Verb present tense /adjective + ことがある (=koto ga aru) 

January 1, 2014 in Beginners, Grammar

kotogaaru2
「お正月でも仕事をすることがあります。」
 
= Oshougatsu demo shigoto wo suru koto ga arimasu.
 
= I sometimes work even if New Year’s Day.
 
 

Verb past tense (〜た form )+ ことがある (= (~ ta) + koto ga aru)

December 16, 2013 in Beginners, Grammar, Japanese tense

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takotogaaru
 
 「このかわいい犬、どこかで見ことがあるなあ…」
 
= Kono kawaii inu dokokade mita koto ga aru naa…
 
= (I think I have seen this cute dog somewhere.)
 
= This cute dog looks familiar…

「うわ~変な犬!」

= Uwaa henna inu!

= Wow! What a strange dog!

 

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How to use 「〜ない(=nai)?」

December 2, 2013 in Beginners, Grammar

nai
「今日、デートしない?」
 
= Kyou deito shinai?
 
= Do you want to go on a date with me today?
 
 

〜ずに (=zuni) & 〜ないで(=naide)

October 22, 2013 in Beginners, Grammar

zuni
「これ並ばずに買えたの?」
= Kore narabazu ni kaetano?
 
= Did you get this without standing in line?
 
 

々 (踊り字= odoriji ) Japanese iteration mark

October 15, 2013 in Beginners, Kanji

odoriji
「この字、どうやって読むのかなあ…」
 
=Konoji douyatte yomunokanaa…
 
= I wonder how I read this letter….
 
 

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How to use the particle も(=mo) & 「一★も」

October 8, 2013 in Beginners, Grammar

how to use mo
「猫語は一言話せません。」
 
= Nekogo wa hitokoto mo hanasemasen.
 
= I can’t speak a word of Cat language.
 

V+ やすい & V+ にくい (=V+ yasui & V + nikui)

August 24, 2013 in Beginners, Facebook Follow up lesson, Grammar

nikui yasui

「これお箸では食べにくいよ!」
= Kore ohashi de wa tabenikui yo!
= It is hard to eat this with chopsticks.

 

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お先に = osaki ni (Mini Lesson #147)

August 16, 2013 in Beginners, Facebook Follow up lesson, Mini Lesson from No.124, useful phrases

OSAKINI
お先にどうぞ!」
= Osaki ni douzo!
= Please go ahead!
 
「いえ、いえ、どうぞ、お先に!」
= Ie ie  douzo osaki ni!
= No, you go ahead, please!
 
 
 

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How to use の(=no) : one ( indefinite pronoun)

July 17, 2013 in Beginners, Facebook Follow up lesson, Grammar

how to use  no

「どのおもちゃで遊ぶ?」
= Dono omocha de asobu?
= Which toy do you want to play with?
「ブタかお寿司で遊ぶ!」
= Butano ka osushi no de asobu
=I will play either with the pig one or the sushi one!

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V+たて(=tate)

June 28, 2013 in Beginners, Grammar

yakitate
「このパン焼きたてだよ!」
= Kono pan  yakitate dayo!
= This bread is freshly baked.
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