Learn Japanese Language Videos Series

Welcome to our learn Japanese language video page. Here we have posted some Japanese language videos to help those interested in learning some basic Japanese grammar.

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In this short video, Takanori looks specifically at the use of the particle "o" as it is used to describe or denote its relationship with a noun and verb. Meaning "o" as a particle and marker of the object to the verb is discussed. He also spends a few minutes differentiating it from the "o" that is used to proceed nouns in order to add a measure of politeness to a noun as in words like: sushi which changes to "osushi". Or "kane" which changes to "okane". "osushi" is "sushi" and "okane" means "money" in English.

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In slightly over 3 minutes our host Takanori will look at conjugating between present tense which he will often refer to as perfective tense and imperfective tense or past tense. More specifically he illustrates it in polite distal style using "masu" and "mashita" Two verb forms - wakaru (understand) and its past "wakarimashita" (understood) is explained. His second example is "tabemasu" (eat) and "tabemashita" (ate).

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In this video, basic sentence order not involving main verbs gets briefly looked into. Examples are: This is my bag - or "kore wa watshino kaban. And - Is this my bag? - or "kore wa watashi no kaban desu ka?"

One might make note of the following. Desu is being explained as the equivalent of the b-verb "is". "Desu" is not a copula. It is a distal style final predicate used for creating either emotional distance or politeness between two parties.

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