Month: June 2015

Japanese Lesson 26 – Expression of time and date in Japanese

Let’s learn the expression of time and date in Japanese. Basically, they are expressed as the combination of a numerical value and a unit name like the counting ways you have already learned. The following is the list of unit names of time and date. The expression of time Hour It is expressed by adding “ji” after a numerical value. In most cases, “4” is read as “yon” and “7” is read as “nana”. But when “ji” is used, “4” is read as “yo” and “7” is read as “shichi”. “24:00” is read as “nijuuyo-ji”. “Gozen” and “gogo” are always put before the the expression of time. 8 a.m. = […]

Japanese Lesson 25 – Japanese adjective doesn’t have the form of comparative and superlative

Japanese adjective doesn’t have the form of comparative and superlative like English. When you express them in Japanese, adverb or adverbial phrase modifying adjective is used. Comparative and “than” (Ex) Sapporo is colder than Tokyo. In English, adjective is changed to the form of comparative when two objects are compared. But Japanese adjective doesn’t have the form of comparative. So it is OK to use the original form of adjective. That’s very easy. The Japanese word for “than” is “yori” or “yorimo”. Because it is a particle, it is added after noun. The phrase including “yori” or “yorimo” is an adverbial phrase. You can put it into your favorite position […]