Human Japanese: Extra Credit
Reading, listening, and sentence construction practice based on grammar and vocabulary learned in Human Japanese.
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Drill yourself on sentences that use various forms of desu.
Notes: This exercise also illustrates how nouns can be either singular or plural, and that subjects are often omitted from Japanese sentences.
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Practice your vocabulary for words like "today," "next month," and "September" in sentences using grammar learned in previous chapters.
Notes: This chapter also utilizes the newly learned words for "good" and the agreement-seeking particle ne.
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Combine the new words from this vocab-centric chapter with previously learned patterns in nearly 60 test sentences.
Notes: This chapter also includes a note about yes-or-no responses to negative questions, like "Isn't it a restaurant?"
The object-marker wo is the key to using verbs that do something to something else (e.g., "She drank the water"). Make sure you've got it securely under your belt by running through these example sentences.
Notes: This article also contains a discussion of why the patterns for liking and disliking things seem to break the rules.
In this vocab-centric chapter, we learned about how to refer to family members within the family and when speaking to someone outside the family.
Notes: In this chapter, we also learned the words for "boyfriend" and "girlfriend," which happen to be the same words as for "he" and "she."
In this vocabulary-building chapter, we learned the words for various leisure activities.
Notes: We also learned a few patterns for using the new vocabulary, such as the way to talk about "going for a walk" or "going on a drive."
Drill on phrases like "on top of the desk" and "in front of the school" to make sure you've got everything securely "inside your head."
Notes: This chapter also introduced a handful of new vocabulary words like ue, shita, mae, ushiro, and so on.
Rediscover the simple joy of naming how many things there are with nearly fifty sentences.
Notes: Drill on the tsu numbers plus counters for people; sheets; smallish and roundish objects; long cylindrical objects; and small animals.