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JAPN 101 Elementary Japanese

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    Jun 27, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This class was amazing for so many reasons. While reading kanji wasn't taught, you learn hiragana and katakana, and most of the course focuses on speaking the language. This is perfect because, while someone can study reading on their own, you can't hold natural conversations with yourself, so the class lets you hear the teacher, a native speaker, while you speak with other students at your level. The teacher is amazing and gives a wide variety of exercises which let the student practice everything they learn. It's fun and an amazing learning experience.

    Course highlights:

    This class focuses on speaking more than writing, so from taking this course, students will get a ton of practice holding conversations and using the vocabulary and phrases they learn in class. If they make a mistake or the teacher has to explain something, he does it in Japanese or in a heavy accent. I learned a lot about how to listen and respond quickly in conversations and my accent improved a lot during the course. I couldn't be happier with it.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to read the assigned dialogue segments and look through the vocabulary before class, even if you can't memorize it. It makes it a lot easier to tell when the teacher is trying to get you to respond a certain way if you at least know where in the book you can find the phrase he wants.

    • Fall 2016
    • Takashi Miki
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Mar 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is a fun course to take if you enjoy learning new languages or need a global category for graduation requirements. Miki sensee is a great instructor; his classes are very interactive, he provides study materials, and sends emails with reminders to study when tests or quizzes are coming up with links to resources. There's not a lot of homework.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to introduce myself in Japanese. I also learned basic grammar and vocabulary so that I can have short conversations. I can talk about my interests, make requests, describe my schedule, order in restaurants, and ask questions. I also learned hiragana and katakana, two of the writing systems in Japanese.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would recommend downloading an app to help you learn hiragana and katakana before taking the class. Also do the pages in the workbook even if they aren't assigned and make flashcards to help you learn new words. Apps for learning basic kanji will also be helpful. You should also make acquaintances with upperclassmen so you can practice outside of class, go to the language tables, or talk to Miki sensee when you see him on campus.

    • Spring 2017
    • Takashi Miki
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts
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    Dec 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Japanese is extremely fun to learn, both to speak and to write, and this class is a great start! It focuses on conversational Japanese so it's a great way to get a feel for the language and learn some useful vocabulary.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about pronunciation and useful phrases for conversations, as well as two basic alphabets for the language. I also learned a surprising amount of vocabulary.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely practice the phrases a lot - eventually they'll get stuck in your head, which makes remembering them a lot easier.

    • Fall 2016
    • Takashi Miki
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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