A simple hack to remarkably natural Japanese (1)

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I haven’t had time to update this blog, but there will be more for my podcast episodes soon! In the meantime, there is a pinned thread on my Twitter where you can find all the past shadowing sentences with pitch accent diagrams, etc.

Shadowing sentence

前回ぜんかい試験しけん全然ぜんぜんダメだったけど、今回こんかいはまだましでした。でも 今度こんどはもっとできるように 頑張がんばろうと おもっています。


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A simple hack to natural Japanese


(na-adj.) to describe two or more things that are equally bad/not great, but to say one is slightly better than the other(s).

ex) この本はどっちも面白くないけど、こっちの方がまだましかなぁ。
These books are both not interesting, but this one is a little better than the other, I think.


I am thinking about doing ~ / planning to do ~; Maybe I will do ~

ex) 来週からもっと日本語の勉強をしようと思っています。
I am thinking about studying Japanese more starting next week.

  • 〜しようと思っています is usually used when you thought about it for a while.
  • On the other hand, 〜しようと思います could be used when you just came up with the idea on the spot = you won’t sound natural with 〜しようと思っています if this is the case.
  • Compared to 〜します, 〜しようと思っています sounds less sure and could sound you have about 50-80% chance of actually doing it, implying the plan could change.

  • My Suggestion:
    Start using【Verb (volitional Form: 〜よう) + と思っています】, if you are thinking about doing something. It should work in most cases and you’d sound more fluent instantly!

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