Grammar · Japanese

How to say “that” in Japanese correctly 2: あの or その?

This is a sequel to my previous post, where I explained the basic usage of the Japanese demonstrative adjectives この(kono), その(sono) and あの(ano). In this post, I’ll show you exceptional usages of the Japanese demonstrative adjective あの. Usually you should use その to refer to something that has already been mentioned in the conversation, but… Continue reading How to say “that” in Japanese correctly 2: あの or その?

Grammar · Japanese

How to say “that” in Japanese correctly 1: この, あの or その?

Many Japanese learners have trouble using the demonstrative adjectives あの(ano) and その(sono). In many cases, they use あの more widely than it actually covers, where その should be used. Are you also struggling with them? Or maybe you’re not sure if you are correct? Okay, let’s start with the basic usage of the Japanese demonstrative… Continue reading How to say “that” in Japanese correctly 1: この, あの or その?

Event Info · Japan

Let’s Walk & Talk in Tokyo / Kamakura! (Charity for Kumamoto)

I’ll be holding the following charity events for the Kumamoto earthquake victims. Your participation and/or share on SNSs would be greatly appreciated! International Charity Walk & Talk! Let’s enjoy a language and cultural exchange while walking, and send our prayers to Kumamoto! The aim is not hardcore exercise, so the pace will be leisurely. 😉 We’ll be… Continue reading Let’s Walk & Talk in Tokyo / Kamakura! (Charity for Kumamoto)

Japanese

ありがとうございます vs. ありがとうございました: Which to Use? 2

This is a sequel to the previous entry, where we talked about two ways of saying “thank you” in Japanese. Here comes the last and most common one! 3) ありがとうございます。 This is in the present tense, but you can use it either for ongoing matters, things that are almost done, or those in the past. Yes,… Continue reading ありがとうございます vs. ありがとうございました: Which to Use? 2

Japanese

ありがとうございます vs. ありがとうございました: Which to Use? 1

You might have heard ありがとうございます and ありがとうございました in similar situations and wondered what the difference between them is and which is correct to use. I’ll give you a very simple answer. Actually, either is fine in most cases! Yaaay!! Great news, huh?😆 So, what’s the difference? Let’s start with the simplest one. 1) ありがとう。 This… Continue reading ありがとうございます vs. ありがとうございました: Which to Use? 1

Japanese

Unnatural Japanese Phrases Frequently Used on Language Learning Sites and What to Say Instead

I often see some Japanese phrases that are grammatically correct but unnatural in terms of cultural context. Here are some of them that are frequently used on some language learning sites or apps. 1) てつだってください。 It literally means “please give/lend me a hand,” but it’s not common when you ask someone to teach or advise… Continue reading Unnatural Japanese Phrases Frequently Used on Language Learning Sites and What to Say Instead

Japanese

Useful Japanese Expressions for Language Learning Site/App: Level of Corrections

I think that the level of corrections should depend on the learner’s proficiency in the target language. That’s why I correct only big grammatical mistakes for beginners, while I point out small differences in nuance and suggest alternative expressions for advanced learners. However, there might be beginners who want to learn more or advanced learners… Continue reading Useful Japanese Expressions for Language Learning Site/App: Level of Corrections