This course is for the impatient person who wants to use Japanese today when reading magazines,Internet sites,manga,signs,etc. Additionally, this course could be useful for fans of Japanese tv shows and movies. I will teach the student a basic strategy in reading and understanding Japanese today.
This course includes videos and print-outs. I estimate that this course will take about a month to complete.
In the course, the student can expect an overview of the layout and patterns of magazines,manga,books,the Internet,DVD,food labels,signs.
Learn the basics of how the month, day, and year are shown on Japanese magazines
All the examples from lectures 1 thru 3 handwritten-printout included
Here I philosophize on the benefits of using paper and pencil for your reading practice
Some tips on where to get various media for practice
The Ipod Touch/Iphone gives you the option to turn on the Japanese keyboard,making learning to read easier than ever
Step-by-step instructions to turn on the Japanese keyboard
This is my big-picture framework that brings visual clarity to the language
Introduction to wa, ga, ni, no, wo
Writing demo of wa, and a visual
Writing demo of ga, and a visual
Writing demo of ni, and a visual
Writing demo of no, and a visual
Writing demo of wo, and a visual
A look at a Japanese sentence seen in a magazine
Use a pencil(or highlighter) to circle wa, ga, ni, no, and wo in every sentence you encounter
I give a brief intro on how I go about drawing the Frequent Five encountered in a sentence
See the clues in a sentence that tell you if you're looking at a verb
See how Google Translate is a tool for reading websites fast.
The Yellow Highlighter matches words between English and Japanese;it also gives you a sense of word order.
Another feature of Google Translate is the ability to write the Japanese characters using a mouse. You save paper, and get an instant translation of the printed text found in magazines,mangas, and books.
Good websites to get your feet wet in the world of online reading.
One of the very first words you'll bump into online is SEARCH.
Methods that make it easier to think about the 3 ways of writing Japanese.
Learn this skill to spell kanji from memory.
An over-looked truth about Japanese and other languages.
For about 10 years,I've been a student of the Japanese language. I want to show students how to get a working knowledge of Japanese TODAY! My Japanese is primarily self-taught,with a few university courses under my belt.
When I started out on the road to Japanese mastery,it was full of long, winding paths and blind alleyways. But I kept searching for better and faster methods to fluency. This course is the fruits of my labor. Enjoy!