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Japanese Language Lesson 14-To like, To understand, To be good at


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In this lesson sensei goes over 3 important verbs and their different levels.Suki (to like), Wakarimasu (to understand) and Jouzu (to be good at) .So please try them out whenever you have the opportunity!


Jouzu / Jyozu, good / to be good at
Wakarimasu / I understand / I understand / to understand

Basic structure:

(Subject) wa (noun) ga (jouzu / suki / wakarimasu) (desu-with jouzu and suki) conjugate verbs for past / present / negative tense

Tanaka-san is a skier / Tanaka-san wa sukii ga jouzu desu
Mr. Tanaka is good at skiiing.

Tanaka likes skiing / Tanaka-san wa sukii ga suki desu
Mr. Tanaka likes skiiing.

Tanaka understands France / Tanaka-san wa furansugo ga wakarimasu
Mr. Tanaka knows (understands) French.

Present / Negative / Past / Past Negative:

Jouzu desu-(subject) is good at
It's not a joke / jouzu dewa arimasen-(subject) is not good at
Jouzu deshita-(subject) was good at
It wasn't a joke / jouzu dewa arimasen deshita-(subject) was not good at

Suki desu-(subject) likes
Suki dewa arimasen-(subject) does not like
Suki deshita-(subject) liked
Suki dewa arimasen deshita-(subject) did not like

Wakarimasu-(subject) understands
Wakarimasen-(subject) does not understand
Wakarimashita-(subject) understood
Wakarimasen deshita-(subject) did not understand

Levels / Degrees:

Amari (jouzu dewa arimasen)-not so good at
Totemo (suki desu)-likes very much
Amari (suki dewa arimasen)-not like very much
Kirai-hates (does not like, strongly)
Sukoshi (wakarimasu)-knows a little
Doesn't know very much
Doesn't know at all

zenzen-not at all
amari-not very much
sukoshi-a little
totemo-very much


Wakai toki-when (subject) was young

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