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Learn to Read! Japanese Reading Lesson 007: ない・ません

Posted by meronpan on May 13, 2009

Welcome back!  To those actually interested in the manga I used for lesson material last time, sorry for the cliffhanger (well, perhaps that’s a little strong, it wasn’t that dramatic ^^;).  Today we will cover the negative present tense!  Click here for lesson 1 or here for the previous lesson (6).  Ready?  Rettsu GO!

家庭教師のお姉さん - click for gelbooru

家庭教師のおねえさん - click for gelbooru

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Learn to Read! Japanese Reading Lesson 006: Intro to Verbs and Wanting

Posted by meronpan on April 22, 2009

This has got to be the most out of order Japanese reading course you’ll ever find. ^^;  This is also an unheard of two Japanese lessons in a row.  Anyhow, today’s topic is wanting! As in, “I want to go swimming” or “I want to eat taiyaki.” Or…

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Sorry about the bad scan… manga don’t exactly lay flat ^^;;  Lesson material is taken from the opening chapter of まんが家さんとアシスタントさんと (まんがかさんとあしすたんとさんと == Mr. Manga Artist & Ms. Assistant &). Read on for an explanation of the “tai” form, but first, and introduction to verbs!  Might be unsafe for work, but then again you shouldn’t be studying Japanese at work (usually) :P

From this point on, I will not always put up romaji for the hiragana, so make sure to get those down!  Total immersion, it’s for your own good :P

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Learn to Read! Japanese Reading Lesson 005: がざだばぱ ぎゃああああ

Posted by meronpan on April 19, 2009

This is the last hiragana lesson, woo hoo!  Luckily I find this the easiest part to remember, hopefully you do too ^^

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Alrighty, here we go!  Lesson 4 is here or start from the beginning if you’re behind.

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Learn to Read! Japanese Reading Lesson 00A: Random Obscurities!

Posted by meronpan on April 6, 2009

A slight detour from reviews and a little break before we finish up hiragana.  This lesson is more for intermediate students or late beginner I suppose.  Nevertheless it may prove interesting and perhaps be a little more practical.

Click for gelbooru source

Click for gelbooru source

Today’s topic is… all sorts of random things that you might’ve wondered about… and has nothing to do with tsukiumi ^^;;  Check here to continue with the hiragana lessons, or here to go to the previous lesson.

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Learn to Read! Japanese Reading Lesson 004: は ま や ら わ ん

Posted by meronpan on March 10, 2009

Welcome back, to the stage of history!  … sorry.  Welcome back to another Japanese reading lesson!  This week we’re going to finish off hiragana! (well, almost, one more lesson to cover some extra sounds after this, but they’re just slight modifications of the characters you already know.)  This is probably one of the few nsfw Japanese lessons you’ll find online (sorry but a few pantsu shots made it in as study material ^^;;;).  On the other hand, if you can study Japanese at work, you can probably look at pantsu :P

祈 (inori) sensei from tsuyokiss

祈 (inori) sensei from tsuyokiss

Are you ready?  Be prepared for H, M, Y, R, and W characters, finishing up with the only solo consonant in the language!  Brace yourself, this is going to be a long lesson… lots of things to explain!  It may be best to cover a little at a time rather than trying to absorb everything all at once ^^; If you’re behind, here you can find all the previous lessons or click here for quick access to lesson 3.

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Learn to Read! Japanese Reading Lesson 003: さ た な

Posted by meronpan on January 23, 2009

Hey, yeah, remember these posts?  Lesson 3, only… about 3 months after lesson 2? ^^;;;;

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to aru majutsu no index

On the off chance you’ve been faithfully following along, note that we’ll be picking up the pace a little from here on~

This week we’ll be covering 15 new kana – the s, t, and n characters!

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Learn to read! Japanese Reading Lesson 002: かきくけこ

Posted by meronpan on November 6, 2008

Welcome back to another reading lesson! I’ll be picking up the pace soon, but for now, just another 5 kana. Don’t want to rush the beginning because knowing the sounds of the first 5 kana (あ い う え お) is the basis for knowing how to say every other character in the alphabet (ok, fine, except for ん (‘n’) but we’ll get to that later). Edit, for easier browsing, here’s a link to lesson 1.

This week’s characters are from the k row (or column, depending on how you write it out ^^;)… and here’s why last week’s lesson is so important – simply add a K sound to each character and you can read them all!

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Learn to read! Japanese Reading Lesson 001: あいうえお

Posted by meronpan on October 30, 2008

We’ll see how long this lasts, and I’m not sure this blog is the best place to do it, but I felt like trying to spread the Japanese language love.  Assuming I follow through, I’m not expecting anyone to be fluent when I’m done but I hope it may inspire those who are curious to follow up with classes or otherwise.

さ、勉強しましょう! Let's study!

These “lessons” will be aimed at otaku, so expect anime/manga/game/novel examples and such. ^^;

Anyhow, the first step towards reading Japanese is learning the alphabet (well, technically it’s a syllabary)! aaand the first letter (or kana) is… あ! In English it’s pronounced as ‘a’ in father, ‘o’ in otter, ‘a’ in saw, etc. Unfortunately I’m not sure how the pronunciation turns out in other languages/accents, gomen m(_ _)m

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