# Japanese - Frequently Asked Questions

Hanging around Japanese learning communities, I see the following questions all the time. In most cases, the answer is always the same and it involves a quick link to a page with (what I consider) the best explanation currently available.

Since this process of linking these pages is often automatic (most of these are bot commands in the #japanese_questions channel in the EJLX server), I figured I’d just collect all of them here too for people to browse.

NOTE: If you think you have a better resource to link, please let me know via any kind of social media (Morg) and I’ll give it a look/update this page.

If what you’re looking for is not here, consider also reading the page.

## General Questions

### Is Genki / Tae Kim good?

• Yes and yes. They are some of the most common learning resources, you can’t go wrong with them. Don’t worry too much about finding what is best, just start learning and stick to it.

### Why is こんにちは pronounced konnichiwa?

• こんにちは used to be part of a longer sentence in which は was the particle, so when it got shortened to just a greeting it stayed like that.
• Same for こんばんは.

## Grammar Questions

### What is the difference between 小さい and 小さな / 大きい and 大きな?

• Read this stackexchange post
• Quick summary: the “な variant” can only go before a noun, not after.
• The meaning is almost the same, don’t worry too much about it.

## Trivia Questions

### Why is “lol” w or 草?

• To laugh is 笑う
• 笑う -> わらう -> warau -> w
• Lots of laughs, lots of w
• wwwwww kinda looks like grass
• Grass = 草