When you're a beginning learner of Japanese, all you've got are questions. It's easy to get overwhelmed by everything you don't know! Especially when it comes to grammar, there are a lot of grammar points like particles, sentence enders, pronouns etc. with nuanced differences. It's super helpful to nail down the details early.
Good thing we threw together this handy dandy series of answers to common beginner grammar questions, eh? No need to sift through dubious Reddit posts or the flaming remains of Yahoo! Answers to get the answers to your questions. You can rest easy knowing our authors poured time, effort, and research into this collection of articles explaining the differences between certain grammar points or words that can easily confuse beginners. Think "topic" marker は vs "subject" marker が, sentence enders よ vs ね, two verbs that both mean "thinking" 思う vs 考える, and more.
So quit scratching your head and get reading! By consulting this series, hopefully you'll come away with a better grasp on basic (but important) facets of Japanese grammar and vocabulary. Who knows — maybe you'll even sleep better now that those burning questions aren't keeping you up at night.
If you're searching for answers to common beginner questions about Japanese grammar or vocabulary, look no further than this curated list of our own nifty content. Enjoy!
Articles in Series
だ and です : Venturing Beyond Textbook Rules into Real-Life Use Learn how style choice matters in authentic communication
に vs で: Which Particle To Choose And Why Two ways to specify location and time with particles
よ and ね: What Do These Particles Really Mean to Japanese Speakers? よ is for new information and ね is for shared information
は and が: What's the Difference Between These Japanese Particles, Really? は shines a spotlight 💡and が points a finger 👈
Let's Think About "Thinking": 思う vs 考える Are You Thinking With Your Heart or Your Head?
Making Sense of な-Adjectives and の-Adjectives Do な-adjectives "always" take な? The answer is の (Pun Intended).