18 Common Japanese Verbs to Describe Activities 

The verbs (Doshi/どうし・動詞)Part 2

Below are possible activities I or you may take, which outlined, just a general idea. When we describe what to do, we use the verb + masu form.

A. The verb + masu. For example, to pray, we say “Inori masu”

B. The object o verb + masu. For example, to sing a song, we say uta o utai masu.

  • TO PRAY

    いのります・祈ります

    Inorimasu

  • TO DO  EXERCISE

    うんどうをする・運動をする

    Undo o shimasu

  • TO STROLL

    さんぽします・散歩します

    Sanpo shimasu

  • TO RUN

    はしります・走ります

    Hashirimasu

  • TO SING A SONG

    うたをうたいます・歌を唄います

    Uta o utaimasu

  • TO DANCE

    おどります・踊ります

    Odorimasu

  • TO DRIVE A CAR 

    くるまをうんてんします・車を運転します

    Kuruma o unten shimasu

  • TO RIDE A BUS

    ばすにのります・バスに乗ります

    Basu ni norimasu

  • TO PHONE /MAKE A PHONE CALL 

    でんわします・電話します

    Denwa shimasu

  • TO GO TO HAWAII 

    はわいにいきます・ハワイに 行きます

    Hawai ni ikimasu

  • TO SWIM 

    およぎます・泳ぎます

    Oyogimasu

  • TO TAKE A PHOTO 

    しゃしんをとります・写真を とります

    Shashin o torimasu

  • TO COOK  

    りょうりします・料理します

    Ryouri shimasu

  • TO PLAY A GUITAR/PIANO 

    ぎたー・ぴあのをひきます・ギター・ピアノを弾きます

    gita/piano o hikimasu

  • TO BUY FLOWERS 

    はなをかいます・花を買います

    Hana o kaimasu

  • TO MAKE A MUSIC SHEET 

    がくふをつくります。楽譜を作ります 

    Gakufu o tukurimasu

  • TO THINK

    かんがえます・考えます

    Kangaemasu

  • TO LEARN MUSIC SYMBOLS

    おんぷをまなびます・音符を学びます 

    Onpu o manabimasu

The above verbs are all positive tenses, to make negative form, for example , do not eat, we say tabemasen. Replace “masu” to “masen”.

POSITIVE TENSENEGATIVE TENSE
EAT tabe masu たべますDO NOT EAT tabe masen たべません

The same systematic way is adapted for other verbs.

For the next blog I will cover how to make a past tense as well.

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About mkchatinjapanese

I am a native Japanese who teaches Japanese to non-Japanese speaker as a private tutor. Teach from a beginner to Intermediate level. location in London.
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