21F.501 / 21F.551 / 21F.571 Japanese I

As taught in: Fall 2009

Kanji character for Red.

Kanji from study materials. (Illustration by Carrene Winter Tracy. Used with permission.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Yoshimi Nagaya

Masami Ikeda-Lamm

Ikue Shingu

Course Features

Course Description

This course covers Japanese: The Spoken Language Lessons 1 through 6, providing opportunities to acquire basic skills for conversation, reading and writing. The program emphasizes active command of Japanese, not passive knowledge. The goal is not simply to study the grammar and vocabulary, but to improve the ability to use Japanese accurately and appropriately with fluency. Students will learn 56 Kanji characters in this course, as well as introducing Hiragana and Katakana.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mov, .mp3 and .zip.