Level 2

[L2] Unit 5: Lesson 5: Discussing past experiences

EQ: What customs are seen in our homes? Starting Points expressing experiences using ~たことがある Culture Point: In a typical 和室(わしつ), there is often an alcove called a とこのま which is designed to display the family’s prized possessions. Typically among the items is a かけじく or hanging scroll of a painting or calligraphy mounted with silk […]

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[L2] Unit 5: Lesson 4: Telling a friend about things you did

EQ: What customs are seen in our homes? Starting Points Plain past tense verbs ~た形(けい) Culture Point: The Japanese-style room or 和室(わしつ)has certain characteristics that are not seen in Western-style rooms 洋室(ようしつ)in Japanese homes. One characteristic is the unique flooring of tatami mats, which are made of woven straw and date back to the Muromachi

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[L2] Unit 5: Lesson 2: Explaining which action comes before another

EQ: What customs are seen in our homes? Starting Points Using 前(まえ)to indicate one action comes before another Culture Point: In Japan, there are many customs inside the home that are followed by everyone. One of the customs is to remove shoes before entering a home and other establishments, such as schools, temples and some

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[L2] Unit 4: Lesson 6: Listing examples of actions that can be done

EQ: How has life style changed due to technology? Starting Points Listing actions (verbs) using emphatic conjunction し Culture Point: Japan is one of the leaders in the creation of articifial intelligence (AI). Andriods can now be seen in the front desk of hotels, as workers in convenience stores, etc. There are even some robots

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[L2] Unit 4: Lesson 5: Expressing capabilities of devices and apps

EQ: How has life style changed due to technology? Starting Points Expressing capabilities with the potential form ことができる Culture Point: QR codes were created by a Japanese company called Denso in 1994. QR stands for quick response and were originally used mostly in the automobile industry in production management systems. From 2002 the QR code

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[L2] Unit 4: Lesson 4: Expressing capabilities of technology

EQ: How has life style changed due to technology? Starting Points Expressing capabilities (can do) Culture Point: Today, our lives are filled with different types of technology, including smart phones that can do numerous tasks, from sending messages to watching full-length movies and surfing the internet. Originally, mobile phones had a limited number of capabilites,

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[L2] Unit 4: Lesson 3: Expressing a preference between two choices

EQ: How has life style changed due to technology? Starting Points Asking someone’s preference between two choices Expressing your preference between two choices Culture Point: ガラケー is a flip phone that is unique to Japan. The word is a compound formed by combining Galapagos Islands and けいたいでんわ (cell phone). Similar to the isolated islands of

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