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Most Useful Japanese Grammar Ever.

Finally, a Japanese lesson tailored to my linguistic needs! At school the other day, we learned how to say…

I decided to make some tempura, so I put a big vat of oil on the stove. Suddenly, IT CAUGHT FIRE! Help! Help! Thinking quickly, I poured copious amounts of water on it! OH NO! That just made it worse!

So, I guess I won’t have tempura tonight. What about…a nice nabe hotpot? I threw in everything in my refrigerator, but for some mysterious reason, it was…TERRIBLE. So I added some salt. Oops, too salty. I added some sugar. Oops, too sweet. More salt! More sugar! EWWW, DISGUSTING! Everything I tried, just made it worse.

Now that’s a piece of grammar I can use pretty much every day.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

4 thoughts on “Most Useful Japanese Grammar Ever. Leave a comment

  1. It took me far too long to figure out the kanji for “byouki”! 本当にrustyですね!For my upcoming Japanese bootcamp before they release up to do our science, I have to confess I probably spent two hours composing what was hopefully a semi-coherent事故紹介。

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