How to Read Japanese for Impatient People
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How to Read Japanese for Impatient People

The good stuff now. Boring stuff later. Get a taste of useful Japanese in print,video, and the Internet TODAY!
2.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
53 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course, you will have various techniques in reading Japanese with ease. In this course, you will learn to read basic info on a magazine cover,how to use wikipedia in Japanese, and the benefits of an Ipod touch,Iphone for learning.
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  • paper,pencil,printer

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • The Impatient beginner
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Curriculum For This Course
Magazine Issue Dates and Basic Info
19 Lectures 33:54

Learn the basics of how the month, day, and year are shown on Japanese magazines

Preview 01:24

More variations on month and year

Preview 00:37

Month,day, and year format for weekly magazine

Preview 00:42

All the examples from lectures 1 thru 3 handwritten-printout included

Preview 03:02

Here I philosophize on the benefits of using paper and pencil for your reading practice

Preview 01:30

Some tips on where to get various media for practice

Where to buy Japanese Magazines,Books,DVDs

The Ipod Touch/Iphone gives you the option to turn on the Japanese keyboard,making learning to read easier than ever

The Ipod Touch: It Speeds Up Reading/Typing

Step-by-step instructions to turn on the Japanese keyboard

The Ipod Touch: How to Turn on Japanese Keyboard

This is my big-picture framework that brings visual clarity to the language

Preview 03:20

Introduction to wa, ga, ni, no, wo

The Frequent Five: The Five Words that Appear in Almost All Japanese Sentences

Writing demo of wa, and a visual

More on Wa

Writing demo of ga, and a visual

More on Ga

Writing demo of ni, and a visual

More on Ni

Writing demo of no, and a visual

More on No

Writing demo of wo, and a visual

More on Wo

A look at a Japanese sentence seen in a magazine

Your Taste of Real Japanese

Use a pencil(or highlighter) to circle wa, ga, ni, no, and wo in every sentence you encounter

Make It a Habit to Circle the Frequent Five

I give a brief intro on how I go about drawing the Frequent Five encountered in a sentence

Draw and Label What You Circle

See the clues in a sentence that tell you if you're looking at a verb

How to Spot Verbs
The Internet
8 Lectures 14:26

See how Google Translate is a tool for reading websites fast.

How to Use Google Translate(laptop/desktop)

The Yellow Highlighter matches words between English and Japanese;it also gives you a sense of word order.

Use the Yellow Highlighter in Google Translate

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.

Practice Writing in Japanese with Google Translate

Good websites to get your feet wet in the world of online reading.

The 3 Main Websites for Practice

One of the very first words you'll bump into online is SEARCH.

The Word SEARCH is Frequently Found on Japanese Webpages

Methods that make it easier to think about the 3 ways of writing Japanese.

Clues About Japanese Writing

Learn this skill to spell kanji from memory.

How to Spell and Remember Kanji: Intro

An over-looked truth about Japanese and other languages.

The Key to Japanese(or Any Language)
About the Instructor
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53 Students
1 Course
Mostly self-taught instructor

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!