Japanese Songs
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 Level 1
Musunde Hiraite Hands are Handy 
  V-te form
Haru ga Kita Spring Has Come
  V-ta form, V-ru(dictionary form)
Usagi Rabbit 
  V-te form, V-ru(dictionary form)
Hana Ichi-monme Hana Ichi-monme 
  V-te form, V-nai form, V-masho(suggestion form of -masu)/ spoken language
Hinomaru National Flag of Japan 
  V-te form, Adj-ku(adverbial form)
Yurikago no Uta Cradle Song 
  V-ru(dictionary form)
 
 Level 2
Hiraita Hiraita Blooming
  V-ta form, ...tara(if/when ...)
Tsuki Moon 
  V-ta form, ...yo(look like ...)
Koinobori Carp Streamers 
  V-te iru(be V-ing), ...yori(than ...), ...so (look like ...) / spoken language
Cho-cho Butterflies 
  imperative form, ...tara(if/when ...)
Ho Ho Hotaru Koi Firefly Catching 
  imperative form / spoken language
Shabondama Soap Bubbles
  V-ta form, V-te form, V-zu ni(negative -te form), V-na(prohibitive form), V-u(volitional form)
     / spoken language
Nanatsu no Ko Crow
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-te form, V-ta form, ...n da (explanatory ending) / spoken language
 
 Level 3
Suzume no Gakko The Sparrows' Music School 
  V-masu V-masu(repeated action), V-te form, V-nai form / spoken language
Hato The Pigeon 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V(imperative form), V-te form), ...nara(if/when `) / spoken language
Kamome no Suihei-san Seagulls, the Sailor-men
  V-ta form, V-te form, V-te iru(be V-ing) / spoken language
Koganemushi Mister Golden Beetle 
  V-ta form, V-te form, causative
Usagi no Dansu Dancing Rabbits
  V-masu V-masu(repeated action), V-te form, V-ru(dictionary form)
Shojoji no Tanuki-bayashi The Raccoon in Shojoji Temple
  V-te form, V(imperative form), V-na(prohibitive form) / spoken language
Katatsumuri The Snail
  V-ru(dictionary form), V(imperative form)
Akai Kutsu Red Shoes
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-te form, V-te iru (be V-ing), V-te shimau(completion of action),
     passive, ...n da(explanatory ending), ...daro(I suppose ...), ...tabi(each time ...) / spoken language
 
 Level 4
Fuji-san Mount Fuji 
  V-masu form, V-te form, V-ru(dictionary form), Adj-ku(adverbial form)
Haru no Ogawa Brook in Spring Time 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V(imperative form),V-masu form, Adj-ku(adverbial form),
     ... nagara(while doing ...)
Aoi Me no Ningyo Doll with Blue Eyes
  V-ta form, V-nai form, V-te form, V-te iru(be V-ing),
     V-te kureru(expression of giving and receiving), ... toki(when ...), ... tara(if/when ...)
     spoken language, obsolete expression
Yuki Snow 
  V-te wa(repeated action), V-masu form, V-ru(dictionary form), Adj-ku(adverbial form),
     ... temo(even if`), classical grammar: V-nu(negative form)
Kutsu ga Naru Shoes Squeak 
  V-te form, V-ba(conditional form),V-ta form, V-ru(dictionary form),
     V-te wa(repeated action), spoken language, baby talk
Haru yo Koi Waiting for Spring 
  V(imperative form), V-ta form, V-te form, V-te iru(be V-ing), V-hajimeru(begin to V),
     V-tai(want to V), Adj-ku(adverbial form) / spoken language, baby talk
Komori-uta Cradle Song 
  V-ta form, V-te form, V-nasai*(imperative expression) / spoken language, baby talk
 
 Level 5
Kin-taro The Powerful Boy, Kin-taro 
  V-te form, V-masu form
Anta-gata doko sa? Where are you from? 
  V-te form, V(imperative form) / spoken language
Sei-kurabe Who's Taller 
  V-masu V-masu(repeated action), V-ta form), V-ba(conditional form),
     V-ru(dictionary form), V-te form, V-te kureru(expression of giving and receiving),
     V-te iru(be V-ing), ...temo(even if ...), ...sae(even ...) / spoken language
Usagi to Kame The Hare and the Tortoise 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-ta form, ... hodo ... nai(comparative expression), honorifics,
     ... temo(even if ...), ... daro(I suppose ...)C... sugiru(too ...) / spoken language
Cha-tsumi Picking Tea Leaves 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-masu form, V(imperative form), V-nai form,
     V-tsutsu (while doing ...)CV-neba maranu(must do), ... ba* (if `)
     / spoken language, classical grammar: V-nu(negative form)
Ame-furi Rainfall 
  V(imperative form), V-u(volitional form), V-ru(dictionary form), V-te form
     V-masho(suggestion form of -masu), V-te iru(be V-ing), ... n da(explanatory ending)
     spoken language
 
 Level 6
Momiji Autumn Colors 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-masu form), passive, V-te form)
Mura-matsuri A Village Feast 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-te form)
Momo-taro The Miracle Boy, Momo-taro 
  V-ta form, V-masho(suggestion form of -masu, V-te form), V-ru(dictionary form),
     V(imperative form), V-masu form, V-te shimau(completion of action),
     ... nara(if it is the case that ...)
Mushi no Koe Cricket Songs 
  V-masu form, V-ru(dictionary form, V-te form, V-ta form),
     V-te iru(be V-ing), V-dasu(begin to V), V-tosu(keep V-ing)
Soran-bushi Soran-bushi 
  V-ta form, V-ba(conditional form), V-ru(dictionary form), V(imperative form),
     ... nara(if it is true that `) / spoken language, classical grammar: V-nu(negative form)
Kagome Kagome Kagome Kagome
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-ta form / classical vocabulary
     / The true meaning of the song is not understood.
Zui Zui Zukkorobashi Zui Zui Zukkorobashi 
  passive, V-te form, V-ta form, V-tara(if/when ...), ...temo(even if `)/ spoken language)
     / The true meaning of the song is not understood.
 
 Level 7
Hana-saka-jijii The Dog & The Honest Old Man 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-ta form, V-te form, V-ba(conditional form), V-masu form,
     passive / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Urashima-taro The Turtle & Urashima-taro 
  V-ta form, passive, V-te form, V-ba(conditional form), V(potential form)
     V-nai form, V-ru(dictionary form), Adj-ku(A and ...), ... bakari(only ...)
     / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Ichi-gatsu Tsuitachi January1 
  V-te form, V-ru(dictionary form), ... goto(every ...)
     / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Toryanse Go Through
  V-te form, V-masu form, honorifics, ... nagaramo(thogh ...)
     / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Hamabe no Uta At the Shore 
  V-ba, (conditional form), V-ru(dictionary form), V-reru*(spontaneous form)
     / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Sakura Sakura Cerry Blossoms 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-masu form), V-u*(volitional form), ... kagiri(as far as ...)
     / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Furusato My Hometown
  V-ta form*, V-te form), V-masu form, V-ru(dictionary form), V-u*(volitional form)
     ... gatai(it is hard to ...)
     / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Ho Ho Hotaru Koi Firefly Catching 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-masu form, V-te form, V-tsutsu(while doing ...)
     / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
 
 Level 8
Kimigayo Kimigayo 
  V-te form* / Primarily classical vocabulary
Aogeba Totoshi Graduation Song
  V-ba(conditional form), V-ta form*, V-ru(dictionary form)
     / The song contains a lot of classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Kokiriko-bushi Kokiriko-bushi 
  V(imperative form), V-ru(dictionary form),V-u(volitional form), V-ba(conditional form),
     V-te form, V(potential form), V-nai form, V-masu form), V-te wa(repeated action)
     Toyama dialect, spoken language, obsolete expression)
Oborozuki-yo Night with a Hazy Moon
  V-masu form, V-ru(dictionary form), V-ba(conditional form), V-te form*
     / The song contains some classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Ware wa Umi no Ko Son of the Sea 
  V-ru(dictionary form), V-te form, V-masu form, V-ta form*, Adj-ku(adverbial form)
     / The song contains a lot of classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Kuroda-bushi Kuroda-bushi 
  V (imperative form), V-ru(dictionary form), V-masu form, V-te form),
     V-ba(conditional form), V-nai form*, ... naraba(if ...), ... hodo(so ... that ...)
     / The song contains a lot of classical grammar and classical vocabulary.
Hakone Hachi-ri Mount Hakone 
  V-nai form*, V-masu form, V-ru(dictionary form), V-ta form*
     / The song contains a lot of classical grammar, classical vocabulary and Chinese words.
 
 The forms maked with an * in the explanation section of the vocabulary list are presentedin a diffrent
 form that originally appeared in the lyrics, such as a modern form of a classical grammar form.

: sung by KOYAMA Kate


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