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This is a course for adults who want to learn a wide variety of basic expressions in Japanese. The course introduces basic Japanese sentence structures, conversations, vocabulary and cultural findings. There is no prerequisite for this course, however some knowledge in Japanese language and culture is a plus. We will also practice hiragana, katakana and basic kanji writings. There will be a field trip to San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

* This class is for 18 years old and over.

Some topics to be covered: Basic greetings, introducing themselves, ordering food, asking directions, numbers, etc.

Additional topics:
– Japanese as a language variety (standard and non-standard varieties)
– verbs, adjectives and adverbs

Schedule: 9 sessions on following Saturdays
February 24
March 10, 24
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12

Reviews and warm-up session (aka donuts social) 10AM – 10:15AM
Class: 10:15AM – 12:30PM (one break from 11:20AM – 11:30AM)

Tuition: $280 (includes lectures, handouts and special extra sessions)

Required Textbook
Japan Foundation (2013) Marugoto: Japanese language and culture Starter A1 Coursebook for communicative language competences
ISBN 978-4-384-05753-9 C0081
First Edition

Recommended Textbook for practices at home
GENKI I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
ISBN 4789014401
Vol. I (Second Edition)

Instructor: Nina Kato
Please contact: sfvjli@hotmail.com (office) or ninapoly@hotmail.com (instructor)

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