Whew! This week has been a lesson in juggling priorities. Work is ridiculously busy. Home life is almost equally busy, so Japanese has had to take something of a back seat, but this is where willpower has to come to the forefront. I’m tired. It’s 8:00 at night. What do I choose to do? Answer: study a little Japanese, of course.
The first chapter of みんなの日本語 2 (!) is…a little difficult.
This is about -んです which is used:
- When the speaker guesses the reason or the cause as to what he has seen or heard and then confirms whether he is correct.
- When the speaker asks for information about what he has seen or heard.
- When the speaker asks the listener to explain the reason or the cause of what he has seen or heard.
- When asking for the explanation of a situation.
- When stating the reason or the cause in answer to such questions as (3) and (4)
- When the speaker adds the reason or cause to what he has stated.
- When introducing a topic, followed by a request, an invitation, or an expression seeking permission.
Oh, yeah, and there are some other unrelated grammatical structures after that in the same chapter.
I don’t think I’ll be doing all of this chapter this week…but we’ll see. I’m just doing my usual thing and digging into to it. We’ll see how much I have in my head by my next lesson, which, this week, isn’t until Saturday morning.
That’s plenty of time.
I’ve found a couple of new websites that might be useful, but I need to actually get some time to really look at them. Maybe next week…