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23. Absolute Beginner #23 - Talking About Current Actions in Japanese

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Practice making your own sentences here, and let us know if you have any questions! :)


konnichiwa! :smile:

Have you tried this series?

Please also check ‘lean kanji’ under ‘Reading & Writing’:
You can check the stroke orders here too. :wink:

Hope this helps!

Natsuko (奈津子),

avatar pasha

Watashi ha pasha desu.
I was wondering if there is somewhere i could learn how to do the stroke order for the kanji.
I know my hiragana well, but i only the kanji for tree 木 because i found some video on youtube on how to do the stoke order.

its not that i can’t do it, it just takes me forever to write it without the stroke order, and i know I’m writing in a much slower way. I feel like I’m falling behind because of my lack of kanji knowledge.


Sara san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
Please note the corrections below.
Watashiwa kuruma o unten shiteimasu/ I am driving my car
Watashi wa kuruma o unten shiteimasen/ I am not driving my car
You can omite ‘watashi wa’, is it is obvious.
Right now I am in my car driving means ‘ima kurumano naka de kuruma o untenshiteimasu.’
Yuki 由紀

avatar Sara

“kuruma wa unten shite arimasu? I am driving my car. How would you say not driving your car. Unten shite arimasen?”

kuruma wa unten o shiteimasu/ I am driving my car
kuruma wa unten o shiteimasen/ I am not driving my car


if I wanted to also say ima, watashi ni kuruma wa unten o shiteimasu/Right now I am in my car driving. is this coreect?

avatar Sara

kuruma wa unten shite arimasu? I am driving my car. How would you say not driving your car. Unten shite arimasen?


Fabienne san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
ているhas some functions, the current situation, regular actions, changing or results and so on.
‘犬は死んでいる’ indicates changing or results and a dog was alive but he is dead now.
If you want to say ‘the dog is dying’, you can say ‘犬は今死にかけているところです.’
Unfortunately, 今死んでいます is not used.
Yuki  由紀

avatar Fabienne

I just saw that it’s not only the same like the “ing-form”. For example: “犬は死んでいる” actually means in japanese: “the dog is dead” and NOT “the dog is dying”. How do i say correctly “the dog is dying”? How do i know whether the verb is translated with the ing-form or the simple present?


SJ san,
Konnichiwa.  :smile:
“I am not eating breakfast (now)” means “asagohan o tabeteinai.”
Yuki 由紀

avatar SJ

To make it negative, such as “I am not eating breakfast” in a casual form, does “iru” become “iranai” or “inai?
Arigatou gozaimasu (thank you very much) :smile: :smile:


Konnichiwa. :smile:
If you have emotional attachment to a train and you think it’s alive, it could be ok.
For example, ‘Thomas the Tank Engine.’
Yuki 由紀