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This class was tough.
I would recommend this course to students who plan on following a pathway with Japanese. Following taking this class, I went back to Spanish because of how difficult the course was and how much of my time it took up. But it taught me many lessons, this was a class I took my very first semester of college and instilled in me great study habits that I have continued throughout my schooling. It was a very demanding course with an exam every week, but if you put the time and the work in, you can overcome. After hitting the ground terribly, I managed to finish the course with a B, against all odds.
You learn all the foundations of Japanese language and much of the culture. It is so interesting to learn to write Japanese, speak the language, etc. This class only gives you a snapshot of the vast knowledge there is to pick-up, but it is very worth it. Japanese is a great language to learn for how rare it is for Americans to know it, but if you pick it up and start with Japanese 105, it will pay off in the end.
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Be ready to work hard, study hard, and delegate a lot of time to the course. It is very tough if this is your first encounter with the language, but if you push through, it will pay off. Whether you stick with Japanese or not, this class will make you a better student.