Speak, Listen, Read, Write JAPANESE for Beginners!

Acquire Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing Skills in Japanese, with a Fun, Easy, Interactive Beginners' Course
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  • Lectures 108
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

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!

  • Realistic Exercises to Prepare You for Actual Use
  • Lots of Opportunities to Work With Your Fellow Learners
  • Useful Resources to Aid You in Your Learning
  • Minimal Use of English to Ensure Maximum Exposure to Japanese

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!

What are the requirements?

  • Great Enthusiasm!
  • Participation in Classroom Activities - Let's have fun together, and create a wonderful learning environment!
  • English Skills - We will discuss most of the grammar in English

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Give simple self-introductions
  • Talk about your hobbies
  • Ask for simple directions
  • Go shopping
  • Order at a restaurant/ cafe
  • Ask for translations

What is the target audience?

  • This course is perfect for mainly two types of people
  • 1. Complete beginners who want to learn Japanese seriously: If you want to continue studying to a point where you can communicate in Japanese as fluently as you can, this course is great for you. You will build a strong foundation that will support you throughout your Japanese learning journey
  • 2. Complete beginners who want to learn as a hobby, or for travel purposes: This course covers only the basics. Once you complete this course, you'll have just enough Japanese to communicate the simplest things. You'll also learn useful vocabulary and phrases that will help you a lot as a tourist in Japan!

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Before you Begin
Before You Start...
Preview
00:18
The One Thing You Should Take Advantage Of
Preview
00:38
Studying Vocabulary
Preview
00:55
Studying the 46 Hiragana Characters
Preview
00:42
Probably the Most Important Lessons in This Course
Preview
00:26
How to Get Some Help...
Preview
Article
Hitoyasumi, Because Studying Can Be Tiring
Preview
00:23
Section 2: Hajimemashite
Hajimemashite
Preview
03:24
Activity: Introduce Yourself to Your Fellow Classmates!
Preview
Article
04:19

Say your name, country, and occupation. Ask others for theirs too!

Vocabulary: Nationality
Preview
04:31
My Nationality
Preview
04:34
Activity: Share Your Nationality With Your Students!
Article
Your Country is...?
04:01
Vocabulary: Occupation
04:35
My Occupation... Step 1
02:53
Occupation... Step 2
06:57
What's Your Occupation?
03:48
Grammar: What is "wa" and "desu" ?
04:59
Yes & No
13:03
Activity: Please, say YES!
01:07
00:44

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, O
Preview
01:26
Hiragana Writing: A, I, U, E, O
1 page
Hitoyasumi: Names in Japan
02:21
Section 3: Using Numbers
05:40

Numbers 1-100. This will become relevant later on!

Numbers 11-99
04:56
Describing Age
04:23
My Age
02:24
Activity: Share Your Age With Your Classmates!
Article
00:41

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
01:20
Hiragana Writing: Ka, Ki, Ku, Ke, Ko
1 page
Section 4: Dates and Birthdays
Months
04:25
Days of the Month Part 1
05:43
Days of the Month Part 2
12:22
06:52

When's Your Birthday?
04:15
Activity: Ask Your Classmates and Find Someone Who Shares Your Birthday!
00:22
Grammar: An Introduction to Particles, and a Review of 'no'
03:07
Grammar: A Question on.... Questions
02:38
Activity! : Guess Who?
02:53
Activity! : Now It's Your Turn to Say "Guess Who?"
Article
Hiragana Practice: Sa, Shi, Su Se, So
00:38
Hiragana Reading: Sa, Shi, Su, Se, So
01:23
Hiragana Writing: Sa, Shi, Su, Se, So
1 page
Section 5: Getting to Know You a Little Bit Better....
02:46

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...
03:46
03:26

"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!

02:52

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!
00:20
Hiragana Practice: Ta, Chi, Tsu, Te, To
00:36
Hiragana Reading: Ta, Chi, Tsu, Te, To
01:31
Hiragana Writing: Ta, Chi, Tsu, Te, To
1 page
Hitoyasumi: The Secrets to Bowing
04:52
Section 6: Places Places Places!
04:12

02:57

02:42

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...
04:04
Hiragana Practice: Na, Ni, Nu, Ne, No
00:41
Hiragana Reading: Na Ni, Nu, Ne, No
01:23
Hiragana Writing: Na, Ni, Nu, Ne, No
1 page
Section 7: Inside a Department Store
02:38

I must admit, I do love shopping! Here are 6 nouns that may come in handy.

Floor Names
05:45
Cameras are on the 3rd floor...
02:22
Activity: Your Favorite Store
Article
What floor??
04:49
Hiragana Practice: Ha, Hi, Fu, He, Ho
00:39
Hiragana Reading: Ha, Hi, Fu He, Ho
01:57
Hiragana Writing: Ha, Hi, Fu, He, Ho
1 page
Section 8: Describing Objects
03:24

03:11

It's not just a camera, it's a camera by Canon!
02:44
What brand is this? Where was it made in?
03:35
Activity! : Talk About Your Belongings
00:18
This is a camera made by Canon VS This camera is a camera made by Canon.
04:40
Hiragana Practice: Ma, Mi, Mu, Me, Mo
00:42
Hiragana Reading: Ma, Mi, Mu, Me, Mo
01:27
Hiragana Writing: Ma, Mi, Mu, Me, Mo
1 page
Section 9: Shopping! <3
Numbers 100-9999
10:16
Numbers 10000 -
03:47
Prices
03:51
Activity: Online Shopping!
Article
How Much is This?
03:47
Please, Give Me This!
02:45
Conversation Practice... Practice Shopping in Japanese!
05:14
Please, Give Me This Also!
02:18
Conversation Practice... Practice Shopping in Japanese Part 2!
04:45
Grammar: Two New Particles, 'wo' and 'mo'
05:31
Hmm... I guess I'm Not Going to Buy This...
05:48
Activity: At a Japanese Department Store
07:47

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Instructor Biography

Nodoka Fujitani, Japanese Language Teacher

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!

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