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All About Japanese Grammar

All About Japanese Grammar

Japanese, like most other languages in the Far East Asia, is a sign language. It comprises of three distinct signs named Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Kanji is originally from China, but there are some Japanese versions of it right now. Katakana are used to write foreign or borrowed words. And Hiragana is the basic Japanese sign language, historically developed by the Japanese. 

For simplicity sake, this Guide will mainly utilize the Romanized forms of Japanese language known as Romanji. It simply means presenting Japanese language in the most understandable format for non-Japanese speakers by using letters from the English Alphabet.

Basic Japanese Grammar and Sentence Structure

As you may have expected, Japanese grammar and sentence structure are a lot different than that of English language. The graphical explanations below will shed more light on the comparisons: 

English Sentence Structure versus Japanese Sentence Structure

English language: Subject + Verb + Object

For example:     I       like   Sushi

Japanese language: Subject + Object + Verb

For example:     Watashi wa sushi   suki

Although I have a much longer post on Japanese pronouns, in this guide on Japanese grammar, I’m going to lay out the more commonly used Japanese pronouns. 

English

Japanese

I

Watashi (formal)/ Boku (informal)

You

Anata

We

Watashitachi

They

Karera

Them

Sorera

He

Kare

She

Kanojo

Mine

Watashi no

Yours

Anata no

His

Kare no

Hers

Kanojo no

Theirs

Karera no 


I’m going to leave it there for now. I get into more on Japanese in my other posts, which you can check out below.