Particle は (wa)

The Japanese particle は – wa

Function of the は – wa particle

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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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