Posted by: felishkulitz | November 21, 2009

Japanese Verbs


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There are so many reference about Japanese language and in everyone, lessons, verbs are always present. While some concentrate on the formal, others add casual in their lessons and still another give introduction to respect language. There are two sites that I discovered in which there are an abundance of information given about these verbs.

The first one can be found here. In the overview, we can read that the author is a student and there is no guarantee to the accuracy of the entries. Despite of this, I still feel that this is worth studying. What I like about this site is that it has the luxury of details in it. For sure, a student of Nihongo like me will love it.

Each pages shows the complexity of Japanese verbs to the point that the reader may be dishearten a bit. Luckily, There are certain patterns which is easy to understand and memorize since they are the basic. To anyone who mastered the basic will find it easy. Below each page are notes in few words plus usage example which is supposed to be present (I hope that the site updates in the near future). The respect language is also included in the said site. There are several additional examples which defy the pattern because keigo is really complex.

The second one can be found here. This is organized in five bases (with five different stem endings) plus the te and ta forms. From this seven main divisions, the lessons grow to subdivisions in which the stems are attached to several words/phrases that completes a certain thought. The link I gave above will bring you to a page that lists 82 links to each lessons plus other links to further information.

On lesson 54 which entitled “Base 5”, you will see three (yodan/ichidan/irregular) tables that organized the stems to make it easier for students to learn. The transitive and intransitive verbs are presented in the “Notes on Japanese Verbs” page.

I hope that you also find these sites useful. Until next time!

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