"There is a little pond in the yard of my house."


March 7, 2018



Niwa niwa niwa niwa niwa niwa?

April 4, 2018


A chicken in the yard 庭にはにわとり

April 7, 2018


Two chickens in the yard 庭にはにわにわとりがいる

July 1, 2018


Is the WATASHI NO required at the beginning? It seems like up until now, the "my" part of "my house" has been implied

March 7, 2018


As long as you're not trying to accentuate the fact that it's your house, it's definetly not required. It should be correct even without it.

March 11, 2018



March 25, 2018


Difference between 小さな and 小さい?

August 23, 2018


小さな is an adjective used to say something directly about an object. Example: 「これは小さな池です」meaning 'This is a small pond.' 小さい is an adjective used to say something about an object in general. Example: 「この池は小さいです」meaning 'This pond is small.'

November 8, 2018


I feel like am not learning anything on this course. Something about a lack of an alphabet am used to is just not doing it for me. Anyone have any tips on how I can improve?

April 9, 2018


Learn the hiragana and katakana. Work on the kanji. Practice 1000 basic vocabulary. Find a friend who speaks to practice with.

May 19, 2018


I think it is quite clear that the duolingo Japanese course cannot teach you the language on its own (to the extent that the other duolingo courses can, that is). There are many other good sources of learning, though, which can be used to supplement that which duolingo cannot teach. I recommend the following apps:

Obenkyo, for an offline grammar guide, as well as practice writing hiragana, katakana, and kanji (all of them). It has character recognition as well as multiple choice. Link:


HiNative, for asking questions and correcting your writing in the language. Also for the satisfaction of answering other people's questions!


Counting in Japanese, for practice with counters (you're going to need it!).


And some others, like drops, memrise, Japanese verb conjugation, NIK日本語, and tinycards.

I know I'm a bit late, but hopefully other people will find this list helpful!

November 26, 2018


This is gold. ありがとございます

April 7, 2019


Thank you for the object counting app!

July 28, 2019


I'm curious: how do you find the time to study and keep track of over 30 languages, many of which you have reached impressive levels on. I struggle with just 2!

April 26, 2019



Then, I will present this to you.

There are two chickens in the Yard.



August 31, 2018


Awful lot of の's you got there..

April 5, 2018


The "私の" shouldn't be necessary, or be the deciding factor of getting this wrong or not.

May 7, 2018


I am still confusing myself regarding how to order stuff connected by "no". How do you think of this to keep it straight? I guess in this case the possessive approach kind of works, "my house's yard" seems the correct order. But that seems to fail me sometimes. It is very confusing.

May 10, 2018


Was that a pun?

August 4, 2018


What is the difference between は and が in terms of subject indicators?

December 15, 2018


This may require a bit of a lot of explanation. If you're feeling like doing a lot of reading, here's a nice link to answer your question in depth:


For a brief explanation, は plainly states something as the subject, while が identifies one thing out of a group as the subject. To plagiarize the link I just sent:

私は学生。 As for me, (I am) student.

私が学生。 I (am) the one (that is) student.

The former would be used if someone asks "what do you do right now?" and the later would be used if someone asks "who among you is the student?"

In the case of this sentence, が is used to say that a pond is the thing in my yard. I've never seen anyone say はあります because that wouldn't make sense.

Hope that helps!

December 28, 2018


Why do we use に here instead of で?

June 9, 2018


に refers to the location that remains in a static state under the verb. で refers to the location where action verbs take place like swimming or climbing because they change the state of the location (like how swimming or climbing is happening in the location). Here, the verb ある describes the existence of something and thus no action is performed with regards to the yard. The yard remains static, so に is used.

June 15, 2018


The particle that is used, is actually 「には」(please correct me if I'm wrong) As to the question 'why?': I don't really know. I also tried to use で in this sentence. は (as the second part of this particle) is normally used to emphasize the subject of the sentence.

The explanation of ObitoSigma is very confusing and I think it is even wrong. Because in other sentences に is used for something or someone moving in or into a location and で is used for static objects in a place.

November 8, 2018


Why is the pond marked by が instead of は?

March 23, 2019


Please offer more kanji alternatives, it's really difficult to distinguish all the different words with only hiragana.

June 12, 2019
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