This course (section 2) is aimed at English speakers who would like to learn basic - intermediate level Japanese conversation. If students have completed "Japanese conversation for English speakers (section 1)" or they have any prior basic knowledge of Japanese, it would be perfect to improve their knowledge. Students will be able to learn 4 basic forms of verbs (Dictionary-form / Masu-form / Te-form / Nai-form ) and how to make each of them. Then, they can learn a variety of expressions with various verbs and adverbs. 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 - intermediate level conversations in Japanese.
You will be able to learn 4 basic forms of verbs: Dictionary-form, Masu-form, Te-form, and Nai-form.
- 14 representative verbs in Group 1, 2 and Irregular verbs
You will be able to learn how to make Masu-form from Dictionary-form in Group 1, 2 and Irregular verbs.
You will be able to learn expressions for ability with Dictionary-form.
- Dictionary-form + koto ga deki-masu [ can / be able to ...] (*present / future tense)
- Dictionary-form + koto ga deki-mashita [could / was or were able to ...] (*past tense)
You will be able to learn how to make Te-form from Dictionary-form in Group 1, 2 and Irregular verbs.
You will be able to learn expressions for positive requests with Te-form.
- Te-form + kudasai [ please ... / can you...?]
- Doozo + Te-form + kudasai [ please ... / could you...?]
You will be able to learn the adverb Zehi to emphasise desire or positive request expressions.
- Zehi + desire form (___ tai-desu) [ I really want to... / I would love to ....]
- Zehi + positive request form (Te-form + kudasai) [ I would love you to... / Definitely please... ]
You will be able to learn progressive form with Te-form for continuing actions or something going on now.
- Te-form + i-masu [ be + ____ ing...] (*present / future tense)
- Te-form + i-mashita [ was or were + ____ ing...] (*past tense)
You will be able to learn progressive form with Te-form for regular actions.
- Adverbs (e.g. fudan, itsumo, tokidoki, etc.) + Te-form + i-masu
<Extra Learning - other expressions with progressive form>
(1) Expressions for state / condition (e.g. omise wa konde-imasu. [the shop is crowded.])
(2) Shiru (to know) (e.g. watashi wa kono nuusu o shitte-imasu. [I know this news.])
You will be able to learn the differences between Hai and Ee depending on conversation.
- Hai is used when (1) showing agreement [yes], (2) showing presence [yes], (3) drawing someone's attention and (4) serving something to someone
- Ee is also showing agreement [yap], but is less formal than Hai
You will be able to learn expressions for permission / prohibition with Te-form.
- Te-form + mo ii desu [ you may / can ... ]
- Te-form + wa ike-masen [ you may not / must not...]
You will be able to learn how to use Te-form as a conjunction.
- __________ + Te-form, ___________. (one sentence) <----> __________. Shoshite, __________. (two sentences)
Also, you can learn useful expressions - connective adverbs; mazu [first of all] and tsugi ni [next]
You will be able to learn how to make Nai-form from Dictionary-form in Group 1, 2 and Irregular verbs.
You will be able to learn expressions for negative requests with Nai-form.
- Nai-form + de kudasai [ please don't .... ]
You will be able to learn the conjunction Kara [because, since, as, so...].
<< Causal Clause >> + kara, << Main Clause >>.
You will be able to learn the particle E [ towards, to ] to show a direction of the action.
Please make sure that Particle Ni and E are Not always exchangeable.
You will be able to learn the interrogative pronoun Donna to ask "what kind of...?"
- Donna + Noun .... ? [ what kind of (Noun) ... ? ]
You will be able to learn other verbs in Group 1 than the 10 representative verbs.
You will be able to learn other verbs in Group 2 and Irregular verbs than the 2 representative verbs each.
Please be careful about some exceptions, too.
You will be able to learn expressions for possibility with Dictionary-form.
- Dictionary-form + kamo shire-masen [ might ]
* No negative form
You will be able to learn expressions meaning (do) too much / many of Noun with Pre Masu-form.
- Pre Masu-form + sugi masu (*present / future tense )
- Pre Masu-form + sugi mashita (* past tense )
You will be able to learn expressions for obligation with Pre Nai-form.
- Pre Nai-form + nakereba nari-masen [ must / have to...] (*present / future tense )
- Pre Nai-form + nakereba nari-masen deshita [ had to...] (*past tense )
*Negative Obligation - Pre Nai-form + nakute mo ii-desu [ don't have to...]
You will be able to learn expressions meaning try ___ ing with Te-form.
- Te-form + mi-masu (*present / future tense )
- Te-form + mi-mashita (*past tense )
You will be able to learn 2 different suggestion forms.
- ____ masen + ka? [ why don't you...? ]
- Te-form + mi-masen ka?
You will be able to learn another desire form with Te-form.
- Te-form + mi-tai desu [ would like to / wish to...]
You will be able to learn the particle Kara and Made.
- Kara is showing a starting point of time or places [ from ]
- Made is showing a limit of time or places [ to, as far as, until ]
You will be able to learn the interrogative pronoun Dono Kurai to ask about the amount /extent /degree of something.
- Dono Kurai + (adjective / adverb) desu ka? [ about how (adjective / adverb ] is ...? ]
*Useful Expression -
---- kara ---- made wa dono kurai desu ka? [ about how far is it / how long doest it take form ---- to ---- ?]
- A span of time ( hours / minutes ) <-- --> Clock time (o'clock / minutes )
You will be able to learn common places you often use in a daily conversation.
You will be able to learn basic directions and the particle O for non-destinations.
- Non-destionation + o + moving verbs* (*e.g. pass by, go along, cross over, go out of, turn at, etc.)
<----> Destination + ni + moving verbs
You will be able to learn expressions meaning "(for) the first time."
- ____ wa hajimete desu [ it is the first time to ....]
- ____ wa hajimete + (Object) + Verb [ .... for the first time]
Congratulations! You have successfully completed this course!!
Now you can review all the lessons in this course (the section 2).
Over the years I have created and refined a Japanese learning programme for English speakers which includes my own custom illustrations. Through teaching this material for several years, it has been refined to what it is today - a fun, clear and practical way for English speakers to master Japanese conversation.
I currently teach private students in the United Kingdom. I have previously worked as a Japanese teacher assistant in Sand Lake Elementary School in Alaska, USA. I successfully completed the CELTA course and have earned several teaching certificates.
I am committed to providing professional but fun Japanese language lessons for English speakers.
• Ochanomizu University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Liberal Arts and Humanities, Philosophy, Ethics, and Art History Course Bachelor’s degree, 03/2006)
• National Teaching Certifications: Social Study at Junior High School / High School, 03/2006
• National Teaching Certifications: English at Junior High School, 02/2012
• MOS Excel 2010 Expert Certification 12/2011
• MOS PowerPoint 2010 Certification 01/2012
• Cambridge University CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), 15/11/2014
• The 420 hour Advanced Japanese Teacher Training Course, 12/07/2015