Japanese conversation for English speakers

A a fun, clear and practical way for English speakers to master Japanese conversation.
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  • Lectures 41
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

My course is aimed at English speakers who would like to learn basic Japanese Conversation. They do not require any prior knowledge of Japanese. I begin by teaching basic grammar so that students can quickly begin to construct their own sentences. Then I teach practical themes like greetings, counting, days of the week, colours, shapes, shopping, ordering and so on, and grammar: pronouns, particles such as 'wa' 'ga' 'no' 'de' and 'ni' , interrogative pronouns, adjectives, verbs, conjugated forms and so on. Each lesson is related to the former lesson, which enables learners to review and learn more. I frequently compare Japanese grammar to English grammar to avoid confusion. At the end of the course, students will be able to hold basic conversations in Japanese.

What are the requirements?

  • The only thing needed is your enthusiasm !

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basic differences between English and Japanese
  • Engage in simple Japanese conversations
  • Understand basic Japanese nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs and grammar
  • Understand days of the week, numbers and time expressions

What is the target audience?

  • Beginners wanting to focus on Japanese conversation should take this course
  • Advanced Japanese Learners should NOT take this course

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Japanese conversation - Entry Level
03:29

You will be able to learn 3 main differences between English and Japanese languages.

  1. Basic Sentence Structure 
  2. Need to be a good listener! 
  3. Subjective or Objective? 
08:55

You will be able to learn how to make simple sentences.

  • 3 Simple Greetings
  • How to say I and you in Japanese
  • Basic Forms (positive / negative / question forms)
07:52

You will be able to learn how to introduce yourself.

  • Simple Introduction: How do you do? ...I'm glad to meet you. 
  •  Nationalities (Japanese / Chinese / American / English)
  • Pronouns: he, she, we, you, and they   
04:48

You will be able to talk about objects depending on the distance between the objects and yourself.

  • Demonstrative Pronouns: 
  1. "Kore" (=this one): objects near speakers
  2. "Sore" (=that one): objects near listeners
  3. "Are" (=that one over there): objects far from speakers and listeners 
  • Demonstrative Pronouns in simple sentences (with Basic Forms)


04:24

You will be able to make questions with "What."

  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Nan" (=what)
  • How to make questions with "Nan"

 

04:55

You will be able to learn days of the week.

  • Days of the Week (from Monday to Sunday)
  • Days of the Week in simple sentences (with Basic Forms)
  • How to ask "What day is today?"


05:12

You will be able to learn how to add details on objects with Particle 'no.'

  • Japanese Particles - small words that indicate relations of words within a sentence
  • Particle 'no' - following the proceeding nouns and modifying the following nouns
  • Possession 'no' - indicating possession 
04:49

You will be able to learn more about Possession 'no.'

  • Possession 'no' can omit the following nouns
  • Demonstrative Pronouns (2): "Kono" "Sono" and "Ano" + Nouns 
06:39

You will be able to learn Particle 'to' and 'mo.'

  • Particle 'to' (=and) - jointing nouns / pronouns
  • Particle 'mo' (=also, too, as well) - showing inclusion in positive forms
  • Particle 'mo' (=not...either) - showing inclusion in negative forms
05:41

You will be able to say your family members and introduce them politely.

  • How to say family members in causal and polite ways 
  • How to introduce family members politely 
05:13

You will be able to make questions with "Who."

  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Dare" (=who)
  • How to make questions with "Dare"
  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Donata" (=who) that is politer than "Dare"
  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Dare" + Possession 'no' (=whose) + Nouns 
04:44

You will be able to learn vocabulary (body parts and directions) and Particle 'ne' and 'yo.'

  • Body parts (body, head, legs, arms... face, eyes, nose...,etc.)
  • Directions (right, left, front and back) 
  • Particle 'ne' - asking for confirmation or agreement for listeners 
  • Particle 'yo' - telling something important for listeners with confidence  
06:55

You will be able to learn numbers and more time expressions

  • Numbers (1 - 10)
  • Numbers (11 - 100)
  • Time Expressions (yesterday, tomorrow and months of the year) 
05:45

You will be able to learn vocabulary (colours and shapes) and shopping conversation.

  • Colours (red, blue, yellow, purple, brown, green, black, white and pink)
  • Shapes (circule, square, triangle, trapezoid and rhombus) 
  • Shopping - how to order at the shop
12:08

You will be able to learn Aadjectives.

  • I-Adjectives - the last sound is 'i
  • Na-Adjectives - the last sound is Not 'i' 
  • Adjectives (I-Adjective and Na-Adjectives) - often used in a daily conversation
06:39

You will be able to use Adjectives in sentences.

  • I-Adjectives in sentences - (postive / negative / questions forms)
  • Na- Adjectives in sentences - (positive / negative / questions forms)

 

05:52

You will be able to learn more expressions with Adjectives.

  • Adjectives (I-Adjectivs / Na-Adjectivs ) + Nouns
  • Adverbs for Adjectives - "totemo" (=very) / "sukoshi" (=a little) 
08:48

You will be able to learn Particle 'o' and Verbs showing present / future tense.

  • Particle 'o' - following direct objects of verbs 
  • Verbs: Masu-form (positive / negative / question forms)
  • Verbs: Masu-form - showing present / future tense 
  •  Time Expressions for present / future tense  
05:00

You will be able to make questions with "What" (2).

  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Nani"  (=what) + Particle 'o' + Verbs
  • Interrogative Pronouns: "Nan" and "Nani"  
06:41

You will be able to learn shorten answers to questions.

  • "Desu" as a substitute of verb in the answer to What questions
  • Comparison: answers to What questions and Yes/No questions
05:07

You will be able to learn "and" that joints sentences.

  • Conjunction "Soshite" (=and) - jointing sentences <-> Particle 'to' - joining nouns / pronouns
  • Particle 'mo' - showing inclusion (2) 
04:19

You will be able to point to places depending on the distance and make questions with "Where."

  • Demonstrative Pronouns: "Koko" (=here), "Soko" (=there) and "Asoko" (=over there)
  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Doko" (=where)
07:04

You will be able to learn expressions of positional relationships.

  • Expressions of Positional Relationships (on / under / right / left / in / outside ... in the center, etc.)
  • Expressions of Positional Relationships in sentences
04:08

You will be able to learn Particle 'ni.'

  • Particle 'ni' with moving action verbs - showing a destination / direction of the action (= to)
  • Particle 'ni' in sentences 
06:50

You will be able to learn Particle 'ni' (2).

  • Particle 'ni' - following indirect objects of verbs <-> Particle 'o' - following direct objects of verbs
  • Particle 'ni' in sentences 
06:07

You will be able to learn past tense of verbs.

  • Verbs: Mashita-form - showing past tense  <-> Masu-form - showing present / future tense 
  • Verbs: Mashita-form (positive / negative / question forms) 
  • Time Expressions for past tense 
05:36

You will be able to learn adverbs with verbs.

  • Adverb "takusan" (= a lot ) with verbs in positive / question forms 
  • Adverb "amari" (=not much / many) with verbs in negative forms,                                                                        Adverb "amari" (=not so ) with adjectives in negative forms 
06:25

You will be able to learn Particle 'de' (1).

  • Particle 'de' - indicating a place of the action (=in / at) 
  • Comparison: Place + Particle 'de' and Place + Particle 'ni'
  • Particle 'de' in sentences 
  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Doko" + 'de' 
04:43

You will be able to learn Interrogative Pronoun: When.

  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Itsu" (=when)
  • Interrogative Pronoun: "Itsu" in questions and shorten answers  
04:13

You will be able to learn suggestion forms of verbs.

  • Verbs: Mashoo-form - showing suggestions (= Let's... / Shall we...? / Shall I ...? ) 
  • Verbs: Mashoo-form ( positive / question forms) 
06:02

You will be able to learn present perfect form of verbs.

  • "Moo" + Verbs: Mashita-form - showing present perfect (=have already / yet done)
  • "Moo" + Verbs: Mashita-form (positive / question forms) 
  • "Mada desu" (=not yet) - shorten negative forms  


05:24

You will be able to learn clock time.

  • How to tell time - O'clock: Numbers + "Ji 
  • How to tell time - Minute(s): Numbers + "Fun" ( there are some exceptions)
  • How to ask time - what time is it? 


09:45

You will be able to learn Particle 'ni' (3) with time expressions.

  • Particle 'ni'  - following clock time (=at)
  • Particle 'ni'  - following days of the week (=on)
  • Particle 'ni'  - following year / seasons (=in) 
  • Particle 'ni'  with time expressions in sentences
06:05

You will be able to learn Particle 'de' (2).

  • Particle 'de' with vehicles / languages / instrument - showing ways / means of the action (=by / in / with)
  • Particle 'de' with vehicles / languages / instrument in sentences
04:51

You will be able to learn Adverbs (2).

  • Adverb "zenzen" with verbs / adjectives in negative forms (= not...at all)
  • Adverb "motto"  with verbs in positive / question forms (= more) - comparative form of "takusan"
06:59

You will be able to learn desire form of verbs.

  • Desire form: Tai-desu form - showing speakers' desire or asking listeners' desire
  • Desire form: Tai-desu form (postive / negative / question forms) *the same as I-Adjective conjugation 
  • Desire form: Tai-desu form in sentences
03:36

You will be able to learn Particle 'ni' (4).

  • Particle 'ni' with the following 3 verbs* - showing the place for existing / remaining still after the action                                   *"nori-masu"(= ride), "suwari-masu" (= sit ) and "i-masu" (= stay)  
07:56

You will be able to learn past tense of Adjectives.

  • Past tense of I-Adjectives (positive / negative / question forms)
  • Past tense of desire form: Tai-desu form (positive / negative / question forms) 
  • Past tense of Na-Adjectives (positive / negative / question forms)
  • Past tense of I-Adjectives / Na-adjectives in sentences  
05:53

You will be able to learn Conjunctions.

  • Conjunction "Demo" and "Ga" (= but / though / although)
  • Conjunction "Demo" and "Ga" in sentences
  • Conjunction "Sorekara" (= after that / and then)



05:01

You will be able to learn Adverbs (3).

  • Adverb "chotto" with adjectives / Verbs (= a little)  *the same as Adverb "sukoshi" (= a little)
  • Adverb "chotto" before nouns (= a little bit of ) 
  • Adverb "dake" following nouns (= only / just)
  • Adverb "chotto + dake" (= just a little)  *it can omit the following nouns.
19:23

You will be able to review all the lessons in Section 1.

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Instructor Biography

Aki Moritani, Japanese Teacher

Over the years I have created and refined a Japanese learning programme for English speakers which includes my own custom illustrations. Through teaching this material for several years, it has been refined to what it is today - a fun, clear and practical way for English speakers to master Japanese conversation. 

I currently teach private students in the United Kingdom. I have previously worked as a Japanese teacher assistant in Sand Lake Elementary School in Alaska, USA. I successfully completed the CELTA course and have earned several teaching certificates.

I am committed to providing professional but fun Japanese language lessons for English speakers.

EDUCATION:
• Ochanomizu University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Liberal Arts and Humanities, Philosophy, Ethics, and Art History Course Bachelor’s degree, 03/2006)

CERTIFICATIONS:
• National Teaching Certifications: Social Study at Junior High School / High School, 03/2006
• National Teaching Certifications: English at Junior High School, 02/2012
• MOS Excel 2010 Expert Certification 12/2011
• MOS PowerPoint 2010 Certification 01/2012
• Cambridge University CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), 15/11/2014
• The 420 hour Advanced Japanese Teacher Training Course, 12/07/2015


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