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Repository thread: Japanese JLPT material basics and not only, opinions and suggestions needed!

Hello again everyone and Happy New Year: あけましておめでとうございます - 明けましておめでとうございます (Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu) !

The Japanese course is fairly new and the grammar in it is not really explained, there are also many loopholes when it comes to vocabulary. So I decided to make creating more vocab and grammar lists my New Year resolution. While reading the materials to create those lists, I really learn a lot and cement my knowledge. I use multiple ( about 20 or more) different sites for reference, so hopefuly I won't overlook too much, and I try to explain things so that they're understandable for everyone :)

I wanted to ask you all, especially the beginners (but advanced speakers too) - what would you like to learn about Japanese? Any specific vocabulary themes? Grammar structures? Posts about traditions and culture?

Currently, I'm reading about topics that could be used to prepare the following posts:

  • Basic grammar - "desu" copula, adjectives and verb conjugation, about transitivity and intransivity (and maybe also a short reminder about particles);

  • Expressions and greetings, some casual versions, slang and gendered speech;

  • Basic politeness levels and honorifics usage;

  • common mistakes for the learners of Japanese to make - a summary and some corrections and examples;

  • probably more tradition articles at Valentines Day (or White Day) Easter, Golden Week; also other festivals and customs;

  • more word lists - like animals, plants, nationalities, feelings/emotions and occupations (those were not really covered in the course); maybe even some economy/business talk too,

Here are the posts I made so far:

  1. Duo Japanese course vs JLPT grammar: requirements checklist.
  2. Duo Japanese course vs JLPT N5 & N4 vocabulary and kanji: requirements checklists.
  3. Japanese JLPT basic grammar: the kosoado chart, personal pronouns and honorifics.
  4. Merry Japanese Christmas! - Christmas vocabulary
  5. Happy Japanese New Year! - New Year vocabulary
  6. The New Year cuisine - Japanese style.
  7. Japanese - basic info about grammar and writing systems (JLPT series).

I also made a club dedicated to learning Japanese, especially for those who are planning to take JLPT exams in the future or just to improve their Japanese :) (Note: the club's currently full)

Club for the learners of Japanese - dedicated for JLPT preparation and general improvement.

I'm posting it all here, and it will probably become a repository thread for them (I don't want to clutter up the forums, and editing all my threads after adding some new stuff is a bit troublesome).

I'm looking forward to hearing back from you :) I plan on making Japanese my third main language, and I enjoy learning by creating ^.^

PS.: Here are some of the resources that I commonly use, not really in the order of how much I use them:
...and a lot of smaller sites for specific things only ;)

Other of my posts, for anyone interested:
The Japanese course - beginner's review on completing it
Chinese study resources
The influences of variety of languages in Esperanto.
I finished my Esperanto tree
QUIZ: How many out of the 20 of world's writing systems can you recognize?
What happens when you learn a language - Japanese as an example.
Language is not all about which words we say - it's also about how we say them.
The Ultimate Dilemma - what language should I learn next? Pros and cons.
Confusing and suprising people on purpose - adventures in language learning.

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January 1, 2018



I just finished the course myself, and it's a shame the last two lessons have only one part to them. I noticed someone also complained in the Subculture section that there were plenty of topics to add but we were stuck with "Will you Cosplay with me?" lol

While the "Vacation" section did okay with the basics of going to foreign countries, it did nothing with boarding an airplane, luggage, and everything in between.

The "Health" provided few words in anatomy, and also only provided "pain" "cold" "head/stomach ache", etc for illness/injury, so it felt pretty empty here.

Anyway, it would be really great if these topics were reinforced! Arigatou!


Yes, I was kind of dissapointed too at the end. I almost finished the tree, only one topic, "the Olympics" left. I was thinking "I'll probably leave it for tomorrow, it must be quite big, there are so many sports and disciplines"... and that was it. One lesson. So I finished the tree the same hour.

I've already got some vocab for anatomy, health and basic medical stuff, I just need to sit down and edit it a bit. But it will get posted of course, maybe after working through some more basic stuff first ;)


I would love you to post notes on each of the 47 beginner Japanese videos on YouTube, by Japanese Ammo with Misa. As I work through them, I will eventually take notes as I go along, but I just started so it could take me quite a long time.


I just looked up her channel and watched this video, she seems pretty good! It would take some time to watch all of the beginner series. I'm not sure if I can make commentary purely and only for her videos (plagiarism or copyrights, maybe? I really don't know much about that kind of stuff), but I definitely will watch it and take it into consideration, if there are better explanations than what I found in the reference I use I will definitely include it :)


Thanks for your efforts :) Common mistakes please. Especially those that might cause offence...


It is on my to do list ^^

This is kind of a delicate and highly contextual subject, but mostly not to offend people unintentionally:

  1. Don't use "anata" if you know somebody's name, or better yet avoid it at all
  2. Try to use the appropiate level of formality, no using slang to strangers, and not too formal phrases for friends (you may seem standoffish and cold)
  3. Try to pronounce things right, as some mispronounciations are really offensive (example from the site below: okosu – to wake someone up, but: okasu – to molest)

Here are some good examples if you want to get started on reading about it soon, although most of them concern grammar. And here's a video, which I posted under the other comment too, it's quite helpful as it's explained by native speaker (in english).

When I get some more material together I'll post it, though it's difficult to say right now when that might be.


I agree, addressing elders as chan could result in offence. So I would like to learn especially about titles (san, chan, kun)


I'm currently making multiple word files with the normal idiom, the verbs, adjectives and basic grammar, for my own understanding. I think it's really important to know the grammar, and the difference in keigo and non-keigo (starting of course with keigo).

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