Thursday, January 29, 2009
Japanese Sentences – Making a Start
Thank god that’s over.
And I mean both Christmas and learning 2042 squigglerly wiggerly scribbles (otherwise known as kanji) found in ‘Remembering the Kanji’.
After much self adulation and back slapping, it quickly dawned on me that the ‘journey’ had just begun, the actual learning Japanese part starts here. To be exact, the learning of Japanese sentences starts here.
By all accounts it seems that the most difficult part of the sentence phase of learning is getting started. If you lurk around various forums you will quickly realize that there are a hundred and one ways to start sentences, all of them being the best way of course.
So how will I approach the infamous sentence learning method? Well, as a beginner it is pretty difficult to mine from real, bonafide, Japanese media, so to start with it seems sensible to me to pull sentences from grammar books and dictionary’s. But which sentences? On the recommendations of alljapaneseallthetime my approach is to source sentences which incorporate the following vocabulary:
Prepositions (Postpositions) Particles
Action Verbs - Native Japanese words
Here is a small selection of conditional sentences taken from Giles Murray’s excellent, ‘13 Secrets to Fluent Japanese’.
A: あなった が にほん に こんなければ よかった
If only you had never come to Japan…
A:かれ が まだ わたし の そば に いて くれたら、どんあ に しあわせ でしょう
If he were still with me, how happy I’d be…
A:にほん に りゅがく しない と、ほんとう の にほんご お おぼえられません。
If you don’t study in Japan, you’ll never learn real Japanese.
Once the above is completed I will then move onto Tae Kims ‘Guide to Japanese Grammar’ by importing sentences from this fantastic Google document file put together by a fellow AJATTeer and RETK Forum member.
Tae Kim Sentences
Oh, almost forget, there is a similar file for a load of iKnow sentences as well, happy SRSing!
Credit: A huge thanks to Nukemarine for pulling these together.
Qu: What has been your experience with sentences so far? What approach have you taken or will take?