Tuesday, August 8th: Conversation practice involving travel and tourism
Tuesday, August 15th: Useful vocabulary for business in Japanese
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Are you ready to start speaking Japanese like a local? This online Japanese class is perfect for beginners who are taking the first steps toward becoming fluent. An expert instructor will teach you the basics of the Japanese language, including the alphabet, proper pronunciation, grammar rules, and verb conjugation.
You’ll also pick up a variety of essential vocabulary words and phrases that will take you one step closer to being able to have full conversations in Japanese. Here are some of the topics we’ll cover in this fun and interactive, group class. Join today to quickly expand your knowledge of basic Japanese for beginners, and start communicating in no time!
One of the first topics you’ll cover when learning Japanese for beginners is the alphabet system. Did you know that in Japanese there are three unique alphabets? These three different components are also known as Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji.
Hiragana is the basic writing system of Japan with 46 letters. It’s typically the first alphabet that beginners learn. Katakana is a phonetic writing system with 107 extra characters, although the sounds are exactly the same as those in Hiragana. Katakana is mainly used to represent foreign words that have been added into the Japanese language.
Kanji features thousands of symbols derived from Chinese, but with a Japanese flair. Each symbol can be used to represent an entire word. If these alphabets sound confusing to you, don’t fret! Each one will be broken down into smaller pieces. While in class, you’ll also have the chance to virtually raise your hand if you need further guidance or clarification.
Your instructor will provide ways to reinforce your knowledge outside of class time as well. Each of these unique, alphabetical systems are the building blocks of speaking, reading, and writing in Japanese, so continuing to practice and memorize them on your own will be crucial to your success.
Correct pronunciation in Japanese is key because if you mispronounce a word, it can take on a whole new meaning! Your expert instructor will spend some time spelling out each of the characters phonetically and breaking down difficult words, while sounding them out with the class.
Students will have a chance to repeat each sound back to the instructor to ensure proper pronunciation. Throughout this class, your instructor will converse in the accent of native Japanese speakers, so you’ll be trained and encouraged to do so as well.
You’ll learn a few common mistakes that beginners make when pronouncing words in Japanese, such as improperly elongating the “O” sound, or continuing to pronounce the silent “U” sound at the end of a word. By addressing these mistakes right off the bat, your instructor will make sure you’re building the right habits when speaking Japanese.
Japanese grammar is very different than English grammar, so be prepared to learn something new in this class! However, just because it’s very unique doesn’t mean it’s difficult to understand - many students find that Japanese grammar is actually much simpler than English grammar because there are less exceptions.
In this class, your instructor will cover important topics such as nouns, verbs, and sentence structure, to take you one step closer to forming complete sentences and having full conversations in Japanese!
You’ll receive helpful formulas for building sentences that you can simply insert different vocabulary words into. For example, sentences in Japanese are arranged subject-object-verb, unlike the English syntax, subject-verb-object. In other words, a sentence like “I eat a banana” in English, would sound more like “I banana eat” in Japanese.
Your instructor will explain an easy method for conjugating the different classes of verbs in Japanese as well. To continue practicing your skills during the week, you’ll receive additional helpful materials like worksheets and lesson notes.
Once you have proper pronunciation down and a solid understanding of grammar, you’ll be ready to start learning some basic vocabulary and conversation skills! To start off, your instructor will lead you through some fun and exciting verbal activities. Get ready to put all your newfound skills into practice.
You’ll get to “spend a day in Tokyo” with your classmates as you learn how to find your way around in Japan. You’ll discover how to ask for directions and how to introduce yourself to strangers in Japanese. Don’t be afraid to ask your peers questions about themselves to keep the conversation going!
If you’re planning to travel to Japan some day, whether for business or pleasure, this class will provide you with the necessary vacation and work-related vocabulary you need to get by. Listening is a big part of conversing, so you’ll also get the chance to practice your auditory skills in this class as well.
One great way continue practicing all you’ve learned in between classes is to challenge yourself to find a language partner near you, meet up with him or her often, and only speak in Japanese when you do. Step outside of your comfort zone in this fun way and challenge yourself to improve your conversation skills!
Rosita R. started teaching Japanese in 2005. She was raised tri-lingual and is proud to be half Japanese. Rosita has an Associate’s degree in Japanese and career experience working on short Anime films! She also enjoys singing and often looks for creative ways to teach language through music.
Rosita is very passionate about the Japanese lifestyle, culture, and history. She loves the honorific system in Japanese and how respectful the language is. One of the top things she recommends when taking Japanese for beginners? Stay consistent! Regular and frequent practice sessions will be key on your journey to fluency.
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