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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lesson 1 - Homework and Extras



Let me introduce you to a lovely little document called genkoyoushi. This is a type of Japanese paper used for writing vertically.



Print out the genkoyoushi 6 times (front and back to save paper).
Per side, practice one hiragana character.
Example: on one side, on the other, one one side, on the other, and on one side (This should leave you with one side left).


On the last genkoyoushi practice your kanji. Since there are 3 kanji, use one column per kanji to practice writing them. With the spare columns, use it for whichever character (kanji or hiragana) that you are still having trouble with.

Learn the meanings of each kanji (kun-yomi and on-yomi + translation).

Conversational Pieces

Read the conversational pieces out loud. For now, try to sound out each letter.

Learn the pieces and their translations.


Learn what to, ya and ka mean.

Extra credit: Practice writing the sentences (in the Grammar post) in hiragana and katakana. This helps you learn the kana a lot better.


If you are interested in challenging yourself and adding a bit of motivation to your studying, send us a request through our e-mail for a quiz (short) or a test (long).

It's always nice to receive a good grade for your hard work and it motivates you to learn more.

As for the extras, we will be posting crossword puzzles, wordsearch, etc. at a later time, but if you are interested in having them right away, send us a request through our e-mail address.

COMING SOON: we will be posting a downloadable version of Lesson 1!  So you can have an easier time if you want to print out your lessons.


1 Question: Why are we only learning hiragana?
Answer: At this point in time, we'll only be learning hiragana (not katakana) because for beginners, if you want to read Japanese, hiragana is what's most important to learn right now.
Do you remember when you were young, you learned block letters first and then cursive came later? That's because the block letters were most important. You can't read without knowing them. It's the same with hiragana. Katakana is important, but we'll leave that for later since we can be mostly literate in Japanese with just hiragana.

2 Question: What's this long sentence even mean?
The romaji of this sentence is:
Iu made mo nai koto desu ga, kono kaisha no keiei-joutai wa, kanari akka shite imasu.

Needless to say [it goes without saying that], this company's operations have deteriorated considerably.

ANY MORE QUESTIONS? Confused about certain parts, don't know how to pronounce certain words, want to know more? Then just send us an e-mail to acmtjapaneseclub@yahoo.com. We'll try to get back to you as soon as we can.