Lesson 13 - Adjectives (I-adjective and Na-adjective)

How to use adjectives in the 3 basic forms: 

  • Positive form - A wa Adjective desu.

  • Question form - A wa Adjective desu ka? 

  • Negative form*
    - A wa I-adjective - i + ku(wa) arimasen.
    - A wa Na-adjective + dewa / ja arimasen

Lesson 14 - Basic forms with Adjectives

Emotion Adjectives = Adjectives to show your emotions

For example,

  • To feel embarrassed = hazukashii

  • To feel glad/happy = ureshii

  • To feel sad = kanashii

  • To feel nostalgic = natsukashii

  • To feel excited = tanoshii

  • To feel sorry = zannen

    Emotion adjectives can also be used in the basic forms, but please make sure to start with watashi (yourself) because emotions are subjective expressions...

Lesson 15 - Emotion Adjectives

<Review L13-L15> 
There are mainly two types of adjectives - adjectives that end with the vowel “i” are called “I-adjectives” , and the others are called Na-adjectives.

With Na-adjectives, please make sure you put “na” before the noun. Don’t be confused with nouns that are used to add additional information (Lesson 7) - When adding a describing noun, you need to put the particle “no” before the noun.

<Casual basic forms>
For Na-adjectives… These are the same as the casual basic forms with nouns.
For I-adjectives… Please make sure to remove “i” from I-adjectives and put ku nai afterward...

Lesson 16 - Review of Adjectives + Casual forms

Please click the"External Resources - Assessment 4" (below) and answer the questions! 

Assessment 4 - L13 - L16

you will learn the basic forms to show “actions or states" with Action Verbs.

-->  A + wa + B + o + Action Verb (*A=subject, *B=object of the sentence) 

  • Action verbs should be put at the end.

  • Particle "o" should be put after the object. If the verb doesn’t refer to an object, you don’t need to use the particle ‘o’ either.

  • Particle “o” should be written “wo”(を), not the vowel “o”(お) in hiragana.)

  • Action Verbs - Masu-Form...

Lesson 17 - Basic form with Verbs & Particle ‘o’

For the negative form, you can simply put “masen” instead of masu.
For the question form, you can add “ka” to "masu" at the end.
(please go up in the pitch at the end as this is a question.) ...

Lesson 18 - Negative and Question form with Verbs

Moving verbs and particle ‘ni’

Two most common moving verbs are iki-masu (to go) and ki-masu (to come).

Destination A + Particle “ni” + ikimasu = go to A.

Please make sure you use the correct word ordering. Particle 'ni' should be placed after the destination.
When using the particle 'ni' before a destination. It works like “to” in English...

Lesson 19 - Place + Particles with Moving Verbs

You can just put question word “doko” in the place for a destination. Don’t forget the particle “ni” afterward.

--> A wa doko ni kikimasu ka?  (= where will A go?)

As a short answer, you can say, “place + desu” without repeating the verb.

In Japanese...you can put the purpose instead of the physical place.

--> *Activity noun ni ikimasu.
your purpose
to go just like in English. Especially for fun activities! ...

Lesson 20 - How to ask where you will go + More Expressions

Please click the"External Resources - Assessment 5" (below) and answer the questions! 

Assessment 5

“People” + ni + *Giving Verbs (Action Verbs) 

*Giving Verbs --> Action Verbs which have "recipients"

For example...

  • Agemasu - give

  • Kashimasu - lend, rent

  • Oshiemasu - teach

  • Denwa shimasu - call...

Lesson 21 - People + Particle ‘ni’ with Giving Verbs

How to add a place with Activity Verbs (Not Moving Verbs)

Place + de + Activity Verb (= do an action at/in Place)

Please put the particle “de” in between the place of the activity and the activity.
You can’t use the particles ni or o in this case!
(the particle “de” following a place of the activity is the English equivalent to “at” or “in”) ...

Lesson 22 - Places + Particle ‘de’ with Action Verbs

Another function of the particle ‘de’

Transportation/Item/Language + de + Action Verb (= do something with/by/in the Item)
You can add Transportation/Item/Language that is used for the action or activity!

  • dake” means “only” and “just”.
    Please make sure to put “dake” just after the word you want to emphasize.
    In other words, please put ‘dake’ before the particle o, ni or de...

Lesson 23 - Transportation/tool/language + Particle ‘de’

How to add various time expressions to sentences

Time Expression ni ...

You can add the time expressions to a sentence, followed by the particle ‘ni’.
However, some time expressions which don’t require the particle 'ni'...

--> Generally speaking, if you need to use “at””on”and ”in” with time expressions in English,
       you should use the particle “ni”...

Lesson 24 - Time expression + ‘ni’

Please click the"External Resources - Assessment 6" (below) and answer the questions! 

Assessment 6

How to express “I want to do something” 

You can’t use “hoshii”(= want something)!

Instead, you should use -tai with verbs. This -tai can be combined with any verbs.
--> Verb + tai desu (=I want to verb)

I would like to call this form the “desire form” to distinguish it from the “masu-form"...

Lesson 25 - Desire Expressions

All of the grammar you learned in lessons 1 to 25, are based on the present or future tense.
This lesson shows the past tense of basic forms with verbs, adjectives and nouns each.

  • Verbs - Masu-from --> you should use “mashita for past tense.

  • Adjective - I-adjective --> you should remove "i" and add "katta desu" for past tense. 

  • Adjective. - Na-adjective & Noun--> you should use "deshita" for past tense.  

Also, you can learn each negative and question forms...and casual forms...

Lesson 26 - Past Tense of Basic Forms with Verbs, Adjectives and Nouns

Please click the"External Resources - Assessment 7" (below) and answer the questions! 

Assessment 7

Review some important grammar in Season 1 lessons.

  • 3 basic forms to show the fact A = B

  • Particles (mo, no, to, ...

  • Question words (nani, dare, itsu, doko...)

  • Adjectives (I-adjective and Na-adjective)

  • 3 basic forms to show the action A do B & masu-form

  • Moving Verbs with particles 'ni' and 'o'

  • Giving Verbs with particle 'to'

  • Action Verbs with particle 'de'

  • Time expression with particle 'ni'

  • Desire form (-tai desu)

  • Past-tense of Verb, Adjective, and Noun.
                                                                                     and so on

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