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Japanese Verbs – The Book


It arrived last week and I’m really happy with my purchase ^_^ It’s the book by Tim R. Matheson called “Japanese Verbs – Saying What You Mean”.

Some photos (I apologize for the weak quality u_u):

If you know and like Tim’s material from his website you’ll certainly won’t regret buying this book. The contents are explained in a clear, simple manner, always with examples to aid the comprehension. It has helped me immensely to understand the language and to form sentences, all the Japanese that I can speak and understand is thanks to Mr. Tim’s works ^_^

Besides the Japanese verbs lessons it also features other relevant materials to complement your learning and the good thing is that you can use it if you’re just starting to learn Japanese Grammar and also if you’re a more advanced student.



Adjectives 2


I have written, very briefly, about Japanese adjectives here and since I’m currently reviewing them, I thought it would be a good idea to add a little more info on this subject.

In the other post is mentioned how to use them in a plain positive way, so now let’s see plain negative:

For true adjectives just drop the final i , add ku and then nai.

Examples :

おいしくない Oishiku nai (it’s not delicious)

寒くないsamuku nai  (it’s not cold)

For quasi – adjectives add de and then nai.


べんりでない Benri de nai (it’s not convenient)

元気でない Genki de nai (not feeling well)

Taken from  Tim Matheson’s  Japanese Adjectives available in http://www.timwerx.net/home/index.htm .




Recently I’ve been studying Japanese adjectives, I felt like that was missing in my studies and it’s something needed for making sentences (actually I’ve studied them before, but very midly…)

 Tim Matheson’s study material has been a great support, since everything is explained in a clear language with good examples and in a logical sequence.

So, there’s true adjectives that end in i and in shii, they remain unchanged despite appearing after or before the noun. Examples are given by me, I hope that there are no mistakes! ^^;

Example: Sabishii (lonely)

Sono kodomo wa sabishii desu (That child is lonely)

Sabishii kodomo wa kouen ni asobimasu. (A lonely child is playing in the park)

Quasi – adjectives (sometimes referred to as na adjectives) have na attached when they come before the noun and drop the na if they come after the noun.

Example: Kirei (pretty)

Kore wa kirei na hana desu (This is a pretty flower)

Kono neko wa kirei desu (This cat is pretty)

These are the basics,  to use adjectives properly I recommend (again) Tim Matheson’s work, this time his Japanese Adjectives available in his website http://www.timwerx.net/home/index.htm.

Study Material


Tim’s Takamatsu Home is one of my favorite websites concerning Japanese study resources. His “Japanese Verbs”  are an amazing study aid for Japanese grammar, especially if you’re like me and have been scared many times by annoying and hard to understand textbooks.

All the information is vell organized and explained, I’ve been really making progresses thanks to these materials.

Besides the Japanese language, his site also features photos albums and other subjects, like the Japanese year and holidays.

I strongly advise every Japanese language student to check out his work!