Hi, my name is Tae Kim. I’m currently working on a Japanese guide to Japanese grammar.
What you will find here are tidbits about Japanese that I hope will be useful for those studying the language. I plan to separate my posts into three major categories: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. In the beginner category, I will be talking about the fundamental principles of Japanese such as particles, parts of speech, and simple expressions. The advanced category will cover things like formal language and various written expressions. Everything in between will go in the intermediate category.
Everything here will assume knowledge of Hiragana, Katakana, and the basic ideas behind Kanji. If you are completely new to the language, I suggest you learn Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji at the following pages:
All Japanese words in the beginner category will have the reading and definition included. All you need to do is hold the mouse over the word and a small popup will display the reading and definition. For verbs, the popups will have the reading for the original dictionary form. For anything above beginner level I will assume you will be familiar enough with the language to look up everything yourself. With the Internet, this is incredibly easy as there are all sorts of online dictionaries and tools that will automatically create mouse-over popups with definitions. Check out the useful links post for resources that will do this for you.
Here are the feeds for this blog so that you can save yourself from having the check the site all the time.
If you have any questions, suggestions for posts, or want to go drinking in the Tokyo area, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you could just post a comment somewhere too.