Any help with using the right う verb?

Hi guys!!

me again! I have recently found that I can remember Kanji basically without fault, but do struggle to remember it without imagining it in my head, however I find although I know a verb must have a U based character, i forget which one is used per situation!

I was wondering if anyone has some tips on this and any rules they follow, or if not just any advice on how they cracked the system!! haha or something like that <3

Hope you are all well! I am opening a can of fujiya lemon squash for you guys!!

see ya!

just a note: another friend of mine said they just use ます whenever possible (even tho its polite) is this a work around if you can’t remember the needed る sound?

You mean like 切る = to cut and 切れる = to be cut, right?

I think there might be some linguistic rules behind it but I’m not a language expert so the next person could provide you a better answer.

However, what I know is after I learn a decent amount of vocabs and read a handful of books my brain recognize their pattern. They usually fall into the same categories of usage and form, with some exception of course.

So I think don’t worry about it too much you will get better over time. The most important thing is keep using them, whether reading, listening, or speaking.

No, not really. They are the same amout of work, aren’t they? It’s because Vます form are created from the dictionary-form.
行く - 行きます
言う - 言います
出す - 出します
作る - 作ります
死ぬ - 死にます
泳ぐ - 泳ぎます

Do you see the patterns here? Remebering only -ます form is going to sabotage your Japanese learning in the future. It’s because it will require extra work in your brain to change verb form from -ます to dictionary-form then to other form like past tense and present perfect tense.

There probably are some methods that working around starting verb from polite form to another. However, I still believe it’s better to start from dictionary form.

I recommend Kanji-link channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZnLr55kNwXPvkCNtKVzFqQ
I think they explained it in the shortest and easiest way possible.

The only bad thing about his channel is… he just disappear :disappointed_relieved:
I need more of his Japanese lesson videos.

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Personally, I wouldn’t worry too much about these kind of things. As long as you can recognize it during reading, you’ll be just fine. Things like verb conjugations, transitive/intransitive verbs, は・が, … are going to get drilled into you via immersion fairly quickly. They’re everywhere.
Just make sure you’ve read/watched through some kind of basic grammar guide so you can recognize that grammar.

Not sure how it’s going to help. You still need to know the verb and it’s stem form.

Actually, I don’t understand what you mean when you say you don’t remember which -u ending the verb has. To me it seems you just don’t remember the verb :wink:

If it’s these verbs for example
行く
食べる

Do you just remember the kyn’yomi of the kanji? Be careful to remember the whole verb. In many cases the reading (and meaning) is different based on the ending kana.

行う(おこなう)is totally different meaning and reading wise compared to 行く(いく)

食う(くう)is not the same as 食べる(たべる)

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Check out this thread from today as well. Mini rant that’s all Σ(-᷅_-᷄๑)

There are some good videos and explanations that I had never seen before to clarify which ending you need.

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