Well Said: Learning Japanese

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Introducing the conjunction particle 'shikashi'
Today we’ll introduce some usages of the conjunction particle しかし (but) and its synonyms. しかし is used at the beginning of a sentence to express an opinion or fact that contradicts the sentence before.
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Introducing auxiliary verb patterns that connote change
Today we’ll introduce two patterns using auxiliary verbs X(verb in te-form)+くる and X(verb in te-form)+いく, both of which connote change.
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Introducing two auxiliary verbs 'ageru' and 'yaru'
We’ll introduce the proper use of two auxiliary verbs, あげる and やる, that attach to verbs in te-form. When the speaker or someone else does something kind, verb (te-form) + あげる is used.
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Introducing two auxiliary verbs 'kureru' and 'morau'
Today we’ll introduce the proper use of two auxiliary verbs, くれる and もらう, that attach to verbs in te-form.
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Introducing the term 'shikkari'
Today we’ll introduce the term しっかり, which expresses strength and stability, and shows when something is done firmly.
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Introducing 'ikura sagashite-mo' and 'nani-o tabete-mo'
Today we’ll introduce the expression Wh-word + Xても Y and its meaning. Wh-words are いくら (how), どんなに (how), だれ (who), 何 (なに, what), いつ (when) and どこ (where), but the expression is not a question. Wh-word + Xても Y means “No matter X, Y” or “However X, Y.”
Today we’ll introduce the proper use of the verb かまう, which means “to take care of” or “to mind” and is mainly used in the negative form かまわない. Mindfulness
Introducing the verb 'kamau'
Today we’ll introduce the proper use of the verb かまう, which means “to take care of” or “to mind” and is mainly used in the negative form かまわない.
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Showing purpose with 'yo-ni' and 'yo-ni-suru'
Introducing some expressions using ように that show purpose.
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Setting up contrary clauses with 'no ni,' 'te mo' and 'de mo'
Today we introduce proper usage of のに and ても/でも, which link two contrary clauses. Xのに、Y expresses that unexpected result Y happens after fact X. It is used when the speaker is surprised, critical, regretful or dissatisfied about a result.
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Say it like it sounds in Japanese with onomatopoeic verbs
Today we will introduce some combined verbs made up of various adverbial onomatopoeia combined with the conjunction particle と and the verb する (do).
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Living it large with 'oki' and 'hiroi'
Today we will introduce the meaning and uses of the adjectives 大(おお)きい (big/large/great) and 広い (spacious/wide) and their related expressions.
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The generally positive influence of 'koso'
Today, we will introduce XからこそY and XてこそY, two patterns that are used with the particle こそ. In the pattern Xこそ, こそ is the particle that emphasizes X and makes it stand out from others.
Today we will introduce the proper use of two adverbs, たま��に and たまたま, that sound similar but have rather different meanings. Japanese Language Learning, My Way, Adverbs, Sound
Divining the difference between 'tama ni' and 'tamatama'
Today we will introduce the proper use of two adverbs, たまに and たまたま, that sound similar but have rather different meanings.
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Just say 'no' to top off informal questions, answers and requests in Japanese
Today we will introduce some proper uses of the sentence-ending particle の, which is used in informal conversation.
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Getting on the receiving end of the wide world of 'ukeru'
The verb "ukeru" has many meanings, including catching, receiving, taking, suffering and getting.