Title: You’re a Useless Child / Kimi wa dekinai ko / 君はできない子
Song: Kikuo - きくお
Vocal: Hatsune Miku
PV: Kikuo, Shiku
Romaji: Sunny Subs
Cute Japanese Words!
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Guide to Self-Studying Japanese
A large proportion of Japanese learners self-study. Finding places to learn Japanese in a classroom environment can be difficult and expensive. Here’s a guide on how you can learn Japanese for free and from the comfort of your sofa.
When learning Japanese, the most important step is to learn Hiragana and Katakana, the writing alphabets of Japanese.
The best way I’ve found to do that is to make flashcards. Make sure you practice writing as well as recognizing them, this will not only be a great skill to have but will also reinforce the shapes in your mind.
[Hiragana 42], the best guide I’ve found to learn the Hiragana (in a day!)
[Hiranana and Katakana Quiz Site]
[Kana Invaders Game]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Vocabulary….
The next step is to start learning vocabulary. Where can you find what to learn? Use a site like Memrise to find word lists (for example, there is a word list for all the vocabulary in starter textbooks like Genki), and use the amazing interface to learn them and keep them in your long term memory.
While encountering vocabulary, you’re likely to be coming across super-complicated-looking Kanji. You can learn Kanji through Memrise as above, but there are some other websites that may be of interest.
[Kanji Damage] A great site where you can learn Kanji through Mnemonics.[WaniKani] by the same people ho make TextFugu (below) can help you learn Kanji from scratch.
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….
The next step is to apply that new vocabulary to grammar points and start making sentences.
If you can’t get your hands on textbooks like Genki, don’t fear! There are a lot of great online grammar resources.
[TextFugu] a highly rated ‘online textbook’ which will guide you right from the beginning of learning Japanese.
[Guide to Japanese] another online textbook with a lot of grammar points and excellent explanations.
The Fun Parts: Using Japanese Online Media
So you probably have learnt Japanese because you have some interest in Japanese media. Time to start using it to your learning advantage!
Aside from the obvious watching Anime, J-dramas and films, why not try Reading Japanese News? Watching Japanese TV? Just make sure you are making these activities productive - note down new vocabulary, add them to Anki, and keep learning! It’s much easier to learn things you’re interested in. Try translating Japanese songs, etc.
The most important but difficult part of self-studying Japanese is getting your own compositions checked. Utilize all that grammar and vocabulary and write a short piece, it could be a diary entry or a short essay. Get it recorded for you by a native on RhinoSpike, and checked for grammar and consistencies on Lang-8.These sites also give you the chance to connect with Japanese natives, and perhaps start up some language exchanges!
For more resources, take a look at my Ultimate Resources List
Any more tips? Comment below!
Learning Japanese cheat sheets
Source: misshoneyvanity on deviantART
- Dripping water
- Trickling water
- River water
- Ocean waves
- Storm waves
- Mild rain
- Being underwater
- Being underwater in rapids
- Being underwater in the ocean
- Walking through leaves
- Shifting sand
- Walking in a forest
- Walking through a field
- Walking through a rainforest
- Tumbling boulders
- Walking on gravel
- Walking on metal
- Walking on wood
Sure, anony. (o´ω`o)
Watashi wa Ana desu. The highlighted information is after the wa; it’s the fact that my name is Ana.
Watashi ga Ana desu. The highlighted information is before the ga; it’s the fact that I am named Ana.
- "If someone asks me “What is your name?" and if someone else asks “Who is Ana?" In English, the answer to both is “I am Ana". But in Japanese the answer to “What is your name?" is: "Watashi wa Ana desu." Because “Ana" is the information I want to give.
- For the question: “Who is Ana?” for example when a teacher is asking a group of students, then I will answer: “Watashi ga Ana desu.” Because “Ana” is already given, the unknown information is who. So in the answer, I want to highlight “I”, therefore I use “ga” to indicate that is the information I want to focus on.”
- A few verbs, adjectives used with ga:
➨ 好き suki - to like
猫と犬、どっちが好き？- Neko to inu, docchi ga suki? - Do you like cats or dogs?➨ 嫌い kirai - to hate
嘘をつく人が嫌いです。- Uso o tsuku hito ga kirai desu. - I hate liars.
➨ 欲しい hoshii - to want
そんなにお金が欲しいのか？- Sonna ni okane ga hoshii no ka? - Do you want money that desperately?
➨ 上手 jouzu - to be good at
日本語がとても上手ですね。- Nihongo ga totemo jouzu desu ne. - Your Japanese is very good.
➨ 下手 heta - to be bad at
字を書くのが下手。- Ji o kaku no ga heta. - My handwriting is bad.
➨ 要る iru - to need
金が要るよ。- Kane ga iru yo. - I need money.
➨ いる iru - to be
兄弟がいますか？- Kyoudai ga imasu ka? - Do you siblings?
➨ ある aru - to be
歴史に興味があります。- Rekishi ni kyoumi ga arimasu. - I’m interested in history.
➨ 出来る dekiru - to be able to
日本語を話すことが出来ます。- Nihongo o hanasu koto ga dekimasu. - I can understand Japanese.
➨ 分かる wakaru - to understand
私は英語が分かりません。- Watashi wa eigo ga wakarimasen. - I don’t understand English.
- Question words with ga:
A:ほかに誰が来るの？- Hoka ni dare ga kuru no? - Who else is coming?
B:美咲が来る。- Misaki is coming.
何がそんなにおかしいの？- Nani ga sonna ni okashii no? - What’s so funny?
それが何か？- Sore ga nani ka? - Do you have a proble with that?
- In subordinate clauses, ga is used:
最近私が読んだ本は「不思議の国のアリス」です。- Saikin watashi ga yonda hon wa “Fushigi no kuni no Arisu” desu. - The book I’ve read recently is “Alice in Wonderland”.
俺がここに来たことをナイショにして。- Ore ga koko ni kita koto o naisho ni shite. - Keep the fact that I’ve been here a secret.
- For intransitive verbs, ga is normally used.
人が並んでいます。- Hito ga narande imasu. - The people are lined up.
電気が消えています。- Denki ga kiete imasu. - The lights are turned off.