The mystery of は

Or why is は pronounced わ. Have you ever wondered why all the Japanese learners are confused at the beginning of their learning journey with the topic particle は being pronounced as わ?Then this short text is for you! In the early history of Japanese, the modern HA row consonants (HA, HI, FU, HE, HO)… Continue reading The mystery of は

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History of だ

And what it has in common with じゃない。 If we want to understand how the だ came to be, we have to back in time to the auxiliary verb にあり which came to be from particle に expressing localization and あり (modern ある) indicating existence. Eventually, にあり was then shortened to なり. And for example… Continue reading History of だ

History of てform

Brief Japanese – history of て form, why is it so iregullar and why の can follow and all its uses explained. Yo! I am mrnoone and want to share with you everything I know about て form (briefly). Since Japanese students have a lot of problems because it has so many uses, strange conjugations,… Continue reading History of てform

Brief history of い adjectives

Ever wondered why some end with しい and other ones with just い and where their past form came from? Originally wrote this as an answer on Japanese learning forums, but I thought this might be interesting. Long time ago, in Japanese nominals (nouns) were used as adjectives, to describe other nouns. They were simply… Continue reading Brief history of い adjectives

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