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The Japanese definite article (singular)

The English definite article the does not exist in Japanese. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered definite without the need for a specific word to show this.

Examples of the Japanese definite article

the window
the door
the boy
the sister
the father

Learn to speak Japanese

Speak! Japanese is based on a natural learning process - you practice simple grammar and vocabulary tasks repeatedly until Speak! decides that you have learned the material in sufficient depth to progress to the next level. In this way, you'll advance from the basics to more complex sentence structures at your own speed in just the same way a child learns a language - seeing, listening and responding over an extended period of time. This course uses everyday English letters so that you can learn Japanese without having to learn Japanese script.

Included in the course

  • Japanese language learning software for download

Key Features

  • Fun to use
  • Learn Japanese grammar and vocabulary
  • Voice recognition to improve your Japanese accent
  • Japanese talking dictionary
  • Runs on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP
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Reviews for Speak! Japanese

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Fully satisfied

I am fully satisfied with the audio book and the software. You start off easy and move on automatically to the next lesson, if you answer correctly. The settings are also easy to use in order to individualize the learning process. The voice recognition is not very accurate, but it serves its purpose as as a tool to practice and improve your pronunciation.

Published on March 2, 2015 by Michael from Oggelshausen, Germany

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Good enough

Runs smoothly and hasn't killed my computer yet. The graphics are responsive enough for function but the icons are a little picky about how you click them; I type a response and it keeps making me retype if if I go too quickly or do something it doesn't like. The course is a bit more like flashcards than I had hoped but I can't say I'm not learning the words. All in all, I'd call it supplementary.

Published on Dec. 25, 2015 by Rowan from United States

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Popular Reasons to learn Japanese

Japanese relatives

If your family spoke Japanese in the past you might want to learn it and possibly teach it to your children. If your relatives speak Japanese, it will give you a better understanding of their culture and way of thinking.


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Basic words and phrases in Japanese

Get by in Japanese with these basic Japanese words & phrases.

I am learning Spanish.

Wataši wa supeingo wo manande imasu.

I was born in America.

Wataši wa Amerika de umaremašita.

I am thirsty.

Wataši wa nodo ga kawakimašita.

I was born in England.

Wataši wa Igirisu de umaremašita.

I am a student.

Wataši wa seito desu.

I come from Germany.

Wataši wa Doitsu kara kimašita.

I am learning German.

Wataši wa doitsugo wo benkyo šiteimasu.

I am tired.

Wataši wa tsukaremašita.