How to Use Japanese Verbs

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

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Well, we didn't have much time to go over more grammar subjects, but I want you to know some basic verbs in Japanese, so that when you hear, at least, those words, you know - you have the idea of what they are talking about, Ok? So here are the basic verbs, or the verbs I like. Ok, the first one is "go," it's "iku." And the next one is "come," it's "kuru." And the third one is "like" - "suku." Well, we have the word "love", which is "i suru," but it's really, really strong. It's just between families, husband, wife. If you use the word "love" that sounds very, very strong. So I usually use "like" for just "I like something" or even "I love something." Anyway, moving on. "Eat" is "taberu," and "drink" is "nomu." You may have realized that all the verbs' sound ends with "wu" sound. Not actual "wu," but maybe the consonant plus "-u." This one is actually "-u." I'm sorry; it's a consonant plus "wu." Some verbs end with "wu," so this is just a root form. As "go" changes to "went, gone," of course, the Japanese verbs conjugate according to the situation or with the connection to other words. So we will learn that sometime in the future, but for now, these are the basic Japanese verbs.


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