I was hoping to have 1,000 followers by the New Year, and then I would buy a domain and make this whole thing a lot more official (but still free and linked to tumblr, don’t worry).
With only 20 days left until the end of the year, it’s still a bit short of the target.
To my amazing followers, who made this thing so much more than I ever thought it would be, more successful than ever. My followers who without coming here, I would have probably stopped doing this a long time ago.
So I ask you all this, to help me reach the 1,000 goal, I ask all of you to promote me in every way you can. Shout outs, tell your friends, link me on every site you go to. Even re-blogging helps to spread the word further.
Please, help ICanSpeakJapanese become truly great, a well-known name within the Japanese-tumblr-blogging community. Help me, help you.
In Japanese, there are two words used to say “something”, “anything”, and “nothing”; 何か/なにか/nanika and 何も/なにも/nanimo
何か/なにか/nanika using in a positive statement means “something”, while 何か/なにか/nanika used in a question means “anything?”. 何も/なにも/nanimo is used in negative questions, and means “not anything”, or “nothing”.
These two words are used in place of the particles は/ha, が/ga, and を/wo, and thus can be used alone without particles. Later, we will learn what we need to do when other particles would be used.
And some examples:
猫（ねこ）が何か（なにか）持ってきました（もってきました）。neko ga nanika mottekimashita. - The cat has brought something
猫（ねこ）は何か（なにか）食べましたか（たべました）。neko ha nanika tabemashitaka. Has the cat eaten anything?
いいえ、猫（ねこ）は何も食べませんでした。iie, neko ha nanimo tabemasendeshita. No, he cat has not eaten anything.
As many of you know, comes Autumn/Fall, I’ll be jetting off to Japan for a year to study there (though I don’t know where yet). And I want to make a blog about that.
I don’t want to use my normal blog (gakuseiseikatsu) because there’s so much rubbish stuffed in there, so maybe I will start a new blog. Or maybe I will just archive everything from my regular blog, then clear it out. I don’t want it on here either because I want this to focus on lessons.
What do you all think? Would you all be interested in my Japanese student life blog?
Hi guys. I’ve been regrettably inactive on this blog for quite a while now. Living in Japan has given me much less free time than I expected. And yet everyday, I’m happy to see that this blog gain more and more new followers. Thank you for sticking with me.
As we are about to hit 2,000 followers, I intend to get back into making lessons again.
I want to make more lessons, better lessons and more diverse lessons than ever before.
So in the lead up, while I prepare for the next round of Jumpstart Japanese lessons, I would like you all to start sharing this blog like crazy, send your asks about any aspect of learning Japanese or living in Japan. I want to see this community grow into something where you can share your questions with each other, not simply with me.
Thank you for staying with me this far, and together, let’s make this blog bigger and better than ever before!
So we’ve learnt how to use present positive tenses in plain form, which is the same as dictionary form. In today’s lesson we’ll be learning how to use negative in the plain form. Again, this lesson will be really easy as we’ve already done it before.
Negative tense in the plain form is the same as the ない/nai-form that we did in Lesson 47:
To conjugate words into the ない/nai form, it depends on what kind of verb it is, depending on it’s ending. There are う/u-verbs, る/ru-verbs and irregular verbs. Here are some examples of each, and hopefully you will be able to see the pattern for each.
かきます ＞ かく ＞ かかない
kakimasu > kaku > kakanai
はなします ＞ はなす ＞ はなさない
hanashimasu > hanasu > hanasanai
まちます ＞ まつ ＞ またない
machimasu > matsu > matanai
しにます ＞ しぬ ＞ しなない
shinimasu > shinu > shinanai
To call out
よびます ＞ よぶ ＞ よばない
yobimasu > yobu > yobanai
よみます ＞ よむ ＞ よまない
yomimasu > yomu > yomanai
かえります ＞ かえる ＞ かえらない
kaerimasu > kaeru > kaeranai
あいます ＞ あう ＞ あわない
aimasu > au > awanai
Can you see the pattern for う/u-verbs?
たべます ＞ たべる ＞ たべない
tabemasu > taberu > tabenai
ねます ＞ ねる ＞ ねない
nemasu > neru > nenai
あけます ＞ あける ＞ あけない
akemasu > akeru > akenai
To get up
おきます ＞ おきる ＞ おきない
okimasu > okiru > okinai
みます ＞ みる ＞ みない
mimasu > miru > minai
Can you see the pattern for る/ru-verbs?
These verbs are irregular in that they do not conjugate in the normal patterns as shown above.
します ＞ する ＞ しない
shimasu > suru > shinai
きます ＞ くる ＞ こない
kimasu > kuru > konai
So that’s how you conjugate verbs into the plain, negative form, so look out for the end of the dictionary form, and watch out for those irregulars!
Morning everyone. So today before work (like, just now), I was rolling around the tofogu store, seeing what they have. When I noticed an item there fore $0 called “Hiragana42: ‘The Answer’ To Learning Hiragana”.
Hi everyone, sorry I’ve missed a few lessons, I’m just incredibly busy right now. So in this lesson we’ll be learning how to use the volitional form that we learnt over the last two lessons.
Using the volitional form on it’s own, such as 勉強しよう/benkyoushiyou (let’s study) or 行こう/ikou (let’s go) mean “let’s”.
We can make it a sentence by adding か/ka on to the end, making the sentence mean “shall we?”, such as 食べようか/tabeyouka (shall we eat)
Adding と思います/to omoimasu after the verb, the sentence becomes “I am thinking of doing”: 私は休みに国へ帰ろうと思います/watashi ha yasumi ni kuni he kaerou to omoimasu (During my holiday, I am thinking of returning to my country).
So there we are, the uses for the volitional form.