This is the first singular YouTube video we've ever added to our resource list. That's because this video in particular is so exceptional.
This forty minute video by YouTuber Misa from Japanese Ammo might be one of the only resources titled "ultimate" and "the only lesson you need" that I actually believe. Misa breaks down the particles は and が and explains the differences in depth with multiple examples and on-screen text and translations.
If you've been following this article series from the beginning, you may have noticed this is the first singular YouTube video we've ever added to our resource list. That's because this video in particular is so exceptional.
は and が can be a major struggle for English speakers learning Japanese. If you don't learn the nuances right away, you can spend a long time confusing the two. And misusing them will make you sound non-native 100% of the time. But Misa's video trumps all other resources that we've found. It's like taking Jay Rubin's previously #1 explanation from Making Sense of Japanese and putting a younger, more approachable/conversational spin on it.
Please take some time out of your day to watch because this video is the real deal. You may still mix up these particles but at least you'll understand when, where, and why you should use one or the other. And I guarantee it will increase your understanding.