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JPN 104 Elementary Japanese I

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    Mar 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    At the University of Kansas, there are over 40 languages to choose from. Why choose Japanese? It is the closeness with fellow students and the professor & student aides that make it worthwhile. Starting a language can be scary because everyone seems to be afraid of making a fool of themselves, but no one will make fun of you here, only encourage; the added benefit of knowing a language that not as many other people know is nice too.

    Course highlights:

    The 4th week of the class was one of the most memorable moments because that was the day that everyone could feel proud of themselves and say, "I can read." Learning Japanese has a high learning curve in the beginning. Before you can do anything you need to learn 2 basic alphabets! Only afterward should you start learning kanji, another reading system, which makes the moment you can hold your head up and tell people that you can read Japanese is life-changing. Watching advertisements or children's videos and being able to understand sentences that were previously gibberish, or speaking to the instructor in Japanese with confidence instead of an unconfident mumble. Every small victory is easy to remember in a Japanese language class.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to work hard. Just like math and science courses, languages require a large amount of studying outside of class, the more the better (and it gives you the ability to show off to your fellow classmates if you get ahead if you want). Language classes will push you, and they always require a lot of memorization. The results of the hard work are always worth it though.

    • Fall 2014
    • Childs,Maggie
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Dec 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's different! The teachers make it fun and easy to learn. Yes, it does take some work the the benefits are amazing and rewarding!

    Course highlights:

    Even though this was a language course, learning about the culture of Japan was my main highlight. The teachers would tell you there personal experiences and stories.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study groups. I don't think I would have retained so much information if I just studied by myself. It was very useful talking this over with someone who could somewhat understand what I was saying to them.

    • Fall 2016
    • Childs,Maggie
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Participation Counts


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