April 24, 2014

Srsly, CHECK THE GOOGLE DOCS AND ADD YOUR FOOD TO THE LIST, or else.... you will be forever haunted by me :D

Japanese Unit 9 (<CLICK!!!)


From now on will only be updating the Google docs. If someone else wants to take over updating the wiki go ahead but I won't. I posted a link to the Google doc on the Japanese 2 Home Page.

April 4, 2014


In class we took a かんじ quiz then we just hung out in a circle and talked from conversation starters that Iya 先生 gave us. On the topic of Iya 先生, we have 3 weeks left with her. I thought that it might be nice to bring in a cake for April 25th, her last day. Since we know she likes Belle's Bread I figured it could be from there. In the two weeks following spring break I will be collecting money for it. Below is a screenshot of Belle’s Bread’s 8” (8 serving) cakes. Since this is Japanese class i thought we could go with the Matcha or the Strawberry cake. Since we have six students and everything is around 24$ with tax i thought four dollars per person would be fair. Let me know what you think.
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Tomorrow we have a 漢字 quiz so study! For homework we have a あげます/もらいます worksheet to do. Tomorrow we will also be presenting our summary of the お母さん story.
Today in class we took a 漢字 quiz, while that was going on イヤ先生 passed back some papers including the カタカナquiz we took monday; the one with the horrible handwriting. Then we read a story and イヤ先生 informed us of people who fail college. Then we began working on a summary of the お母さん story.

we have learned one new format for asking questions, specifically asking for a favor from someone. To do this put the verb you want them to complete in form then add a くれます to the end of the sentence.
家でお母さんりょうりを して くれます
My mom cooks for [me] at home.
We also have a kanji quiz tomorrow and on Friday.
To go in


Near by
To make



For homework we have the いただきますsection of the worksheets we have been working on in class
一人っ子(ひとりっこ)Only Child
ひま free (time)

In class we reviewed the format for giving and receiving

私から あなた
give to someone else
give to me
私は あなた
received by me

しかるTo scold
たすけるTo save
We also learned a new grammar pattern, it is ~た ことが あります, this mean’s i have done ~. The た mean’s it has already happened and the あります represents the have in the sentence.
I have cried.

We learned the verb form 〜たら for "if... Then..."
To do this you put the verb in た form (past tense casual) then add a ら

We learned the verb form 〜たり for listing verbs
To do this you put the verb in た form (past tense casual) then add a り
あさねたり、食べたり、飲んだり します。



Tomorrow, 2-27-14, we have a reading comprehension test. On this test will be the vocab, grammar, and kanji we have learned in this unit. To help everyone i have decided to put up a page that contains all of this in one place.
Unit 7


(人) をむかえに行く to go pick up a person
(人) をむかえに来る to come pick up a person
(人)をむかえに帰る to return home to pick up a person
(もの) をとりに行く to go pick up a thing
(もの) をとりに来る to come to pick up a thing
(もの) をとりに帰る to return home to pick up a thing
(時間) までに to stop by; to drop by a place
(ことろ) によろ by a certain time
(時間に) そのこる around that time
You should stuffy this vocab for our mini quiz on it tomorrow. We also have a worksheet to do for homework. The worksheet is on Prudential form verbs, it's only 5 multiple choice questions.

February 18, 2014

For home work we have to write 5 sentences with the new verb form expressing the ability to do something.
1. る verbs - replace the 「る」with 「られる」
2. う verbs - Change the last character from a う vowel sound to the equivalent え vowel sound and add 「る」
3. Exceptions - 「する」becomes「できる」and「くる」becomes「こられる」
We also have a worksheet called Crazy Katakana. At some point you should also study for the kanji quiz tomorrow, in the quiz Iya sensei will give us a sentence, in this sentence the kanji or the hiragana word will be underlined and we will have to tell her the hiragana or kanji of the underlined word. The kanji is as follows
まつ・まって ー 待って wait
もつ・もって ー 持って have, hold
ばん ー 番 number
こと・ごと ー 事 matter, thing
あめ ー 雨 rain
ゆき ー 雪 snow
テン ー 天 heaven, sky

February 15, 2014

イヤ先生 Recently gave us a sheet of paper and told us to have a conversation with the suggested vocab on it. I decided to put those vocab on here in one place.
  • Game しあい
  • Championship ゆうしょう
  • Scores スコア
  • Win/lose かちます/まけます
  • Athlete せんしゅ
  • Gymnasium たいいくかん
  • Out door sports field うんどじょ(?)
  • To cheer あうえんをする
  • Number 〜番
  • Participate in a game しあいをする
  • <versus> 〜たい〜
  • Teams チーム
  • Types of sports どんな スポーツ
  • Start/end times はじめる時間/おわる時間

February 13, 2014

We didn't learn any new vocab really, we did play a game where Iya Sensei says a sport and we have to go up and slap the image before your partner did. She said we might do something fun tomorrow since its valentines day and all but she's not sure since we're so talkative.

February 12, 2014

We learned some new vocab
ゆうしょうをする championship
スコア. Score
〜たい〜 ~vs.~
〜てん. Points
あと After

February 10, 2014

No homework. Sorry this took so long guys I tutor on Mondays and Wednesdays until 4:20.
Begin はじまる
Finish おわる
Playing/ doing しあいに出る
Cheer あうえんをする
Uniform ユニフォーム
Number 〜ばん

February 7, 2014

Worksheet for homework.
sport をします
EX: やきゅうをします。
I play baseball.
In class
We worked on the grammar pattern above. We also talked about what sports we liked and weather we thought other people's choice of sports was interesting.

February 6, 2014

Since not every have a gmail account i will continue to upload to here as I can.
No quiz today, yay!
In class we reviewed what we've learned so far this week about sports. We also did a role play of a girl who is trying to decide what sports club to do but then it got a little weird when Josephine introduced the Tara's Stalker Club. After that we worked on the grammar pattern from Tuesday or Monday. The we learned about the Difference between が、けど、and でも.
We've learned this stuff so far this week
  1. Gym たいいくかん
  2. Athlete せんしゅ
  3. Hour じかん
  4. Place ばしょ
  5. Stadium うんどうじょ
  6. Exercise うんどう
  1. Topic 1が adjective\verbですが topic 2が negative adjective\verbです。
I like topic 1, but not topic 2.
  1. が (formal)
  2. けど (informal)
These two words compare two things, but the two things it's comparing don't have to be opposites. They can also be used more conversationally than でも.
でも can be used at the end of a sentence and is only used with opposites

February 4, 2014

Happy birthday Emmmaaaa :D
All Japanese 2 Notes are moved to Google Docs, and will stay there unless notified....

January 31, 2014

We had school today. In class we look at some pictures of shops in Tokyo. Then we had another play scenario like we did yesterday. We also got a word search. That word search happens to also be our homework. I'm going to upload a partially completed copy so that Josephine and Doris can do it too.

January 29, 2014

Another snowday!!
Alas we still have homework but it's easy! Only one 漢字 Which so happens to be 雨On page 321. That's it so have a nice and relaxing snowday everyone!!

January 28, 2014

No school! Yay!
Even though we don't have school we still have home work. The home work for tonight is vocab #1-6&9 on pages 272& 273. We also have 漢字 it's 事 On page 306. Have a nice snowday!

January 27, 2014

先生 WA's back today. She wasn't feeling great but at least she was back.
In class we found óp out that next week on Tuesday February 4 we have the unit 6 test. We practiced some of the vocab for tonight, Which is #6-10 on page 264 and the 漢字 Is 番 On page 305.

January 24, 2014

No Sensei again. I found out that she wasn't here because she got a concussion. She was getting out of her car and slipped and hit her head on the bumper of her car. Hopefully she's doing better and will be back the next day we have school (hoping for a snow day!)
In class we had a short 5 question quiz with two kanji and 3 vocab words. Then we had to write ten sentences about a picture we got of a tea ceremony. This was much harder that originally expected. If you didn't finish it then that's part of your homework this weekend. the rest of you homework is the Grammar (B) on page 267. There is no kanji this weekend.
I also put up the 2 sided homework log pages on the Japanese 2 main page so if you want that and don't want to waste paper on printing a new one all the time you now can!
Enjoy the weekend! Ohayo con is this weekend and the tickets are 10$ online for Sunday FYI.

January 23, 2014

No sensei, no test.
In class we translated a story about these people who may or may not be dating and may or may not both be guys. it wasn't real spacific on the important stuff. Then we kinda messed around for a while. Then i left so thats about all i know.
For homework there's some vocab, number 1-5, on page 264 and a kanji on page 300.

January 22, 2014

No 先生 again unfortunately.
Today in class we went over the grammar stuff we worked on yesterday in class and last night as homework. Then, we took a mini test on three vocab words and the grammar pattern. After finish all that, which took about half the class, we discussed food of different cultures and restaurants in the nearby area where you could get said food.
For homework tonight there are a few vocab words on number 7-10 on page 258-259. There is also the kanji for wait, 待つ on page 300.
Sorry i'm putting this up so late i was busy with a volunteer project i'm setting up!

January 17, 2014

For homework there are 5 vocab words, #2-6, on page 258. Also there are 2 かんじon page 289.
No test today! Yay!
In class we worked on writing Goldilocks and the Three Bears in groups of three. This was to practice our comparison sentences using ~ほど; we had to compare things in the story like the tree bowl of hot porridge, though no one used porridge because we can't say that in 日本語. Then we had to turn them in to せんせい so she could read our beautiful stories.
Have a great weekend!

January 16, 2014

For homework there are 3 vocabulary words and 2 kanji to study tonight.
In class we took a quiz, again... not fun. Then we worked on comparative sentences with ~ほど. せんせい's example sentence was, "すまうさんほど ドリスさん 大きくありません" this means, "compared to a sumo Doris is not large". Then we got to look at children's books and compare things just like when we were in kindergarten!

January 15, 2014

You should be reading and trying to understand the Grammar A on page 260 and the two kanji- 方 or ほう which means alternative and 国 or くに which means country for tonights homework.
Today in class we took a quiz. Then we worked on grammar; we used ~より & ~ほど both of which are used to describe ones preference of something, the first is positive and the other is negative. We also used the sentence structure "(Noun 1) と (Noun 2) では (の方)が 好きです。" to describe what someone prefers; this one is different though because it means you don't like the other option at all.
Also I'm making a Google Docs of all the stuff we're learning in unit 6, if you want me to add you to it just e-mail me at taragwilson12@gmail.com

December 15, 2013

PSST, Japanese 2 class! If you still want the Secret Santa on the exam day (we will pull names and give them during the study time, preferably $1-2?)
COMMENT WITH YOUR NAME HERE: (If our whole class doesn't comment by Wednesday, we aren't doing it :P)

I don't think anyone is looking at this page right now ;.; but I'll still wish you all a mappyhanzakwanzafest
~ Erica

December 13, 2013

Josephine's masterpiece :D


December 10, 2013

To day in class we wrote a practice essay in preparation for the exam. During it a lot of people seemed to be having trouble with transitional phrases so i scanned a page of transitional phrases from one of Alec's books. It's the Sentence Conjunction part FYI.
Transitional Phrases.jpg

December 9, 2013

Josephine was nice enough to compile and post the exam review :D
thank you muchly josephine~

November 26, 2013

We took our Chapter 7 test today!! :D Hope you all did well! ;3 Be sure to study for the imaginary writing section test next Monday!! Have a great Thanksgiving break!! :DD
Eat good food guys! :3
Teehee sensei >:D We wrote it for you again :DD
P.S. Japanese Club is meeting up at noon at that one restaurant, called Jason's Deli on Wednesday~
Address ~ 225 West Bridge Street, Dublin Ohio 43017

November 25, 2013

Sensei lost her test ;__; She will be remaking it, so BRING YA HEADPHONES tomorrow!!!!!!!! We researched Japanese New Year's FOOOOOODs <333 today
Teehee Sensei I already wrote it~ >:D

November 22, 2013

No Sensei again, She'll be back by Monday for our test though. We reviewed some more in class. Don't forget to study over the weekend! And on Monday we'll be in the library for the first part of the chapter test. BRING EARPHONES!!! <<< MUST BRING!!!! SUPER IMPORTANT!!!!

November 21, 2013

No Sensei today. We had a sub named Mr. ミクリ. Today in class we reviewed. We worked on making a list of everything we've learned this chapter and I volunteered to put it online. Erica also asked me to put the workbook pages for chapter 7 on the wiki.

November 20, 2013

We checked in on the most recent section of vocabulary, then worked together to read the dialogue at the start of Chapter 7. Then, we listened to the audio track on the Moodle website that has people reading this dialogue out loud together. **When you do this at home, fast forward to about halfway through the track to find the "Repeat" section. This is the section where they add pauses after sentences.

Allen-sensei will be at a conference Thursday and Friday. Please bring your textbook to class to review Chapter 7 together. On Monday the 25th, report to the library for our Chapter Test!

November 19, 2013

Sensei has a meeting RIGHT after school and has to run away! Any helpful notes to add?

November 18, 2013

We had a written quiz today, only five questions though so yay. Then we practiced ない forms and got clementines. From there we learned (-な)ければ なりません・いけません which means "have to (do)" or "must (do)".(Page 156)

No new kanji

November 15, 2013

No せんせい today,
We practiced (dictionary verb)+つもりです= plan to do~/intend to do ~. The opposite of this is (ないverb)+つもりで= do not plan to do~/do not intend to ~ (page 190). This should be used first person. Then we practiced (dictionary form)+はずです= ~ is expected to happen; the opposite of this is (ない verb)+はずです= ~ is not expected to occur (page 190). This is used about a third person. The new かんじ for the day is 分 (page 227) this is the わ in わかりません (i don't understand) or ふん、ぷん、ぶん as in the counter for time.

November 14, 2013

No quiz today. Today's new kanji is 間 (p. 227).

We worked on putting together weather reports using recent vocabulary and grammar.

November 13, 2013

Today we had a verbal quiz and then worked on reviewing 〜ない form. Next, we practiced applying 〜ない form to making the 〜なかった past form, and then practiced making guesses about what Allen-sensei did and didn't do yesterday.

Today's kanji is 時 (p. 220).

November 12, 2013

Sensei is at school doing paperwork, and students are at home enjoying a pretend snow day. :(

November 11, 2013

Kanji quiz! Today's new character is 寺 (p. 220), which is a component of MANY other kanji.

We played a fast round of "Never Have I Ever", and then started describing a character named Kelly. For homework, the calendar shows THREE different grammar items for you to look at. Before you do any of that, review 〜ない forms of verbs (plain/casual negative form). All three of these grammar points are variations on 〜ない form.

November 8, 2013

No quiz! Over the weekend, please study the kanji 言 and 語 on p. 209, as well as the vocabulary shown on the calendar. We practiced the grammar on p. 212 by playing "Never Have I Ever". ~~Brilliant suggestion from Doris!~~

Then we quickly took a look at the writing from the Unit 3 test. We need to do more work on explaining AROUND words that you can't think of/don't know in Japanese. We are still trying to put things into katakana and hoping that they'll work, and it's not as understandable as explaining would have been for someone who is reading your essays.

We looked briefly at a kids' book of Japan's seasonal celebrations, and we'd like to do more of including holidays in regular class time.

November 7, 2013

Vocabulary quiz! Sensei forgot to add a new kanji! Darn it! We took a look at pictures that show some traditional decorations and other aspects of celebrating お正月 in Japan. Keep an eye on the calendar for information on what to study each day from now on. If you look at what's due tomorrow, it's a grammar point that you need to read about in the book.

November 6, 2013,

We had a kanji quiz, and today's new kanji is 男 (p. 196). Notice that this kanji sounds like おとこ when it's by itself, but like だん when it's put together with other kanji to make a word. So the title of the manga 「はなよりだんご」is a pun. That phrase usually means "dumplings over flowers", and is spelled with the kanji 花より団子 which is another way of saying that you have to take care of your practical needs (hungry belly!) before you can pay attention to things like pretty flowers. The manga title spells it as 花より男子 to set up the idea of a world in which watching out to not get on the bad side of the boys who run the school is your most important practical need.

Anyway! We talked a lot about Christmas celebrations in Japan and our families, and looked up some information about Japan's Christmas traditions. For tomorrow, we'll learn the next five words, and try to find out some more about New Year's in Japan.

November 5, 2013

Sensei was absent because of a plumbing emergency at home (the shower handle exploded). Everyone learned the kanji 田 (p. 196) and the first five vocabulary on p. 207, and practiced the た form of verbs.

November 4, 2013

Today's test section was an essay. Each person wrote a comparison of a Japanese food of her choice and a non-Japanese food of her choice. The structure of the essay was:
  • Introduction
    • One comparison of the two subjects
    • A second point of comparison
    • A third point of comparison
  • The author's opinion
  • Conclusion
For tomorrow, please review the 〜た form of verbs.

November 1, 2013

The first of today's two new kanji is 女 (p. 189). The way that you write this gets described as くノ一 (くのいち) which is also a term that means "female ninja." The second kanji of the day is 好 (p. 190).

Then we practiced having a conversation in writing with the moms.

October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Happy test day! Today's test sections were multiple-choice listening and multiple-choice reading comprehension (both through the computer), and a "text chat" of short written answers.

October 30, 2013

We practiced adjectives and adjective forms using the flashcards (links for the printables are on the 29th). We tried out the chocolate coconut water and sesame stick snacks and described them using a lot of adjectives, then talked some more about food and Thursday's test.

October 29, 2013

Since Tara's notes took care of yesterday (hooray!) there's not a lot to write about today. We looked at the rubrics for open-ended writing tasks this year together to try to take some of the mystery out of grading. You can also take a look at the rubrics that we'll start using for other types of work by going to the Japanese 2 Main Page and following the link.

Everyone seemed to agree that we need to review adjectives and adjective forms, because (just like Sensei) it's easy to forget these. Here are the cards that we used in class to practice these. A dotted line means that you should fold, instead of cutting, to make a two-sided card.
Practice cards: い Adjectives
Practice cards: な Adjectives
Today's new kanji uses the 門 that we learned yesterday: 聞 (p. 184).

October 28, 2013

So we have a test this Thursday and due to this I thought I should upload a list of all the Kanji since the last test, all the Vocabulary, and all the Grammar for unit 3. If you can't open any of these let me know (tgw12@hotmail) and i'll upload a PDF version. Also since i don't know if sensei plants to update for today i figure i will. In class sensei was stressing over some grading things so we review in class over all of the following document info. Sorry for any spelling errors, as i have mentioned in the past i can't spell.
(combined version of Tara's study guide)

October 24, 2013

No quiz today! We worked in pairs to create step-by-step instructions for making the food of our choice. Then each group read their instructions as classmates sketched out what they were being asked to do. We'll hear Josephine and Tara's recipe on Monday.

October 23, 2013

Today's quiz was over kanji. We brainstormed verbs and other vocabulary terms we would need to give directions in a recipe. We added a few helpful terms and patterns. Look at textbook pp. 389-390 for several of them. We also added the grammar pattern to say that you're going to "try and see" what something is like. Look at textbook p. 161 for this. The only thing that we added that isn't on these pages are the verbs まぜます ("to mix") and いれます (text p. 272 "to put in").

Then we worked in pairs to create step-by-step instructions for making either spaghetti or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

October 22, 2013

We didn't have a quiz today. We read Frog and Toad books (outside for a little while). Today we got two new kanji (since Allen-sensei forgot a couple of times and is terrible). They are 毎 (まい) and 書 (しょ) on textbook p. 166.

October 21, 2013

Today's quiz was over the flavor and flavoring words. Then we played 20 questions trying to guess the food that Allen-sensei had written down.

October 18, 2013

We looked at recipes together with the moms to try to figure out the directions given. At the start of class, I mentioned that this would be called the つくりかた for the recipe. That word is made up of the root of the verb つくります combined with the ending かた which means "way of doing." So the "way to write" a kanji is its かきかた and the "way to eat" a sandwich is its 食べかた etc. There's an explanation of this on textbook p. 386.

We got two new kanji (we got a little behind with the odd schedules this week). 父 and 母 are on textbook p. 162.
Please study vocabulary #1-10 on textbook pp. 394-395 this weekend. These terms are for flavors and basic flavorings. We've unofficially heard several of these terms during the work that you've been doing...

October 17, 2013

We had a quiz over the fruit and vegetable terms from pp. 384-385. We worked to describe the items instead of just translating them when we were reviewing. Next, we looked at the food magazines to see how many familiar words we could find in the recipes, and how many new words we could figure out based on context.

October 16, 2013

Even shorter class than yesterday! We looked at food magazines together.

October 15, 2013

Today we had a weird short class because of the late start. We talked about food and the homework was to study the vocabulary from yesterday more.

October 14, 2013

We looked at several Japanese foods today and talked about common ingredients and terms related to food. We are (yet again) pulling vocabulary from a few different sources in the textbook. Chapter 5, textbook pp. 146-147 has the vocabulary for the different dishes that we looked at today, but the words related to various ingredients are on Chapter 14, textbook pp. 384-385. Some other vocabulary for ingredients are scattered in even more places in the book. Here are some words we used that aren't found in either of the sections already listed:
  • めん (a general term for any kind of noodles)
  • やきます (a verb with a lot of 'cook' translations - bake, fry, grill, toast, etc.)
  • しょうゆ (soy sauce)
  • みそ (fermented soy bean paste)

Work on learning the terms for the dishes we looked at today.

October 11, 2013

Today we talked with the moms about Japanese food that we like. We also got the kanji 先 (the 'sen' in 'sensei').

October 10, 2013

Today's new kanji - 出 (text p. 148)

Since we've had a lot of absences due to Challenge Day, we took care of make up test sections today. Tomorrow, we'll talk with the moms about Japanese food, so try to find some pictures of yummy or unfamiliar-looking Japanese food that you can ask the moms about.

October 9, 2013

Unit 2, Test Day 2

October 8, 2013

Unit 2, Test Day 1

October 7, 2013

We created review sheets together to study for Tuesday and Wednesday's test.

October 4, 2013

Today we talked about food with the moms, pretending that they were classmates so that we could practice the casual forms that we've been learning. Today's new kanji is 川 (text p. 148).

October 3, 2013

We had a kanji quiz, and today's new kanji is 川 (text p. 147). We practiced plain forms, and used the map carpet to give and follow directions. Please continue practicing plain forms and map vocabulary.

October 2, 2013

We didn't have a quiz today! The new kanji is 食 (text p. 132). We practiced plain verbs some more, and used the maps a little bit. Please review plain forms some more, and also review map terms for tomorrow.

October 1, 2013

Today's quiz was a review of verb forms. Hey, guess what? You know how to make plain past forms of verbs, you just didn't KNOW that you know. Plain past forms are た forms. Yes, you make them just like て forms. Easy! Today's new kanji is 見 (text p. 132).

September 30, 2013

Today's quiz was over kanji. No new characters today. We had a conversation using the plain and 〜ない forms of verbs. For tonight, make sure to review both of those verb forms, as well as the 〜て form. Knowing your verb groups is key!

September 27, 2013

We used the sentences from homework to talk with the moms about likes and dislikes. Today's new kanji is 校 (text p. 127).

September 26, 2013

Sentence-writing quiz using より to make comparisons. We talked a lot about where we would take a visitor to Dublin/Columbus and why we'd take them there.

We talked about how to turn verbs into nouns: put the verb into either the plain dictionary form or the plain negative form, then put こと after it. Magic! You can also choose to use の instead of こと for this. Chapter 2, Section 4 starting on p. 56 explains this and gives more examples.

Now you can say that you like DOING something: ねることがすきです。
say what you like NOT DOING: がっこうに行かないことがすきです。
say that you're good at/bad at doing something: せんせいはうたうことがじょうずです。
compare two actions: ねることはしることよりすきです。(pssst! Take a look at Chapter 13, Section 4 starting on p. 369 if you want far too much detailed information about this sentence pattern.)

Today's new kanji is 学 (text p. 126).

For homework, write five sentences telling your opinions about doing five different things. Also practice what you will say if someone asks you WHY you have that opinion.

September 25, 2013

Kanji quiz, and the new kanji of the day is 車 (text p. 118).

Then we got started talking about comparisons. Look at Chapter 9, Section 1 (starting on textbook p. 252) for some information about this. But here's the basic idea:

Think of two true sentences:

Then decide which one is the MORE true of these two when you compare them. Hmmm... I think that I like Reina more, so that's the stronger sentence.

Now to add the comparison, make a space for the thing that's being compared,

and throw it in there with a より stuck to it as the particle to say "more than this thing."

September 24, 2013

New kanji: 来 and 子 (text pp. 109-110 and 118). We practiced the 〜ない form of verbs; keep working on that for homework.

September 23, 2013

Allen-sensei was absent; study hall time.

September 20, 2013

Today we practiced giving and following directions on the map of Kyoto with the moms. The new kanji of the day is行 and it's found on textbook p. 109.

On Monday, Sensei will not be here, so please bring your textbook with you to class. Work together to learn the Plain Negative form of verbs (textbook pp. 110-112) that is the less formal substitute for the 〜ません ending.

September 19, 2013

Today's quiz was over yesterday's vocabulary. New kanji of the day is 外 and it's found on p. 86. I STRONGLY recommend that anyone with an iPhone/iPod/iWhatever get the dictionary app imiwa? and use it to create vocabulary and kanji study lists. There are other good apps out there, but this one is well-made, free, and lets you create vocabulary lists. For all of you Android people, Makimono Japanese Dictionary appears to have nearly all of the same benefits, but doesn't let you create lists as far as I can tell.

We practiced using the vocabulary we learned last night, and then added a couple of terms needed to give someone directions to go somewhere on a map.

  • Ch. 4, Section 2
    • かど = corner
    • (Location に/で)とまります = to stop
    • (Location で/を)まがります = to turn at ___
    • (Direction に)まがります = to turn towards (the right/left, etc.)
  • Ch. 13, Section 2
    • こうさてん = intersection
    • むこう/むかいがわ = other side/opposite side/across from
    • まっすぐ = straight
    • 〜をわたります = to cross over ___

September 18, 2013

We had a vocabulary quiz over the terms that we studied last night. Today's new kanji is 中 (text p. 86).

We practiced the vocabulary from last night, and used both the "permission" sentence patterns and the location terms to identify buildings on maps.

We added some other map terms to learn tonight:
  • Ch. 2, Section 3 (p. 48)
    • いえ = house
    • ぎんこう = bank
    • こうえん = park
  • Ch. 4, Section 2 (p. 117)
    • みち = street/road
    • ___を = along a street, through an intersection, etc.
  • Ch. 13, Section 2
    • とおり = large street/avenue/boulevard
    • はし = bridge

**All work that Allen-sensei has received so far (except for the test) is completely updated. Nameless papers can be claimed at the end of class, and credit will be updated the same day.

September 17, 2013

Second Day of the Unit 1 Test! It will take a little while to score the open-ended responses.

For homework, learn the vocabulary in Chapter 13, Section 1 except for items #1, 2, and 7. We'll be learning most of Chapter 13 information next.

September 16, 2013

First day of the Unit 1 Test!

September 13, 2013

We didn't have a quiz or a new character today! We practiced using location terms all period. Please look back at the Class Notes, and also at your past quizzes to see what types of items you should anticipate seeing on the test. In all likelihood, we will be splitting the test over Monday and Tuesday so that you don't feel as rushed. Good luck!

September 12, 2013

Today's quiz was over recent kanji. Today's new character is 何 and can be found on p. 81 of the textbook. Watch out for the line order! Make sure that you're practicing it with the horizontal line at the top sticking out at the top right corner (otherwise, you've accidentally written an entirely different kanji).

We studied terms for locations today - the whole list of 14 items can be found in the textbook on pp. 41-42. Please learn these for tomorrow so that we can play 20 questions with the moms!

September 11, 2013

Today's quiz was a review of the plain forms of verbs - please continue to review these! Today's new kanji is 夕 and you can find information about it on textbook p. 81.

We took a look at an article talking about how fake school uniforms have become a part of popular fashion in Japan.

September 10, 2013

We had a quiz to REPLACE yesterday's tragic quiz on the grammar pattern for telling what you may/may not do. Don't assume that this will ever happen again! Good grief! The new kanji of the day is 小 and it's found on textbook p. 76.

We used cards from the game Tell Tale to practice writing new rules, then we played a round of Spot It Junior in Japanese.

September 9, 2013

We had a quiz over the grammar from the weekend. No new kanji today!

We talked a little bit about きそく (rules) in your current classes, and practiced vocabulary.

September 6, 2013

We presented our uniform designs to the moms and they decided that they would buy Tara and Josephine's uniforms. Their uniforms were reasonably priced, included some options for individualization while still staying in uniform, and seemed very practical.

We also chatted with the moms about summer vacation.

For homework, learn the kanji 大 on p. 76, and study the two grammar points found on p. 77 in your textbook.

***Photos of the moms who volunteer at Jerome are posted on the wiki home page, so please work to learn their names quickly!

September 5, 2013

We worked on our uniform designs a little further, and added the kanji for "above" and "below" (text p. 71).

September 4, 2013

We had a quiz identifying vocabulary from yesterday.

We divided into pairs to work on designing a school uniform for Jerome. What would be the advantages of the uniform that you designed? What would be potential problems? Many high schools in Japan have uniforms, as do an increasing number of American high schools. Imagine yourself as a uniform designer trying to convince Jerome High School's administrators and parents that using your uniform would be good for our school.

September 3, 2013

We had a quiz over vocabulary from Friday, and talked about clothing vocabulary:
  • ようふく = "Western" clothing
  • ジーンズ = jeans
  • ジャケット = jacket
  • Tシャツ = t-shirt
  • サンダル = sandals
  • イヤリング = earrings
  • めがね = glasses
  • ゆびわ = ring (jewelry)
  • わふく = Japanese-style clothing
  • きもの = kimono
  • はかま = Japanese formal pants
  • おび = belt/sash
  • ゆかた = lightweight cotton robe

Today's kanji was 曜 as in "day of the week".

August 30, 2013

We had our big summer kanji homework test, and the grades are ALREADY in ProgressBook. Nice work! We practiced using the plain form of verbs to make a descriptive phrase within a longer sentence, as in "Raena is a person who draws cute pictures" = レイナさんはかわいいえをかく人です。

For homework, study vocabulary #2, 4, 6, 7, and 8 in Chapter 2, Section 1 and the kanji 私 (p. 57)

Please remember to sign and return the permission slips for Iya-sensei on Tuesday!
*ProgressBook records will be completely updated over the weekend. They're VERY incomplete right now due to start-of-the-year technical difficulties.

August 29, 2013

We had a quiz over yesterday's words, and then got two kanji again today: 今 and 年 (pp. 49-50)

We re-watched the video from site 11, and used this vocabulary to talk about what we were seeing. We reviewed the てform song and verb grouping patterns so that we can use the pattern 〜ています effectively. Next, we looked at how to make short forms of verbs to substitute for the ます form.
  • Group 1 Verbs: Drop ます and turn the "i" sound at the end into the "u" sound from the same set in the hiragana chart.
  • Group 2 Verbs: Drop ます and add る
  • Group 3 Verbs: します become する and きます becomes くる

August 28, 2013

Today we had two new kanji, since we didn't have any yesterday: 人 and 本 (pp. 42-43)

We watched the video from the Star Festival site 11, and described what we saw. Then we brainstormed what other vocabulary would be useful for describing the site. From that, Allen-sensei chose our list for tomorrow:
  • sell = うります
  • buy = かいます
  • uniform (not sports) = せいふく
  • clothes = ふく
  • hat = ぼうし
  • "doing" sentence pattern = 〜ています

August 27, 2013

Allen-sensei was absent, so we studied the grammar on textbook p. 37 and reviewed kanji.

August 26, 2013

We had a quiz on our first two kanji. We spent the rest of the class period doing the baseline listening and writing tasks.

August 23, 2013

We practiced telling a story using the Story Cubes, then took a look at today's kanji: 目 (p. 37)

We introduced verbs for "wearing" things (find these in textbook Chapter 3, Section 1)
  • きます = wear clothes (upper body/whole body)
  • はきます = wear (lower body only)
  • かけます = wear glasses
  • かぶります = wear/put on top of your head
  • します = wear jewelry, accessories, etc.

Please take a look at Star Festival Site 11: Fish Market.

August 22, 2013

First day of Japanese class, so lots of handouts and logistical information. We are on a schedule of one new kanji each day, and today's character is... 口 (p. 37) I think that you can handle that. ;) Make sure to be reviewing as well as looking over the syllabus tonight.

August 21, 2013

First day of school! Whoo hoo! Everyone in Japanese 2 (as of the first day) is a freshman, so Sensei sat sad and lonely in an empty room while they all went about their freshman orientation activities. I hope everyone had a chance to study summer homework kanji...