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2nd Semester – 5th Day

In this class, we learned the use of どうして (DOUSHITE) which means “Why” and the response から (KARA) which means “Because”.

We then went into the use of ほしい (HOSHII) for “want” or “would like”. And because of this, we learned the “TAI” forms of verbs like たべたい (TABETAI) for “want to eat”. The negative form is like the previous “I” adjectives where we add くない (KUNAI) so it becomes たべてくない (TABETEKUNAI). I actually learned the more polite form before which was たべたく ありません (TABETAKU ARIMASEN).

2nd Semester – 4th Day

In this class, we started off with the use of そして (SOSHITE) which means “and” to combine same forms (positive/negative) sentences. We then when and used が (GA) which I believe is used as “but” or “although” to combine opposite forms of sentences.

We then used が (GA) again but this time used with an object to ask for an opinion. Like 「さかな が すきですか。」 (SAKANA GA SUKI DESU KA) which ask “Do you like fish?”. This is sort of confusing because we also used は (WA) to indicate a subject as well. According to my book on particles, both が (GA) and は(WA) are used to indicate subject but when to use the correct one is often difficult and confusing.

It also was confusing because we used が (GA) as a conjunction in the same day.

2nd Semester – 3rd Day

Falling behind on my posts because I got sick 🙁 So time for catch up.

In this class, we learned about adjectives that mainly end with the “I” ending.

We used どんな (DONNA) to ask “what kind of object is this?” like if this is a big or little object.

We also used どう (DOU) to ask similarly the same question except in negative form we use くない (KUNAI) form of the adjective. I don’t really understand the use of どう (DOU) in this phrase. Looking in the dictionary I see it mainly means “How” but can also mean “What”. I mainly hear it used as “How is it?” or “What should I do?”. But in this phase it seems it is used as “What is this?” and answered as “It is big.”. I just don’t really understand why use どう (DOU) instead of なん (NAN) and why どう (DOU) would be asking for the kind/type.

We then learned about degree for like saying something is really big or only a little big. Going from a 100% degree to 0% we used とても (TOTEMO), まあまあ (MAAMAA), すこし (SUKOSHI) / あまり (AMARI) and ぜんぜん (ZENZEN).

Next, we went on to adjectives with the な (NA) ending which doesn’t have the くない (KUNAI) negative forms.

We also briefly talked about some holidays in Japan.

2nd Semester – 2nd Day

This class we briefly went back to dates. We learn the use of こんげつ (KONGETSU), らいげつ (RAIGETSU) and せんげつ (SENGENTSU) for this, next and last month. We did the same for weeks as well by changing げつ (GETSU) for month to しゅう (SHUU) for weeks. We then went into the seasons with はる (HARU), なつ (NATSU), あき (AKI) and ふゆ (FUYU) for spring, summer, fall and winter.

We then went into the use of に (NI) to indicate the direction/destination of an action. We mainly used the verbs あげる (AGERU) for give and もらう (MORAU) for receive. But it is also used for like writing a letter and calling someone.

2nd Semester – 1st Day

First day of the 2nd semester, we did a quick review of the stuff we did last semester.

For the new stuff, we briefly went into days of the week, the day after tomorrow – あさって (ASATTE) and the day before yesterday – おととい (OTOTOI).

We then went into the use of も (MO) for also the use for the emphasis of nothing like なにも (NANI MO) and どこも (DOKO MO). Afterwords, we went into the use of で (DE) for indicating the tool used for an action. For example, はしで すしを たべます (HASHI DE SUSHI O TABEMASU) means “I eat sushi with chopsticks”. Now making our long sentence from last semester even longer :).

We also talked about まいあさ (MAI-ASA), まいばん (MAI-BAN) and まいにち (MAI-NICHI) for every morning/night/day like for a daily routine. Strangely, there is no every afternoon.