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Manga Sensei breaks down complicated Japanese grammar and simplifies it so that anyone can understand it in 5 min or less every Monday through Friday.
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This podcast is great for people studying for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), people interested in Japanese grammar and semantics, masters of the trade who might want to learn something new, or just want to get started. We got you.
Technical Particle, Nado
This is a particle to make things ambiguous, which often refers to things such as “et cetera,” or “In the like.” I compare Nanca and Nado.
A Little Bit of Filler, Nanca
Nanca is a word to replace “um.” The difference about this word though is it has a meaning, kind of like an unknown/abstract object, like “thing-a-ma-jig.”
Kamoshidenai, the Difference in Probability
This word is used in place of “might.” This is used when something has a lower probability of happening than deshoh.
Des, at the End of the Speech
This is used when there is some uncertainty, or something is unknown about which you are speaking. “I will ‘probably’ go to Japan.”
This word is used to give an approximation. It’s one of those words that is also going to be used for time. It has to do with a specific quantity.
This word is usually used with time. It has to do with approximation, for example “About this time,” or around this time.
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When I started this podcast, I was confused by the complexity of the topics of each episode. However, this changed after starting over with the 30-day challenge; from there, Sensei John builds up your knowledge and understanding of Japanese little by little, in 5 minute increments that don’t waste your time nor insult your intelligence. I HIGHLY recommend this podcast for any new speakers or anyone trying to revisit Japanese.
Teacher has passion!
John 先生 is very passionate about teaching Japanese! His dedication to doing this on a daily basis shows that he cares for the beginning learners. He is able to introduce and take good care of those who may or may not be interested in learner the language.
Th down side is for the intermediate learners like myself. The 5 minutes needs to be accompanied by some kind of formal training because listening alone doesn’t really do much for me. Being an anime fan made it interesting since John live anime too.
After listening to a years worth of back episodes, it’s no doing it for me anymore, but he is still a great motivating teacher.
Super helpful, short lessons!
I truly love and appreciate this podcast. I always want to learn More about Japanese but I don’t always have an hour, so I’ll put on this podcast while I cook or when I’m just hanging out. It has really helped me understand japanese grammar