Grammar Day – Review and New

NihongoMaster Review Day

I admit I was starting to feel overwhelmed with all the new grammar concepts I recently learned, so I took the day to do a huge NihongoMaster review – basically all the grammar and vocab I’ve learned in the past month and a half. I write them in a notebook because it’s easier to review the lessons. By default, the website hides the lessons you’ve read, but you can always click the gold “Show Completed Items”, and then sift through 27 pages of lessons and quizzes to find past lessons. Haha, like I said, easier to just keep a dedicated notebook.

NihongoMaster grammar notes

There wasn’t really much order to the all the color I used in my notes, just that anything highlighted in yellow, I’ve learned very well by now. I probably would’ve tried to have neater handwriting if I knew I was going to share this notebook page!

I’m 24% through Beginner Classroom as of today, and like I mentioned the other day, I have all of Intermediate lessons and the newly added Advanced to get through yet.

NihongoMaster offers quizzes for every decent chunk of lessons and I can redo them again and again. It seems they’re always in sets of 50 questions per quiz. So I redid about 4-5 quizzes today after my huge review. After making sure I had all the past lessons down with most quizzes being 100%, I moved on to the next lesson.

Learning Adverbs

I am really starting to appreciate my grammar education I received in elementary school. We used to diagram complex sentences, and although I might be forgetting some of it, the knowledge I’ve retained does come in handy when learning foreign languages.

I learned my first adverbs through NihongoMaster  – there were a few, so the first thing I thought I’d do was write them down in this blog. Anything to make them stick! Maybe I’ll have to start up an Anki set soon. What I learned about these adverbs is that some can be used in both positive or negative sentences, but there are adverbs that can only be used in negative sentences.

ほんとうにreally, truly
あまりnot very, not much
そんなにnot so much
ほとんどmostly, hardly
ぜんぜんnot at all
たくさんa lot

The sentences used in Vocabulary examples don’t give translations, so here are my translations, hope they’re right! By all means, correct me if I’m wrong. New vocab is bolded, my translations are in blue.

  1. 本とうに大じょうぶですか。Are you really ok?
  2. この本はあまりおもしろくありません。This book is not very interesting.
  3. これはそんなにわるくありませんよ。This isn’t very bad.
  4. ジョンさんはほとんどべんきょうしませんね。John hardly studies, amiright?
  5. 私はぜんぜんわかりません。I don’t understand it at all.
  6. アマンダさんはそんなにたくさんはなしませんよ。Amanda doesn’t talk very much!  Amanda doesn’t really talk THAT much
  7. たくさんあそびますか。Do you play a lot?
  8. きょう、むらかみ先生は本とうにきますか。 Did Teacher Murakami really come today?