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A Concise guide to Japanese pronunciation [for beginners] [v. 2.0]
Hello to all students of the Japanese language! I hope you are doing well and giving it your best to learn this language while wearing a "hachimaki" headband. We are here to discuss, albeit in a short way (does that means it is not a discussion anymore?)...
1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - October 3, 2017
Placement of は
Hello everyone, I'm spending time trying to wrap my head around 'wa' and every time I think I understand where it should go, I make a mistake. In this example from module 1.6, if "wa" signifies the subject of a sentence, then in the following example: ...
15 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - May 17, 2019
も いい です か vs. くれ ます か
Hello, I wanted to make sure I fully understood the difference in meaning of the two phrases below in bold: The following is used when asking someone's permission to do something for you (i.e. "will you take a photo for me" in module 2.2) もらって も いい です か...
0 replies - Last post by イ リ ニ - May 16, 2019
にほん ご vs にほん の
Hello! In looking at the word Japanese (にほん ご) and Japanese beer (にほん の ビール), is the difference between using ご and の because in the first instance we are referring to a person, whereas in the second instance we are referring to an object? Which would ...
7 replies - Last post by イ リ ニ - May 16, 2019
Ni / o / particles
Hello everyone, In lesson 1.9, we're given three examples of how long it takes someone to do something. There isn't really any explanation as to why に in the first example, を in the second example, and nothing in the third example is used. I'm still h...
6 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - May 16, 2019
Question on wa placement in this example
In doing a recap of all my lessons to date, I'm finding much is clicking in place. For the most part, even "wa" and "o" are starting to intuitively make sense most of the time. I say intuitively, because most of the time I just seem to know where they g...
3 replies - Last post by イ リ ニ - May 16, 2019
は usage in this example
Hello! Could someone please help me understand the difference in usage of は vs が in this example? Is there a person who can speak English? えいご を はなせる ひと は います か? I would have thought that が should be used: えいご を はなせる ひと が います か? It seems to be the on...
1 reply - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - May 16, 2019
Please explain the function of the particle ga in sentences ending with desu ga.
5 replies - Last post by イ リ ニ - May 3, 2019
も - mo
Hello! Can someone please help me understand the use of the particle も in lesson 2.2? ここ で しゃしん を とって も いい です か Koko de shashin o totte mo ii desu ka? / Is it alright to take photos here? しゃしん を とって もらって も いい です か Shashin o totte moratte mo ii desu ka?...
4 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - May 2, 2019
Imasu / Desu
Hello, Could someone please help me understand why, in both of these examples, the U is pronounced in the first, but not in the second sentence? Ikka getsu benkyō shite imasu Oishii o-mise o shitte imasu Anata hodo jōzu ja nai desu Mochiron desu Tha...
12 replies - Last post by 夫婦茶碗 - April 10, 2019
Double-length vowel "O"
Hello, Now that I've learned how to write in hiragana, I'm redoing the modules I've learned so that I can practice them in hiragana. I have a question about the double length vowel O. In the lessons, Ōsaka is written like this: おおさか Why isn't it writt...
5 replies - Last post by イ リ ニ - April 10, 2019
O - Lesson 1.3
Hello everyone, From lesson 1.3, I'd like to ask for some help in understanding something . I've only just started practicing writing the characters, so I apologize for having to ask in romanji. Konya o sushi o tabe ni iki mashō ka? / Shall we go and e...
11 replies - Last post by イ リ ニ - March 25, 2019
Still confused about "wa" - can someone please help me?
Hello, I began Rocket Japanese yesterday and I'm on 1.2 (tea time). I know it's early on but I'm trying to get my head wrapped around "wa" used in the first two lessons. From what I've read in the forum, it seems: 1. You use it to indicate the subjec...
4 replies - Last post by イ リ ニ - March 4, 2019
Module 1.3 At the Sushi Bar introduced the phrase 「もちろん です」. Presumably this is the politest way to say "of course". However, while watching a show today I heard a character say,「 もちろんさ」. It does not change the meaning, but can anyone tell me what type o...
3 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - January 3, 2019
Asking for a drink -- onegai shimasu vs. kudasai
Am I correct in that I would use onegai shimasu for a more formal, polite setting vs. say with a friend? For example, I would ask a waitress, waiter, or a new acquaintance this way: mizu, onegai shimasu vs. Asking a friend or loved one: mizu, kudasai
5 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - November 21, 2018
1.4 grammar question about desu
みはさん こんにちは, I’ve being studying the dialog of lesson 1.4. It starts with: あなた は にほんご が はなせます か？ So far, so good. The topic is you, the subject is the Japanese language that is being asked if the topic can speak. The answer is: はい、 げも すこし げか がけ...
4 replies - Last post by TheresaH8 - August 27, 2018
Question about ～なんて and なんか
Hi everyone! I want to ask on how to properly understand both ～なんて and なんか expressions. As I'm digging the audio lessons from lessons 13... I've encountered both of them but is still on the fence on how to interpret or understand them... Here's the line...
3 replies - Last post by ClaudiaR13 - July 24, 2018
Hi おおきい (Ōkii) → おおきたっか (Ōkikatta) → おおきかったら (Ōkikattara) should be changed to おおきい (Ōkii) → おおきかった (Ōkikatta) → おおきかったら (Ōkikattara) Best
2 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - July 19, 2018
Lesson 4.4: He´s very popular (desu or ga arimasu)
Quick question: In lesson 4.4 (sporting conversation) the sentence "He´s very popular" translates as " かれ は とても にんき が あります" Shouldn´t it be with DESU at the end? (かれ は とても にんき です) Sayaka uses both versions in the audio course but I'm slightly confused and...
2 replies - Last post by TheresaH8 - July 16, 2018
Ga vs Wa
I noticed when you say I like sushi, it is spoken, o sushi wa suki desu. I have notice on a few other sites people saying just, sushi ga suki desu. Since i am only on Lesson 1.3, i dont understand yet but I read ga is used to emphasize sushi. How do you k...
2 replies - Last post by lzwiers91 - April 19, 2018
In Lessen 2.5 it says Nara ni yūmē na ōkii o tera ga arimasu. Shouldn't the first of the two adjectives be in the te form?
2 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - March 2, 2018
I dont understand this piece of grammar
I don't get why this sentence has "eigo wo hanaseru" in it instead of "eigo ga hanaseru". I thought "ga" was preferred when you use verb forms that mean "i can talk/etc..." Is this because this phrase works as a modifier to "hito"? 英語を話せる人はいますか？ Eigo o ...
1 reply - Last post by Goran34 - August 30, 2017
How to properly use and understand ～きり pattern?
Hi everyone! While I've been slowly studying the materials on the advanced course but, there is this one grammar at chapter 13 that I'm really getting difficulty to understand. It's the ～きり phrase. I will paste here the context of that particular sentenc...
3 replies - Last post by padcsantos - June 19, 2017
Is it acceptable?
Is it acceptable, since I'm a male to say instead of watashi no namae wa jifu desu; to say boku no namae wa jifu desu to introduce myself.
2 replies - Last post by Tony-S10 - April 12, 2017
Five pronunciations of 日
I foudn this article elsewhere, thought it might interest some people. http://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/03/18/one-simple-kanji-character-in-super-simple-japanese-sentence-has-five-different-pronunciations/ It gives an example of 日 being used five times i...
1 reply - Last post by trutenor - April 2, 2017
Textbook or Workbook Recommendations?
Hi everyone! I'm just about finished going through Genki I with my tutors and, although I already have Genki II on hand, I'm thinking about using another book. My biggest problem with Genki is that the scenarios are centered on the life of an exchange stu...
3 replies - Last post by toru e - March 6, 2017
Level 1 lesson 2.5: きてくれますか vs きてくれませんか
On level 1 lesson 2.5 we have the question いっしょうにきてくれますか。I have been told by another Japanese teacher that it is usually said as いっしょうにきてくれませんか。Are they interchangeable or is one better than the other? Also, would it be wrong or would it have a similar m...
1 reply - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - February 24, 2017
Kite iru and te from
Hi this might sound like a silly question but i was listening through lesseon 2.4 and the part that says "o yasumi de kite iru no desu ka?" Just wondering why "kite iru no" is used and what does it mean exactly? also if i said "...
5 replies - Last post by Davide--4 - February 4, 2017
Dore / Dono
What is the difference between dore gurai and dono gurai?
1 reply - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - December 21, 2016
Placement of Japanese Adjectives
Hey, I was listening to a song in Japanese, and it used the phrase "Aoi ano sora." So, can adjectives be placed before ano/kono/sono and is it common? Thanks in advance, Derrick
2 replies - Last post by derricklee43 - December 21, 2016
Alternate form for the hiragana そ
So I was attempting to read a manga in Japanese to test my proficiency, and I was pretty proud that my training has paid off, as I immediately recognized ようこそ (welcome)。However, as I looked at the hiragana for "そ", I noticed that something was off about i...
2 replies - Last post by trutenor - August 10, 2016
HA instead of WA in Hiragana
I noticed that many Japanese word ending with the syllable "WA" as "KonnichiWA, KonbanWA" and others were transcribed in Hiragana with the syllable "HA" instead of "WA" that is not the case when the syllable "WA" is at the beginning of the word as Watashi...
3 replies - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - May 27, 2016
question about lesson 10.4
Occasionally in the lessons I see a verb tense that I am not familiar with, like the following. Can someone explain the conjugation of kaeru? Otorikae itashimasukedo Thanks. Marc
1 reply - Last post by Crystal-Rocket-Japanese-Tutor - May 23, 2016
Grammar & Translation check
Minasan, Konnichiwa! I am writing an email to my Japanese penpal and I want to make sure that I am using the correct words and grammar. I'm still learning so sumimasen if I have butchered this. My penpal has commented in English that "I am full of cur...
2 replies - Last post by artemis9109 - March 22, 2016
What does this kanji symbol mean?
Hi, Can someone tell me the meaning of the kanji symbol in this picture please? I am getting a tattoo designed like this to cover up some bad artwork I had done when younger and was just wondering what the meaning was. Thanks for any help..... http://...
1 reply - Last post by Tony-S10 - March 9, 2016
Correct usage of TOKI NI
Konnichiwa I was hoping someone could help me with the word toki. Is it correct to use the TA form of a verb to express: when I.... For example: When i was in japan – nihon ni ita toki ni sake o nomimashita When i went to japan – nihon ni it...
3 replies - Last post by Janice-D14 - February 1, 2016
Can せる be added to a any verb to convey what someone can do?
In the module I've stumbled upon this sentence. えいご を はなせる ひと は います か Here はなす has been changed to はなせる to mean "someone who can speak". How does this verb ending せる apply to other words? Could I say for example: スーさんはりょうりせるいます。 Sue i...
1 reply - Last post by Shirakawa-T - September 10, 2015
方法 from 10.2 At the Pharmacy
Hi i am a little bit confuse on using Verb+方法. in the conversation yoshiko used 飲める方法 the gramma める is the ability right? so why does Kenny use 食べる方法(dict form) instead of 食べられる方法 ?
1 reply - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - June 28, 2015
question from 2.4 Catching a Ride
i didn't quite understand this part of the sentence お やすみ で きて いる の です か what is "iru no desk ka" really mean in this sentence? does it has something relate to " ~tai no desu ga?" can i also ask お やすみ で きてimashita ka? instead?
2 replies - Last post by gunn-t - June 27, 2015
Use of "kara" in Lesson 3.5.
Hi there! Can anyone explain why "kara" is used in the sentence "Demo ima kara Karaoke no jikan desu yo!"? Previously, it was explained that "now" was expressed as "ima wa". Thanks! -Michael
2 replies - Last post by Michael-S303 - June 12, 2015
Why is iru used here?
Hello on one of the mega cards it states 'Isu wa kirei ni narande iru.' Surely because they are in-animate it should be aru? Thanks :0
3 replies - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - May 30, 2015
use of "you desu" ようです
Hi. I was reading about the use of "you desu" in Japanese.：ようです In using it to describe conjecture or resemblance, it is used with nouns + の；なーadjectives + な or with verbs in the plain form, right? However, I came across this sentence: 君の部屋はひどい散らかりよ...
3 replies - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - April 13, 2015
How are Japanese sentences ordered?
I have been wondering how Japanese words in sentences are ordered. I know in English we have the adj, subject, (maybe another adj), and verb. I also have been wonderind what ni, mo, ha, ga, and wa. Could someone help me out with that s...
1 reply - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - March 22, 2015
koto ha and koto ga
I was wondering about the different particles used when using 'koto' to express having done/experienced something. Most of the time the particle ga is used "koto ga arimasu" and this is the particle I naturally use. However, often when they are using a ne...
1 reply - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - January 27, 2015
quiz tsking without writing section
For speed concerns I need to omit the writing sections. Is there a way to take the quizzes without the writing and show the score only for the other sections?
2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 7, 2014
Basic Japanese Level 1 grammar
How would you ask "shall we go for lunch tomorrow?" Also, an entirely separate topic is "1180 yen" the same thing as sen hyaku hachi juu yen? Thanks
4 replies - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - November 28, 2014
This kanji puzzles me 行
Hi... I am from Benghazi ^^ はじめました ummm....This kanji puzzles me 行 ???? can you help me ?
1 reply - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - October 1, 2014
は or わ
こんにちは、well my question is following why is in こんにちは the Hiragana HA at the end? Shouldn't it be a WA according to the pronunciation? Theres the same thing in many othere sentenceses and it just confuses me- thanks!
5 replies - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - July 18, 2014
shitte imasu vs. shite imasu.
Can someone please tell me the difference between "shitte imasu" and "shite imasu"?
3 replies - Last post by keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor - June 29, 2014
Speaking Japanese to Others
Konnichiwa. I just began studying Japanese a few days ago. I currently do not know anyone who speaks or is studying Japanese, so I have been practicing by speaking to myself! Was wondering if anyone might be interested in practicing together over the p...
11 replies - Last post by コウ日本語 - June 22, 2014