The topic particle は lets someone know what we're talking about in the sentence.

The topic particle は lets someone know what we’re talking about in the sentence.

Usually the Hiragana は is pronounced ha but when it’s used as a particle, it’s pronounced wa.

Examples

For example, in this sentence, it indicates that we’re talking about a dog.

いぬおおきいです。
The dogbigis.
The dog is big.

In this example, we’re talking about me/myself.

わたしコーヒーがきです。
Icoffeelike.
I like coffee.

In this example, we’re talking about ‘today’.

今日きょう火曜日かようびです。
TodayTuesdayis.
Today is Tuesday.

Don’t say it too often

The benefit of using the は particle, is that once you’ve declared what you’re talking about, you don’t need to specify it again, because it’s already implied.

ねこかわいいです。
The catcuteis.
The cat is cute.

Now that we know we’re talking about a cat, we don’t need to redefine it.

小さいです。
Smallis.
(It’s) small.
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