Sing and Learn Japanese 1
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Sing and Learn Japanese 1

Learn to read and speak Japanese by singing
4.6 (214 ratings)
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.
5,987 students enrolled
Created by Keiko Takenaka
Last updated 10/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 37 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Sing Five Songs, and learn to read Hiragana (Japanese phonetic system), and also learn to communicate in Japanese using simple phrases and sentences. By the end of the 5 week course, students will be able to sing fives songs and understand about: Week 1: Japanese writing system: Hiragana Japanese phonetic sounds. Week 2: Greetings in formal and informal setting. Week 3: Self Introduction Week 4: Obtaining information: What do you call in Japanese? Week 5: Asking about your surrounding object: This, That, That Over There. Asking the origin. Where is it from?
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Requirements
  • Have a computer with Internet Connection with Anti-Virus protection, Newer Computer Operating System, Recent Web Browser, a speaker and a microphone. Basic Recording tool, such as free software, Audacity.
Description

Are you interested in learning Japanese and want to sing and learn Japanese at the same time? Do you want to learn to read Hiragana, one of the Japanese writing systems? 

General Description for This Online Course

            This is a five week Japanese course for students who enjoy learning through singing, and who has not learned Japanese in the past. Each week, students will learn a song, and develop Japanese proficiency in listening, reading, and speaking based on the lyrics. Students will develop pronunciation skill, build vocabulary words, and basic grammar skill in a few simple words, phrases, and sentences. The hand writing of Hiragana will not be covered in this course; however, this course will focus on reading Japanese Hiragana by using Roman letters, called Roomaji. Understanding how to read hiragana and write in roomaji will help students to be able to type in Japanese on a computer to communicate in today’s global society.

By the end of the 5 week course, students will be able to sing fives songs and understand about:

Week 1: Japanese writing system: Hiragana Japanese phonetic sounds.

Week 2: Greetings in formal and informal setting.

Week 3: Self Introduction

Week 4: Obtaining information: What do you call in Japanese?

Week 5: Asking about your surrounding object: This, That, That Over There. Asking the origin. Where is it from?

It is my hope that students will enjoy learning the language through singing, and apply their learned Japanese from this class to their daily life. 







Who is the target audience?
  • This is a 5 week course designed for learners who enjoy singing and want to learn Japanese language for the first time. The hand writing of Hiragana will not be covered in this course; however, this course will focus on reading Japanese Hiragana by using Roomaji, called Roman letters. Understanding how to read hiragana and write in roomaji will help students to be able to type in Japanese on a computer to communicate in today’s global society.
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
01:41:48
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Introduction
0 Lectures 00:00

Learn and Speak Japanese 1                                                                           10/15/2016

Greeting はじめまして!Hajimemashite!

            Hello, everyone. This is Keiko Takenaka, Japanese teacher in this online 5-week Introductory Japanese course. I grew up in Kumamoto, Japan, where it is known for its nature. After completing my high school education, I went to the U.S. to study abroad. I obtained Bachelor in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and Master in Japanese at San Francisco State University. It is my passion to teach Japanese language and culture, and I taught Japanese at U.S public school for more than 5 years.  Another passion besides teaching is playing guitar and singing, and I truly enjoy incorporating music in language instruction.

General Description for This Online Course

            This is a five week Japanese course for students who enjoy learning through singing, and who has not learned Japanese in the past. Each week, students will learn a song, and develop Japanese proficiency in listening, reading, and speaking based on the lyrics. Students will develop pronunciation skill, build vocabulary words, and basic grammar skill in a few simple words, phrases, and sentences. The hand writing of Hiragana will not be covered in this course; however, this course will focus on reading Japanese Hiragana by using Roman letters, called Roomaji. Understanding how to read hiragana and write in roomaji will help students to be able to type in Japanese on a computer to communicate in today’s global society.

By the end of the 5 week course, students will be able to sing fives songs and understand about:

Week 1: Japanese writing system: Hiragana Japanese phonetic sounds.

Week 2: Greetings in formal and informal setting.

Week 3: Self Introduction

Week 4: Obtaining information: What do you call in Japanese?

Week 5: Asking about your surrounding object: This, That, That Over There.

 Asking the origin. Where is it from?

It is my hope that students will enjoy learning the language through singing, and apply their learned Japanese from this course to their daily life.

Computer Requirements

Have a computer with Internet Connection with Anti-Virus protection, Newer Computer Operating System, Recent Web Browser, speaker and a microphone, Adobe Reader (For PDF files), Basic Recording tool, free software, Audacity. 

Introduction
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1: Japanese writing system: Hiragana, Japanese phonetic sounds.
3 Lectures 28:18
Week 1: Japanese writing system: Hiragana, Japanese phonetic sounds.
12:09

This Video is for you to practice singing and reading hiragana. I hope you enjoy.

AIUEO Hiragana Song with Guitar Chords
01:26

Hi, everyone.  Minasan, Konnnichiwa.

This lecture will show you how to install Audacity, the free voice recording program on your computer, and how to record your voice in Karaoke mp3 version of the song.

I am a beginner user of Audacity (only one year), and it took me a while to get used to using this program. If you have any question about the course content, please feel free to share your question to me and your fellow classmates by posting on Q and A section. If you can, please support by responding to the questions of your fellow students.

Thank you very much and I hope you will successfully record your voice in karaoke version.

Sincerely,

Takenaka sensei

How to Record Your Voice in Karaoke mp3 using Audacity
14:43
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2: Greetings in formal and informal setting
2 Lectures 21:11

Minasan Konnichiwa!

Hello everyone!

I hope you are familiar with reading hiragana chart now. Thank you for your hard work.

Welcome to the 2nd week of the course!  You will learn and sing about greeting in formal and casual setting. Please note that this 2nd week covers a lot of information. This is a self-paced course, so please learn in your own pace.

I wanted to tell you about downloadable materials in this course.

Student Handouts:I wanted to remind you that the Students handouts are there for you as supplemental materials for the lectures. Some parts include blank information to help you review the materials from the lectures.  For Some parts, I included answers for questions, which are often in red. Please print them out if you can. As you go over the lecture, please take notes on the handouts however you would like.

Lyrics:The lyrics of the song for the week is attached with a Song Title. This will help you read Hiragana and practice singing the song. 

Songs in MP3:

1.Practice Version: Please listen to the song several times by reading the lyrics. I recommend that you sing each small part of the lyrics for a while. Then gradually move on to the next lyrics.

2.Karaoke Version: Please use this karaoke version when you record your voice. 

Count off vs Without Count off of Songs in MP3: Please note that in most lessons,  I included both count off and without count off versions. Count off version helps you to start singing on time with tempo. Please choose the version according to your preference.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to post on Q and A section. It helps us to learn better.  It also helps me to create better teaching materials. Thank you very much. ありがとう ございます。Arigatoo gozaimasu.

がんばってください。Ganbatte kudasai 

それでは また。Soredewa mata :-)


Sincerely,

Takenaka sensei

Week 2: Greetings in formal and informal setting
18:51

This video is for you to practice singing the Greeting song. Please enjoy singing and practice greeting in formal and casual setting in Japanese. :-)

がんばってください。Good luck on your study!

Takenaka sensei

Greeting Song With Lyrics and Guitar Chords
02:20
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How to Type in Hiragana on Your Computer With Windows Using IME Keyboard
1 Lecture 01:56

Minasan Konnichiwa,

This is a supplemental section for this course about typing in Japanese.

Section 3: How to Type in Japanese with Windows using IME.

Although all information of reading hiragana is not covered yet this week, I thought some of you might want to try typing in Japanese already. Please use this section whenever you feel you are ready to start typing.

Apple Computer Users:

If you use Apple computer, please go to the link provided in the attached downloadable document, "Apple Support Website Link" first for adding Japanese language keyboard. 

After you finished adding Japanese language keyboard, please watch “the tips of typing in hiragana”: it is in the lecture How to Type in Japanese with Windows using IME, which is found about after 1/3 of the lecture.


I hope you enjoy typing  in Japanese. 


Sincerely,

Takenaka sensei

How to Type in Hiragana on Your Computer With Windows Using IME Keyboard
01:56
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3: Self Introduction
2 Lectures 13:31
Week 3: Self Introduction
10:05

This Practice version have name blanks when introducing oneself to someone. Please imagine that you are introducing yourself to someone, and sing and fill in blank to practice for your version of the song. 

Enjoy your practice and progress in your learning. おつかれさまです。がんばっていください。:-)

Takenaka sensei

Introducing for the first time Song With Lyrics, Name Blanks, and Guitar Chords
03:26
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4: Obtaining information: What do you call in Japanese?
1 Lecture 14:41
Week 4: Obtaining information: What do you call in Japanese?
14:41
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5. Asking about your surrounding object: This, That, That Over There. Asking t
2 Lectures 22:11
Week 5: Asking about your surrounding object: This, That, That Over There
19:22

This, That, That Over There Song with Lyrics and Guitar Chords
02:49
About the Instructor
Keiko Takenaka
4.6 Average rating
212 Reviews
5,987 Students
1 Course
Translator and Interpreter, Former Japanese Teacher

Greeting はじめまして!Hajimemashite!

            Hello, everyone. I am Keiko Takenaka, Japanese teacher in this online 5-week Introductory Japanese course. I grew up in Kumamoto, Japan, where it is known for its nature. 

After I graduated from high school, I went to the U.S. to study abroad. I studied Bachelor in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and Master in Japanese at San Francisco State University. 

It is my passion to teach Japanese language and culture, and I taught Japanese at U.S public schools for more than 5 years.  Another passion besides teaching is playing guitar and singing, and I truly enjoy incorporating music in language instruction.