Japanese Lesson 2: Is and Was


ここは あなたたち の 日本語 の くらす。

In this next Japanese lesson we are going to look at the verb “to be’  Desu = です

Is it a very simple verb and very easy to use.  There are a few differences to English though.

1) It comes at the very end of the sentence

2) It never changes for person, so it is always Desu.  We have Am/Are/Is.

3) There are 2 other verbs meaning ‘is’ but that rule is too complicated to go over right now!  Let’s keep it simple for the moment…


In the present tense it is Desu です

In the past tense it is Deshita でした


Watashi wa nihonjin desu – I am Japanese  私は 日本人 です

Kore wa watashi no kuruma desu – This is my car これは 私の 車 です

Kanojo wa Furansujin desu – She is French 彼女は フランス人 です

Kare wa igirisujin deshita – He was English 彼は イギリス人 でした

Watashitachi wa gakusei deshita – We are students 私たちは 学生 でした

Ano hito wa sensei desu – He (more polite) is a teacher  あの 人は 先生 です


New words:

gakusei – student

sensei – teacher

jin/hito – person

nihon – japan (nihonjin = japanese person)

igirisu – English / British (igirisujin = English/British person)

Furansu – France (furansujin = French person)

Kuruma – car


Therefore we have learned the basic sentence order in Japanese.  Subject / Object / Verb

I / teacher / am = Watashi wa sensei desu      私は 先生 です

You / student / are = Anata wa gakusei desu     あなたは 学生 です

He / Spanish / was = Kare wa supeinjin deshita    彼は スペイン人 でした


More on this in the future.


Arigató!  ありがとう!

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