Japanese In Context - Elementary Japanese Course
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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
4.5 (158 ratings)
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Created by Christopher Bell
Last updated 3/2017
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Includes:
  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
  • 26 mins on-demand audio
  • 67 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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!
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Requirements
  • A desire to learn
  • Whiteboard and marker to conserve paper
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.

Who 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
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Basic Sounds and Writing Systems
22 Lectures 47:42

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

Preview 06:03

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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.
Preview 01:59

Learn all about Japanese kanji (imported Chinese characters), including some short history, what they are used for and how to write them correctly.
Preview 05:52

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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.
Preview 00:19

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.
Preview 01:44

Learn all about the hiragana writing system, including how to write them and what they are used for.
Preview 02:15

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.
Preview 06:05

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Preview 00:19

Learn all about the katakana writing system, including how to write them and what they are used for.
Preview 01:07

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.
Preview 06:54

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Preview 00:19

Learn some more Japanese basic sounds including voiced consonants, doubled consonants, long vowels, contracted sounds and what diacritics are.
Preview 04:47

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Preview 4 pages

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Preview 02:04

Learn some very important greetings and phrases that you will use on a daily basis.
Preview 06:52

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Preview 01:03

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.
Preview 1 page
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People and Things
15 Lectures 36:56
Learn how to speak about titles, nationality, occupation and family in modern Japanese.
JIC 02-01 Titles, Nationality, Occupation and Family
07:26

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JIC 02-01 Activities
3 pages

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JIC 02-01 Audio
01:09

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JIC 02-01 Kanji Corner
07:11

Learn how to refer to ourselves and to others with this lesson on personal pronouns.
JIC 02-02 Personal Pronouns
04:50

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JIC 02-02 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 02-02 Audio
00:11

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JIC 02-02 Kanji Corner
01:27

Learn some fundamental grammar to be able to construct basic sentences and questions.
JIC 02-03 Simple Statements and Questions
06:34

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JIC 02-03 Activities
2 pages

Learn how to make sentences using the Japanese equivalents of "this", "that" and "also."
JIC 02-04 This, That and Also
03:21

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JIC 02-04 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 02-04 Audio
00:24

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JIC 02-04 Kanji Corner
04:23

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.
JIC 02 Activity Solutions
2 pages
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Daily Life Skills
37 Lectures 01:21:54
Learn how to confirm and deny information in daily conversation.
JIC 03-01 Saying Yes and No
03:34

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JIC 03-01 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 03-01 Audio
00:24

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JIC 03-01 Kanji Corner
02:01

Learn how to speak about "who" and the possessive form "whose."
JIC 03-02 Who and Whose
04:17

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JIC 03-02 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 03-02 Audio
00:23

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JIC 03-02 Kanji Corner
01:17

Learn how to ask "what" and "which" type questions.
JIC 03-03 What and Which
04:24

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JIC 03-03 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 03-03 Audio
00:19

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JIC 03-03 Kanji Corner
03:11

Learn how to ask "where" type questions as well as discuss the location of people and things.
JIC 03-04 Where and Location
07:05

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JIC 03-04 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 03-04 Audio
00:51

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JIC 03-04 Kanji Corner
06:21

Learn how to form more complex numbers and discuss age and money.
JIC 03-05 Numbers, Age and Money
05:27

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JIC 03-05 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 03-05 Audio
00:24

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JIC 03-05 Kanji Corner
01:25

Learn how to talk about the time of day.
JIC 03-06 Time
06:43

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JIC 03-06 Activities
1 page

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JIC 03-06 Audio
00:14

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JIC 03-06 Kanji Corner
02:54

Learn how to inquire about the time of day as well as discuss limits and starting points.
JIC 03-07 Time Questions
04:22

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JIC 03-07 Activities
1 page

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JIC 03-07 Audio
00:15

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JIC 03-07 Kanji Corner
01:12

Learn how to talk about the days of the week and dates in a month.
JIC 03-08 Days and Months
06:17

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JIC 03-08 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 03-08 Audio
01:37

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JIC 03-08 Kanji Corner
06:40

Learn how to discuss the preferences of yourself and of others.
JIC 03-09 Likes and Desires
03:30

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JIC 03-09 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 03-09 Audio
00:36

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JIC 03-09 Kanji Corner
06:11

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.
JIC 03 Activity Solutions
4 pages
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Making Descriptions
25 Lectures 54:12
Learn how to make your Japanese more expressive with this lesson on adjectives.
JIC 04-01 Adjectives
08:29

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JIC 04-01 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 04-01 Audio
00:48

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JIC 04-01 Kanji Corner
07:47

Learn how to ask about descriptions as well as add some degree to our statements to make them more natural.
JIC 04-02 Questioning and Adding Degree
05:13

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JIC 04-02 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 04-02 Audio
00:38

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JIC 04-02 Kanji Corner
03:04

Learn about how to treat adjectives as nouns along with some fundamental colors.
JIC 04-03 Adjectives as Nouns
04:25

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JIC 04-03 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 04-03 Audio
00:40

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JIC 04-03 Kanji Corner
04:40

Learn how to make your Japanese more natural by adding particles for confirmation and emphasis.
JIC 04-04 Shared Experience, Emphasizing and Confirming
05:05

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JIC 04-04 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 04-04 Audio
00:24

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JIC 04-04 Kanji Corner
00:20

Learn how to describe things with more detail including appearance and talents.
JIC 04-05 Appearance, Places and Talents
03:37

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JIC 04-05 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 04-05 Audio
00:28

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JIC 04-05 Kanji Corner
04:04

Learn how to make comparisons in Japanese using what we have learned so far.
JIC 04-06 Making Comparisons
04:11

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JIC 04-06 Activities
1 page

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JIC 04-06 Audio
00:04

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JIC 04-06 Kanji Corner
00:15

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.
JIC 04 Activity Solutions
3 pages
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Existence and Object Properties
24 Lectures 44:54
Learn how to properly discuss the existence of living things.
JIC 05-01 Living Things
06:24

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JIC 05-01 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 05-01 Audio
00:29

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JIC 05-01 Kanji Corner
02:06

Learn how to discuss non-living, inanimate objects in Japanese.
JIC 05-02 Inanimate Things
03:57

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JIC 05-02 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 05-02 Audio
00:20

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JIC 05-02 Kanji Corner
02:41

Learn how to discuss multiple objects and people in Japanese as well as begin to learn about what "counters" are.
JIC 05-03 Multiple Objects and Counters
07:34

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JIC 05-03 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 05-03 Audio
00:44

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JIC 05-03 Kanji Corner
01:23

Learn the counters for round, cylindrical and flat objects and how to use them properly.
JIC 05-04 Round, Cylindrical, and Flat Object Counters
04:49

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JIC 05-04 Activities
1 page

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JIC 05-04 Audio
00:17

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JIC 05-04 Kanji Corner
01:05

Learn how to discuss quantity and plurality with bearing in mind countable and non-countable grammar.
JIC 05-05 Quantity and Plurality
07:21

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JIC 05-05 Activities
1 page

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JIC 05-05 Audio
00:16

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JIC 05-05 Kanji Corner
01:58

Learn how to discuss degree and limits when it comes to quantity in Japanese.
JIC 05-06 Expressing Degree
03:23

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JIC 05-06 Activities
1 page

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JIC 05-06 Audio
00:07

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.
JIC 05 Activity Solutions
2 pages
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Discussing Actions
36 Lectures 01:16:09
Learn about verbs in Japanese with a subtle introduction on how to discuss movement.
JIC 06-01 Intro to Verbs with Movement
06:26

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JIC 06-01 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 06-01 Audio
00:25

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JIC 06-01 Kanji Corner
01:36

Learn about how to discuss the frequency of actions as well as transportation.
JIC 06-02 Frequency and Transportation
04:45

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JIC 06-02 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 06-02 Audio
00:39

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JIC 06-02 Kanji Corner
05:18

Learn the truth about how verbs actually work in Japanese which will prove to be an invaluable skill and essential to understand.
JIC 06-03 How Verbs Work
07:01

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JIC 06-03 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 06-03 Audio
00:51

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JIC 06-03 Kanji Corner
07:07

Learn how to discuss some more simple everyday activities with common verbs.
JIC 06-04 Everyday Activities
04:10

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JIC 06-04 Activities
1 page

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JIC 06-04 Audio
00:22

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JIC 06-04 Kanji Corner
02:53

Learn about the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs and how they work in Japanese.
JIC 06-05 Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
04:41

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JIC 06-05 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 06-05 Audio
00:43

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JIC 06-05 Kanji Corner
03:42

Learn how to discuss the actions of both giving and receiving in Japanese.
JIC 06-06 Giving and Receiving
08:49

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JIC 06-06 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 06-06 Audio
00:21

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JIC 06-06 Kanji Corner
01:18

Learn how to make both suggestions as well as invitations appropriately in Japanese.
JIC 06-07 Making Suggestions and Invitations
05:24

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JIC 06-07 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 06-07 Audio
00:24

Learn how to express personal desire in this short but informative lesson.
JIC 06-08 Expressing Desire
02:56

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JIC 06-08 Activities
1 page

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JIC 06-08 Audio
00:04

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JIC 06-08 Kanji Corner
01:29

Learn how to discuss actions with a focus on those which are specific to the time that they take place.
JIC 06-09 Time Related Actions
03:37

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JIC 06-09 Activities
1 page

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JIC 06-09 Audio
00:09

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JIC 06-09 Kanji Corner
00:59

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.
JIC 06 Activity Solutions
5 pages
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Using the Past Tense
24 Lectures 35:31
Learn how to discuss the past in Japanese using "safe" language.
JIC 07-01 Actions and Roles in the Past I
03:04

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JIC 07-01 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 07-01 Audio
00:24

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JIC 07-01 Kanji Corner
02:54

Learn how to discuss the past in a more casual manner using short form conjugations.  Understanding of these conjugations will be essential for an understanding of more complex Japanese.
JIC 07-02 Actions and Roles in the Past II
09:01

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JIC 07-02 Activities
2 pages

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JIC 07-02 Audio
00:31

Learn how to conjugate and properly use adjectives in the past tense.
JIC 07-03 Adjectives in the Past
03:24

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JIC 07-03 Activities
1 page

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.
JIC 07-03 Audio
00:01

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.
JIC 07-03 Kanji Corner
00:17

Learn how to properly discuss and ask questions about past experiences.
JIC 07-04 Questions About Experience
06:11

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JIC 07-04 Activities
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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.
JIC 07-04 Audio
00:05

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.
JIC 07-04 Kanji Corner
00:56

Learn some more time related actions as well as learn how to list actions.
JIC 07-05 More Time Related Actions and Listing Actions
04:08

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JIC 07-05 Activities
1 page

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.
JIC 07-05 Audio
00:08

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.
JIC 07-05 Kanji Corner
01:26

Learn how to use the simple past to compare actions as well as even make some recommendations. 
JIC 07-06 Comparing Actions
02:13

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JIC 07-06 Activities
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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.
JIC 07-06 Audio
00:07

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.
JIC 07-06 Kanji Corner
00:41

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.
JIC 07 Activity Solutions
3 pages
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Complex Sentences
39 Lectures 01:05:48
Learn how to make your Japanese more rich and complex with this introduction on conjugations.
JIC 08-01 Intro to Conjunctions
08:09

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JIC 08-01 Activities
2 pages

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.
JIC 08-01 Audio
00:14

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.
JIC 08-01 Kanji Corner
01:36

Learn how to string multiple ideas together in one sentences using the "te" form conjugation.
JIC 08-02 Introducing the Te Form
07:30

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JIC 08-02 Activities
2 pages

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.
JIC 08-02 Audio
00:26

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.
JIC 08-02 Kanji Corner
01:01

Learn how to make some requests and light commands with the "te" form along with some new grammar.
JIC 08-03 Requests and Light Commands
03:15

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JIC 08-03 Activities
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Learn how to ask for permission as well as express obligation in Japanese.
JIC 08-04 Permission and Obligation
04:48

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JIC 08-04 Activities
2 pages

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.
JIC 08-04 Audio
00:12

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.
JIC 08-04 Kanji Corner
02:47

Learn the essential skill of how to give directions in Japanese using what we have learned so far.
JIC 08-05 Giving Directions
02:08

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JIC 08-05 Activities
2 pages

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.
JIC 08-05 Audio
00:26

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.
JIC 08-05 Kanji Corner
03:11

Learn how to make complex sentences that use multiple adjectives and nouns.
JIC 08-06 Multiple Descriptions
06:30

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JIC 08-06 Activities
1 page

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.
JIC 08-06 Audio
00:15

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.
JIC 08-06 Kanji Corner
02:30

Learn how to use adverbs in Japanese and make new words such as "quickly" or "skillfully."
JIC 08-07 Adverbs
04:14

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JIC 08-07 Activities
2 pages

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.
JIC 08-07 Audio
00:15

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.
JIC 08-07 Kanji Corner
01:01

Learn how to express such ideas as "-ing" endings in English for actions in progress as well as discuss whether actions are intentional or not.
JIC 08-08 Describing States of Being
04:46

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JIC 08-08 Activities
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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.
JIC 08-08 Audio
00:04

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.
JIC 08-08 Kanji Corner
00:47

Learn how to place some emotion or strength into our speech as well as express both certainty and possibility.

JIC 08-09 Certainity and Possibility
03:22

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JIC 08-09 Activities
1 page

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.
JIC 08-09 Audio
00:08

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.
JIC 08-09 Kanji Corner
00:56

Learn about how we can use verb and adjective stems to create more complex and interesting ideas.

JIC 08-10 Stems and Suffixes
04:09

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JIC 08-10 Activities
2 pages

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.
JIC 08-10 Audio
00:16

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.
JIC 08-10 Kanji Corner
00:52

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.
JIC 08 Activity Solutions
5 pages
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Japanese In Context
11 Lectures 21:18
Learn a little bit more about formal language in Japanese and why you should study it.
JIC 09-01 Formal Japanese
04:12

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JIC 09-01 Activities
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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.
JIC 09-01 Kanji Corner
03:38

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.
JIC 09-01 Audio
00:28

Learn about tendency for native Japanese to drop particles in speech and when writing each other in friendly or casual situations.

JIC 09-02 Particle Dropping
02:38

Learn about onomatopoeia -- the use of sounds to imitate actions, states, and thoughts  that are hard to express in standard vocabulary.

JIC 09-03 Onomatopoeia
02:14

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JIC 09-03 Activities
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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.
JIC 09-03 Audio
00:15

Learn how to practically and effectively study kanji so that you are not wasting your time as you continue your Japanese studies on the path to fluency.
JIC 09-04 How to study Kanji
03:07

Learn about some practical and even fun options for how to continue to study Japanese!
JIC 09-05 What's Next
04:46

A cumulative list of all the vocabulary in the course.  You may wish to keep this open as you do the activities for an easy reference to previous units' vocabulary you may have forgotten.
Master Vocabulary List
25 pages
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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.

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