Published 1/05/2012 by

Japanese language immersion: Day 3 ~

Ready for Day 3?!

 Review of these Katakanabasic (ア、エ、イ、オ、ウ), k-series (カ、ケ、キ、コ、ク) s-series (サ、セ、シ、ソ、ス)  t-series (タ、テ、チ、ト、ツ), n-series (ナ、ネ、ニ、ノ、ヌ) and h-series (ハ、ヘ、ヒ、ホ、フ).  
Studied the m-series (マ、メ、ミ、モ、ム) and r-series (ラ、レ、リ、ロ、ル).  ガンバ━o(・`ω´・)○))━ ル!!!
Started studying them with my new flash cards in random order. I still struggle to make the link to my aide-mémoire fast enough and keep forgetting some Katakana_| ̄|○''
I will only start learning the extended Kana (バ、ポ、グ etc) when I'm confident with the basic ones!

Flash Cards!! I reviewed all the Kanji from Lesson 1- Lesson 4. One side of the flashcard is the word in Kanji the other side is the word transcribed in Hiragana. I practiced this direction: Hiragana -> Kanji
Took me quite a long time to write everything down! So I only studied Lesson 5:

 Workbook! Grammar 1: describing your country or what you own using arimasu / imasu

important verb forms:
ari masu ("there are"), ari mashita ("there were"), atte... ("there were, and..." suspensive form)
ari masen ("there aren't"), ari masen deshita ("there weren't"), nakute... ("there weren't, and..." negative suspensive form)

i masu ("there are" for living things), i mashita ("there were" for living things), ite...("there were, and..." suspensive form for living things)
i masen ("there aren't" for living things), i masen deshita ("there weren't" for living things), i nakute... ("there weren't, and..." negative suspensive form for living things)

words to express quantity:
takusan - many
amari (+negative) - not many
sukoshi - few
sukoshi shika (+negative)  - only few
ôzei  - many (for people)
zenzen (+negative) - none (at all)
tama ni  - occasionally

(Suisu / Chuurihi = Switzerland / Zurich)

Chuurihi no dôbutsuen ni wa hito ga ôzei imasu ka. Are there in Zurich's zoo a lot of people?
Hai ite, dôbutsu mo takusan imasu. Yes and there's also lots of animals.
Chuurihi no daigaku ni wa ryûgakusei ga amari imasen ka.  Aren't there many foreign student at the University of Zurich?
Saa dô deshô ka. I wonder (how it is). = I don't know
Suisu ni wa yûenchi ga sukoshi shika nakute umi ga zenzen arimasen. In Switzerland there are (only) few amusement parks and no ocean at all.
Zannen desu. What a pity.

Anata no apaato ni mo hon to zasshi ga takusan arimasu ka.  Are there in your apartment many books and magazines, too?

* feel free to answer to my questions in the comment section if you wanna practice japanese * =D

Adjectives cards ftw... T_T''
I still don't know all and I can't proceed until we review the next verb form (V3)...that will be tomorrow!

 Back to the Workbook!

Basically, it's the same grammar as before but adding Japanese numbers:

Watashi no apaato ni wa heya ga futatsu ari masu. My apartment has 2 rooms.
Shinshiku ni wa ôkii beddo ga hitotsu ari masu. In the bedroom there's 1 big bed.
Ribingu ni wa beddo mo hitotsu ari masu. In the living room there's 1 bed, too.
Daidokoro ni wa isu ga hitotsu mo ari masen. In the kitchen there's not even 1 chair.
Zannen nagara puuru ga ari masen. It's such a pity that (I) don't have a pool.
Walking Closet ga ikutsuka areba ureshii desu. I would be so happy if I had one more Walking Closet.

Anata no apaato ni wa nani ga areba ii desu ka. What would you love to have in your apartment?

Same grammar again but adding location markers.

location markers:
ue - over/above
naka - in(side)
shita - under/below
mae - in front/before
ushiro - behind
yoko - next to/beside

A to B ga ari masu. - There's A and B. (complete)
A ya B ya C nado ga ari masu. - There's A, B and C among other things. (incomplete list)

Beddo no ue ni zasshi ya neko ya yôfuku nado ari masu. (On/) Above my bed there are magazines, a cat and clothes (among other things).
Anata no reizôko naka ni nani ga ari masu ka. What's in your fridge?

That's it for today! Are you feeling tired after this 3-part-grammar? See you tomorrow!