003: What is a Tengu?

This is where the story starts picking up.


This week we are going to learn about another particle. This particle is in the top three of how commonly it is used. That is the possessive/Connective Particle の. No or のis often attributed to something like the ” ‘s ” in English, but it is important to make sure you do not directly translate particles. Doing so will get you in trouble faster than it will help you.


Below are a number of examples of how No can be used. 


A possesses B. 

ジョーダン の じてんしゃ

Jordan’s Bike  


A is a specific type of B. 

ホンダ の くるま

Honda Car


 A made B. 

サラ の サンドウィッチ

Sara’s Sandwich


A is made of B. 

もくざい の ふね

Wooden Ship  


B of A 

にほん の たいし

Ambassador of Japan  


In each case you can see that that there is a connection between what is mentioned first and what の connects it too. In lay man’s terms の is used to indicate a connection or relationship between the two things. An important thing to also remember is that の also has another meaning that we will talk about another day. However , for simplicity’s sake, keep in mind that if the particle の is at the end of a sentence it typically means something different which we will talk about again later. 

学校 がっこう School

どう – How

だった – Past Tense 

楽しかった (たのしかった) Fun (past tense)

ああ – ahh

よかった – Good (past)

よ – !

でも – but

担任 (たんにん) Homeroom

の – ‘s

吉野先生 (よしのせんせい) Yoshino Sensei

が – Subject Marker

ちょっと – a little

変 (へん) – Strange

なん – What

だ – Predicate

よ – !

ね – huh

天狗 (てんぐ) – Tengu

を – Object Marker

絶対に (ぜったいに) Without Exception

信頼して (しんらいして) Trust

は – Topic Marker

だめ – Bad

よ – !

ええ – EEe

どういう – What 

こと – Intangible thing

“What the heck was that?!” 

*Masa and Yukiko (Mom) can see Yokai but Shunnosuke (Dad) a Natsuki cannot.


Just so you know… 

What do you know about Tengu and Yokai? Learn More about them on our blog. 

一体 (いったい) “in the world”

何者 (なにもの) What person

なん – what

だ – predicate

A fun note: Japanese People refer to each-other with different suffixes. While there are many the most common is the word “-san” which is often compared to Mr. or Ms. However, there are also suffixes like:


Chan – Used for Women and young people

Kun – Used with handsome younger people, usually boys

Sama – Highest form of respect. USed after important people

Sensei – Teacher

Kohai – Under-classman

Senpai – Upper- classman 

これから – From Now

サッカー部 (ぶ) – Soccer Club

マネージャー – Manager

頑張って (がんばって) – Do your Best

ね – sharing information

分からない (わからない) – To understand ( neg

事 (こと) – thing

が – subject Marker

あったら – If you have

何 なに – What

でも – but

俺 (おれ) – I (male informal)

に – Directional Marker

聞いて (きいて) Hear/Ask

頑張ります (がんばります) – I’ll do my best

たけぞう先輩 (せんぱい) – Upperclassman

が – Subject Marker

いてくれて – To have asked

よかった – Good (past Tense)

です – Predicate

明日 (あした) Tomorrow

の – ‘s

夜 (よる) Night/Evening

ちょっと – a little bit

時間 (じかん) Time

ある – To have

一緒に (いっしょに) – Together

散歩 (さんぽ) – a walk

でも – But

行かない – To Go (neg)

部の事 (ぶ) の (こと) – Soccer club thing

とか – Things like

色々 (いろいろ) – Various

話したい (はなしたい) To Talk (to want to talk)

し – And

もちろん – Of Course

です – Predicate

時間 (じかん) – Time

あります – To have

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