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17. Absolute Beginner #17 - Introduction to Informal Japanese Verbs

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> Savannha-san,
konnichiwha. :sunglasses:
Sorry for the very late reply. :disappointed:
Please do understand that there is a very good reason why we teach the polite form first and this is
not only on our site. This is what we need to do to make the learning easier and this is a well-established
theory as well. Also, once you corrupt your language, it is much more difficult to make it right.
Hope this helps.

> SARAH-san,
We basically classify verbs into 3 groups according to the conjugation and 1 of those three is
just ‘irregular’ group. You will learn more about it later as you learn.
Don’t worry! We’ll be there all the way through your study. :wink:

Natsuko (奈津子),

avatar SARAH


Why are there different classes of verbs?

Can you please explain the use and differences of each?

Thank you very much.
God bless your team!! :)

avatar Savannah

Yet another learning tool doing things backwards. It makes no sense to start with the polite form and *then* teach the dictionary form based on that. That’s like teaching someone how to play a song on three different instruments and *then* trying to teach them the sheet music for what they just played. As Tae Kim points out, “The problem with conventional textbooks [or most Japanese learning tools for that matter] is that … they want readers to be able to use functional and polite Japanese as quickly as possible.” This is fine for someone who’s going to Japan on a six-week business trip and doesn’t have to know how Japanese actually *works*, but for someone who’s actually *learning* Japanese, and therefore not only wants but *needs* to know how the language *works*, starting with anything other than dictionary form is backwards and just makes things more difficult. “If you need to know |A| in order to understand |B|, don’t cover |B| first just because you want to teach a certain phrase.” It takes about five minutes to teach someone the dictionary form, and then you can go nuts with the polite form. Is that so hard? If you’re going to presume to teach us a language, at least do us the courtesy of not assuming we’re too stupid and inattentive to learn the polite form if it isn’t spoon-fed to us right from the first lesson.


こんにちは。 :smile:
よくできました。Well done.
Yuki 由紀

avatar Aidan

「何食べる?」「じゃ、トースト食べる。」 :sunglasses:


ウィル san,
こんにちは。 :smile:
Please memorize them because they are only ‘suru’ and ‘kuru.’
Yuki 由紀

avatar ウィル



Taira さん、
You don’t need to say sorry.
Please post again. :smile:
Yuki 由紀

avatar Taira

Yuki San* ごめんね~

avatar Taira

Thanks yuki sorry for delayed response, have everything written down..if I have any other questions I will ask you :heart: :thumbsup: