Japanese is Possible!
- The Let's Form
- What are you Let's Do ing?
- Example Sentences
- Very Popular Words
The Let's Form
I would rather give a form an easy to remember name
instead of a textbook one. In this case, I'm calling
this form the Let's form, because it would be used
in sentences like:
Let's do it!
Let's go back now.
The ending for this form is -ou. All the verbs will
end with those two letters. (Sometimes you will see
it spelled -oo, but it's the same thing when you write
it in the Japanese alphabet)
We will now demonstrate how to add the Let's ending
to all three types of verbs.
We'll start with the two irregular verbs:
kuru - koyou (let's come)
suru - shiyou (let's do)
These are irregular, and have no pattern. Luckily,
there are only 2 of them in Japanese! You'll just
have to memorize these two. Luckily, they're both
used a lot -- it shouldn't take you long.
Then we'll move to the second most popular category,
the Ichidan verbs. These are the verbs that end in
-eru or -iru. Remember, there are some Yodan verbs
that try to masquerade as Ichidan verbs. Since they
end in -eru or -iru, you can be fooled. A list of
these verbs was given in Lesson 12.
miru - (to see)
First, remove the -ru from the dictionary form of
Now, add -you to finish the job. (that was quick!)
miyou (let's see)
The rest of the verbs fit in this category.
asobu - (to play)
Remove the -u from the dictionary form of the verb.
Now, add -ou and you're done!
asobou - (let's play)
How to use the "Let's" Form
Here are some example sentences that use the new
kore o tabeyou!
this (what) let's eat!
Let's eat this!
already let's quit!
Let's stop it already!
uchi ni kaette, benkyou shiyou yo!
home (location) return (and), study let's do !
Let's go home and study!
mamono o korosou!
monster (who) let's kill!
Let's kill the monster!
umi ni oyogou!
ocean (location) let's swim!
Let's swim in the ocean!
There isn't a lot to it. However, you can do more
interesting things with this form. For instance,
if you combine it with the particle to, you can
make some very neat sentences.
What are you Let's Do ing?
This is actually one of my favorite bits of grammar.
In other words, shown below is my favorite kind of
sentence in Japanese. Everyone's different, so you
may find a DIFFERENT bit of grammar more fun. ^_^
dare o korosou to shite iru?
who (answers 'who') let's kill and you're doing?
Who are you trying to kill?
I like to translate it, "who are you let's killing?"
I get a kick out of translating it that way, I don't
know why! It is a valid translation, although it
isn't proper English.
Another popular sentence is:
nani o shiyou to shite iru?
what (answers 'what') let's do and you're doing?
What are you "let's do" ing?
Although we don't say "what are you let's eating",
that IS an example of a normal Japanese sentence.
When you're making your own sentences, remember
that you can't just take an English sentence and
replace the English words with Japanese words.
mou osoi kara, kaerou yo!
already late because, let's return !
It's late already, so let's return!
chotto nihongo ga dekiru yo!
little bit japanese (subject) can do !
I can speak a little Japanese.
ryo-ohki wa ninjin o tabeyou to shite iru.
ryo-ohki (subject) carrots (what) let's eat and is doing.
Ryo-ohki wants to eat the carrots.
ranma wa akane to kekkon shiyou to shite ita.
ranma (subject) akane (with) let's marry (and) was doing.
Ranma had a mind to marry Akane.
ryu wa ken o nageyoo to shite ita.
ryu (subject) ken (who) let's throw and he was doing.
Ryu wanted to throw Ken.
Very Popular Words
ippai - full of
mou - already
takusan - many
massugu - straight (ahead)
ninjin - carrot
soba - nearby area
kazoku - family
hana - nose
kuchi - mouth
naka - center, inside
nigai - bitter
migi (no) - right
hidari (no) - left
nageru - to throw
kekkon suru - to marry