Feature of Partner class

This course is popular with students on a budget who want to study Japanese. Tutors are unpaid volunteer staff who have been approved by Helping Hands and Hearts Japan, Inc. after a careful selection process.  These tutors may or may not have professional educational experience, but all are native speaking Japanese people with some level of English fluency. Some of them are aspiring Japanese teachers. Many of them have lived overseas or worked with overseas volunteers. Students work with a tutor to set up a location and schedule workable for each person.

Feature of Pro Class

Tutors are professional, experienced Japanese teachers. This course is best suited for students who are not on a strict budget and want to rapidly improve their Japanese for occupational or educational reasons. Pro classes are especially appropriate for students who want to score well on the Japanese Proficiency Language Test. Pro class tutors can teach at your desired time and location, including your home or office.

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Basic grammatical structure

Now that you have learned how to write Japanese, you can explore the basic grammatical structure of a language. This section focuses on all parts of speech, including nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. It also describes how to use particles to integrate different parts of speech into a consistent sentence. By the end of this section, you need to understand how the basic statements are organized.
One of the most difficult parts of Japanese is the lack of stative verbs like the English verb “to be”. However, you can declare something by adding the hiragana letter “da” only to noun or adjective verbs. (Learn about na-adjectives in the adjectives section later.)
You don’t have to use “da” at all, you can say that you are a student. For example, the following is an example of a very typical greeting between friends. Also note that no subject is specified, even if it is clear from the context.

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