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JNS 101 Elementary Japanese I

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Many Small Assignments

    Lots of Writing

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    Sep 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If you want to take this class, it better be because you WANT to learn Japanese. It's a fun course, but you have to be very committed to do well.

    Course highlights:

    By the end you'll be able to read both hiragana and katakana, as well as some basic kanji. You'll be able to form basic sentences, conjugate verbs, and have a very basic vocabulary. You'll also get used to speaking in high context culture.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You will definitely have to practice outside of class. And not just reading. Do yourself the favor of speaking it out loud as well. And the sooner you let romanji die, the better you'll be able to remember and read the actual japanese writing.

    • Fall 2017
    • Sugawara
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading 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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