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This blog is here for those interested in seeing what the ACMT Japanese Club has been up to and what we're learning step-by-step. It's a self-study club to enrich our lives and give us better opportunities for our future.

If you decide to follow this blog and learn alongside us, don't hesitate to send us questions. We may only officially have members who are a part of ACMT Zagreb, but unofficially the amount, who want to be a part of this, is limitless.

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Sincerely,

Japanese Club

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lessons Explained

Here's an explanation of how the lessons will look like.  It is subject to change over time, keep that in mind.

Let me explain a little bit of what we will be learning in the beginning:

At this point in time, we will be concentrating mainly on Hiragana.  The reason behind this is because once you have finished learning hiragana, essentially you will be able to read Japanese.  You probably won't know everything you are reading, since you need to learn a bit more vocabulary and grammar for that, but you will be literate in Japanese.  Now that's something you can say with pride.

For each lesson, we will be learning:
  • a new row of hiragana, or a review of the previous (which includes the pronunciation and the correct writing style)
  • some vocabulary will be posted at the end of each lesson from what we've learned so far
  • a bit of grammar
  • conversational pieces
  • 1 or 2 Kanji *
  • occasionally a few pieces of knowledge about the Japanese culture **

* Once we have succeeded in learning all of the hiragana, we'll move on to learning more kanji.  At this point in time, let's just concentrate on an alphabet that has one phonetic sound.

** What's important to know about learning Japanese is that you can't learn the language without knowing some of the culture.  It's just not possible to have one without the other.  Japanese language and Japanese culture go hand-in-hand.

There will also be some optional quizzes and homework assignments at the end of each lesson.  Remember, you'll only learn as much as you study.

What you need to know about Japanese is that it's essentially not a difficult language to learn.  It has a simple pronunciation scheme and with few exceptions, and a straight forward set of grammatical rules. Limitations on sentence structure are also quite minimal. 

The most difficult aspect of learning Japanese is the mastery of the reading and writing of kanji.