Sing with Keiko and Learn Japanese 1
- Have a computer with Internet Connection with Anti-Virus protection, Newer Computer Operating System, Recent Web Browser, a speaker and a microphone. Basic Recording tool, such as free software, Audacity.
Are you interested in learning Japanese and want to sing and learn Japanese at the same time? Do you want to learn to read Hiragana, one of the Japanese writing systems?
General Description for This Online Course
This is a five week Japanese course for students who enjoy learning through singing, and who has not learned Japanese in the past. Each week, students will learn a song, and develop Japanese proficiency in listening, reading, and speaking based on the lyrics. Students will develop pronunciation skill, build vocabulary words, and basic grammar skill in a few simple words, phrases, and sentences. The hand writing of Hiragana will not be covered in this course; however, this course will focus on reading Japanese Hiragana by using Roman letters, called Roomaji. Understanding how to read hiragana and write in roomaji will help students to be able to type in Japanese on a computer to communicate in today’s global society.
By the end of the 5 week course, students will be able to sing fives songs and understand about:
Week 1: Japanese writing system: Hiragana Japanese phonetic sounds.
Week 2: Greetings in formal and informal setting.
Week 3: Self Introduction
Week 4: Obtaining information: What do you call in Japanese?
Week 5: Asking about your surrounding object: This, That, That Over There. Asking the origin. Where is it from?
It is my hope that students will enjoy learning the language through singing, and apply their learned Japanese from this class to their daily life.
- This is a 5 week course designed for learners who enjoy singing and want to learn Japanese language for the first time. The hand writing of Hiragana will not be covered in this course; however, this course will focus on reading Japanese Hiragana by using Roomaji, called Roman letters. Understanding how to read hiragana and write in roomaji will help students to be able to type in Japanese on a computer to communicate in today’s global society.
- Article: Course Introduction01:32
- Week 1: Japanese writing system: Hiragana, Japanese phonetic sounds.12:09
- AIUEO Hiragana Song with Guitar Chords01:26
- How to Record Your Voice in Karaoke mp3 using Audacity14:43
- Week 2: Greetings in formal and informal setting18:51
- Greeting Song With Lyrics and Guitar Chords02:20
- How to Type in Hiragana on Your Computer With Windows Using IME Keyboard01:56
- Week 3: Self Introduction10:05
- Introducing for the first time Song With Lyrics, Name Blanks, and Guitar Chords03:26
- Week 4: Obtaining information: What do you call in Japanese?14:41
- Week 5: Asking about your surrounding object: This, That, That Over There19:22
- This, That, That Over There Song with Lyrics and Guitar Chords02:49
Hello, everyone. I am Keiko Takenaka, Japanese teacher in this online 5-week Introductory Japanese course, Sing with Keiko and Japanese 1. I grew up in Kumamoto, Japan, where it is known for its nature.
After I graduated from high school, I went to the U.S. to study abroad. I studied Bachelor in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and Master in Japanese at San Francisco State University.
It is my passion to teach Japanese language and culture, and I taught Japanese at U.S public schools for more than 5 years. Another passion besides teaching is playing guitar and singing, and I truly enjoy incorporating music in language instruction.