• Hiragana Game Site

    Click here for a page with multiple links to hiragana-learning games.

    hiragana games

    Click here for a useful hiragana app

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  • Hiragana Quizlet


    Click here to practice Hiragana for the upcoming exam!  Whee!!!


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  • Dialogue

    Dialogue  for completion of introductions unit

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  • Japanese Toilet Etiquette

    In order to avoid some awkwardness in Japan, and to gain some insight into Japanese ingenuity when it comes to saving money and being green, we should learn how to use a Japanese toilet.  In class we had an open-note quiz after this lecture.  If you missed class, make up the assignment by viewing the following material, and write a short synopsis of the differences in Japanese and American toilet use and turn in.


    Here is the PowerPoint we used in class, and a video from Risa.



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  • Here's the "quiz" we did in class!!!

    This is the one we did in class covering the recent ideas we've talked about- possessives, this, that, that over there, which, here, there, nationalities, etc.

    You can do this open-note at home if you want and hand in next time we meet in class.  Just click here for the download.

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  • Here's a Powerpoint explaining this, that, that over there, and which

    These are 




     Video is on the last slide.


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  • Review work sheet:  これ Means "this" 

    We will do this in class.  This worksheet will walk you through recent concepts one more time and prep for for what's coming next.  Click here for that worksheet.



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  • Introducing the kanji for "hito!" ひと:

    It Does nationalities, and counts people, too!


    Click here for an explanation!


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  • Tenses: Desu

    Here is the short PowerPoint explaining the tenses of Desu.



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  • Japanese Creation Myths

    Here's the PowerPoint we used in class.


    Clicking on this picture will take you to a simplified version of the Creation myth.  If you need to make up the quiz over this, please read the version below, and create and provide answers for 5 questions about the content.



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  • NEW HIRAGANA!   ki, su, yo, wo, to, mi, se, i

    Here is the drill sheet handed out in class.

    Here are the wiki's for each that have stroke order animation-









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    Most of you have made AMAZING progress learning to read and write hiragana in a very short time.  However, some of you have asked for additional help.  Here, I've posted a link to a page of Hiragana games (if that link doesn't work, try this one). I recommend you pull it up from time to time and work your way through the games- they really do fire up your synapses and wire the characters into your brain.

    Also, if you'd like some interesting "stupid mind tricks" (mnemonics)  watch Risa's lessons here in one video.  She will walk you through each of the characters.

    Click here.


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  • Quiz #3 is coming up!


    Use your notes and the links  included in earlier announcements below to study the following:



    • All vocabulary to date (some will be written in hiragana)
      • You will need to be able to go from Japanese->English, as well as English->Japanese
    • Particles and their usage- in particular,
      • posessives with particle の
      • as for/talking about.../topic marker は(pronounced WA in this case)
      • question marker か
    • the two different versions (so far) of "this, that, that over there, which" -
      • これ、それ、あれ、どれ
      • この (n) 、その(n)、あの(n)、どの(n)
    • The following hiragana.  You will need to be able to convert hiragana -> roomaji, as well as convert roomaji -> hiragana
      • あ、え
      • か、く、こ、が、ぐ、ご
      • さ、し、そ、ざ、じ、ぞ
      • た、て、だ、で
      • な、に、ぬ、の
      • は、へ、ほ、ば、べ、ぼ、ぱ、ぺ、ぽ
    • Extra credit could be from anything else discussed in class on a tangent... or it could be something totally nonsensical, just to see if you are willing to participate.


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  • Name Your Animal!


    Here is the Powerpoint that has the animal names on it.

    Here is the assignment asking the name of your animals.

    Here is Risa explaining particle の

    risa no

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  • New hiragana: ku, sa, he, nu, so, re, te


    Here is the drill sheet for learning hiragana ku sa he nu so etc.

    and information and stroke order for each of them:









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  • Well, EXCUUUUUSE ME!!!


    Here is the "Excuse me but, who is that person?" dialog and vocabulary words.


    Click here

    Image result for sumimasen

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  • Business card ettiquette:


    MEISHI  Bowing and Meishi with Risa

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  • Idiot's Guide to Japanese History


    The question sheet for the Idiot's guide to Japanese History is here,

    and the website the lecture is based upon is here.


     Image result for japanese history


    And here is a pretty good video that does a better job than I did explaining Japanese history, particularly the more modern events.

    Condensed Japanese History

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  • YAY!!! New Hiragana : wa, e, shi, ma, ha


    Here they are- the new characters you've been waiting for: わ、え、し、ま、は!!!

    Don't forget- when writing PARTICLE wa, you will spell it with hiragana HA.  Click here for the video explaining that.

    the drill sheet is here if you need to download it either because the dog ate yours or because you want to do an extra for extra credit (if the latter is true, be sure to write "extra credit" by your name).

    Click on these for animations of stroke order:

    Hiragana WA

    Hiragana E

    Hiragana SHI

    Hiragana MA

    Hiragana HA


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  • Guide to Quiz 2

    As discussed in class, this quiz will cover all vocabulary, phrases, island names, and Hiragana to date, as well as putting together sentences like "Is it a dog?"  "It is not a dog," etc.

    Please see the links below or your notes for reference.


    IMPORTANT!!!  Flash cards (digital or hard copy) are due during the quiz.

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  • Quiz 2 Guide


    IMPORTANT!!!  Flash cards (digital or hard copy) are due during the quiz.

    The next quiz will be over:

    • All hiragana to date
    • Vocabulary that was on the first quiz (ohayou gozaimasu, etc.)
    • animal vocabulary and other items
    • phrases from our dialogue (ohisahiburi, okagesama de, etc.).  be sure you can spell them right.
    • "who is it?" "What is it?"
    • negative forms of desu (is/am/are not with de wa arimasen or janai yo)
    • Spelling and identifying the islands of Japan AGAIN


    Please see the links below or your notes for reference.


    If you want to practice, this is the "negative form of desu" worksheet (ja nai yo; de wa arimasen)

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  • Fun with Dog and Cat!!!


    This is the "negative form of desu" worksheet (ja nai yo; de wa arimasen)

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    Vocabulary: Animals, etc.

    Animals, etc. vocabulary: here's the pic from class of my great artwork.

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    Reading Practice and New Vocabulary

     cat      not a cat

    This powerpoint will give you a chance to practice reading the hiragana you have learned out loud.


    Also, it has a list of new vocabulary and phrases, and the live dialogue assigment we will do in class

    click here.

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  • New Hiragana: na, ta, no, ka, ra


    YAY!!!  Here's hiragana drill 2 which adds な、た、の、か、ら(na, ta, no, ka, ra) to our base.

    click here for the drill sheet.  If you turn in an extra for extra credit, be sure you write "extra credit " on the top near your name.

    Click on the following for stroke-order animation and other information.

    Hiragana NA

    Hiragana TA

    Hiragana NO

    Hiragana KA

    Hiragana RA

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  • Quiz 1 Guide


    First of all, don't forget that Flash cards (electronic or hard copy) of current material will be graded on the day of the quiz.  Be sure to bring them with you on quiz day.


    Quiz 1 will cover: explanation  and recognition of the 4 Japanese scripts (roomaji, hiragana, katakana, kanji), the characters に、ほ、ん、こ、ご、あ、日本語, vocabulary covered in class (greetings, farewells, etc.), the names and locations of the Japanese islands, and the alphabetical order of Japanese sounds (written in roomaji).

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  • First Hiragana:  ni, ho, n, ko, go, a


    Here is a copy of the drill sheets for the first group of hiragana : a, ni, ho, n, ko, go, (あ、に、ほ、ん、こ、ご) and (BONUS!!!) the kanji for Japanese language (日本語).

    You can turn in extra copies for extra credit-  just be sure to write "extra credit" by your name.

    Click below for stroke animation and other information about the charactrers:

    Hiragana NI

    Hiragana HO

    Hiragana N

    Hiragana KA

    Hiragana A

    , ,

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    Hiragana Beginnings

    Here is a copy of the hiragana alphabet, called the gojuuon.  Click here.  Also, here is a copy of the blank alphabet chart for you to practice filling in.  It works with roomaji, hiragana, or katakana.

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  • Map Assignment


    Here is a link to the Map template.  You are to label the following on the map, and color the map.  You may generate your own map- you don't have to use mine.

    If it doesn't open when you click on it, try right-clicking and saving or printing.


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    Welcome to Japanese 1 !!!

    Welcome to Japanese 1.  I'll try to keep current assignments here for you to download. 

    Linked here is a copy of the student info sheet I had you fill out,  and here is a copy of my classroom expectations.

    Also, because it's never too soon-  here is the general study guide for the Final Exam next may.

    garrard sensei

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