Japanese 132

R. Loftus


Elementary Japanese II


Spring 2016

Walton Hall 144


Office Hours: M, F 10:00-11:00 am

T, Th 9:30-10:30 am and by appointment

Textbook: Nakama 1 by Makino and Hatasa plus the Student Activities Manual (SAM)

Nakama 1 is a newly revised textbook that brings practical, everyday Japanese into the language classroom with an emphasis on gaining language proficiency. Each lesson has clear objectives in terms of teaching the students to be able to carry out certain language tasks: talking about your likes and dislikes, going shopping, eating out at restaurants, describing your family, counting, etc. Your text, and the materials which accompany it, including the audio files, workbook and any other online materials, are your keys to a successful language learning experience.You need to use them in an integrated fashion. For each grammar point in the text marked with a Roman Numeral, there is a corresponding assignment in the workbook. DO THE HOMEWORK WHEN IT IS ASSIGNED, and then, at the next class session we will review and reinforce the items that you have studied and practiced.

When working with grammar, vocabulary and kanji, you should say things out loud as much as you can; you need to be able to learn by ear because speaking skills cannot be learned solely through the eye. All our work in class and the studying you do at home are based on this principle. Feel free to consult the Nakama webpage.

As before, use the kanji learning modules found here.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.     To learn to speak the target language in such a way as to be able to communicate effectively in a limited number of task-oriented situations modeled on dialogues and exercises found in the textbook, and to show signs of developing the capacity to initiate sustain, and close a general conversation in face-to-face situations.

2.     To learn how to read and understand the target language within the limitations of the ability to recognize the phonetic symbols of two alphabets and approximately 75 of the Chinese characters with which modern Japanese is written.   To be able to apply this basic reading knowledge to relatively simple, connected paragraphs dealing with basic personal and social information.

3.     To learn how to listen and understand longer and more sustained utterances in the target language than was the case in Japanese 131

4.     To learn to write sentences, brief synopses, short paragraphs and letters in the target language using the two phonetic scripts and approximately 75 of the Chinese characters with which modern Japanese is written.

NOTE: For every class hour, there is an expectation of 2-3 hours work outside of class.  Since our class meets four times a week for 50 minutes so you should expect to do 6-9 hours outside of class engaged in course-related activities such as homework, practising the written form of the language, visiting the World Language Studio, making flash cards, undertaking vocabulary study, developing your skills by practicing on your own, working with your language partner, signing up for tutoring with our Language Assistant, Shotaro Kumano <skumano>, etc. See below for more tasks that you might wish to spend time on.


Student Activities Manual (SAM): Hatasa & Hatasa Student Activities Manual (WB) contains exercises and homework assignments to accompany each lesson. Portions of assignments will be on the student audio CDs and also online on WISE .


"There is no perfect teacher. . . .The point is to make a sincere effort to become a perfect student of an imperfect teacher."

Fujita Issho, Zen Master




Key Requirements:

1. Regular Attendance--no more than 3 unexcused absences (10%)

2. Completion of Regular Homework Assigments on schedule (10%)

3. In-Class Quizzes (15%)

4. In-Class Unit Tests (4) and Final (65%)

5. Regular Preparation and Practice of Vocabulary and Sentence patterns with each lesson

6. Assigned tasks with Language Partner when possible.

7. Oral Assessment Interview in my office at the end of the Semester


NOTE: The schedule below and the Assignments represent thePLAN for our course of study; things are set up according to a certain pace. But, "things" do not always go exactly according to plan, so please be aware that we may get off schedule from time to time. I will try and update the webpage in a timely manner, but there may be times when assignments differ from what you see on the syllabus. Please be alert to what we go over in class and what I say about the next Homework assignment.The operating principle always is that we introduce the new Grammar Point (always roman numerals I-V for each lesson) and follow that with the corresponding Assignment in the SAM. If we cover the Grammar Note sufficiently, then we will do the appropriate Homework that evening; but if we have not introduced the new point yet, then we will probably not. We may do something else instead. it's called improvising!

Jan. 18

Greetings; Review Final Exam from Fall Semester;

How was your winter break? (ふゆ休みはどうでしたか)

Review Nakama material

Introduce Kanji for L.7 Kanji

New Vocab: Food, Drinks, Sports, Music and Hobbies




Kanji L. 7 SAM, 207-208



Continue with New Vocab.: Food, Drinks, Sports, Music and Hobbies (continued)

L. 7 Favorite Things and Activities: Introduce Dialogue




SAM, p. 187

Kanji Practice Sheet (Handout)





Grammar I. Expressing Likes and Dislikes with 好き and きらい; use of particle


Kanji Practice

SAM I, pp. 189-190



Grammar II. Verbs in the Dictionary Form + to nominalize the verb, e.g., えいがを みるのが 好き

More Practice Dictionary forms, nominalizing verbs with Verb df+の

Helpful You tube Video on Dictionary Form of Verbs



SAM II,pp. 191-192



Jan. 25

Grammar III. of contrast; as but;





SAM III, pp. 193-195




Grammar IV. Making Comparatives:

A は Bより ___ More than B, A is_____

A より B の 方 が~, and using the Superlative (Ichiban/一番) pp. 27-32




SAM IV, pp. 197-200





Grammar V. Giving reasons ( ので ) with Verbs in their Dictionary Form (~V-df)--or the Plain Negaitve (~nai form): See "Dictionary" forms;

Using V-df+ので as Reason;

i-Adjectives (+ので) and na-Adjectives (+なので)

More Practice with Plain (-る or -う) forms of Verbs pp. 33-35

Kanji Practice





Assignment Postponed





Kanji Review, Kanji Quiz

More Practice with Reasons/Comparisons

SAM V, pp. 201-203

SAM Integration, pp. 205-206


Practice L. 7


Feb. 1

Listening and Reading 38-44;

Revisit dialogue;

Review, Integration




SAM, Listening Activties I-III, 209-213






Review and Practice


SAM, Listening IV-V+ Dict-A-Conversation, pp. 215-219


Review Materials L. 7


Review and Practice




L.7 Chapter Test --Postponed unti Monday





Feb. 8

L.7 Chapter Test





Kanji L8 ,

SAM, pp.237-238


See also Kanji here and Kanji L.8 here



L. 8 Shopping

New Vocab: Clothing, Accesseories, more numbers above 100, 「うりば」place or department where they sell items, Adding-subtracting numbers, Using number like 100, 1,000 and 10,000 (百、千、一万)

Expressions like "Do you have a...." "Please show me a..." "Please get me a...""Please put in in a box," etc.

Plus Kanji







SAM, Intro, pp. 221-222

Kanji Worksheet L.8

More kanji stroke order








L8 Dialogue

Shopping: Grammar I ~ん です as an explanation or confirmation, pp. 62-64



SAM I, pp. 223-24



L. 8 Grammar II. Expressing desire using X が ほしい hoshii, and Verb stem+-tai form

SAM II, pp. 225-226



Quiz Yourself--Vocab

Other useful kanji materials with example sentences


L. 8 Grammar III. Counters: ~まい, ~本, ~さつ, ~ひき



SAM III, 227





Kanji L. 8


Grammar IV. Japanese Origin Numbers p. 322

Practicing w/Counters


Numbers above 100




SAM, IV, p.229





Other similar materials for kanji L. 8 click here.


L. 8 Grammar V. Talking about Prices with 円/Yen and counting floors with ~kai


L. 8 Kanji Practice


SAM V, 231-232

SAM, Integration, pp. 233-235




L. 8 Listening Practice and Reading; Revisit Dialogue


L. 8 Kanji Practice

Kanji quiz



SAM Listening I-II, pp. 239-241

Practice L.8



Feb. 22

L. 8 Review



SAM Listening III--V +Dicta, pp. 243-247




L. 8 Review




Review Materials L. 8



L. 8 Review







L. 8 Unit Test





Kanji L9 and Kanji L9 here, too,

SAM pp. 265-266








L.9 Intro Restarants and Invitations:

New Vocab--Foods, Cuisines, at Restaurants





SAM, Intro, p. 249

See also L9 Kanji here




March 1

L. 9 Grammar I. Making choices: X ni shimasu;







SAM, I, pp.251-52

Another look at Kanji L9







Kanji Reading Practice L9



L. 9 Grammar II Making Proposals using ~ましょうか and ~ましょう

Doll Festrival or "ひなまつり"= March 3


人形 hina-ningyō displays dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period

See a link here.


SAM II, p. 253





L.9 Grammar III Question Word + Ka

See also this link








SAM III, pp. 255-256





Mar. 7

L.9 Grammar IV Reasons using から; conjunction けど (ke(re)do(mo)






SAM IV, pp. 257-258






SAM V, pp. 259-260

SAM Integration, pp. 261-263



    L. 9 Practice


L.9 Grammar V Verbs and Adj + soo da = seems like, looks like


L.9 Kanji Reading Practice


Listening, Reading and Dialogue



SAM V, pp. 259-260

SAM Integration, pp. 261-263


L. 9 Review;

Kanji Quiz L.9


SAM, Listening I-III pp. 267-271






L. 9 Review

SAM Listening IV-V +Dicta Conversation, pp. 273-77

Vocab Practice-Quiz



L. 9 Review


Review Materials L. 9

Another vocab practice Quiz



L. 9 Pre-Test




Review Materials L. 9






Begin DVD, The Cat Returns (45 Minutes)







SPRING sprbrksprbrksprbrkBREAK

March 21-25


Mar 28

Finish The Cat Returns as necessary (30 minutes)

Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.

See interesting video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=52raDbtNpa4

Introduce Kanji L. 10 and New Vocab




L. 10 Kanji, and HERE, too

SAM pp. 295-296

(Due Tuesday 3/29)




See also this Kanji page for L 10








L. 10 My Family New Vocab: Kinship Terms, Physical features, Personality, etc.


Review L. 9





Look at SAM, Intro, 279-282

Prepare for L. 9 Test







Complete Ch. 9 Unit Test













L. 10 Practice





April 1

L. 10 My Family New Vocab: Kinship Terms, Physical features, Personality, etc.

L.10: Dialogue


L. 10, Kanji /Vocab Review










Hnad in SAM, Intro, 279-282
















April 4

Grammar I Order within the Family , 一番目、二番目


Review Family Terms








SAM I, 281-283

Kanji Worksheet L. 10







L. 10 Practice





L. 10, Grammar II, V-ている form = resulting state Remember V-て form?



Review Grammar, Practice Kanji




SAM II, 285-86









L. 10 Grammar III, Physical Appearance or Skills and ability using  

Xは Yが___です



Review Grammar, Practice Kanji



SAM Grammar III, 287-288




L. 10 Vocab Practice/Quiz



L. 10 Grammar IV Modifying Clauses


L. 10 Grammar IV Describing People with Noun Modifying Phrases


Kanji Review/Reading




SAM IV, 289-290


April 11

10 Grammar V Opinions +とおもう( I think/feel that...)



SAM V + Integration pp. 291-294


Kanji Practice



L. 10 Review; とおもうPractice;

SAM, Listening I-III,pp. 297-302






L. 10 Listening and Reading Practice

Kanji Review


SAM, Listening I-III,pp. 297-302



Reading Practice, Nakama

Kanjii Review and then

Kanji Quiz




SAM, Listening,  IV-V+Dicta Conversation,pp. 303-307


Review Materials L10





April 18

L. 10 Review L. 10





 Review Materials L10





L. 10 Review L. 10










L. 10 Chapter Test



Change of Plans: No Prep Wrok for L. 11

NOTE: for L. 11, Koishi-sensei wants you to have your SAM workbook pages in tact for L. 11, so we will not tear pages out and hand them in

Kanji L. 11,


See also this Kanji Page for L. 11 and this Kanji L11 page, too




Begin Comprehensive Review of Nakama L. 2-9

Plus a little teeny Peek at L. 11, Grammar II.

Plain negative (-nai) forms and the Plain Past (-ta) form of verbs;

4 Sentence Types

Begin Scheduling Oral Interviews II










April 25

More Comprehensive Review of Nakama L. 2-9

Practice Plain negative (-nai) and Plain Past (-ta) form of verbs;







Peek at L. 11 Grammar IV, ADJくform /ADV or Noun + に +

なるor する

Practice with なる

L. 11, V 〜でしょう、〜かもしれない、〜かな





Comprehensive Review of Nakama L. 2-6



4 Sentence Types


Interesting grammar Video


Continue Comprehensive Review of Nakama L. 6-9




Reviewing Plain Negatives of Verbs

Final Review Sentences







Monday May 2 Review
Tuesday May 3 Final Review




Final Exam (approximately two hours) will be on

Friday May 6 at 8:30-11:00am