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Japanese lesson revision 1
Since I am now taking formal classes again, I think I better do lesson revisions so that I can review and actually put into some use what I have learned.  I think its a better way to use this blog and I can also share what I am learning to anyone interested. I will try as much as I can to do revisions every after every lesson so that I can also use this blog as a reviewer when I need to.

Last week and probably this week's lesson is about making conjectures and reporting statements. There are 3 main grammar  points 文法規則 in the lesson namely:

1 ~と思う for conjectures.  This translates to "I think that ~" but different from the nuance of consciously considering something mentally. That should be expressed with the verb 考える.
        明日雨が降ると思います。 It think it  will rain tomorrow.
 Usage: This one is easy just use the 普通形 speech in the subordinate clause you need to form an opinion about.
2. ~と言う for reporting statements. You can use this to directly retell what has been said or to report what have been said.
  1) to retell directly
      「バカ!」と言う。 He/She said "Fool!"
     2) to report what have been said
     首相は来月アメリカへいくと言いました。 The prime minister said that he will be going to the USA next month.
 Usage: The first connotation can be achieved much by just repeating what was said and then finish the thing off with と言う.
               It is that simple. As for the second one, use the plain form much like with the first grammar rule.
3. the copula でしょう for saying a possibility or to express a certain amount of certainty to a statement.
 七月に京都でお祭りがあるでしょうか? There is a festival in Kyoto in July, isn't there?
    Usage: Much like the previous grammar points, plain form of speech is the way to go here.
Some other words/points used/introduced in the lesson are:
多分 supposedly
ぜひ certainly (adv)
勿論 certainly (interjection, adv)
verb stem + 安い easy to (verb)
~について concering ~ (usually a topic)
最近 recently
そんなに not so much (used with negative predicates)
仕方がない / しょうがないIt cannot be helped
(noun)~でも something like ~

Then now for my own sentences. I made these sentences to practice myself with the main grammar points discussed  and to review some of the vocabulary, and grammar rules that were not necessarily used in the discussion in class. I had fun doing these sentences. They are supposed to be memory ques so that I can remember easily the grammar point used. Also, I took the liberty of playing around with the intended gender of the speaker as well as the politeness level. It is much fun that way than to stay at the polite form all the time.

 I tell you my grandfather is better than yours!

  When Makino got mad at Doumyouji, she said "Will you fucking quit it!"

  Our manager (in Philippine context) said that two of my collegues will be laid off.

4. 私たちの人生は冒険と言うと思うでしょう?
  Aren't our lives adventures?

5. PSPとDSとどちらが使い安いだかい?
   Between the PSP and the DS which is easier to use?
   The DS is easier to use than the PSP.   

6.ネェネェ、 韓国の「Boys over Flowers」と言う番組についてどう思いますか?   
Hey, what do you think about the Korean "Boys Over Flowers" show?
Since the script was written well, it also makes me happy and there are lots of cute guys in it, it is an interesting show.
7. 多分パキアオとハットンの試合はパキアオが勝つと思うよ.
  I suppose that Pacqiao will win in his fight with Hatton.

8. そう思います。
  I think so too.

9. そう思いません。
   I don't think so.

Numbers 8 and 9 are important because I had formed a bad habit of saying そうだと思う which is basically wrong when I did self study.

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nakakatuwa naman ito... keep them coming! ^^

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