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There's still more to know about ne, after all

The basic meaning of ね is to show or require agreement. In the pattern X[sentence]ね, X is a statement that both the speaker and the hearer assume to be true. But there are some other uses.

Life gets more beautiful when you know how to use 'kirei'

Today, we will introduce various meanings and ways to use the na-adjective きれいな. Its basic meaning is beautiful, pretty or good-looking, which can be used for people or things.

Don't get mixed up between 'ni totte' and 'ni taishite'

Today, we will explain the difference between the two phrases にとって and に対(たい)して, which some Japanese-learners get mixed up. In the pattern X(noun)はY(person)にとってZ(phrase), the basic statement is XはZ (X is Z).

The greatest of all Japanese particles is ne, isn't it

Today, we will introduce the proper use of ね, an end-of-sentence particle that shows the feeling of a speaker. ね, which attaches to the end of a sentence, is frequently used in spoken Japanese.

Just say 'no' to top off informal questions, answers and requests in Japanese

Today we will introduce some proper uses of the sentence-ending particle の, which is used in informal conversation.

Ramming home the point with dokoro ka

Today we will introduce the meaning and usage of the particle of emphasis どころか and its related expressions. The pattern X(noun)どころかY(noun) is often used in a negative sentence to emphasize the negation of X by denying Y, which is easier/smaller/weaker/simpler than X.

Natsuyasumi-chū, hitotsu-mo jiko-ga nakatta

Today, we will introduce the meanings and usage of the suffix ~中(ちゅう/じゅう) meaning “in.” In the pattern X中, 中 is pronounced as ちゅう or じゅう, depending on the kind of X(noun). Xちゅう expresses that something is inside X.


Today, we will introduce the meanings and usage of the adjective いい (good). Its pitch-accent is high-low, so the pitch of the first い descends to the second い sharply, whether the sentence-end intonation is rising or falling.

Express yo-self with this one essential particle

Today, we will introduce よ, a particle which is added to the end of a sentence to show a speaker’s intention.

Kyatchibōru-ni tekitō-na basho-wa nai-ka-nā

Today, we will introduce the meanings and usage of the na-adjective 適当(てきとう)な (adequate). The pattern Xに適当 expresses the quantity, quality, character or anything else that meets the condition, purpose or requirement that is shown by X(noun/noun phrase).