Japanese 1

Japanese 1 class:

This course is for beginners, students with very little or no previous experience with Japanese. This course will provide you with a basic knowledge of Japanese through the practice of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing and kanji, as well as work with cultural materials. In Japanese 1, we place emphasis on speaking, listening, writing comes later in the semester, and some reading. Class will be conducted in Japanese as much as possible along with numerous classroom activities. The first semester, students will master reading and writing Hiragana letters. There are 46 symbols. The second semester, students will master Katakana --- same sound as Hiragana, different letters and also students will learn easy kanji, Chinese character.

The name of Japanese 1 book is called Adventure Japanese. This book contains many activities after each lesson which the students can do. We will be doing these activities in class also.

Go to the following site to practice your Hiragana, Katakana, and etc.






The week of 9/4 - 9/6:

The students will be learning how to greet each other by using the following Japanese.  Please memorize them. 

Ogenki desu ka ------How are you?

Hai, genki desu -----Yes, I am fine.  IIe, genki dewa/ja arimasen.  ---- No, I am not fine.

Anata wa? -----And you??

Genki desu.-----I am fine.



Hajimemashite ----How do you do?

Watashi/Boku wa _______desu.------I am ______.

Watashi wa ______ sai desu.  ------I am _____ years old.

Dozo yoroshiku. --------Nice to meet you.


Ohayoo gozaimasu -----Good morning                      Konnichi wa.------Good afternoon                     Konbanwa------Good evening

Anata wa _____san desu ka.-------Are you ______?

Hai soo desu.  ----- Yes, I am.

Iie, chigaimasu.-----No I am not.

Watashi wa ______desu.  ----- I am _________.


The week of 9/9 - 9/13:

We will be learning Hiragana letters(symbols)[ A - O] &[ Ka - ko].  Students should be able to memorize how to read and write them.  We will practice  in class.   Some may need to make flash cards to memorize these characters.  There will be quiz  next Friday on Hiragana letters [A - Ko].  Also numbers 1-99.  Memorize how to say numbers 1-10.  The rest of the numbers should be easy if you memorize all numbers 1 - 10.  On Friday, the class will play "number tori"  game.


The week of 10/7 - 10/11:

This week, the students will review hiragana symbols they already learned "A - Ko."  Then the class will move into the new symblos  "GA - Go' and "Sa - So.'  The students will learn how to write them correctly.  They use the white board to practice all symbols in both with the teacher and with pair.  The class will also review how to say numbers 1 to 99.   The students will also practice how to ask each person's age.  

The week of 10/14 - 10/18:

In this week, the class will work on new hiragana "Ta - To & Da - Do."  Each students will make a flash cards at home and play a "hiragana tori" game in class.   The students review numbers from 1 - 99.  They will learn how to say 100's in this week.  Practiced these numbers with a partner and a group.  Also, will play Bingo game in both hiragana and numbers. There will be a quiz on Hiragana  "A - To & Da - Do" on Friday.

The week of 10/21 - 10/25:

In this week, the class will work on reviewing "A - Ho & Ga - Po."  Then introduce new hiragana "Ma - Mo."  The students will practice these symbols.  For numbers, the class will review numbers 1 - 999.  Then, intorduce 1000's.  Practice on these numbers in class. 

The week of 10/28 - 11/1:

In this week, the class will cover Hiragana "Ya - Yo & Ra - Ro."  While reviewing all others, the students will practice writing and reading of them in a pair or a group.  Also, they will learn how to say numbers 10,000s in both reading numbers and understanding numbers.  There will be no school for the students on Friday.  So there will be no quiz in this week.

The week of 10/ - 10/28:

In this week, the class will review all hiragana and numbers.  Introduce numbers 10,000s.  Then, the class will go into the sentences.  Start out with the sentence structures using particel "wa."  Practice reading and translating these sentences, also.  Next step is asking and answering questions.   The students come up the qustions using particle 'wa" and "this, that, and that over there" and ask another students.  Practice these in pair and a whole class. Friday is the quiz on all hiragana.

The week of 11/4 - 11/8:

Finally the class will able to write all the sentences in Hiragana.  The students will still practice in the sentences how to use "Kore, Sore, Are, Kono, Sono, & Ano."  Also, how to use possesive 'No." in the sentences.  One more particel lesson is how to use "Wo." in the sentences.  Then, the class will move into the lesson 3-1 which is about my family.  If time allows, they will assign to create their family trees and present to the class in Japanese.

The week of 11/12 - 11/15:

In this week, the class will study how to count over 10,000 after review numbers 1-1000's.  On lesson 3-1, each student need to memorize how to call each family members.  Grammar is how to use "no" in the sentences.  Orally, each student will practice with each other using pictures.  On writing, using white board to practice spelling of each words.

The week of 11/18 - 11/22: 

In this week, the class will go over numbers.  Lesson 3-2, each student has to memorize vocabulary words about someone else's family members.  So they are able to interview each others.   In class, each student will practice writing sentences/spelling new vocabulary words on the white board. Orally they are able to say the sentences using "And."  Each student will also conjugate "desu" form to negative form. 

The week of 11/25 - 11/29:

In this week, the students will go over lesson 3-3 which they will learn how to say the different grade level.  Also, in grammar, they will learn how to use particls "mo."  In the sentences, they have to know how to say "also, both, neither" in the sentences.  The class will have many practices.

The week of 12/2-12/6:

In this week, the class will study about name of countries and how to say the birthdate.  In Japanese, the dates 1 - 10 have the special way to say, so the students have to memorize them.  They will practice these by interviewing each other a lot.  They also learn how to introduce people in polite way.  So they will be introducing a partner in class.

The week of 12/9 - 12/13:

In this week, the class will review lesson 3-4 vocabulary and able to introduce their partner to a class.  By Wednesday, the class should be able to move into lesson 3-5.  The vocabulary is about occupations, so they will practice these by the pictures.  The grammar is verb conjugation -- present tense to past tense and past negative.  Each student will be doing his/her family presentation.

The week of 12/16 - 12/20:

This week is the first project week.  Each student will have a family power point and present to a class.

The week of 1/6 - 1/10:

In this week, the class will continue practicing vocabulary and grammar on lesson 4-1.  They interview each other by using the pictures -- use the words "to speak."  On Thursday, they will work on calligraph, students should have a word they want to write on a paper.   Friday is the quiz on 4-1.  

The week of 1/13 - 1/17: 

In this week, the class will practice vocabulary words by playing vocabulary cards-- assigned to practice at home and do contest at school.  Also the focus of this lesson is that the students are able to ask questions using "for breakfast/lunch/dinner." and conjugate verbs into past tense and negative past.

The week of 1/21 - 1/24:

In this week, the class will start lesson 4-2.  So class will practice new vocabulary with partners.  Repeat this every morning.  The students also needs to know the sentences structure where to place sometimes, always, ususally, and every day in the sentences.  There should be many vocabulary which should be written in katakana, bu since the class has not yet finish learning katakana, the students should recognize which words should be written in katakana.   There will be activity with a partner by asking when do you eat certain foods (name of foods will be used from  a book).

The week of 1/27 - 1/31: 

This is a final exam week.  Final is ch 1 - 3.  So Mon and Tue are review days.  Wed - Fri is 2 periods exam days.

The week of 2/3 - 2/7:

In this week, the class will cover katakana "Sa - So & Ta - To."  The students will practice these katakana every day in class.  Also cover lesson 4-3 which is verb conjugation (to past tense and negative form).  In addition to that, the students will learn how to use particle "Ni' in the sentence which is "For."  So the students will be practice sentences orally and also write the sentences on their notebook.

The week of 2/10 - 2/14:

In this week, the class will start katakana "Ta -To."  They did not have enough time to finish Ta line last week.  So the students will guess which words are actually written in katakana by hearing and looking at the words written in hiragana.  There are review 4-3 sentences by using the drill pictures.  The class will move on to the new lesson 4-4.  So they will practice vocabulary by partner and with power points. 

The week of 2/24 - 2/28:

In this week, the class will work on Katakana "Ha - Ho/Ba - Bo/Pa - Po."  They will have a white board practice and also practice with neighbors.  The students will also have to practice how to read katakana with line and small tsu in the words.  In book, they will work on lesson 4-4.  All vocabulary should be memorized and the class will work on the sentence structure with using a several particles in one sentence.  They will finish culture notes also.