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Course Detail: LNG177 - Basic Japanese: Beginner I


The Japanese language is spoken by more than 130 million people worldwide.


The language of Japanese is agglutinative, meaning most words are formed by joining morphemes together. The complex honorific system (keigo) distinguishes it from other languages. It uses distinct vocabulary and verb forms that indicate a relative status that is held by the listener, the speaker, and whoever is mentioned in the conversations.

This class is designed to run one year from September 2017 through June 2018.




This course is designed to introduce students to the everyday language of Japan. Through this course students will learn how to:
♦ Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the needs of a concrete type
♦ Introduce yourself and ask/answer questions
♦ Interact with others in a simple way
♦ Basic grammar and key phrases will be taught along with basic writing.


Required Textbook: Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 "Rikai" Coursebook for Communicative Language Competencies.

The textbook can be purchased the first day of class from the instructor for $23.29. Checks can be made payable to IPFW.

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