Introductory Japanese Lessons (7)
English is a subject-verb-object language. (so are French, Spanish, etc.) Japanese is a subject-object-verb language. (so are
Korean, Turkish, etc.) Generally the subject comes first, then the object and the verb
comes at the end of the sentence.
| ringo o
| Tom-san wa
"San" is a title of respect added to a name. (so it can not be used when
referring to oneself.)
"Wa" and "o" are particles. They are like English prepositions, but they always come after nouns. Particles are very important for proper Japanese sentence structure. I will introduce them gradually later.
Composing questions in Japanese is easy! The word order remains the same, and a sentence becomes a question by adding the particle "ka" at the end. Question marks are not used in Japanese.
| Tanaka-san wa
ringo o tabemasu ka.
|Does Mr. Tanaka eat apples?|
| Tom-san wa terebi o mimashita ka.
|Did Tom watch TV?|