Japanese In Context - Elementary Japanese Course

Learn to to speak, read, and write authentic - and practical Japanese to boost your career or just enrich your life
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  • Lectures 233
  • Length 10 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

Japanese In Context is a unique introductory level course. You will learn to speak, read, write and understand modern, authentic Japanese -- and maybe have some fun along the way.

110 Instructional Video Lessons in 9 Jam-Packed Sections With Over 7 Hours of Content

  • Basic Sounds and Writing Systems
  • People and Things
  • Daily Life Skills
  • Making Descriptions
  • Existence and Object Properties
  • Discussing Actions
  • Using the Past Tense
  • Complex Sentences
  • Japanese in Context
Supplementary Material Including Vocabulary and Grammar Lists with Activities and Solutions, Along With Audio and Video Demonstrations By a Native Japanese Speaker

  • Challenge yourself by writing and reading Japanese
  • Test your skills with a wide variety of written activities
  • Perfect your pronunciation by comparing it to a native speaker's audio recording
  • Watch video demonstrations of how to correctly write Japanese characters

This course is designed to be self-paced but the ambitious student can finish it in 9-10 weeks. Each section is divided into video demonstrations explaining core Japanese concepts in plain English, followed by supplementary vocabulary, activities, audio files and even more video demonstrations carefully showing how to properly write Japanese characters.

All material has been thoroughly reviewed and verified by a professional Japanese language instructor and native speaker.

If you are interested in learning Japanese to boost your career or just for fun, and appreciate a good challenge, this course is for you.

What are the requirements?

  • A desire to learn
  • Whiteboard and marker to conserve paper

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 61 lectures with over 5 hours of content!
  • 49 video demonstrations of how to write Japanese characters with over 2 hours of content by a native speaker!
  • 58 activities with vocabulary and grammar to test your writing and reading skills
  • 55 audio tracks recorded by a native speaker!
  • Understand how to study Japanese in order to become fluent in your own desired way
  • Learn to speak,read and write modern Japanese!

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone with an interest in learning the Japanese language
  • Anyone wanting to boost their career or looking for a new skill

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Basic Sounds and Writing Systems
06:03

For our first lesson, we will be discussing the basic sounds you will find in the Japanese language.

1 page
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
01:59
Listen to basic sounds recorded by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
05:52
Learn all about Japanese kanji (imported Chinese characters), including some short history, what they are used for and how to write them correctly.
1 page
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:19
Listen to the numbers 1-10 recorded by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
01:44
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
02:15
Learn all about the hiragana writing system, including how to write them and what they are used for.
06:05
Watch the hiragana syllabary be written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
1 page
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:19
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
01:07
Learn all about the katakana writing system, including how to write them and what they are used for.
06:54
Watch the katakana syllabary be written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
1 page
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:19
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
04:47
Learn some more Japanese basic sounds including voiced consonants, doubled consonants, long vowels, contracted sounds and what diacritics are.
4 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
02:04
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
06:52
Learn some very important greetings and phrases that you will use on a daily basis.
1 page
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
01:03
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
1 page
Solutions to this section's activities.  It is recommended you have completed all the activities to the best of your ability before looking at these solutions.
Section 2: People and Things
07:26
Learn how to speak about titles, nationality, occupation and family in modern Japanese.
3 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
01:09
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
07:11
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
04:50
Learn how to refer to ourselves and to others with this lesson on personal pronouns.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:11
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
01:27
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
06:34
Learn some fundamental grammar to be able to construct basic sentences and questions.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
03:21
Learn how to make sentences using the Japanese equivalents of "this", "that" and "also."
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:24
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
04:23
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
2 pages
Solutions to this section's activities.  It is recommended you have completed all the activities to the best of your ability before looking at these solutions.
Section 3: Daily Life Skills
03:34
Learn how to confirm and deny information in daily conversation.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:24
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
02:01
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
04:17
Learn how to speak about "who" and the possessive form "whose."
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:23
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
01:17
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
04:24
Learn how to ask "what" and "which" type questions.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:19
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
03:11
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
07:05
Learn how to ask "where" type questions as well as discuss the location of people and things.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:51
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
06:21
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
05:27
Learn how to form more complex numbers and discuss age and money.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:24
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
01:25
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
06:43
Learn how to talk about the time of day.
1 page
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:14
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
02:54
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
04:22
Learn how to inquire about the time of day as well as discuss limits and starting points.
1 page
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:15
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
01:12
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
06:17
Learn how to talk about the days of the week and dates in a month.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
01:37
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
06:40
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
03:30
Learn how to discuss the preferences of yourself and of others.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:36
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
06:11
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
4 pages
Solutions to this section's activities.  It is recommended you have completed all the activities to the best of your ability before looking at these solutions.
Section 4: Making Descriptions
08:29
Learn how to make your Japanese more expressive with this lesson on adjectives.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:48
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
07:47
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
05:13
Learn how to ask about descriptions as well as add some degree to our statements to make them more natural.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:38
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
03:04
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
04:25
Learn about how to treat adjectives as nouns along with some fundamental colors.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:40
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
04:40
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
05:05
Learn how to make your Japanese more natural by adding particles for confirmation and emphasis.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:24
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
00:20
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
03:37
Learn how to describe things with more detail including appearance and talents.
2 pages
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!
00:28
Listen to this lesson's vocabulary read by a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to mimic what you hear out loud while reading along with the written activity to ensure you achieve the best possible pronunciation you can.
04:04
Watch this lesson's vocabulary written out by hand from a native Japanese speaker.  Be sure to follow along with the written activity and to write out everything yourself many times in order to master the stroke order.
04:11
Learn how to make comparisons in Japanese using what we have learned so far.
1 page
This lesson's vocabulary and activities. Do your best!

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Instructor Biography

Christopher Bell, Translator and Language Instructor

My name is Chris and I have been living in Japan for the past ten years working as both a Japanese to English translator and a language instructor.

After studying academic Japanese in university I decided to move to Japan and become a professional translator. My experience includes working for several years in-house at a major Japanese corporation where I was responsible for the translation of documents ranging from the highly technical sphere (machine manuals, factory inspections, scientific papers), to business letters and meetings, all the way to website localization (newsletters, blogs). I was also occasionally called upon for interpretation when it was necessary.

Additionally I have and occasionally work as a freelance translator while not teaching Business English around Tokyo.

I have received training and certification from the SIMUL (language) Academy in the art of translation with a specific focus on Japanese to English, and have successfully passed the second level Japanese proficiency exam which certified and granted me access to work in a Japanese language environment where I was expected to perform at a near native level of comprehension.

With experience working both as a language instructor and as a translator I believe I have a unique insight into the subtleties of and common difficulties of attempting to learn Japanese, and can help you reach your goals in a painless and fun manner.

I also maintain the educational Japanese In Context study group on Facebook. Please join!

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