Learning Japanese – The Complete Video Series (Directory)

Table of Contents:

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The Essentials:

The Writing Systems:

#01. Hiragana:
Intro to Japanese – The Hiragana Syllabary, Vowels, Pitch Accents, and More (Post | Video)

#02. Katakana:
The Katakana Syllabary (Post | Video)

#03. Kanji:
Intro to Kanji #01. What is Kanji? (Post | Video)
Intro to Kanji #02. Advantages & Disadvantages (Post | Video)
Intro to Kanji #03. On’yomi & Kun’yomi (How-to Read Kanji) (Post | Video)

Immediate Interest Topics:

First Person Pronouns, or, Ways to Say “I” in Japanese (Post | Video)
Second-Person Pronouns, or, Ways to Say “You” in Japanese (Post | Video)
Basic Phrases (How-to Greet, Thank, Introduce Yourself and More) (Post | Video)

Basic Sentence Structure:

XはY(です/ではありません) as “X is/is not Y”, Noun Modification with の, も as “also” (Post | Video)
XはYがあります as “X has Y” (Post | Video)
XでYがある as “There is Y (an activity) in/at X” (Post | Video)

Beginner Grammatical Concepts:

VERBing Alone with 一人で (hitori de) and Together with と一緒に (to issho ni) (Post | Video)
How-to Say “X is good/bad at Y” – XはYが(上手/下手/とくい)です) (Post | Video)
X にする as “decide on X” (Post | Video)
X(では/じゃ)なく(て)Y as “not X but Y” (Post | Video)
(CLAUSE/NOUN1)だけ(で/じゃ)なく(て)NOUN2も as “not only (CLAUSE/NOUN1) but NOUN2 too” (Post | Video)
How-to Request an Object with X を(下さい/くださいませんか) (Post | Video)
“VERBAL NOUN + に(行く/来る)” as “Going/coming to do VERBAL NOUN” (Post | Video)

Word Types:


Introduction to Verbs, Dictionary Form, ます-Form (Post | Video)
Existential Verbs (Aru, Iru, Irassharu/ある、いる、いらっしゃる) (Post | Video)
Polite Past Tense Form of Verbs (ました-Form) (Post | Video)
Negative ない Form (Verb Conjugation) (Post | Video)
Introduction to the て-Form (Verb Conjugation) (Post | Video)
How-to say “I can VERB” with Dictionary Form VERB + ことが出来る (Potential Form Method #01.) (Post | Video)
Potential Form (-られる Verb Conjugation) (Potential Form Method #02) (Post | Video)
Volitional Form (Verb Conjugation) (Post | Video)
Conditional ば-Form (Verb Conjugation + Adjective and Noun Conjugation) (Post | Video)
Passive Form (-られる Verb Conjugation) (Post | Video)
Causative Form (-させる Verb Conjugation) (Post | Video)


Introduction to Adjectives (い-Adjectives and な-Adjectives) (Post | Video)
Conjugating い-Adjectives (Post | Video)
Conjugating な-Adjectives (Post | Video)


Introduction to Adverbs – Common Degree Adverbs (Post | Video)


Listing Nouns Indefinitely with NOUN X や NOUN Y など (Post | Video)
Xを(している/した)NOUN as “NOUN that has the quality of X” (Post | Video)


Basic Introduction to the Particles は and が (Post | Video)
XはY(です/ではありません) as “X is/is not Y”, Noun Modification with の, も as “also” (Post | Video)
The Particle が as “But/However” (Post | Video)
Locational Markers へ, に, で (Post | Video)
The Particle に as an Object Marker and Indirect Object Marker (Post | Video)
The Particle で as an Instrument Marker (Post | Video)
The Particle まだ as “still” (Post | Video)
もう as “already” and まだ as “yet” (Post | Video)

More Particles:

The Particle とか – Indefinitely Listing Words and Its More Colloquial Usages (Post | Video)
Basic Usage of the Particle ほど as “to the extent of X” (Post | Video)
Using the Particle こそ to Add Emphasis (Post | Video)

Sentence-ending Particles:

ね and よ as Final Particles (Post | Video)

Interchanging Word Types (Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns, Verbs):

Noun Verbs/Verbal Nouns (Post | Video)
Using Adjectives as Adverbs (Post | Video)
How-to turn ADJECTIVES into NOUNS (Stem-Form ADJECTIVE + さ) (Post | Video)

Comparing & Contrasting:

Comparing 2 Objects/Entities (XとYとでは、どちらの方がAですか) (Post | Video)
Comparing 3 or More Objects/Entities (XとYとZとでは、Xが一番A) (Post | Video)
NOUN + のよう(な/に) ____ as “like NOUN” (Post | Video)
NOUN と(同じで/違って) CLAUSE as “(just like/unlike) NOUN, CLAUSE” (Post | Video)
“A (is/isn’t) as ADJ as B” – AはB(と同じぐらい ADJ/ ほど Negative-Form ADJ) (Post | Video)

Forming Compound Sentences:

X から Y as “because of CLAUSE X, CLAUSE Y” (Post | Video)
X ので Y as “Because X, Y” (Post | Video)
The て-Form as “and” (CLAUSE1 + て + CLAUSE 2 as “CLAUSE1 and CLAUSE2”) (Post | Video)
Plain-Form A + のに + B as “Even though A, B” (Post | Video)
AてからB as “After A, B” (Post | Video)
(Dictionary/Negative-ない Form)CLAUSE1とCLAUSE2 as “C1 and C2” (pt. 1 of 2) (Post | Video)
(Dictionary/Negative-ない Form)CLAUSE1とCLAUSE2 as “C1 and C2” (pt. 2 of 2) (Post | Video)
X + たびに + Y as “every time/whenever X, Y” (Post | Video)
X + と同時に + Y as “Y at the same time as X” (Post | Video)
X + と共に + Y as “Y along with X” (Post | Video)
How-to say “Before CLAUSE1, CLAUSE2” (Dictionary Form C1 + 前に + C2) (Post | Video)
How-to say “After CLAUSE1, CLAUSE2” (た-Form C1 + 後で + C2) (Post | Video)
一方(で) as “on the other hand” (Post | Video)
X限り (かぎり),Y as “as long as X, Y” (Post | Video)
X限り (かぎり),Y as “as far as X, Y” (Post | Video)
くせに as “and yet, even though, in spite of” (Post | Video)

Expressing Desire:

How-to Say “(I/We) want X” and “Do you want X?” (Xがほしいです) (Post | Video)
How-to Say “X wants Y” (Third Person) (XはYをほしがっている) (cont.) (Post | Video)
Desiderative たい-Form (Pre-ます-Form VERB + たい as “want to VERB”) (Post | Video)

Conditional/Hypothetical Sentences:

ば-Form CLAUSE1 + CLAUSE2 as “If CLAUSE1, CLAUSE2” (Post | Video)
Negative ば-Form (なければ) CLAUSE1 + CLAUSE2 as “If not CLAUSE1, CLAUSE2” (Post | Video)
たら-Form: C1たらC2 as “After C1, C2” or “If C1, C2” (pt. 1 of 2) (Post | Video)
たら-Form: C1たらC2 as “After C1, C2” or “If C1, C2” (pt. 2 of 2) (Post | Video)
なら Construction – CLAUSE1ならCLAUSE2 as “if CLAUSE1 is the case, CLAUSE2” (Post | Video)

Noun Modifications:

Modifying Nouns with Clauses (Post | Video)
NOUN + を通して as “through NOUN, as NOUN” (Post | Video)
NOUNの代わりに as “in the place of NOUN, instead of NOUN, in lieu of NOUN” (Post | Video)
NOUN1はNOUN2(と/に)関係がある as “NOUN1 is related to NOUN2” (Post | Video)
NOUN1でもNOUN2でも as “whether it’s N1 or N2/including N1 and N2” (Post | Video)

Suffixes/Suffix-type Noun Add-ons:

NOUN + なし + (の/で/だ) as “without NOUN” (Post | Video)
NOUN + 次第 (だ/で) as “depends on NOUN” (Post | Video)
NOUN + 以外 as “except for NOUN” (Post | Video)
Using the Suffix 同士 to Group Entities Together (NOUN + 同士) (Post | Video)
NOUN + 向け as “intended for NOUN” (Post | Video)
NOUN + 風 as “NOUN-style, looks like NOUN” (Post | Video)
NOUN + なりに as “in one’s own way/style” (Post | Video)

Measuring Time, Space, and More:

Expressing “From X to Y” (Time and Space) with から and まで (Post | Video)
かかる as “it costs X/it takes X time” (Post | Video)
ぐらい and ごろ(に) as “about/approximately” (Post | Video)
X までに as “by the time of X” (Post | Video)
(UNIT OF TIME)にCLAUSE as “CLAUSE every/per X” (Post | Video)
NOUN + 以上 (ijou) or 以下 (ika) as “(more than/less than) NOUN” (Post | Video)
(て-Form VERB/VERBAL NOUN/NOUN) + 以来 as “since (V/VN/N)” (Post | Video)
Xごとに as “every time X/every X/at intervals of X” (Post | Video)

Directional Concepts:

Kochira (こちら)/Sochira (そちら)/Achira (あちら) as “this/that way” (Post | Video)
How-to use NOUN + の方 as “NOUN’s side” (Post | Video)

Using Verb Conjugational Forms for More Advanced Grammar Patterns:

How-to say “should not do VERB/it’s best to not do VERB” (ない-Form VERB + 方がいい) (Post | Video)
Pre-ます Form + ましょう as “Let’s VERB” or “Shall we VERB” (Post | Video)
How to say “I intend/plan to VERB” with Dictionary-Form-VERB + つもりです (Post | Video)
How-to say “Won’t you/Would you like to VERB?” with Pre-ます Form VERB + ませんか (Post | Video)
How-to say “Go/come/return to do VERB” with Pre-ます Form VERB + に + (行く/来る/帰る) (Post | Video)
How-to Say “Please (do/don’t) VERB” (て/ないで-Form VERB + ください) (Post | Video)
How-to Say “am/is VERBing” (Ongoing Action) (て-Form VERB + いる) (Post | Video)
た-Form VERB +ことがある as “have VERB-ed before” (Post | Video)
How-to say “try to do VERB” (VERB て-Form + みる) (Post | Video)
How-to say “in order to VERB/for the sake of VERBing” (VERB Dictionary Form + ために) (Post | Video)
て- Form VERB + いる as “has VERB-ed” (Resultant State) (Post | Video)
Pre-ますForm 1VERB + ながら + 2VERB as “do VERB1 while doing VERB2” (Post | Video)
How-to use しまう to emphasize finality of an action (て-Form + しまう) (Post | Video)
How-to say “to VERB2 without doing VERB1” (Negative ない-Form VERB1 + で + VERB2) (Post | Video)
How-to say “it is (easy/hard) to do VERB” with Pre-ます-Form VERB + (やすい/にくい) (Post | Video)
Volitional-Form VERB + と思う as “I think I will VERB” (Post | Video)
Dictionary-Form VERB必要がある as “need to, have to VERB” (Post | Video)
Dictionary-Form-VERB + べき as “should do VERB” (Post | Video)
(Dictionary/Negative-ない)-Form VERB + ようにする as “make an effort (to/not to) VERB” (Post | Video)
(Dictionary/Potential/Negative-ない)-Form VERB + ようになる as “it has become that” (Post | Video)
(Pre-ます-Form VERB/Stem-Form ADJECTIVE) + すぎる as “(VERB too much/too ADJECTIVE)” (Post | Video)
How-to say “should do VERB/it’s best to do VERB” (た-Form VERB + 方がいい) (Post | Video)
How-to ask/allow/deny permission to do something (て-Form VERB + もいいですか) (Post | Video)
Negative-Form VERB + なくて(はいけない/もいい) as “(X must VERB/it’s OK if X doesn’t VERB)” (Post | Video)
How-to ask for and give advice with たら-Form Verb + (いいですか/どうですか)? (Post | Video)
How-to say “start VERBing” (Pre-ます-Form VERB + 始める) (Post | Video)
How-to say “finish VERBing” (Pre-ます-Form VERB + 終わる) (Post | Video)
The たり-Form – たり-Form V1 + たり-Form V2 + する (Do VERB1, VERB2, and other such things) (Post | Video)
て-Form VERB + おく as “to do VERB ahead of time” (Post | Video)
Pre-ます-Form VERB 続ける as “continue to do VERB” (Post | Video)
思うように+Negative-ない-Form VERB as “does not VERB as desired” (Post | Video)
ば-Form X + Xほど + Y as “the more X, the more Y” (Post | Video)

Expressing Uncertainty and Certainty:

Plain Form + かも知れない as “(may/might/possibly) be _” (Post | Video)
Plain-Form + でしょう as “probably ___” (Post | Video)

Question-type Expressions:

How-to say “Why is that?” or “How come?” with どうして (Post | Video)
X は(どう/いかが)ですか as “How is X?” (Post | Video)
XはどんなYですか as “What kind of Y is X?” (Post | Video)
Answering to Negative Yes-No Questions (Post | Video)

Expressing General Thought and Emotion:

How-to say “I like/love/hate Y” with X はY が(好き/嫌い)です (Post | Video)
How-to say “I think that” (Plain-Form + と思う) (Post | Video)
(CLAUSEこと/NOUN)に気がつく as “to realize ____” (Post | Video)

General Sentence Application of Conjugational Forms:

Passive Form (Simple) (Post | Video)
Passive Form (Adversity with Transitive Verbs) (Post | Video)
Passive Form (Adversity with Intransitive Verbs) (Post | Video)
Causative Form (-させる Form) (Post | Video)

Conjugations of Desu (です) (Post | Video)

Speculation and Approximation:

(Pre-ます-Form VERB/Stem-Form ADJ) + そう(です/だ)as “it looks like ____” (pt. 1 of 2) (Post | Video)
(Pre-ます-Form VERB/Stem-Form ADJ) + そう(です/だ)as “it looks like ____” (pt. 2 of 2) (Post | Video)
Plain-Form CLAUSE + (そうだ) as “heard that ___” (Post | Video)

How-to say “become (ADJECTIVE/NOUN)” with (ADJECTIVE/NOUN) + なる (Post | Video)
How-to say “make X (ADJECTIVE/NOUN)” with X を (ADJECTIVE/NOUN) + する (Post | Video)
How-to say “do nothing but VERB” (て-Form VERB + ばかりいる) (Post | Video)
How-to say “VERB nothing but NOUN” (NOUN + ばかり + VERB) (Post | Video)
(CLAUSE1/NOUNの) + (おかげ/せい) as “(thanks to/due to the fault of) ____” (Post | Video)
決して + Negative-Form-(VERB/ADJ/NOUN) as “by no means (VERB/ADJ/NOUN)” (Post | Video)
(NOUN/VERB) + 通り(に) as “in accordance with (NOUN/VERB)” (Post | Video)
各+NOUN as “each NOUN, various NOUN” (Post | Video)
(NOUN/Plain-Form VERB) + だけで as “just with NOUN/just by VERBing” (Post | Video)
“to pretend to VERB, be NOUN, be ADJ” – VERB/NOUN/ADJ + ふりをする (Post | Video)
Dictionary-Form VERB + ことはない as “there is no need to VERB” (Post | Video)
Negative-ない-Form (ADJECTIVE/NOUN/VERB) + こと(は/も)ない as “it’s not that not X” (Post | Video)
Xに従って(従い) as “following X, in accordance with X” (Post | Video)


How-to say “the former” and “the latter” with 前者 and 後者 respectively (Post | Video)
How-to use あるいは to link alternative possibilities (Post | Video)
XにもかかわらずY as “despite X, Y” (Post | Video)


How-to use Quotations (Direct and Indirect Quotations) (pt. 1 of 2 (Post | Video))
How-to use Quotations (Direct and Indirect Quotations) (pt. 2 of 2 (Post | Video))
Japanese Word Beautifiers お and ご (Post | Video)
Intro to Wasei-Eigo (“coined” English Loan-words) (Post | Video)
Intro to Kansai-ben and Japanese Dialects (What is Hougen?) (Post | Video)


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