Intro Unit

Getting Started: Lesson 2: Introducing Yourself

Starting Points particle は /wa/ (topic marker) non-past positive copula verb です with nouns First impressions are important in any culture, including Japan. When introducing yourself in the Japanese language, it is important to use the appropriate level of formality. In addition to different levels of formality, the Japanese language also has gender-based speech. To

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Getting Started: Activity 4: Writing Non-Japanese Names in Katakana

れんしゅう /re-n-shu-u/ #1: Read the article and examine the flash cards with examples of names in katakana. Brief Explanation on How to Write Non-Japanese Names in Katakana Non-Japanese names are usually written in katakana, though some people are able to choose kanji that match the sound of his or her name as well are depict

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Getting Started: Activity 1: A Brief History of Japanese Scripts

Read the article, and then answer the comprehension questions about Japanese scripts. The world’s first novel which was written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu celebrated its 1000th birthday in 2008.  The novel,  源氏物語 /ge-n-ji-mo-no-ga-ta-ri/ (Tale  of  Genji ),  was  written  in  the syllabic  writing  system  called ひらがな /hi-ra-ga-na/,  which  was  used  mostly  by  women.  Even before

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