Learning Japanese particles as a beginner is a MASSIVE pain in the butt! There are LOTS of guides online for how to use them, but they're not very useful all the time.
Sometimes the explanations are too complicated as they try to explain EVERY possible usage. But it's mostly difficult because there's no way to practice using them unless you use them. But how do you use them? Making up sentences is tricky as a beginner because you're often tempted to directly translate from English... then things get confusing.
So what's the best way to learn Japanese particles?
Ultimately that actually depends on you and how you like to learn. BUT I've made something that I hope helps.
I've put together a course on Memrise that goes through just a few of the Japanese particles for beginners. These are the very basic ones that are core to the majority of Japanese sentences.
If you've never taken a JTalkOnline Grammar course on memrise then you probably don't know what's special about this course.
It doesn't teach you "は means topic" and that's IT. It teaches you by explaining the usage of the particle followed by 5-15 flashcards where the particle is used in a real Japanese clause.
が is ALWAYS used to be / to have
It doesn't matter if the information is new or already established. が will ALWAYS be used with the verbs あります（ある） and います（いる).
あります = to be/to have (inanimate object)
います = to be/to have (animate object)
I.E ねこがいます = (I) have/there is a cat.
I.E ボールがあります = (I) have/there is a ball.
Then you practice the following sentences:
いぬがいる - (there) is a dog / (I) have a dog
せんせいがいる - (there) is the teacher
いもうとがいる - (there) is (my) little sister
けいたいがある - (there) is a phone / (I) have a phone
きがある - (there) is a tree
ぎんこうがある - (there) is the bank
まんががある - (there) is the manga / (I) have manga
- It's FREE for everyone!
- You can make your own flashcard decks for yourself or others.
- It has spaced repetition programming.
- Allows you to create mems to help you memorize your cards.
I hope you enjoy the Beginners Japanese Particles 1 course!
Note to Patrons! This course isn't quite finished yet but I'm releasing it early just for you! It will be complete by Thursday 13th July.
Please let me know if anything's unclear or if you would like level to have more practice examples.