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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Lots of Writing

    Many Small Assignments

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    Jan 10, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course if your plan to use Japanese in your career. If you were using this for a gen ed requirement, I would suggest a different language.

    Course highlights:

    We went in depth on romaji, hiragana, and katakana. We also worked on writing and constructing sentences.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study your ass off. This is a tough course and I recommend studying handouts, practicing characters, and going to office hours.

    • Fall 2016
    • Sugawara
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing
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    Nov 03, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Sugawara immerses the students into his course by allowing to students to communicate with other students and himself in Japanese. He provides plenty of time to practice and willingly offers additional torturing during the week if a student ever needs additional help.

    Course highlights:

    By taking this course I gained considerable knowledge on Japanese culture as well as the language. It was more than just learning phrases, by carefully going through vocabulary and grammar, by the end of the course students were able to create their own sentences and ask question in Japanese and understand someone else response.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The best advice I can provide for this course is to practice as much as you can. You can practice with the professor, your peers, or even international students are willing to assist you with your learning.

    • Fall 2014
    • Sugawara
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Feb 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a great start in learning a new language. The Professor is good at explaining the sentence structures and sound changes. He also talks about the Japanese culture and compares it to our American culture.

    Course highlights:

    At the beginning of the course, the professor provides you with an overview of the course with the due dates for every assignment, a practice packet, and another packet with information on what the particles mean, tips, etc. I learned how to introduce myself in Japanese, some basic classroom expressions, some vocabulary words, numbers, and a few other things.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course requires a lot of memorization, listening skills, and practice, so I would recommend you review your notes everyday and keep practicing your Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. You could also learn from examples in the book and practice speaking with a classmate. When you are in class, do not take as many notes, instead listen to what the professor is saying and pay very close attention.

    • Fall 2015
    • Yosei
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments


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