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JPN 1011 Beginning Japanese

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    Aug 08, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would highly recommend this course as taught by Mita sensei. She is a teacher who knows how to inspire her students and engage them in learning. Though the work can be difficult and study time long, she keeps her class motivated and ready to conquer the material.

    Course highlights:

    I added to my understanding of the Japanese language with the aid of a native speaker - truly an important aspect in this field of study.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study and practice. Have conversation with yourself and speak out loud. Speaking is a vital part of understanding a language, keep at it and use repetition to excel.

    • Fall 2016
    • Ayumi Mita
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jul 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I loved the content of the course, and the professor is incredibly nice and helpful!

    Course highlights:

    You learn the very basics of Japanese (hiragana and katakana) as well as start to learn kanji.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study your vocab, hiragana, and kanji! You'll need to have a good grasp to succeed,

    • Summer 2017
    • Ayumi Mita
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Jun 22, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Any language is difficult to learn in college- after all, the brain loses a lot of linguistic flexibility over time so that we can master a native language. Japanese is really tough. That being said, it's so much fun! It's easy to bond with other students who are taking the class with you, and it's quite fulfilling to learn how to write all the beautiful characters. It also helps that I had a great teacher from Japan at the U (Twin Cities). Because I'm in CLA, a language class was required for me, but I think that if you're considering a language class, Japanese is great no matter if it's a requirement.

    Course highlights:

    Beginner's Japanese teaches you how to write all of the hiragana characters, which are used to write words that are already in the Japanese language such as dad, pencil, or Japanese names. You also learn all of the katakana characters, which are used to write non-native names and words such as coffee. Over the course of the year, about 100 or so kanji are studied and used as well. Kanji are Chinese characters used in the Japanese language, and have a pretty similar meaning to their Chinese counterpart. Basic grammar is learned, and by the end of the year, you can get a grasp on using adjectives, formal and informal speech, and properly conjugating verbs. Both oral and written Japanese are given thorough attention.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study. Do not procrastinate on homework, put your effort into actually learning, not just short-term memorization, and ask a lot of questions. That's how I got through the class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Ayumi Mita
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments Great Discussions

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