May 17, 2013

We had a two-hour delay, so class was only about 20 minutes long. Sensei presented award-winners from the National Japanese Exam with certificates, and then ran away to Coffman.

May 16, 2013

Everyone paired off and worked together to review vocabulary.

May 15, 2013

Melissa, Sushan, and Chloe had some very minimal review with Sensei. Their brains were all bruised and tired.

May 14, 2013

Exciting Bingo was played. Wednesday will be all about Japanese 4, since they'll be back for the first time in SOOOOO long.

May 13, 2013

We FINALLY got to play a little bit of Typhoon to review Chapter 8 information. Make sure to study Chapter 7 vocabulary tonight to prepare for different game time on Tuesday.

May 10, 2013

We read another story with the moms today - a story about Benkei that has been turned into a kabuki play. For Monday, review Chapter 8 information.

May 9, 2013

We had the Chapter 9 Test today, and the people who had handed in Chapter 8 Test Corrections got those back.

May 8, 2013

We reviewed Chapter 9 information using the Checklist from the last page of the chapter in the textbook. Then we took another look at the story of Ikkyu from Friday. Tomorrow is the Chapter 9 Test, so make sure to review!

May 7, 2013

先生 had to go home unexpectedly, so Evan-先生 came and helped everyone review Chapter 9.

May 6, 2013

We took a look at the Star Festival site together. We got to site three, the Miyagawa house, and then 先生 decided to show us some of the Yoshida Brothers playing shamisen music.

May 3, 2013

We read a couple of really old stories with the moms - one about いっきゅうさん and one about うしわかまる. I promise, these are both really familiar characters in Japan, along the lines of Robin Hood or King Arthur. Here's information about Minamoto no Yoshitsune (aka Ushiwakamaru).

May 2, 2013

Japanese 3 worked together on practice activities from their textbook, and Japanese 4 talked with 先生 about recycling in Japan. Then Japanese 4 read a short story about ditching grandma on a mountain.

May 1, 2013

We did a multiple-choice reading practice together, then wrote some additional questions that could have been asked about the article. Then we did "Speed Dating" and talked with each other about next week's testing and our plans for summer vacation.

April 30, 2013

We didn't really do much of anything today, since half of the class was out doing the AP test pre-administration session.

April 29, 2013

We talked briefly about where we'd like to visit in Japan and why. Then we read an essay about a 「すてきな出来事」 and talked briefly about gifts that we've given or received in the past. Chloe's present to her mom last year was the best one - she drew all over a pair of shoes for her mom, who was so happy that she cried when she received them.

April 26, 2013

We really briefly talked with one of the moms about where we'd like to visit in Tokyo and why we'd like to go there. Most of the class was spent on setting up for International Day.

**ProgressBook will be inaccessible for most of the weekend while maintenance is being completed.

April 25, 2013

Today we used the prompts from the beginning of Chapter 8 in the textbook to have some conversations that use recent vocabulary. Use these to prepare for tomorrow with the moms. Japanese 3 - you will need to decide on at least one destination in Tokyo that you'd like to visit, and have at least three reasons in mind. These reasons can be based on the information that is in the textbook, the information that we talked about in class, or other sources.

April 24, 2013

We met in the computer lab and looked at past practice essays using the rubrics for writing tasks (you can get to them through your class's Main Page). If you are still working on test corrections, get those back to 先生 by the end of the week.

Friday is International Day at lunch, so if you are interested in bringing in food for credit, please read this explanation of how to get credit for that. If you are interested in working at the Japan table, please ask your fifth period teacher for permission to miss class, and you will be given a pass on Friday if your teacher says you can go.

April 23, 2013

We did a text chat practice, then worked together to finish reading yesterday's stories. Before tomorrow, familiarize yourself with the rubrics for writing tasks.

April 22, 2013

We tried doing a practice reading that had some key typos in the questions. *sigh* Sorry. Then we worked on reading the stories from the start of Chapter 9 (Japanese 3) and Chapter 8 (Japanese 4). Bring your books tomorrow, and we'll meet in the lab. If you'd like to do test corrections for homework credit, hand that in within the next couple of days.

April 18, 2013

We had a listening practice which used a lot of very polite vocabulary and patterns. If you want to hear it again, here it is. Japanese 4 finished up the listening section of their test, Arshad finished the test, and we looked at the other locations in Tokyo listed in the Japanese 3 book. For Monday, make sure that you also study the kanji that are listed for this past week.

April 17, 2013

Japanese 4 and Arshad took their tests today, but they'll do the listening portion tomorrow. We did a text chat practice, then took a look at some information about Tokyo. We'll pick up tomorrow with talking a little bit about Shinjuku. Here's the Wikipedia page about Shinjuku Station.

April 16, 2013

Today was the Chapter 8 Test for Japanese 3, but Japanese 4 (and Arshad, who was absent today), will be taking the test tomorrow. We'll be meeting in the lab.

April 15, 2013

We did an AP writing practice, then had a fire drill. *sigh* Remember to review Chapter 8 content for YOUR level's textbook!

April 12, 2013

Today we practiced with role-playing conversations. On Monday, we'll meet in the computer lab, and on Tuesday we'll have a test. Make sure that you are reviewing Chapter 8 vocabulary and grammar for your level's textbook - Japanese 3 and 4 will have different tests this time!

April 11, 2013

We listened to some samples of test-takers' responses on past AP exams, and did a practice speaking task. Here is the link to more of these examples from past years.

April 10, 2013

We did a practice reading activity and went over the results. The test scheduled for tomorrow is postponed until 先生 is back to being able to type...

April 9, 2013

We looked at the information for the JET-MIP, even though next year is the earliest that most people in Japanese class could apply. The link is on your class's Main Page. We did a listening practice, then took a look at recent kanji. Japanese 4 should be checking on the kanji supplement and Kanji Alive if their characters aren't easily found in the textbook.

April 8, 2013

先生 stayed home with an ouchy arm. What a wimp.

April 5, 2013

We took a look at a culture article, then talked about it with the moms. The topic was Japanese currency...

April 4, 2013

We did another exciting writing prompt! Woo hoo! You are getting so much better at these so quickly. If only you knew what a grocery store was, we'd be all set. Yeah, that's not a 日本語 problem there.

April 3, 2013

We started with a vocabulary quiz for both classes, then did a multiple-choice listening practice. It was a very formal phone message, so it was tough. If you want to listen to it again, here's the file. New kanji were introduced for both classes, and Sensei dropped the ball big time when writing the examples. The Kanji Alive site link has been added to this class's Main Page. We then practiced recent description vocabulary by trying to guess food items that Sensei was thinking of. Tomorrow, we'll meet in the computer lab.

April 2, 2013

We got a new kanji for each class, then did a multiple-choice reading practice. We looked at some video of a train station and talked a little bit about trains in Japan. Here's the link for that site.

March 22, 2013

We shared our timed writings from Thursday with the moms, got some advice from them on wording and phrasing, and practiced recent kanji. If you are interested in applying to be a camp counselor at Camp OFLA, you need to e-mail 先生 as a reminder for her to write a recommendation letter, even if you've talked with her about it. She's old and forgetful, and needs written reminders. Take a look at the syllabus for what's coming up after the break!

March 21, 2013

We did a timed writing comparing fast food and sit-down restaurants. Make sure that you practice your "one new, two review" tonight, study the vocabulary on the schedule, and let 先生 know right away if you're applying to be a counselor at Camp OFLA. On Friday, we'll share your timed writings with the moms.

March 20, 2013

We met in the computer lab today and tried a practice text chat in Japanese, in the same format as would be on the AP exam. Lots of practice needed! If anyone can figure out an easy way to send Sensei a log of your chat conversation, she'd love to assign that as a homework assignment that gets you credit... Meet on Thursday in the same lab.

March 19, 2013

We took the National Japanese Exam today, thereby entering you all in a competition to win scholarships, trips to Japan, etc. Also, it's good practice for taking the AP exam online, so there's that. Your scores are visible through ProgressBook, but do not affect your grade.

March 18, 2013

We checked our "one new, two review" and Sensei handed out kanji charts so that we can check characters off as we review them. We got our new kanji to study tonight, and then we did AP reading practice.

Tomorrow is the National Japanese Exam, so bring your own earbuds, and report to the computer lab at the start of THIRD period.

March 15, 2013

We checked on kanji today, and Sensei tried to clarify expectations. At the start of class each day, we will check the previous lesson's "one new, two review" kanji for both Japanese 3 and Japanese 4. Then, Sensei will write that day's kanji, and answer any questions about them (when you look at the schedule, the character shown next to the date is the one introduced on that day). For homework every day, everyone is expected to learn the English meaning, the Japanese meaning, and the proper stroke order of their class's new kanji, as well as reviewing two kanji of their choice. Sensei will hand out a page of prior kanji on Monday so that you can check off characters as you review them.

Check the schedule - it has been adjusted and completely updated. For Monday, everyone is expected to have already studied vocabulary up to #10 in Chapter 8 for their level's textbook.
**Remember, National Japanese Exam is on Tuesday, so you will miss your regular third period class.

March 14, 2013

We are starting a new schedule of one kanji per day! At the start of class each day, Sensei will introduce a new character for each level. For homework, everyone is expected to learn that character, as well as choosing two other kanji to review. We worked together on the workbook packet today. Keep an eye on the schedule; it's been altered, but is now in a stable situation. From here on out, Japanese 3 is using AIJ 3 ONLY and Japanese 4 is using AIJ 4 ONLY.

March 13, 2013

We went over the translation of the last test together, then started to look at the workbook page packet.

March 12, 2013

Sensei was already over at Coffman, so the class worked on the packet of workbook pages.

March 11, 2013

We updated Sensei about the conversations that we had with the moms on Friday. Because of the OGT changing the schedule around, Sensei won't be in class on Tuesday or Thursday this week; everyone should bring in the workbook packets and work on those during class time.

March 8, 2013

We had a conversation with the moms about houses in Japan, trying to find out how common the items listed by the textbook actually are in an ordinary home.

March 7, 2013

Sensei was at ANOTHER all-day meeting. The sub handed out packets that were photocopies of the workbook pages, and we worked on them during class.

March 6, 2013

Snow Day!

March 5, 2013

We met in the computer lab to practice typing in Japanese, but first we had a short kanji quiz. We looked at how to set up a computer for multiple languages, including how to set up both a Mac and a PC. That information is also available here. After we had set up the computers we were using, we did a practice run typing a response to an AP-style writing prompt.

March 4, 2013

We talked about the outcome from Saturday's speech contest and put together some ideas for next year. Here's Sensei's post-mortem on the whole event, complete with links to all of the relevant documents for this year (this will be useful next time!). For tomorrow, study kanji; check your class syllabus for numbers.

If you are interested in requesting copies of the official workbook pages for this textbook chapter, please e-mail or sign up with sensei ASAP. Copies will only be made for those who request them.

March 1, 2013

Final run-through and questions for speeches. Very excited for the contest, but eager to get back to having class on Monday.

February 28, 2013

Sensei was absent. Speech practice day

February 27, 2013

Speech practice day

February 26, 2013

Speech practice day

February 25, 2013

Speech practice day

February 22, 2013

Ice Day!

February 21, 2013

We talked about the logistics of the Speech Contest, then practiced and peer-edited speeches.

February 20, 2013

We had a translation test today. All of the scheduled work for Japanese class is ON HOLD until after the speech contest!

February 19, 2013

Felix-sensei was a pitiful little pile of yuck, so sensei was absent and class was a study hall.

February 14, 2013

We did our first timed writing in the format found on the AP exam. We will be doing these on a regular basis throughout the rest of the year. Tuesday next week will be another translation test!

February 13, 2013

We had a vocabulary quiz over the last of the vocabulary in Chapter 6, then we read our versions of the story of Feli the dinosaur.

February 12, 2013

Today we reviewed the grammar that has showed up so far in AIJ 4, Chapter 6. Then we told the beginning of the story of Feli, the lonely dinosaur. For homework, re-tell the story in Japanese, then finish it by telling what his brilliant idea was, and how that turned out. Here's a picture of the whiteboard after our story, just to remind you.

February 11, 2013

Today we had a vocabulary quiz, and a discussion about academic habits.

February 8, 2013

We had a conversation with Kajihara-san about your favorite entertainment.

As you are making your schedule choices, take a look at this information about "Japanese 5" options in our district.

February 7, 2013

We read the conversation from the beginning of AIJ 3, Chapter 6 together. Tomorrow, you will talk with the moms about your own preferred 娯楽 and find out about theirs. You should prepare for this conversation and make notes about any important words that you'll need to express your opinions; these will be checked while you are having your conversations!

February 6, 2013

Today we talked about class planning for next year and AP expectations.

February 5, 2013

Today we did three practice reading comprehension passages similar to AP test content. Remember, read the questions before you start to read the text!

Also, please refer to the AP vs. Adventures in Japanese list as you are studying kanji for the rest of the year. Like I mentioned, the second half of book 4 doesn't match well with the AP list, and the second half of book 3 also has several characters that you should treat as "optional". You may also want to check out the Summer Homework page already, especially during the chapters that will end up being light on kanji.

February 4, 2013

We had a vocabulary quiz over the first 16 terms in AIJ 3, Chapter 6. Then we watched some happy children celebrating せつぶん (check the calendar on the top page of the wiki for that link).

February 1, 2013

Today we worked with the moms to start creating evidence to add to our LinguaFolio portfolios. Remember, the link to the LinguaFolio site is always on the right-hand side of this page!

For homework, bring in proof that you spent at least 15 minutes studying Japanese over the weekend. Easy points! Everyone is registered for the National Japanese Exam on March 19th. The test will take all of both third and fourth periods. Also mark your calendars for next Thursday, February 7th. Curriculum Night for students who will be in ninth grade next year at Jerome is from 7:00-9:00, and we need volunteers who can talk to parents and students about Japanese class. Extra credit and some sort of dinner will be provided by your sensei.

January 31, 2013

Today we talked a little bit about two grammar points found in AIJ 3, Chapter 6: 〜ながら and 〜間に which both can describe two things happening at the same time.

〜ながら gets put together with the verb stem (for example, 食べながら) to say that one person is doing two things at the same time. So if you want to say "I watched TV while I was eating dinner", it's 晩ご飯を食べながら、テレビを見ました。Just like in English, there's a slight suggestion that eating dinner was a less important activity, but it's not necessarily a big difference between the importance of the two.

〜間に describes a background situation that was in effect while a person did something. It can come after any type of word, and the に is optional. This pattern DOESN'T describe one person doing two things at once. Some examples:
食べている間に = while someone is eating
寒い間に = while it's cold
きれいな間に = while it's clean/pretty
学校の間に = during school

Two reminders: National Japanese Exam forms are due Friday, February 1st. Also, please check to see whether you can come to Curriculum Night on Thursday, February 7th (extra credit! Sensei buys you dinner!).

January 30, 2013

We had a quiz over the kanji in Chapter 4, then finished reading the text about Sadako together. Remember that following along on the page with your finger actually improves your speed and recognition, no matter what language you're reading!

If you have a smart phone/iPad, etc., try downloading the LFO to Go app - we'll be trying to add evidence to your LinguaFolio file on Friday. Take a look at what you have so far; Japanese 3 students should be working to add evidence that proves that they are working on the skills in the "Novice High" level, and Japanese 4 should be working to add evidence that proves they're working on the "Intermediate Low" level. FYI, the latest information that I have from College Board indicates that the texts on the AP exam are intended to be written at an "Intermediate Low" or "Intermediate Mid" level.

January 29, 2013

Today we began to read the text about Sadako from Monday's test together. Tomorrow will be a kanji quiz.

January 28, 2013

Today we had a test based on the story of Sadako. No further comment. *sigh*

January 23, 2013

Today we read the story at the start of AIJ 4, Chapter 4. Whew, not a very cheerful reading. This is the last one about 第二次世界大戦, and then there are a variety of topics.

On Thursday, you will continue work on your story. You will be showing these stories to the moms on Friday, then turning them in on Monday with any edits that the moms think are needed. That way, sensei can read them and be entertained while you take your test. Monday's test is on Chapter 4 in BOTH textbooks, with Japanese 3 responsible for AIJ 3 kanji, and Japanese 4 responsible for AIJ 4 kanji.

January 22, 2013

We had a quiz on vocabulary up to #32 in AIJ 4, Chapter 4. We worked together in pairs on re-writing a familiar story in Japanese, using the terms from this chapter. The goal is to use at least 20 of the vocabulary terms, and to use the pattern "someone lets/makes you do something" three times, as well as the pattern "someone seems to want something" three times. We will finish writing these on Thursday, and check them with the moms on Friday.

Don't forget your National Japanese Exam paper!

January 17, 2013

We finished reading the story about Tezuka Osamu together. E-mail sensei on Friday (January 18) if you want to meet with her to talk about your grade or to make up any work.

January 16, 2013

We had a quiz over the first 16 terms in AIJ 4, Chapter 4. We looked for patterns in the transitive/intransitive verb pairs, and sensei is typing up a pretty version of what we came up with. We spent the rest of the period working on reading the story of cartoonist Tezuka Osamu, and we'll continue tomorrow.

January 15, 2013

We went over the semester exam together. We spent the rest of the class period making sure that the Speech Contest submissions were put together correctly to be mailed in.

Be sure to check the schedule to see what tomorrow's quiz will cover. Bring in the form for the National Japanese Exam if you have decided to take the test.

January 14, 2013

We went to a computer lab to start using the online version of LinguaFolio. The first time that you log in, take care of the following tasks:
  1. Click on your name, then Profile in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Update everything that you can in your Profile, including adding Japanese and removing English from the Languages list.
  3. If you are taking another language class, you may want to also add that language.
  4. Click on the Can Do tab, then on the left-hand side of one of the bars shown.
  5. Answer the questions in the survey that appears, then save.
  6. Return to the Can Do tab. If the section of the bar shows as solid green, click on the section immediate to the right of that green bar, and answer those survey items.
  7. Repeat this process until a section of the bar appears as green bubbles. That shows where you currently are for that aspect of your Japanese skills.
  8. If you have a bubbly section, move on to the next row, and repeat this process until you have completed all rows.
  9. Click on the Biography tab, and complete as much of that information as possible. Note that this is not just asking about Japanese, these questions relate to all of the practice that you have had learning and using second/foreign languages.
  10. The last stop should be the Interculturality tab. Create an entry that describes your experience talking with the Japanese moms last Friday.

Complete your speech, and be ready to hand it in, along with your CD of you reading the speech. Make sure to check the schedule to see what tomorrow's quiz will be over. Strongly consider the National Japanese Exam, and bring in the form if you have decided to take the test.

January 11, 2013

Today was a work day for our speeches. On Monday, we will meet in the computer lab in C212.

January 10, 2013

Today was a work day for our speeches.

We finally have access to use the online version of LinguaFolio! We will be going to a computer lab on Monday in order to get started using it, but if you want to log in ahead of time, use your standard school password and ID here.

January 9, 2013

We had a vocabulary quiz based on the items listed on the schedule. We will have work days to prepare for the JASCO speech contest on January 10-15, so bring all of the relevant materials with you to class for each of those class sessions. Make sure to bring the application form to class on Thursday, and to read through the information on their site: Japan-America Society of Central Ohio

January 8, 2013

Sensei was absent on Monday, due to her son getting ear tubes. He seems to be feeling really good now, so hooray! The sub should have given you a packet of pages with information about New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Japan. It was all written in Japanese, so your job was to try to figure out as much as possible.

You should be checking the Japanese 3 Schedule or Japanese 4 Schedule every day to see what I expect you to review before class. Today, we had a quiz about Chapter 4 kanji, and we went over the information that you looked at yesterday.

For tonight, study the information on the schedule!

December 20, 2012

Your tests are all done! Hooray! FYI, here is my translation of the last section of the exam:

"When I was a college student, I (sensei) majored in Japanese. I also studied French, but I preferred Japanese. So when I was a junior, I went to Japan and studied for a year. For that year, I lived with Japanese families.

From September until the middle of November, I lived with the Akita family. That family was a father, a mother, an older sister, and an older brother. That family hardly spoke. For example, they would come home and father would sit in this room while mother would sit in a different room and watch T.V. alone.Every day, mother would make lunch for me, but "thank you" and "you're welcome" were all that we said.

From November to May, I was living with the Tanaka family. That family had three younger sisters. Also, the mother used to be an English teacher. The Tanaka family ate dinner together every night, and talked a lot. For the sisters, their family were like friends to them. But when they spoke to me, they spoke only English. They wanted to be taught English, so they were doing a homestay. Dinner conversations were very strange. The family spoke in Japanese, and occasionally asked me a question in English. And after the question, they would have a conversation in Japanese."

December 17, 2012

Be kind to yourself and to your classmates this week; everyone is stressed out and being genuinely nice will go a long way. Review, but don't over-do it. Sleep. Don't forget to eat breakfast.

December 15, 2012

Alec worked very hard to create an Excel Document, a Quizlet and a Study Blue to help study for the exam. If anyone wants access the links are below:
Study Blue:

December 14, 2012

We talked with the mothers today. When you are reviewing, try using the checklist found at the end of each textbook chapter. In AIJ 3, that would be p. 49, p. 91, and p. 126. In AIJ 4, it is p. 53, p. 100, and p. 148.

December 13, 2012

We played a review game together.

December 12, 2012

Same as yesterday. We will play review games as a class on Thursday.

December 11, 2012

We reviewed for the semester exam together. Allen-sensei got a phone call after first period asking her to go get her son and take him to the doctor, so this is a VERY late note. No new homework.

December 10, 2012

We had a vocabulary quiz over the remaining content in AIJ 3, Chapter 4. We discussed next week's exam. The exam will include content from Chapters #1-3 in BOTH textbooks, with Japanese 3 students receiving footnotes on vocabulary found later in the textbook. Japanese 3 students are expected to know the kanji found in AIJ Chapters #1-3, and Japanese 4 students are expected to know kanji up to and including AIJ 4, Chapter 3. Bring both textbooks tomorrow; we will have a Study Day.

December 7, 2012

We read the essay about Norman Mineta together with the moms and discussed the content.

For homework, learn the remaining vocabulary in AIJ 3, Chapter 4.

December 6, 2012

We practiced decoding English sentences written using kanji by using dictionaries, and we wrote some original ones too.

For homework, preview 読み物4ノーマン・ミネタ氏 on AIJ 4 pp. 388-389. Notice that I mixed up Norman Mineta with Daniel Inouye for one of the stories I told you recently. Oops. Bring your textbook to class.

December 5, 2012

We had a quiz on the vocabulary that we studied last night. We talked about the history of kanji and the types of information that is found in a dictionary entry. We also briefly talked about types of kanji and tried reading a little bit of a book that was WAY above our reading level while using a kanji dictionary. If you would like to borrow a book with a section of a little bit of kanji history, I've got them. Alternatively, if you find a good website with that type of information, please add it to these notes.

Want an extra challenge? Try translating this sentence back into English letters. It's an English sentence that has been written using kanji, paying attention ONLY to the pronunciations of those characters:

Can you create an English sentence written using kanji pronunciations? It's tough!

December 4, 2012

We checked homework from AIJ 3 pp. 148-149 and discussed kanji radicals. The answers for Section B are:







For homework, learn the first 15 terms in AIJ 3, Chapter 4 (pp. 139-140).

December 3, 2012

We practiced using a kanji dictionary. If you do not have a functional kanji dictionary app, try [imiwa?] for Apple devices or try accessing the WWWJDIC or searching for the name Jim Breen for a good free dictionary. BTW, I am not aware of any good kanji dictionary apps that you have to pay for, so save your cash.

For homework, write your answers for activities A and B on textbook AIJ 3 pp. 148-149.

November 30, 2012

We practiced having a conversation with the moms using the topics from Thursday's AP practice items. We tried to also speak as though the moms were high school students in order to practice some more casual language.

November 29, 2012

We practiced for the "Simulated Conversation" section of the AP test. Tomorrow, we will try to have conversations with the moms about the same topics. We will be addressing the moms as though they were high school classmates.

November 28, 2012

We had a vocabulary quiz based on yesterday's list.
We practiced for the multiple choice listening comprehension section of the AP exam with two sample passages. We tried to not weep. We will continue to do AP practice throughout the year, so that all of the types of questions on the test are familiar. **I want Japanese 4 students to plan to take the AP exam this spring. Japanese 3 students may also want to consider taking the test in order to have a practice run and to see where their skills are.

November 27, 2012

We compiled a list of needed vocabulary for Chapter 3 in AIJ 4. We finished reading the Chapter 3 story about Mr. Hirano with Evan Sensei.

For homework, we'll study that vocab list.
  1. めいれい
  2. にちべい
  3. ぐん
  4. こうげき
  5. だいとうりょう
  6. よろこぶ
  7. かんけい
  8. ふへい
  9. まもる
  10. きんじょの人
  11. あつまる
  12. たいけん
  13. とつぜん
  14. やっと
  15. じゅんび
  16. いんしょう
  17. しらせる
  18. てき
  19. みかた
  20. まずしい

November 26, 2012

We looked at the newly released information on the speech contest.

November 20, 2012

We read half of the story from the beginning of Chapter 3 in AIJ 4 together.

For homework, read the remaining half of the story. Also, select 20 vocabulary from that chapter to study. If you would like extra credit for reading this page, e-mail sensei with the phrase "It's a piece of paper with Blake's name on it."

November 19, 2012

We read the end of the book about てっちゃん and his hat.
We talked about our conversations from Friday's class, and turned in the written summary homework.

Bring your AIJ 4 textbook to class on Tuesday. We'll be reading the story at the start of Chapter 3 together, so you may want to also preview the vocabulary in that chapter.

November 16, 2012

We talked with the moms about Thanksgiving and our plans. We worked to stay COMPLETELY in Japanese, without using dictionaries or English.

For homework, write a short (400 character) summary of your conversation or explanation of your Thanksgiving plans in Japanese. You can submit this on paper or by sharing a Google doc with

November 15, 2012

We read most of a book together. If you have not yet successfully submitted the two LinguaFolio documents, keep talking with せんせい about it so that we can troubleshoot and work out all of the glitches together.

November 14, 2012

We finished the stations that we began yesterday, and began reading a book together.

For homework, follow the same instructions as yesterday to complete and send in the Learning Inventory part of your Lingua Folio. Everyone who has successfully submitted the How Do I Learn document has already received credit in ProgressBook.

November 13, 2012

We filled out the first section of a LinguaFolio portfolio, and will follow these steps to turn in a copy to せんせい

  1. Choose LinguaFolio and Language Background tags.
  2. Choose the document How Do I Learn.
  3. Save a copy to your computer before filling anything in.
  4. Complete a copy, using the notes you made in class today. **Note that the line at the bottom of each section is for you to add any additional strategies that you think would be useful in developing this skill.
  5. Change the file name: add lastname_firstname to the beginning of the file name.
  6. E-mail a copy of the file to せんせい:

We took a vocabulary quiz, and started some practice activities at stations (we'll finish that tomorrow).

November 12, 2012

We talked about goals for Friday practice with the Moms who volunteer in our class.
Friday goals:
  1. Only speak in Japanese.
  2. Treat every member of the group as part of a conversation.
  3. Make sure that you understand everything that is said, and ask questions if you don't understand.

Useful terms for Friday (Also look in textbook Chapter 1):
  1. to understand: わかります
  2. Say it again, please. もう いちど いって ください。
  3. Answer, please. こたえて ください。
  4. Try to say _. [_] を いって みて ください。
  5. Describe _. [_] を せつめい して ください。
  6. Ask _. [_] に きいて ください。
  7. Write it in kanji, please. 漢字で書いてください
  8. Is it like __? 「__」とおなじですか。

Vocabulary quiz tomorrow on the rest of Chapter 3 vocabulary (starting on p. 109 of Adventures in Japanese 3)

November 7, 2012

We (sort of) had a kanji quiz that we completed collaboratively.
We started to read 読み物3「コトンク」と「ブダヘッド」and got through the second paragraph.
For homework, we'll re-read those two paragraphs and pre-view the vocabulary list for the remainder of the story.

November 5, 2012

We talked together about the advice we wanted to give to Ken about his problems with studying Japanese.
We need to study the rest of the Chapter 3 kanji for homework.

November 2, 2012

Well, we were all outside, so there was no Japanese class. Dang it.

November 1, 2012

We had a quiz over the first eight kanji in Chapter 3. Sensei's handwriting was completely perfect, as usual.
We read a letter that Ken Smith wrote to his Japanese teacher in the U.S. The letter is from the Adventures in Japanese 3 book, at the start of Chapter 3.
Ken asks for advice by saying どうしたら、いいんですか
We reviewed how to make the たら pattern: make the た form of a verb, then add a ら
We started to write advice letters in response to Ken, and we'll finish writing them with the moms tomorrow.