Tae Kim's Grammar - The famous Japanese grammar guide

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Those who know English have a huge open door for learning Japanese. Among these thousands of articles one that stands out is the famous Japanese grammar guide by Tae Kim's that we will discuss in this article.

Japanese grammar, while easy, is one of the most frustrating things for those who learn Japanese. This guide can help you finally understand the irritating particles and grammatical concepts that confuse our heads.

The goal of Tae Kim's guide is to teach Japanese grammar in a rational, intuitive and meaningful way. He does not try to explain the meaning in our language, the focus is to show the point of view of the Japanese language.


This guide is a perfect match with RTK method and are highly recommended together. Tae Kim's classes require that you already have at least knowledge in Hiragana and Katakana.

Where to get Tae Kim's Japanese Grammar Guide

All content made available by Tae Kim's is free on its official website, but you can also purchase the physical book on amazon and study at home. Unfortunately the book is only available in English.

The guide is also available in Portuguese and in many other languages at the following link: guidetojapanese.org/portuguese/

On your English blog you will also find a lot of additional material, including on Korean and Chinese languages. Some also report that the method used by Tae Kim was useful in learning languages other than Asians.


In addition to its main sites, its content for being creative commons, opens a door to several applications and other sites that use the Tae Kim method as inspiration. If you search for it in the Store of your cell phone, you will probably find some application with your grammar guide.

Off: I can't read Tae Kim's name without remembering Tom Keen from BlackList. I'm just watching a crucial moment in the series as I write this article about Tae Kim's.

What will you learn from the tae kim guide?

Tae Kim's guide is complete and will teach you things like:

  • Hiragana and Katakana;
  • State of being in Japanese;
  • Pellets は, も, が;
  • Adjectives;
  • Verbs;
  • Past;
  • Transitive and intransitive verbs;
  • Subordinate clause;
  • Particular particles;
  • Particles related to Nouns [と、や、とか、の];
  • Polished and Radical Verbal Form [~です、 ~ます];
  • The Question Marker [か];
  • forma- て、から、ので、のに、が、けど、し、 ~たりする;
  • Potential Form;
  • Using する and なる with the particle に [~ (よう) になる /する];
  • Conditional [と、なら、ば、たら];
  • Expressing “duty” and “having to” [~だめ、 ~いけない、 ~ならない、 ~ても];
  • Desire and Suggestion [たい、欲しい、 volitival 、 ~たらどう];
  • Defining and Describing [という];
  • Experimenting or trying to do something [~てみる、 volitional + とする];
  • Giving and Receiving [あげる、やる、くれる、もらう];
  • Making orders [、ください、 ~ちょうだい、 ~なさい、 Imperative];
  • Numbers and counters;
  • Passive and Causative Verbs;
  • Honorable and Humble Form;
  • Things that happen without intention [~てしまう、 ~ちゃう / ~じゃう];
  • Special expressions with generic nouns [こと、ところ、もの];
  • Expressing various levels of certainty [かもしれない、でしょう、だろう];
  • Expressing quantities [だけ、のみ、しか、ばかり、すぎる、 Amount + も、ほど、さ];
  • Various ways of expressing similarity and rumors [よう、 ~みたい、 ~そう、 ~そうだ、 ~らしい、 ~っぽい];
  • Using 方 and よる for comparisons and other functions [より、の方、 stem +方、によって、によると];
  • Saying that something is easy or difficult to do [~やすい、 ~にくい];
  • More negative verbs [ないで、ず、 ~ん、ぬ];
  • Hypothesis and Conclusion [わけ、 ~とする];
  • Expressing time-specific actions [ばかり、とたんに、ながら、まくる];
  • Leaving something the way it is [まま、っぱなし];
  • Advanced Topics;
  • Formal Expressions [である、ではない];
  • Things that should be in a certain way [はず、べき、べく、べからず];
  • Expressing the least expectation [でさえ、ですら、おろか];
  • Showing signs of something [~がる、ばかり、 ~めく];
  • Formal expressions of impossibility [~ざるを得ない、やむを得ない、 ~かねる];
  • Trends [~がち、 ~つつ、きらいがある];
  • Advanced Volitives [まい、であろう、かろう];
  • Covered by something [だらけ、まみれ、ずくめ];

Perhaps the topics listed above are inspiring for you to have an idea of what to study in an order that your Japanese is most effective. Several people use at least something of the Tae Kim method in their projects.

Tae kim's grammar - o famoso guia de gramática japonesa

I don't know how Tae Kim's method became popular, not least because I didn't find much information about him on the internet. Still, only one person was able to cause all this popularity on the internet, with a simple blog full of texts.

Tae Kim is proof that the only thing that matters is the content. It is no use for a website to have thousands of images, millions of articles, a flashy designer and many videos. In the end, what matters is how useful and relevant your material has become.


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