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Exposure to Japanese language and culture opens doors to one of the world's most exciting countries. In this course, you will learn to speak the Japanese language while developing an understanding of the cultural context for communication. You will be immersed in the language and culture within the classroom setting so you can develop some degree of comfort in speaking and comprehending. We will discuss cultural facets to be aware of when communicating in Japanese, and nuance in various communication settings, an excellent skill whether traveling or doing business. The main focus of this course is to enable you to obtain basic information necessary to communicate in everyday situations. Therefore, vocabulary, expressions and sentence patterns are carefully selected so that the language learned can be put to immediate use in conversational situations. Rather than stressing rote memorization or grammar translation, instruction will emphasize the development of communicative competence in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. You will participate in various classroom activities, such as: role-plays, turn-and-talk, small group discussions, surveys, etc., to improve your communication skills. Listening and speaking skills are emphasized, although you will also be introduced to a few Hiragana characters. The class is designed for true beginners. No previous knowledge of Japanese is required.
 
What You Will Learn:
● An introduction to the basics of Japanese including: action verbs and the phonetic syllabary called, “Hiragana.” 
● Standard greetings, numbers, dates and currency, and how to utilize basic verbs in conversational Japanese.
● Simple present tense; how to converse on the telephone and to talk about colors, numbers, physical descriptions.
 
Quarters Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer | In-class
Course Fee: $320
Prerequisite: None
To Continue Progress in this Series: Japanese for Communication II
Contact: For more information about this course, please email: ahl@ucsd.edu


 

Course Number: LAJA-40000
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)

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