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Suzume no Gakko Japanese Language
 
 
 
 
  1. Course Objectives
  2. Greetings and Cultural Expressions
  3. Days of the Week, Animals, Colors, and Family
  4. Numbers
  5. First Grade
  6. Second Grade
  7. Third Grade
  8. Fourth Grade
  9. Fifth Grade
  10. Sixth Grade
 
 
 
 

Japanese as a Second Language
Course Objectives and Contents

  1. General Course Objective
    Japanese as a second language at the elementary level should be an enjoyable experience and exposure providing opportunities to hear, to understand, and to reproduce standard-spoken form of Japanese.
  2. Specific Course Objectives
    1. Students will be exposed to some fundamental characteristics of standard-spoken Japanese.
    2. Aural-oral skills will be emphasized.
    3. Writing systems, hiragana and simple kanji, will be introduced.
    4. Romanized writing systems will be minimized to avoid bad habits of pronunciation.
  3. Contents
    1. Greetings and Cultural Expressions
    2. Useful Expressions at Home and at School
    3. Recognition of Expressions Used by Sensei
    4. Simple fundamental sentence patterns
    5. Vocabulary for:
      • School
      • Home
      • Body Parts
      • Seasonal Items
      • Food
      • Colors
      • Family
      • Animals
    6. I-type Adjectives
    7. Numbers:
      • Sino-Japanese Numerals
      • Native Japanese Numbers
    8. Telling Time
    9. Counters
    10. Songs

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Greetings and Cultural Expressions

  1. Greetings and Cultural Expressions
    Ohayoo gozaimasu Good morning
    Konnichiwa Good afternoon
    Konbanwa Good evening
    Oyasuminasai Good night
    Sayoonara Good-bye
    Arigatoo Thank you
    Dooitashimashite You're welcome

  2. Useful Expressions at Home
    Itte mairimasu I'm leaving
    Itte rasshai You may go
    Tadaima I'm home
    Okaerinasai Welcome back
    Itadakimasu I'm going to eat
    gochisoosama I have enjoyed my meal very much

  3. Useful Expressions at School
    Onamae wa? Your name?
    Watashi (boku) wa _____ desu My name is _____
    Tatte kudasai Please stand up
    Suwatte kudasai Please sit down
    Wakarimashita I understand
    Wakarimasen I don't understand
    Hai Yes
    Iie No

  4. Expressions Used by Sensei
    Kiite kudasai Please listen
    Itte kudasai Please say/speak
    Ookina koe de itte kudasai Please say/speak loudly
    Shizuka ni shite kudasai Please be quiet
    Kotchi e kitte kudasai Please come here
    Suwatte kudasai (suwarimashoo) Please sit down
    Tatte kudasai (tachimashoo) Please stand up
    Kaite kudasai Please write
    Kazoete kudasai Please count
    Utaimashoo Let's sing
    Yobimasu _____ I will call _____

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Days of the Week, Animals, Colors, and Family

  1. Yoobi: Days of the Week
    Nichiyoobi Sunday
    Getsuyoobi Monday
    Kayoobi Tuesday
    Suiyoobi Wednesday
    Mokuyoobi Thursday
    Kinyoobi Friday
    Doyoobi Saturday

  2. Doobutsu: Animals
    buta pig
    hebi snake
    hitsuji sheep
    inu dog
    kaba hippopotamus
    kuma bear
    neko cat
    niwatori chicken
    risu squirrel
    saru monkey
    shichimencho turkey
    suzume sparrow
    tora tiger
    tori bird
    ushi cow
    usagi rabbit
    washi eagle
    zo elephant

  3. Iro: Colors
    aka red
    ao blue
    kiiro yellow
    murasaki purple
    midori green
    chairo brown
    shiro white
    kuro black
    daidai-iro orange
    momo-iro pink
    nezumi-iro gray

  4. Kazoku: Family
    otoosan father
    okaasan mother
    oniisan elder brother
    oneesan elder sister
    otooto young brother
    imooto young sister
    ojiisan grandfather
    obaasan grandmother
    ojisan uncle
    obasan aunt
    akachan baby

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Numbers

  1. Sino-Japanese Numerals
    ichi one
    ni two
    san three
    shi (or yon) four
    go five
    roku six
    shichi (or nana) seven
    hachi eight
    ku (or kyuu) nine
    ju ten
    jyuu-ichi eleven
    jyuu-ni twelve
    jyuu-san thirteen
    jyuu-shi (or jyuu-yon) fourteen
    jyuu-go fifteen
    jyuu-roku sixteen
    jyuu-shichi (or jyuu-nana) seventeen
    jyuu-hachi eighteen
    jyuu-ku (or jyuu-kyuu) nineteen
    nijyuu twenty
    sanjyuu thirty
    yonjyuu fourty
    gojyuu fifty
    rokujyuu sixty
    shichijyuu (or nanajyuu) seventy
    hachijyuu eighty
    kyuujyuu ninety
    hyaku hundred

  2. Native Japanese Numbers
    hitotsu one piece
    futatsu two pieces
    mittsu three pieces
    yottsu four pieces
    itsutsu five pieces
    muttsu six pieces
    nanatsu seven pieces
    yattsu eight pieces
    kokonotsu nine pieces
    too ten pieces

  3. Counters
    -mai (flat objects)
    -hon (elongated objects)
    ichimai one sheet
    nimai two sheets
    sanmai three sheets
    yonmai four sheets
    gomai five sheets
    rokumai six sheets
    shichimai (or nanamai) seven sheets
    hachimai eight sheets
    kyuumai nine sheets
    jyuumai ten sheets
    ippon one elongated object
    nihon two elongated objects
    sanbon three elongated objects
    shihon (or yonhon) four elongated objects
    gohon five elongated objects
    roppon six elongated objects
    shichihon (or nanahon) seven elongated objects
    hachihon eight elongated objects
    kyuuhon nine elongated objects
    jyuupon ten elongated objects
    Nanmai? How many sheets?
    Nanbon? How many elongated objects?

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First Grade
boku I, me (boy)
watashi I, me (girl)
hai yes
iie no
hidari left
migi right
hon book
tokei clock, watch
kami paper
empitsu pencil
karada body
atama head
me eye
mimi ear
hana nose
kuchi mouth
te hand
ashi feet, leg
iro color
aka red
ao blue
shiro white
kuro black
kiiro yellow
chairo brown
midori green

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Second Grade

  • Nouns
    boku I (boy)
    watashi I (girl)
    tokei clock, watch
    hon book
    empitsu pencil
    isu chair
    tsukue desk
    keshigomu eraser
    kami (1)paper
    (2)hair

  • Verbs
    desu is, am, are

  • Adjectives
    chiisai small
    ookii big

  • Colors
    aka red
    ao blue
    kiiro yellow
    murasaki purple
    midori green
    chairo brown
    shiro white
    kuro black
    daidai-iro orange
    momo-iro pink
    nezumi-iro gray

  • Colors as Adjectives
    color + (i) Example: Aka i tori A red bird
    color + (no) Example: Midori no kusa Green grass

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Third Grade

  • Nouns
    boku I (boy)
    watashi I (girl)
    tokei clock, watch
    hon book
    empitsu pencil
    isu chair
    tsukue desk
    keshigomu eraser
    kami (1)paper
    (2)hair

  • Numbers
    ichi one
    ni two
    san three
    shi four
    go five
    roku six
    shichi seven
    hachi eight
    ku nine
    ju ten

  • Verbs
    desu is, am, are

  • Present Tense - Affirmative and Negative
    ---masu/---masen  
    tabemasu
    tabemasen
    I eat
    I do not eat
    nomimasu
    nomimasen
    I drink
    I do not drink
    ikimasu
    ikimasen
    I go
    I do not go

  • Adjectives
    chiisai small
    ookii big

  • Colors
    aka red
    ao blue
    kiiro yellow
    murasaki purple
    midori green
    chairo brown
    shiro white
    kuro black
    daidai-iro orange
    momo-iro pink
    nezumi-iro gray

  • Colors as Adjectives
    color + (i) Example: Aka i tori A red bird
    color + (no) Example: Midori no kusa Green grass

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Fourth Grade

  • Nouns
    boku I (boy)
    watashi I (girl)
    tokei clock, watch
    hon book
    empitsu pencil
    isu chair
    tsukue desk
    keshigomu eraser
    kami (1)paper
    (2)hair

  • Numbers
    ichi one
    ni two
    san three
    shi four
    go five
    roku six
    shichi seven
    hachi eight
    ku nine
    ju ten

  • Verbs
    desu is, am, are

  • Present Tense - Affirmative and Negative
    ---masu/---masen  
    tabemasu
    tabemasen
    I eat
    I do not eat
    nomimasu
    nomimasen
    I drink
    I do not drink
    ikimasu
    ikimasen
    I go
    I do not go

  • Past Tense - Affirmative and Negative
    ---mashita/---masendeshita  
    nemashita
    nemasendeshita
    I slept
    I didn't sleep

  • Adjectives
    chiisai small
    ookii big
    nagai long
    mijikai short

  • Colors
    aka red
    ao blue
    kiiro yellow
    murasaki purple
    midori green
    chairo brown
    shiro white
    kuro black
    daidai-iro orange
    momo-iro pink
    nezumi-iro gray

  • Colors as Adjectives
    color + (i) Example: Aka i tori A red bird
    color + (no) Example: Midori no kusa Green grass

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Fifth Grade

  • Nouns
    inu dog
    neko cat
    kuma bear
    tori bird
    hana flower
    ki tree
    tsukue desk, table
    isu chair
    empitsu pencil
    keshigomu eraser
    hon book
    tokei clock
    mado window
    to door
    boku I (boy)
    watashi I (girl)

  • Adjectives
    ookii big
    chiisai small
    mijikai short
    nagai long

  • Verbs
    ---masu ---mashita
    ---masen ---masendeshita
    ikimasu go
    nemasu sleep
    nomimasu drink
    okimasu get up
    tabemasu eat
    arimasu exist (inanimate)
    imasu exist (animate)

  • Time
    (iichi) ji (one) o-clock
    han a half
    (ichi) ji han (one) thirty (1:30)

  • Possessive
    Singular form
    boku no my (boy)
    watashi no my (girl)
    anata no your
    Plural form
    watashi tachi no our
    anata tachi no your

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Sixth Grade

  • Nouns
    inu dog
    neko cat
    kuma bear
    tori bird
    hana flower
    ki tree
    tsukue desk, table
    isu chair
    empitsu pencil
    keshigomu eraser
    hon book
    tokei clock
    mado window
    to door
    boku I (boy)
    watashi I (girl)
    mai counter (flat object)

  • Place Words (Nouns)
    mai front
    shita below, down
    ue up, above
    ushiro behind
    yoko, soba next to, beside

  • Adjectives
    ookii big
    chiisai small
    mijikai short
    nagai long
    tsumaranai dull
    omoshiroi interesting, funny

  • Verbs
    ---masu ---mashita
    ---masen ---masendeshita
    ikimasu go
    nemasu sleep
    nomimasu drink
    okimasu get up
    tabemasu eat
    arimasu exist (inanimate)
    imasu exist (animate)

  • Time
    (iichi) ji (one) o-clock
    han a half
    (ichi) ji han (one) thirty (1:30)
    gozen A.M.
    go go P.M.

  • Possessive
    Singular form
    boku no my (boy)
    watashi no my (girl)
    anata no your
    Plural form
    watashi tachi no our
    anata tachi no your

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