Nutshell Grammar

Concisely explores important topics that you need to understand to get the most out of Satori Reader, with an emphasis on clear example sentences. (Ongoing)

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Episode 1
Welcomes you to the series and jumps right into our first topic.
Notes: Covers "the same," "the same as X," and "the same X as Y."
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Episode 2
Takes up the main way of saying that two things differ in Japanese.
Notes: Also looks at the use of chigau to mean "wrong."
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Episode 3
Lays the foundation for understanding the ubiquitous word for saying two things are alike.
Notes: You has a lot in store for us, but we'll take it one step at a time.
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Episode 4
Moves to the next step with you, using it before nouns.
Notes: Also considers the two slightly different meanings of a phrase like "a food like ramen."
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Episode 5
Looks at a way to say that two actions occur at the same time.
Notes: Also considers whether the order of the two actions is meaningful (hint: it is).
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Episode 6
Lays the foundation for understanding another use of you to talk about "kinds" or "sorts."
Notes: This is the basis for the expressions kono/sono/ano/dono you na X.
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Episode 7
Builds on the previous lesson by using sentences before you na to create more elaborate kinds.
Notes: Also considers the difference between this and a plain relative clause.
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Episode 8
Takes up a special use of suru that turns up in expressions like oto ga suru, ki ga suru, and many more.
Notes: Also considers the question about the proverbial tree falling in the lonesome forest.
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Episode 9
Applies what we have learned in previous lessons to adverbial phrases, allowing you to talk about "running like the wind" or "eating like a horse."
Notes: Also considers you ni following full clauses, allowing you to create phrases like, "as I explained yesterday..."
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Episode 10
Introduces the use of no to stand in for a recently mentioned noun.
Notes: This will lay the foundation for an even more interesting pattern in the next lesson.
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Episode 11
Introduces a new pattern that utilizes the no from the last lesson.
Notes: Includes pairs of questions and answers that utilize the new pattern.
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Episode 12
Wraps up our discussion of no to stand in for a person, place, thing, time, or reason with lots of drill sentences.
Notes: Drills on reformulating both questions and statements.
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Episode 13
Builds on our previous discussions of you to introduce a new function: reporting information the speaker believes is reliable.
Notes: Also contains a lengthy note that breaks down the different permutations of past and present in "it seems" sentences.
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Episode 14
Explores a special case of sentences using "reliable information" you.
Notes: A rule and a sub-rule! But don't worry. We'll talk it through together.
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Episode 15
Explores one of the two big uses of sou, to report hearsay.
Notes: Also introduces an expression that means "according to (a source)."
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Episode 16
Eases into this topic by exploring a simple pattern that works everywhere, then introduces a new verb form that acts as a shortcut.
Notes: Also includes a comparison of similar verbs that conjugate differently.
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Episode 17
Continues our discussion by diving deeply into the standard way to use the potential in sentences.
Notes: Also notes a different way to use the potential that is gaining acceptance.
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Episode 18
Takes up alternate forms of the potential for seeing and hearing, with discussion of why and when these forms are used.
Notes: Also looks at the common combination kikoete kuru.
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Episode 19
Introduces an important new word and looks at the most basic use of it, which lays the foundation for other uses.
Notes: Includes the patterns tame da, tame no (noun), and tame ni (phrase).
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Episode 20
Expands on tame ni by looking at how it can connect two phrases: a purpose, and an action undertaken for that purpose.
Notes: Also contains a discussion of when this pattern is appropriate and when it is not. These principles will be elaborated on in the next lesson.
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