Hey guys, thanks for coming out tonight and participating in a great lesson! As a quick review, here’s what we covered today:
First, we read a poem about たいこ, a type of Japanese drum. Here is a really badass video of people drumming on their たいこ:
And here’s the text of the poem:
(written by たにかわしゅんたろう)
This poem is full of delicious たいこ onomatopoeia. (Onomatopoeia is called ぎおんご in Japanese, just so you know.)
Next, we learned the first three rows of katakana: アイウエオカキクケコサシスセソ. Make sure you practice these and don’t forget them before our next class! Here are a few awesome words that use only these characters:
スズキ： sea bass
アイス： ice cream
Finally, we worked on grammar exercises, questions, and casual speech. Remember that, なの can be a good casual replacement for ですか, and だ (or nothing at all, if a girl is talking) can replace です, as in the following pair of conversations:
Also, a minor note: in casual speech, if a sentence ends in an adjective ending in ーい, like おいしい (yummy), you can’t use なの or だ. You can use a final の or nothing at all to ask a question (おいしいの？おいしい？), and to make a statement, just use the adjective itself, though feel free to add a sentence-ending particle like よ or ね (おいしい。おいしいよ！おいしいね。).
Great job today. In the next post, I’ll go over the homework I assigned last time.