Particle は (wa)

The Japanese particle は – wa

Function of the は – wa particle


The particle は – wa indicates  the main topic of a sentence. In English it would be similar to starting a sentence with “as for…”. Most of the times the main topic of the sentence is identical to what is called the subject in English.

How to use the particle は – wa

[topic of the sentence] + [は/wa] + rest of the sentence

Japanese Examples SENTENCES with the particle は – wa

Kanji 先生です。
Furigana わたしせんせいです。
Romaji watashi wa sensei desu.
English I am a teacher. (As for me, I am a teacher.)

Kanji 明日働きます。
Furigana あしたはたらきます。
Romaji ashita wa hatarakimasu.
English Tomorrow I work.

Kanji この映画面白いです。
Furigana このえいがおもしろいです。
Romaji kono eiga wa omoshiroi desu.
English That movie is interesting.

Lessons & tests for the Japanese particle は – wa

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  1. pedrito montemayor says:

    kono eiga wa, (kono means this) can we also use sono eiga wa as translated in the example?

  2. How about “教師” instead of “先生”? The latter is a honorific of a kind, so maybe it is not polite to speak of oneself with the respect that comes with the word…

  3. riti joshi says:

    why we use wa particle?

    • chaitanyaa says:

      it is used to indicate the subject of the sentence.
      for e.g.watashi wa gakusei desu.
      here watashi(i) is the subject or main topic of the sentence.therefore wa is written after it.for things there is a different rule…we use kore sore dore and are…u can search for them.
      for e.g.kore wa nan desuka?(what is this?)
      sore wa shinbun desu.(that is a newspaper)

  4. why do we use ‘ha’ symbol to represent ‘wa’

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