Nutshell Grammar

Concisely explores important topics that you need to understand to get the most out of Satori Reader, with an emphasis on clear example sentences. (Ongoing)

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Episode 1
Welcomes you to the series and jumps right into our first topic.
Notes: Covers "the same," "the same as X," and "the same X as Y."
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Episode 2
Takes up the main way of saying that two things differ in Japanese.
Notes: Also looks at the use of chigau to mean "wrong."
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Episode 3
Lays the foundation for understanding the ubiquitous word for saying two things are alike.
Notes: You has a lot in store for us, but we'll take it one step at a time.
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Episode 4
Moves to the next step with you, using it before nouns.
Notes: Also considers the two slightly different meanings of a phrase like "a food like ramen."
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Episode 5
Looks at a way to say that two actions occur at the same time.
Notes: Also considers whether the order of the two actions is meaningful (hint: it is).
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Episode 6
Lays the foundation for understanding another use of you to talk about "kinds" or "sorts."
Notes: This is the basis for the expressions kono/sono/ano/dono you na X.
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Episode 7
Builds on the previous lesson by using sentences before you na to create more elaborate kinds.
Notes: Also considers the difference between this and a plain relative clause.
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Episode 8
Takes up a special use of suru that turns up in expressions like oto ga suru, ki ga suru, and many more.
Notes: Also considers the question about the proverbial tree falling in the lonesome forest.
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Episode 9
Applies what we have learned in previous lessons to adverbial phrases, allowing you to talk about "running like the wind" or "eating like a horse."
Notes: Also considers you ni following full clauses, allowing you to create phrases like, "as I explained yesterday..."
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Episode 10
Introduces the use of no to stand in for a recently mentioned noun.
Notes: This will lay the foundation for an even more interesting pattern in the next lesson.
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Episode 11
Introduces a new pattern that utilizes the no from the last lesson.
Notes: Includes pairs of questions and answers that utilize the new pattern.
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Episode 12
Wraps up our discussion of no to stand in for a person, place, thing, time, or reason with lots of drill sentences.
Notes: Drills on reformulating both questions and statements.
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Episode 13
Builds on our previous discussions of you to introduce a new function: reporting information the speaker believes is reliable.
Notes: Also contains a lengthy note that breaks down the different permutations of past and present in "it seems" sentences.
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Episode 14
Explores a special case of sentences using "reliable information" you.
Notes: A rule and a sub-rule! But don't worry. We'll talk it through together.
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Episode 15
Explores one of the two big uses of sou, to report hearsay.
Notes: Also introduces an expression that means "according to (a source)."
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Episode 16
Eases into this topic by exploring a simple pattern that works everywhere, then introduces a new verb form that acts as a shortcut.
Notes: Also includes a comparison of similar verbs that conjugate differently.
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Episode 17
Continues our discussion by diving deeply into the standard way to use the potential in sentences.
Notes: Also notes a different way to use the potential that is gaining acceptance.
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Episode 18
Takes up alternate forms of the potential for seeing and hearing, with discussion of why and when these forms are used.
Notes: Also looks at the common combination kikoete kuru.
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Episode 19
Introduces an important new word and looks at the most basic use of it, which lays the foundation for other uses.
Notes: Includes the patterns tame da, tame no (noun), and tame ni (phrase).
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Episode 20
Expands on tame ni by looking at how it can connect two phrases: a purpose, and an action undertaken for that purpose.
Notes: Also contains a discussion of when this pattern is appropriate and when it is not. These principles will be elaborated on in the next lesson.
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Episode 21
Takes up the final big use of the multi-talented word you: to connect an action deliberately taken to an outcome that is not directly controllable.
Notes: Also compares and contrasts to the similar (phrase) tame ni (phrase) pattern.
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Episode 22
Builds on the previous lesson by looking at several key patterns this you appears in.
Notes: By the end of this lesson, you will officially know all the main uses of this powerful little word!
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Episode 23
Takes up the first and easiest of the four main ways to form the conditional in Japanese.
Notes: Also includes related patterns that this to appears in, such as the pattern for expressing a hope or suggesting a course of action.
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Episode 24
Introduces the next of the big four conditionals.
Notes: Also includes a section on a special use of this conditional: "if it is X (that you mean / that you want to talk about)."
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Episode 25
Continues our conditional journey with a broadly useful verb ending.
Notes: Also offers an explanation for why calls to action mostly do not appear with this conditional.
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Episode 26
Introduces the next conditional on our journey.
Notes: Includes several common patterns this conditional is used in.
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Episode 27
Breaks down the places where -tara can mean "when."
Notes: Also includes a special rule about connecting two events in the past.
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Episode 28
Lays down the law on how to say that an action is prohibited.
Notes: Also closes a loop by connecting this pattern to the "may I" pattern. "No, you may not."
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Episode 29
Flips the script on the previous pattern, allowing us to say that if something is not done, it would be bad.
Notes: Also introduces two styles of contraction commonly seen in these sentences.
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Episode 30
Introduces the patterns for saying a person ought or ought not do something.
Notes: Also considers the difference between this pattern and another common pattern for suggesting a course of action.
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Episode 31
Looks at a word that helps you zero in on one thing by excluding it from a negative statement about everything else.
Notes: Includes a look at the "there is nothing but to do" pattern as well.
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Episode 32
Introduces the causative and shows how to derive it from the dictionary form of any verb.
Notes: Also briefly considers the philosophical question: What really is the difference between causing and allowing?
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Episode 33
Explains how to use the causative in sentences, including different ways of naming the "causee."
Notes: Also considers ways of differentiating causing and allowing.
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Episode 34
Examines common combinations of the causative with the verbs of wanting, giving, and receiving.
Notes: Starts gently and works up to "We humbly receive your graciously allowing us to take the day off."
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Episode 35
Looks at the last big use of the causative: speaking of making an intransitive verb happen, which essentially converts it into a transitive verb.
Notes: Also touches on an alternative form for the causative.
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Episode 36
Introduces "conjecture" sou and explains how to use it with verbs, conjugating adjectives, and na- and no- adjectives.
Notes: Also contrasts this sou to "hearsay" sou and to "reliable information" you.
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Episode 37
Looks at using sou phrases with na to describe a noun, and with ni to modify a verb.
Notes: Also looks at a pattern that appears to mean "doing a certain way" but which actually means "acting/behaving in a certain way.
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Episode 38
Takes up a few special rules about using sou with yoi, nai, and when making negative conjectures.
Notes: Also considers the difference between "It looks like it is not very interesting" and "It doesn't look like it is very interesting."
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Episode 39
Investigates an extremely common colloquial equivalent of you da.
Notes: Also helps to sidestep a common mistake learners make with this word.
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Episode 40
Introduces a word that marks the preceding as information that the speaker has heard from diffuse sources.
Notes: Also briefly discusses a secondary use to mark a conclusion being inferred.
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Episode 41
Follows up on the previous lesson with another important use of rashii as a suffix that means "exemplifying the characteristics of (the foregoing)."
Notes: Also examines how to tell apart the two uses.
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Episode 42
Introduces a simple pattern for naming a list of activities or states, with several important uses.
Notes: Also considers some twists on the standard pattern.
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Episode 43
Eases into an important topic with some brief theory before showing how to create the passive from the dictionary form of any verb.
Notes: You're learning the passive! This is big!
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Episode 44
Walks through conjugating the passive to other forms, such as the past, negative, and so on.
Notes: Includes a look at the progressive forms, which (just like on the active side) can mean two different things.
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Episode 45
Expands our capabilities by looking at using the passive in longer sentences.
Notes: Also briefly explains the meaning of the grammatical term "agent."
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