Here is J.L.'s Notebook portfolio webpage.


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  • Final Study Guide and Notebook Portfolio Template


    Final Study Guide can be found here.

    Notebook Portfolio requirement template can be found here.

    Image result for japanese its over


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  • Let's Eat

    Dialogue assignment is here.

    Food vocabulary AND Kanji drill is here.

    Extra food-verbs are here.

    Associated garammar instruction is here: please do; please don't; run-on clauses; able to do; like doing; have done before.

    -Don't do that, please.

    -able to do (whatever verb)

    ~have done before

    What's the difference between こと and の?




    Image result for chopsticks food

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  • Tampopo

    "‘Tampopo’ Is One of the Best Food Movies of All Time"

    "Tampopo is a funny, sexy, affectionate celebration of food and its broad influence on Japanese culture."

     "Tampopo" is one of those utterly original movies that seems to exist in no known category."

    warning- the version we view in class has been professionally edited for high school audiences. If you rent a different version to watch with your parents it will include scenes not appropriate for a high school audience.

    Assignment is here.

    Click on the graffic for a review from Eater magazine.

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  • Must do-


    Video explanation here.

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  • Before doing and after doing

    Here is the PowerPoint from class introducing ~まえに~and~あとで~

    and here is a YouTube explaining it in detail

    Here is the "before" worksheet, and the conversation practice sheet.

    Here is the "after doing" worksheet, and the practice sheet for that.

    before and after

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  • Daily Activities


    Click here for the master Vocabulary/grammar/Kanji list.

    Here is a quizlet brought to you by Michael.


    Here is the vocabulary study page (pictures and words) I made for the first half of the vocabulary- to prepare for quiz #1.

    Quiz 2 will be comprehensive of the entire unit and grammar.  Use Michael's quizlet to study.
    daily activities quizlet

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  • The Seven Samurai

    Your assignment is to

    1. Write a simple synopsis of the plot as we watch the movie

    2. Answer this question, after you have watched the entire movie: Is the 7th Samurai (Kikuchiyo) a "real samurai," or not.  Answer this from the view of either the other samurai, the farmers, or yourself as an audience member.

    3. extra credit for 

     a. comparing and contrasting to the 2017 version of The Magnificent 7, and/or the 1960 version of The Magnificent 7

    b. Writing a series of Q and A about the film I could use on another class.

    Here is a "modern" trailer for The Seven Samurai.  You may be able to find a version to watch online somewhere, or borrow from your library.

    Image result for the seven samurai

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  • Kikujiro no Natsu

    Here's a rather in-depth examination of the Kikujiro movie.  Very interesting for you film-types, I'm sure.


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  • Notebook Portfolio 1


    Please click here for the notebook portfolio template/directions.


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  • Clothing

    Here is clothing kanji part 1

    and here is standard vocabulary for the unit, it overlaps with that below.

    Here is the fashion show project and here is a sample of what you might say for one.

    This paper is the scoring rubric I'll use, and the voting tally you'll use as a class to rate other students' style.


    Yes, it is indeed graded.

    Click here for an update on Japanese street fashion.

    ganguro fashion

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  • Wearing Clothes!


    See the source image

    Here is the vocabulary for this clothing unit.

    And click here for that list of adjectives we put together in class.

    Example grammar page for wearING clothes and doING other verbs:


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  • Ping Pong

    Click on the graffic for the film's IMBD site..

    See the source image



    Click on the graffic for manga info.


    See the source image


    Click here for a copy of the required written assignment that goes with the movie.


    See the source image
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    The next quiz will be on Tuesday, November 13.


    For it, you will need to know:

    • The 13 verbs from the verb Chart in Japanese and English
    • How to recognize if a verb is CLASS I, CLASS II, or CLASS III
    • How to change ANY verb into ANY Base (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ~TE, or ~TA)
    • Verbs in Any of the ~ます tenses, i.e. ~ます、~ません、~ました、~ませんでした、~ましょう
    • How to combine all that knowledge so you can read and create sentences like "I talked too much" (わたしははなしすぎました)or 私はけいたいをみすぎません (I do not look at my cellphone too much).

    The notebook pages that will be do that day are:

    • Your self-written Verb Chart (link is below; it was posted last week)
    • TOO MUCH grammar page (link is below; it was posted last week).
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  • Here is the "TOO MUCH" handout.  すぎる

    We will go through it together in class, and then we will make a notebook page together so you have it done.   Just click here on すぎるfor the link.


    If you need to be absent, check back for further updates about how to make this notebook page.




    If you'd like to relive the exciting music video, click here for the link.

    Heat Miser

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  • Learn this vocabulary!!!

    This is the verb chart again.  You need to cram all 13 words into your head any way that you can. pretend you will have a pop quiz over them any time we meet- because you just might.  You need to be able to read and write the words in their dictionary form (Base 3) and their English counterparts.  Click here for the chart as it appears on the wall, or open the notebook assignment link by clicking on it where it appeared last week when I made the notebook assignment.

    Here are the pics we practice the verbs with in class.

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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.



    Image result for risa japan pod gif

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  • Verb Theory

    Here are the various handouts and assignments for the verb theory explanation:


    Check yourself - make sure you can identify if a verb is CLASS I, II, or III

    Make sure you can change any verb (no matter which CLASS it may be) into its BASE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, te, or ta forms.

    Here are the self-tests for TE and TA bases if you want to check yourself.

    Here is a video that explains the te Base a different way.  It may work better with some of your brains than my explanation did.  Click here.

    te form

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  • もののけ姫

    Here is the Ghibli Wiki for Mononoke Hime. You can download the written assignment here.

    Mononoke Hime

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  • End of Review Sequence

    Here are links to documents in Part 3 of review:

    Overview of part 3

    Here is the kanji drill

    Here is the notebook assignment:  Clock Face. To help with that, here is a list of the hours and minutes.

    Here is a vocabulary study list for the review unit exam.

    Your unit project will, as a review, to "write a test" for another student and administer it. It can be in any format, but it will ask you to


    “Make a test” withAnswer key on separate sheet5 kanji q’s5 dates q’s5 times q’s5 vocab q’s



     mina's calendar




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  • Here is our review sequence- what we just did, and what we're going to do.


    Here is a drill sheet for the second half of Hiragana and Katakana.  if you turn it in as extra credit, please write that near your name.


    Here is a vocabulary list as passed out in class.


    Here is the dialogue assignment for class, and here is the example I read to you, as well as the questions that you answered with it.  if you did not turn it in or were absent, you can read this and answer the questions... provided you can read my hand writing.


    Here are the first two notebook assignments, along with a blank calendar page, a kana chart for reference, and the "counter page"  that is also required.  If you lose the one I gave you, you can print this one out.


    Last but not least, here is the TTPOV review.


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  • The first quiz will cover  the first half of hiragana/katakana (a-no), family members, colors, ages, year in schoolsizes, likes and dislikes.

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  • Here is the interview document you conducted with other students in the class to see if you could ask and answer basic questions.  Feel free to repeat if you like.

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  • Here is the speedreading page, if you want to give that a shot on your own.  Practice reading aloud here, if no where else.


    Also, here is the drill sheet for the first half of hiragana/katakana/.  If you missed it, lost it, dog ate it, or whatever, you can download it here, print, and submit.  if f you re-submit for extra-credit points, be sure to write  "e.c." by your name.

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    Welcome to Japanese 2.  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.


    If you're interested in seeing what a backpack trip across Japan might look like, here's a blog from a few years back about a similar trip.  Prices may have changed a bit.



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