How to Say Subjects & Verbs in Japanese

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Learn how to say subjects and verbs in Japanese and get expert tips and instruction on learning some Japanese phrases for traveling in this free foreign language video.

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Now, when you study Japanese grammar the most confusing thing is the order of words. In English, you have subject first and followed by the verb immediately and so on and so on. That's the golden rule of English. In Japanese, the verb comes at the very end. So, that's the very confusing part. So uh just remember subject is first it s universal and verb comes at the end in Japanese. And everything else comes in between. And the most confusing part is that sometimes we skip subject as I mention earlier, so that might be confusing to some people. But from the context it should be obvious who or what we are talking to. And for English speakers it's uh, it takes a little bit time to switch on and off English and Japanese because the whole sentence has a different structure. And also, I know it s not an excuse but it will sometimes, it affects me too because the, it just you have to structure a whole sentence in a different way. But remember uh, without verb there is no sentence. So it has to be at the very end, and I also used to teach that Japanese people tend to listen to until the very end of sentence. And I mean uh, for English speakers it's easier to jump into somebody else's sentence. The thing is in English the important information starts from the top and it gets less and less. In Japanese system verbally it's the last thing the most important information is at the very end. So remember that.


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