Even if you live in Japan, native speakers are notoriously reluctant to correct foreigners’ mistaken Japanese, so it’s difficult for learners to be confident that they’re using Japanese smoothly. When it comes to speaking naturally, learners are almost helpless because they don’t even know what questions to ask.
The purpose of the Natural Japanese cheat sheet is to basically to prepare learners for the most common stumbling points they will encounter on their road to Japanese mastery, and help them to start speaking Japanese more like the way the natives do.
Natural Japanese is the most “miscellaneous” of the pack. It’s less of a solid topic than it is a collection of information that native speakers tend to struggle with. Learners of all levels should be able to find things on this sheet that make them say “Oh! I get it now!”.
- 30 usage points covering common learner pitfalls and mistakes
- A list of “tricky-reading” words (read differently than their kanji implies)
- The のだ／んだ sentence form (aka. the “Final boss” of Japanese grammar)
- List of kinship terms and dressing/undressing verbs.