How to use adjectives in Japanese

How to use adjectives in Japanese

You want to learn how to use adjectives in Japanese? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Japanese lessons complete with useful examples. Big, small, happy, sad... we'll teach you all you need to know about Japanese adjectives.

Japanese adjectives

Adjectives are generally used to describe nouns. Adjectives come before the noun in Japanese just like in English.


suzušii natsu
the cold summer
mijikai natsu
the short summer
nagai natsu
the long summer
kawaita natsu
the dry summer
atsui natsu
the hot summer
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Japanese is spoken as a first language by 122 million people in Japan. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Japanese would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Japanese

Learn to get by in Japanese with these useful words and phrases. The phrases below will help you to greet people in Japanese, introduce yourself in Japanese and even hold a conversation in Japanese after you have met someone.

Atsui des.
It is hot.
Yuki ga futte imas.
It is snowing.
Kaze ga tsuyoi des.
It is windy.
Ame ga futte imas.
It is raining.
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Step 7 : Adjectives in Japanese

Adjectives are used to describe nouns. To get started, we suggest you learn the three Japanese adjectives oki na, čiisa na and furui (big, small, old). Using the nouns šomotsu, isu and doa (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn to use each adjective with each noun (the big book, the old chair, the small door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about Japanese adjectives including useful examples. After you've learned to use the adjectives oki na, čiisa na and furui with the nouns šomotsu, isu and doa you can move on to Step 8 (Japanese Verbs).

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