Japanese 4 covers a variety of everyday topics. What if your phone's battery is running low? What if you forgot your wallet on the bus? What if you're late for an appointment or to meet your friends? Do you know the correct way of dipping yourself into an onsen (hot springs) at a traditional Japanese inn? We've got you covered! In Japanese 4, you'll be immersed in the culture while you are learning the language!
Some of the activities covered in Japanese 4:
You'll visit a Japanese garden and have tea, go shopping, try on clothes, visit Japanese hot springs.
You'll learn to negotiate lodging or plan a move.
You'll learn how to get help finding something you've lost, and how to ask for and understand detailed directions.
You'll be able to discuss the seasons, historic cities and buildings, sports and outdoor activities and hobbies, express appreciation to your hosts or friends, and amazement and wonder when trying new things.
Today in Japan, three writing systems are combined, with Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana all appearing within a single sentence. In Japanese 4 you will begin to learn to read the Hiragana alphabet. There are 46 basic Hiragana syllables, with additional modified syllables that represent voiced and contracted sounds. Japanese is usually written from top to bottom in vertical columns and from right to left. This course will expand your vocabulary: you'll learn to share your impressions and opinions, express gratitude, describe people and places, and convey your preferences with characteristic Japanese politeness and grace.
The Japanese Language
Japanese has many "registers" or levels of politeness. Throughout every level of your Pimsleur course, you will learn how to speak at a polite register, which is appropriate in virtually any situation you are likely to encounter in Japan. In Level 4, you will also learn some ways of speaking in a less formal manner.
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