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It's quite common when learning a language that you suddenly realize you have knowledge in it, but you can't actually use it. You become frustrated by this realization. After all, there's no point in knowing a language if you can't utilize to communicate! This course prevents such problems from arising, and offers complete beginners a great way to start learning Japanese. It's a unique experience in which you can practice using Japanese in many realistic examples and situations.
Master Introductory Level Japanese With A Fun, Interactive Course!
This course will equip you all of the basic Japanese language skills you need!
I designed this course with an emphasis on "can-do". This means every section, every lesson has a specific goal in terms of what you'll be able to do upon completing them. After all, learning a language is pretty pointless if you can't utilize it in real life!
Another great thing about this course is that you can have a step-by-step learning experience. Each lesson is kept short, so that you can concentrate on bite-sized contents at a time. This helps you acquire each skill completely before you move on to learning the next. No fears of being left behind in this class!
Lastly, this course encourages active learning. You'll be playing an active role in this class, instead of just watching me lecture. Keeping your brain active at all times is the best way to learn!
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|Section 1: Before you Begin|
Before You Start...Preview
The One Thing You Should Take Advantage OfPreview
Studying the 46 Hiragana CharactersPreview
Probably the Most Important Lessons in This CoursePreview
How to Get Some Help...Preview
Hitoyasumi, Because Studying Can Be TiringPreview
|Section 2: Hajimemashite|
Activity: Introduce Yourself to Your Fellow Classmates!Preview
Say your name, country, and occupation. Ask others for theirs too!
Activity: Share Your Nationality With Your Students!
Your Country is...?
My Occupation... Step 1
Occupation... Step 2
What's Your Occupation?
Grammar: What is "wa" and "desu" ?
Yes & No
Activity: Please, say YES!
Let's begin by learning the first 5 letters in the Hiragana chart; A, I, U, E, and O!
First, watch the video and check the stroke order. The stroke order is important because it helps you write neat, legible letters. It also has cultural importance as well! I recommend you move your hands along with the video, and write in the air to get accustomed to the strokes.
Once you've watched the video, download the worksheet and start practicing!
Hiragana Reading: A, I, U, E, OPreview
Hiragana Writing: A, I, U, E, O
Hitoyasumi: Names in Japan
|Section 3: Using Numbers|
Numbers 1-100. This will become relevant later on!
Activity: Share Your Age With Your Classmates!
Let's start practicing Ka, Ki, Ku, Ke, and Ko!
Like you did previously, watch the video first before moving on to the worksheet.
'Ka' tends to be a bit tricky for some, the balance is harder than it looks.
Also, be careful not to confuse 'I' and 'Ko'!
Hiragana Reading: Ka, Ki, Ku, Ke, Ko
Hiragana Writing: Ka, Ki, Ku, Ke, Ko
|Section 4: Dates and Birthdays|
Days of the Month Part 1
Days of the Month Part 2
When's Your Birthday?
Activity: Ask Your Classmates and Find Someone Who Shares Your Birthday!
Grammar: An Introduction to Particles, and a Review of 'no'
Grammar: A Question on.... Questions
Activity! : Guess Who?
Activity! : Now It's Your Turn to Say "Guess Who?"
Hiragana Practice: Sa, Shi, Su Se, So
Hiragana Reading: Sa, Shi, Su, Se, So
Hiragana Writing: Sa, Shi, Su, Se, So
|Section 5: Getting to Know You a Little Bit Better....|
We'll be covering 6 words that describe hobbies. As always, if your hobby isn't included in the vocabulary sheet, I'll be more than happy to help you out!
My Hobby is...
"My hobby is reading. My hobby is swimming. My hobby is horseback riding. My hobby is...." Some of us have more than one hobby. Wouldn't it be useful if we could say "My hobby is reading AND swimming" ? Great news, it's really easy in Japanese, and even better news -we'll be learning about it in this lesson!
Asking questions is the best way to keep a conversation going! Learn how to ask people what their hobbies are. You'll be learning a new question word. It's super useful and very frequently used, so pay attention!
Activity: Get to Know Your Classmates Better By Discussing Hobbies!
Hiragana Practice: Ta, Chi, Tsu, Te, To
Hiragana Reading: Ta, Chi, Tsu, Te, To
Hiragana Writing: Ta, Chi, Tsu, Te, To
Hitoyasumi: The Secrets to Bowing
|Section 6: Places Places Places!|
They say getting lost is an adventure, but what if it's been a long day and you just want to get to where you need to be? What if you're out of cash and you need an ATM immediately? Let's learn to ask for directions! People in Japan will most likely go out of their way to help point you in the right direction!
To Be Polite...
Hiragana Practice: Na, Ni, Nu, Ne, No
Hiragana Reading: Na Ni, Nu, Ne, No
Hiragana Writing: Na, Ni, Nu, Ne, No
|Section 7: Inside a Department Store|
I must admit, I do love shopping! Here are 6 nouns that may come in handy.
Cameras are on the 3rd floor...
Activity: Your Favorite Store
Hiragana Practice: Ha, Hi, Fu, He, Ho
Hiragana Reading: Ha, Hi, Fu He, Ho
Hiragana Writing: Ha, Hi, Fu, He, Ho
|Section 8: Describing Objects|
It's not just a camera, it's a camera by Canon!
What brand is this? Where was it made in?
Activity! : Talk About Your Belongings
This is a camera made by Canon VS This camera is a camera made by Canon.
Hiragana Practice: Ma, Mi, Mu, Me, Mo
Hiragana Reading: Ma, Mi, Mu, Me, Mo
Hiragana Writing: Ma, Mi, Mu, Me, Mo
|Section 9: Shopping! <3|
Numbers 10000 -
Activity: Online Shopping!
How Much is This?
Please, Give Me This!
Conversation Practice... Practice Shopping in Japanese!
Please, Give Me This Also!
Conversation Practice... Practice Shopping in Japanese Part 2!
Grammar: Two New Particles, 'wo' and 'mo'
Hmm... I guess I'm Not Going to Buy This...
Activity: At a Japanese Department Store
Nodoka is a certified Japanese language instructor with 2+ years of teaching experience. Her fun, interactive lessons have helped learners from China, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and so on.
Nodoka believes that the best teachers are there to support their students, no matter what! Any problems you may have, you can trust her to help you through them. She will never give up on you!
Her cheerful smile, her sense of humor, and the dedication she has towards her students makes her one of the best teachers you could ever ask for!