Sunday, February 18, 2018


The grammar pattern [verb ば ... ほど] can be used to express the Japanese equivalent of the English "the more... the more..." I.e., "the more things change, the more they stay the same."

The more you exercise, the healthier you can become, and since you can lose weight, exercise kills two birds with one stone.

The more Lee-san eats, the thinner he becomes.

It seems like the more prominent the parents are, the more their kids feel pressure.

The more I look at Ayato, the more handsome he becomes.


The word さて can be used at the beginning of a sentence to signal a new topic, to ask a question about the info that was provided, or to state that the speaker is leaving. It often translates as "well now" or "now then", and it's not used in casual speech.

Now then, since it's already late, I'll be leaving for today.

Lee-san has a knife, and Alice has an axe. Now then, who do you think will win?

Now, from the video we watched, we see that during the Edo period, bunraku and kabuki even spread to the general public. Now then, our next presentation is on the tea ceremony, which also became something that was enjoyed by the general public during the Edo period.

This book is pink, and that one is green. Now then, which one will the baby prefer?

Saturday, February 17, 2018


The word 通り can be directly modified by a verb or noun to express something like "the way", or "as X indicates." It can also be directly attached to nouns as a suffix, in which case it's read as どおり. Depending on the situation, it can mean things such as "according to", "following", or "like."

If I made it the way my mom taught me, I had delicious cake.

Following the book's instructions, I made a perfect sculpture.

Employees at Japanese family restaurants can sound like robots because of the way they all speak manually.

If you dance the way Lee-san does, you'll get laughed at by senpai.


Two sentences can be joined by すると to express certain relations to one another:

1. The action in Sentence 1 causes what is said in Sentence 2
2. The action in Sentence 1 leads to the discovery of what's said in Sentence 2
3. From the info implied in Sentence 1, the speaker confirms that Sentence 2 is the case

It can be read as something like "then" or "thereupon", which makes sense in almost all of the instances I've seen it (since it's generally very common).

Please click on this icon. Then, the text on the computer screen will become larger.

Upon entering the room, Mary found a small little boy there.

A: I hear that Tanaka-san can't attend tomorrow's meeting.
B: Then, that means someone else will have to attend.

Upon opening the door, Lee-san saw the kitten and the mouse playing.

Friday, February 16, 2018


The phrase (こと) によって can be used to indicate the cause, the means, or the agent in passive sentences, according to Tobira. In other words, it provides a meaning of "due to", "because of", "by means of", and similar equivalent phrases.

Due to the increase in hybrid cars, the atmosphere in towns has grown to become cleaner.

By searching on the internet, you can be aware of all the events occurring throughout the world right now.

You can grow to learn a language by doing things like speaking, reading, and writing.

The law of universal gravitation was discovered by Newton.


Noun 1 は + Noun 2 と/に 関係がある can be used to express that Noun 1 is related to or has something to do with Noun 2. Either と or に can be used after Noun 2. In relative clauses, の is often used in place of が in the がある portion.

Let's try to make sure that we don't ask questions that are not related to class.

I think the phone I found the other day has something to do with Maria's disappearance.

Books related to that topic are in this row.

Information relating to the university library can be found in your mailbox.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


The structure (という) わけじゃない (or ではない) can be used to deny a statement, with meanings like "It doesn't mean that" or "it's not that..."

Even if you say you're bad with kanji, that doesn't mean that you'll never be able to write them.

Doing well on tests doesn't mean you'll be able to get a good grade. Homework and projects are important too.

It's not that this cooking is bad, but since there's a lot of oil, I can't eat that much.

It's not that I hate that person, but I don't think I want to go on a date with them.