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by Kyasarin (kannas_mirror)
at November 10th, 2007 (12:48 pm)

current mood: busy

50 members! The community is getting larger.
There should be an update tonight.

~キャサリン ★ ☆ ★

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Member Introductions
by Kyasarin (kannas_mirror)
at October 14th, 2007 (01:11 am)

I was quite surprised to see that there were so many members of this community when there was little or no activity....hopefully that will increase as we get more going on here.

It would be nice if there was more of a community 'spirit' here. Maybe you'd like to find someone to chat with about Japanese, find a study partner, or even just someone to chat with about your interests. And if not, it would be great for us to get an idea of the kind of people who've joined this community. So, if you read this, please drop a line in the comments and tell us a bit about yourself and if there's anything you'd like to see in regards to how members could get more involved and find friends here ^-^ It would be especially nice to see if anyone has any feedback on the direction this place is going. Input would be very helpful.

The community should be updated with some more (hopefully) helpful vocabulary and things to learn tomorrow.

~キャサリン ★ ☆ ★

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Countries, People, Language
by Kyasarin (kannas_mirror)
at October 11th, 2007 (12:36 am)

Here's another vocabulary sheet related to people, which includes how to say and write a selection of countries, their people and their languages.


Again, if you find any errors, or want to leave a comment, please do so!

~キャサリン ★ ☆ ★

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Note about Tags
by Kyasarin (kannas_mirror)
at October 11th, 2007 (12:16 am)

There will be a blurb for this community with a link to the tags used in this journal. As we continue to fill this community with more information, the tags will become more useful. If there is a particular thing you are looking for, you'll be able to check out the tags and see if there is anything available, making everything much easier.

Please note that there will be a list of tags preceded by '~'  This indicates particular Japanese words, for example, useful grammar like 'が' or ’けど’. Tags preceded by * indicate posts about the community, usually from the maintainers.

~キャサリン ★ ☆ ★

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Vocabulary Upload
by Kyasarin (kannas_mirror)
at October 10th, 2007 (11:48 pm)

From time to time, I'll be uploading vocabulary sheets. This includes a list of words and some phrases, with their English equivalents. There is no romaji included here. If you really do require the romaji, leave a comment and I'll provide another version with the romaji.
This file is in Word .doc format.

| Vocabulary One |

This sheet is about how to address people, jobs and greetings. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but just a general collection of useful words, which I have taken from the textbook Minna no Nihongo 1. If you spot any typos or errors, please point them out in a comment! ^_^

~キャサリン ★ ☆ ★

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by Kyasarin (kannas_mirror)
at October 8th, 2007 (06:52 pm)

current mood: cheerful

Hello there members ^-^ Genki?

You may have noticed that the community was recently updated with something lately. I hope to regularly update with this kind of information.  I will also be attaching tags to make finding information easier. Please remember this is a learning community, and the admins are learners themselves - so whilst I cannot answer all questions, there may be people who can ^_^
To clear things up a bit, I will be deleting most of the previous posts on this community. If you have posted previously and are concerned about this, I will take a look and preserve any information I think should be saved for others to read again.

I am thinking of adding entries with learning resources (both books and online, etc) for members' reference. If there's something  in particular you joined the community for or would really like to see, please comment.

~キャサリン ★ ☆ ★

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Hisashiburi.....; informal endings, polite and plain style, use of 'kedo' [but, however]
by Kyasarin (kannas_mirror)
at October 6th, 2007 (10:56 pm)

current mood: tired

As I am currently taking a gap year from my university course and am continuing to study Intermediate Japanese whilst I am away (and without a teacher), I am taking a lot of notes to help progress my learning and understanding. I am unsure how helpful this will be to anyone as these are personal notes, but they may not be completely suitable for absolute beginners as they do require at least some basic knowledge of grammar. However, I'm going to start posting in this way, and with other things whilst I study alone this year and I hope they are of some use. I will tag them for easy future reference too. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or are confused, or if it does help you at all. Again, these are copied directly from my notes, so I hope there's no confusion (^-^ );
I will be using kanji where I can, but I will also include furigana and romaji in some places.


Informal endings - の [no] after a verb

This usage requires informal -u form, never the formal -masu form. Negative verbs, however, are fine.


明日こないの?あしたこないの?Ashita konai no?  Won't you come tomorrow?
どうしたの?Doushita no?  What's wrong?

o  usage of ' の' at the end of a sentence can also indicate explanation or emotive emphasis, or a question;
どうするの?  How about you? (What did you do?)


けど  - but, however

ーCan be interchangeable with が [ga]
ーComes at the end of a main clause
ーAlternative forms - けれども  keredomo 、 けども kedomo  、 けれど keredo

It has the same function as ' が' , which is used to connect sentences. It is often used in conversations.

そのカレーライス 「は」 おいしいです?
Sono kare raisu [wa] oishii desu?
Is that curry and rice tasty?
...un, karai kedo, oishii.
Yes, it's hot, but tasty.

すもうのチケット 「が」 あるけどいっしょにいかない?
Sumou no tiketto [ga] aru kedo isshoni ikanai?
I have tickets for sumo. Won't you come with me?
Ii ne.
Sure, sounds good, etc.

[More about particle omission next time!]


Polite and Plain Style

- Anytime, any place, anybody!

o  in common use between adults who are not close friends
o  meeting for the first time; to one's superiors
o younger or lower in rank

PLAIN STYLE - Close friends, colleagues, family members

o  Written work - newspapers, books, theses, diaries. HOWEVER, letters are usually written in the polite style.


<            >
1 すもうが好きです
sumou ga suki desu
sumou ga suki da
2 あした東京へ行きます
ashita tokyo e ikimasu
ashita tokyo e iku
3 富士山にのぼりたいです
Fuji-san ni noboritai desu
Fuji-san ni noboritai
4 ドイツへ行ったことがありません
Doitsu e itta koto ga arimasen
Doitsu e itta koto ga nai
5 毎日いそがしいです
mai nichi isogashii desu
mai nichi isogashii

English Translation
1 I like sumo
2 Tomorrow I will go to Tokyo
3 I want to climb at Mount Fuji (notice that 'ni' is used)
4 I haven't been to Germany
5 I'm busy every day

I shall add some more tomorrow about plain style conversation, particle omission and conversation examples ^_^~ Please drop me a note if this is at all helpful to your understanding, or if there are any glaring mistakes.

-キャサリン ★ ☆ ★

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