Beginning Grammar With です

Time to start putting my hiragana learning skills to use and get good at some grammar. (Please do not note any grammatical mistakes in the previous sentence) Starting this new chapter today though has got me pumped to begin learning new things about Japanese. I personally came into this journey knowing very little about Japanese, only being able to pick up on some things from previous times I “attempted” to learn the language. です(desu) is one of those things that I kind of brushed over and only really knew how to pronounce it properly because of times I made the mistake of pronouncing it “desu” and getting teased because of that.

Brief Summary:

This chapter started off by stating that I would be learning grammar by speaking like Yoda. Now that makes some sense to me as I know sentences aren’t made the same way in Japanese as they are in English. Comparing how Yoda talks to the structure of some typical Japanese sentences actually helps you mentally visual how you’re talking and I think that was a very good tactic for first time learners. It definitely got me thinking in that sort of pattern as I went through the lesson.
The main focus of this chapter was on です, as I stated before. It mentioned a few other things but mainly I paired up です with other words to create extremely simple phrases. I actually made it through the entire chapter (minus the extra practice which I’m saving for tomorrow) which actually kind of surprised me. I thought that they would hit on grammar quite a bit harder, but maybe that is something that gets picked up more on in the coming seasons of the book.

Overall Feelings:

I think TextFugu did a good job of introducing me to です and the basic structure of sentences. Honestly it was pretty easy and after I made it to the end of the chapter I was also able to apply my vocabulary words from yesterday and make basic sentences out of them using です as well. Getting through those and practicing some basic katakana was also very much welcome as I will be getting into that sooner rather than later.

Where I excelled:
I knocked out all the examples pretty quick. I was able to write out the given words in hiragana as well as です making the super simple sentences. Nice. I was also able to pretty easily write out my vocab words since I had them added into Anki and have practiced learning them briefly.

Where I struggled:
I will definitely need to keep working on my list of vocab as I have only been learning it for a day. There also were a couple times I took a bit longer than I would have liked writing out certain kana but after sitting and thinking it over I was able to get them without looking at my cheat sheet. I will need to continue writing them out daily and use RealKana to keep nailing down each kana in my mind.

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