Elementary Japanese

Introduction to Japanese language. Students will be introduced to basic spoken and written structures of 'standard' Japanese, the two Kana alphabets, and the development of basic aural/oral skills with attention to the cultural context. A video program supplements the course. Language laboratory required. Meets the Language Requirement requirement.

Degree requirement — Language Requirement

2 units — Ericson, Onishi

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Elementary Japanese explores modern standard Japanese and Japanese culture. Students focus on listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. In the end, students will able to flawlessly use greetings, participate in simple conversations, and count in the language.
Photo of a Japanese confectionary store
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Elementary Japanese: This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of modern standard Japanese, placing equal emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. During the two blocks you will learn both the hiragana and katakana phonetic syllabaries (47 symbols each) and about 130 kanji. You will also participate directly in the language through dialogues and activities. Cultural aspects of the Japanese language will be an important element stressed throughout the course. We will cook at least one Japanese meal together at Asian House. By the end of the second block you will be able to use greetings, carry on a simple conversation, count, and make purchases at a store - all in Japanese. You will also be able to read and write short essays and letters in Japanese (by hand and using the computer).

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2021 Block 3 Elementary Japanese Hiromi Onishi Armstrong Hall 302 18 / 1 05/19/2022
Spring 2022 Block 7 Elementary Japanese Joan Ericson Armstrong Hall 353B 18 / 8 05/19/2022
Spring 2022 Block 7 Elementary Japanese Joan Ericson TBA 18 / 17 05/19/2022
Fall 2022 Block 3 Elementary Japanese Hiromi Onishi TBA 18 / 8 05/19/2022
Spring 2023 Block 7 Elementary Japanese Joan Ericson TBA 18 / 18 05/19/2022
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