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When you first begin studying Japanese, what should you study first? Vocabulary or grammar? Well, I recommend that you study verb tenses first. If you concentrate on memorizing all of the verb tenses (there are actually not that many), you’ll really start to speak Japanese.

May 14, 2014 12:00 AM
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I agree with you, that grammar is an important point in language learning. I am currently teaching myself and I see most textbooks do not really focus on grammar. When I studied Japanese, most textbooks gave structures, but did not explain why something is like it is. When I later studied Japanese at university the focus lied only on grammar. The first time I really understood why Japanese functions in the way it does (why is taka.kat.ta an adjective, but grammatically it behaves like a verb etc...). In everyday language learning this would go to deep and confuse the learner. But vocabulary and grammar are the most important things a beginner should try to manage. Thanks for your article on the Japanese tenses.

May 15, 2014
ありがとうございます、this article is really helpful!
December 27, 2016
This is a good list! Can I know if there are non-keigo versions of each of the tenses?
June 14, 2016

Thank you Rudravarman san! I hope the artcile helped you somehow. 

May 17, 2014
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Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), English