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Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese. How to Read Japanese - Lesson#1 - Introduction: Three types of characters. Japanese Grammar/Expressions Lessons. Japanese verbs, adjectives, particles, pronouns, useful expressions and more.

Japanese Grammar/Expressions Lessons

Japanese Verb Conjugations All About Verbs (1) - Japanese Verb Groups All About Verbs (2) - Verb Conjugations All About Verbs (3) - The ~ te Form Verb Conjugations All About Adjectives Particles Specificity of Japanese Verbs The Extended Use of the Verb "Suru" Conversation Openers and Fillers Expressions of Desire Expressions of Ability Expressing Uncertainty Quantity Expressions Expressing One's Thoughts Expressing Emotions (2): Interjections and Exclamations Onomatopoeic Expressions Body Part Expressions: Head Greetings for Special Occasions Greetings for Special Occasions (2) Talking on the Phone Visiting Someone's Place Shopping at the Department Store Health Problems (1) Health Problems (2) Expressions Used in Letters Useful Japanese Adjectives Useful Japanese Adverbs Writing Letters in Japanese Conditional "~ba" form Conditional "nara" and the Song "shiawase Nara Te O Tatakou"Conditional "nara" indicates a supposition and result.

Vocabulary : Useful and common Japanese phrases. Common Japanese Words. Words are the building blocks of language.

Common Japanese Words

In order to have any type of conversation in Japanese, you will need to know a certain amount of Japanese words. The more Japanese words you know, the more you will be able to communicate. However, it’s not just the number of Japanese words that’s important, but also which ones. When most people think of learning the Japanese language, they think of the years of hard work they will need to put in. The majority of people consider this hard work and the amount of time it will take to reach fluency, and decide it’s impossible. The Japanese language has hundreds of thousands of words, but it is only a small fraction of those words that makes up the majority of both the spoken and written language. The key is too choose the right materials. Below I have created a short list of some of the most common and most helpful Japanese words. You can also find a much larger list containing 1000+ Japanese words in a downloadable pdf format at the below link.

Japanese Alphabet. Japanese Alphabet The Japanese alphabet is usually referred to as kana, specifically hiragana and katakana.

Japanese Alphabet

While the Hiragana consists of 48 syllables, it is a phonetic alphabet where each alphabetic combination represents just a single sound. Thus any Japanese word can be written in a way that can be read without having to remember how the word is pronounced. So the Japanese kana are much simpler, the way something is written is the way it sounds. There is also Kanji, a Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or slightly modified Chinese characters. Hiragana Syllables (Alphabet) The table below shows the 48 Hiragana syllables: ۞ To Save this Page Press (CTRL D) or E-mail this Page! Maybe you have noticed that many sounds are missing, that’s why Japanese added some additional sounds using diacritics or combinations of syllables, the table below shows the additional sounds in Hiragana: Katakana Syllables (Alphabet) Kanji Characters (Alphabet)