★How to use ~まま(=mama)

March 9, 2014 in Grammar

 mama

「今日は座ったままレッスンをします。」

= Kyou wa suwatta mama ressun wo shimasu.

= I will give you a lesson sitting down.

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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 even work on 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?
 
 

〜と & 〜ないと(= ~to & ~ naito) conditional

October 30, 2013 in Grammar

how to use to
 「ジャーキーくれないいたずらするよ!」
 
= Jaakii kurenai to itazura suruyo!
 
= Trick or “dog treats”!!
 
(If you don’t give me “dog treats” or I will play a trick on you!)
 

〜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?
 
 

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.
 

How to use 〜たり(=tari) & ~たりして(=tarishite)

September 29, 2013 in Grammar

tari
 
「休日は、食べたり寝たりして過ごしています。」
= Kyuujitsu wa tabetari netari shite sugoshite imasu.
= I spend my days off eating, sleeping and etc.
 

〜くせに(= ~ kuseni)

September 24, 2013 in Grammar

kuseni

「この車、ナビついてないの?」

=Kono kuruma navi tsuite naino?

= This car doesn’t have a navigation system?

「免許持ってないくせに!」

= Menkyo motte nai kuseni!

= You don’t even have a driver’s license. (So you have no right to complain.)

 

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Casual suffix : 〜っけ(=kke)  

September 8, 2013 in Grammar

kke
「あれ?何を作るんだっけ?」
= Are? Nani wo tsukurun dakke?
= Umm? What was I going to cook now?
 
 
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