Japanese is Possible!
- How to Keep it Interesting
- Negative Adjectives
- Example Sentences
- Very Popular Words
How to Keep it Interesting
When you're studying or practicing something, it's always a
good idea to inject some variety. If you do the same exact
thing every day, you'll no doubt become bored in a short time.
When learning Japanese, there are many things you can do to
increase your ability:
- Learn vocabulary
- Learn grammar
- Practice making sentences
- Listen to Japanese music
- Read Japanese manga
You can also watch subtitled Anime, and try to pull out words
and phrases that you understand. The trick is to make sure you
don't try to do the same thing several days in a row. After a
while, everything gets old. If you cycle through several
different activities however, none of them will get old.
For instance, if you only listened to 1 song for a week, you'd
quickly grow tired of it. If you had 3 songs, it would take
considerably longer. They more songs you have, the longer each
song "lasts". Eventually, you reach a point where they never
really get old, because you have so many to listen to.
Some days, focus on learning vocabulary. On other days, worry
about grammar. When possible, try to spend time finding good
Japanese MP3s (or CDs) on the net and listen to them. Sometimes
when you're not in the mood to study, just watch an Anime. It
all helps, and adds up very slowly (but surely) to mastery of
If you're into Video Games, try looking up phrases you hear
in the import games you own. Many fighting games have a
"victory phrase" which is usually a commonly heard
Remember, Japanese is something you have to slowly beat into
your head. It will take a few years, but it CAN happen if you
want it to.
A couple lessons ago, we discussed the two different types of
Adjectives. To refresh your memory, they were called "normal"
and "Quasi". It was mentioned that the "normal" adjectives
could have various endings tacked on to them, doing some
One of those powerful endings is -ku nai.
All you have to do is remove the -i from the adjective, and
add -ku nai.
yoi - good
yoku nai - not good
akai - red
akaku nai - not red
See what the -ku nai ending does for an adjective? It gives
the adjective exactly the opposite meaning it normally has.
This is a very important ending to know, as you might have
guessed. Think about how many times you need to say that
something ISN'T necessary, ISN'T hot, etc.
Refer to the section below, "Example Sentences", for use
of this ending.
kanojo wa amari tsuyoku nai.
she (subject) too much strong not.
She isn't too strong.
bakemono wa zenzen kowaku nai yo!
monster (subject) completely scary not !
The monster isn't scary at all!
kore wa zenzen chigau!
this (subject) completely different!
This is completely different!
boku wa zenzen tsuyoku nai kedo.
I (subject) completely strong not but.
But I'm not strong at all.
ore wa juubun ja nai wake?
I (subject) enough not (it is that)?
Is it that I'm not enough?
taisetsu na mono o nakushita wake?
precious thing (what) lost it is that?
Did you lose something precious?
Very Popular Words
juubun - enough
wake - it is that
sorekara - and then
amari - too much
zenzen - completely
netsu - fever
bouken - adventure
kenshi - swordsman
madoushi - wizard
taisetsu (na) - precious
kuwashii - knowledgable
bukimi (na) - eerie
kowai - scary
nakusu - to lose
kirameku - to sparkle, glisten