What is the hardest kanji/vocab word/grammar point for you to remember?


#1

Is there any particular phrase or grammar point that always escapes you, no matter how many times you’ve read over it? For me, it’s causative/passive forms.


#2

For me, it’s Japanese.


#3

Also, if anyone has in the past had trouble with a grammar point, but now knows a creative way of thinking about it, etc., please add it here for the rest of us to study!


#4

Of the grammar I have explicitly tried to learn, I have trouble remember the “must”/“must not” grammar. Other than the casual きゃ version because it’s so short.


#5

My worst leech of all time was the vocabulary item 平気, but I think I have it under control now.

Right now I’m struggling to remember how to write the Kanji 建.


#6

I have a hard time remembering which is which between 謙譲語1 and 謙譲語2


#7

When it comes to grammar, the best way I’ve found to understanding it is to try and explain it. This may seem like a weird method (like how can you explain something you don’t understand?), but thinking about it in a different way can really help make more sense of it.

As for my weakest grammar point, it would probably be the use of は and が. Countless explanations and I still struggle with when が is better to use (outside of particular verbs and phrases).


#8

What made 平気 that difficult? As a lv 5, this doesn’t seem TOO horrible. Is there another kanji really close to it?


#9

I kept answering peaceful. Once it’s in your head, it becomes very difficult to unlearn.


#10

Ah, that seems horrible… Is it not close enough to be added as a synonym? Translate has it at the 4th option.


#11

Actually, Einstein claimed that if you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well.

Also, I totally have issues with that grammar point as well. X.X


#12

I think many people struggle with this, myself included. I found this article to be helpful though, so maybe it can help you too. I read it a while ago, so I don’t remember if it addresses your specific question about when to use が over は, but it’s probably worth reading anyway.


#13

For some reason I have had most trouble with 日光 but I’ts getting better now and I usually remember it :slight_smile:
It’s been a leech for some levels now though, and guess I’m no fan of sunlight?


#14

I would say what is the hardest thing for me to remember, but I can’t remember for the life of me what it is.


#15

I don’t know why but I tend to forget Kun’yomi readings too often. It really grinds my gears.


#16

Once you learn conditionals it makes so much more sense. If you say “勉強しなければいけません。” you’re basically just saying “if I don’t study it won’t do” or something along those lines. Genki teaches it as a canned phrase but it’s actually just a combination of some other grammar and vocab.


#17

Thank you so much!! This is so in-depth, it definitely helped me a lot! (I also love the ability to turn off romaji, I wish more websites had this!)


#18

実感 (じっかん) - real feeling.
Why “true feeling” is not correct? It’s not in the same sense of “true love”?
Can some native English speaker explain this? Please.


#19

I added “true feeling” as a synonym right away. I think they are the same.


#20

You’re welcome. I also love that aspect of his site. I haven’t bought his book yet, but I’ve heard good things. So when I’m ready to refocus on grammar, I’ll probably buy it.