This video clip is for those who have recently started learning Japanese or those who are planning to start teaching basic Japanese sentences for the first time. I hope you like it.
0. Let’s make a Japanese sentence for the first time! (Full version)
If learners do not know how to make a Japanese sentence, this video clip explains a foundation for basic Japanese sentence structure. Many students have misconceptions at their beginner stage such as (1) both English and Japanese have the same sentence structure, (2) if they translate each word in Japanese using a dictionary in the same word order as in English, that would be the right translation in Japanese, etc. So this video clip can show and tell them how learners can dissolve their misconceptions and how they can make basic sentences in Japanese! This video was made based on common students’ mistakes in my REAL teaching experiences.
I would like learners to understand Japanese has totally different sentence structures. This introduction shows you one of the basic sentence structure including topic, wa, noun, particle, verb. One of the biggest differences is that a verb needs to be at the end of the sentence!! That is very important for all learners to know!!
2. A Basic Sentence structure
This video clip shows examples of Japanese sentences based on the basic sentence structure, topic, wa, noun, particle, verbs. Maybe learners can ask some questions. For example, they might ask how particle is to be chosen. One of the answers would be the idea of collocation that each verb has specific particle coming together. Also learners would need to know that “o” is often used when there is no preposition (e.g., in, on, at, to, by, from) in an English sentence such as “I eat sushi” (= Watashi wa sushi o taberu).
3. Advice (When you make a long Japanese sentence as a beginner)
One of the biggest common mistakes for beginners is that they try to translate every single word and put them in the same order as in English. But unfortunately, it does not work. My recommendation is to make what they want to say a very simple sentence. And then translate it in a very simple Japanese sentence. That would be a good starting point for further learning. For example, if learners would like to say, “When I grow up, I would like to be a teacher,” it could be said, “I will be a teacher.” The translation of the sentence is “Watashi wa sensei ni naru.”