Nihongo: Level 1

This preliminary level introduces basic survival Japanese, grammar, and hiragana writing and reading. Topics include, but are not limited to, meeting people, shopping, and dining.

Each level has 3 parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) which should be taken sequentially before you can move on to the next level.

Nihongo 2019 / 2020 Syllabus and Required Textbooks

Textbook Online Supplements

Nihongo Level Chart

Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851


2019-2020 Schedule

  • Days: Sundays, 7-week sessions
  • Time: 10:15am – 11:25am

Dates & Content

Part 1

  • Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17
  • Content: Introduction to hiragana, Unit 1
  • Description: This course provides an introduction to the Japanese language and culture and will cover Unit 1 of the required textbook.

Part 2

  • Dates: Jan 5, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Content: Continue hiragana, Unit 2 & 3
  • Description: This course continues from Part 1 of the Japanese Language Level I class series (October – November). This course will cover Unit 2 & 3.
  • Note: If you missed the first Japanese Language Level I class Part 1 in 2017, which covers Unit 1 (Lesson 1 & 2), we recommend that you take our Japanese Language Intensive Workshop Part I, which covers Unit 1 in the textbook in a 2-day intensive workshop.

Part 3

  • Dates: Mar. 1, 8, 15, 29, Apr. 19, 26, May 3
  • Content: Complete hiragana, Unit 4 & 5
  • Description: This course continues from Part 2 of the Japanese Language Level I class series (January-February). It provides further exploration into the Japanese language and culture. Students will cover Unit 4 & 5 of the required textbook.
  • Note: If you missed the first Japanese Language Level I – Part 1, which covers Unit 1 (Lesson 1 & 2), we recommend that you take our Japanese Language Intensive Workshop Part I & II. Part I covers Unit 1 in the textbook in a 2-day intensive workshop.  Part II covers Unit 2 (lessons 3, 4, & 5) in the textbook.

Class Details

Price

  • 7-week Session: $110 ($100 members)

Note: Class sessions run 7-weeks and are purchased as a “session only,” not individual classes.

Location

  • Classroom A

Required Textbooks

  • Japanese for Busy People I Kana Version (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568363851
  • Japanese for Busy People Kana workbook (revised 3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1568364018

Both books should include the CD. Please bring with you on the first day of classes.

For questions determining your level, please contact: Lisa Niven, Education Program Coordinator, lniven@pbcgov.org.

Textbooks are not carried by the Museum Store


Meet Your Instructor

Sumiko Uo is a Japan-born educator who currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University and taught previously at Florida International University. A student of language and traditional Japanese cultural arts, Ms. Uo has taught Japanese language, calligraphy, literature and cinema to both children and adults. Her classes will appeal to beginners, as well as those with basic knowledge of Japanese.

Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese Courses

Nihongo: Introduction to Japanese is a beginner and lower intermediate program teaching Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students are introduced to Japanese culture and lifestyles through lessons and conversation. Levels I and II use Japanese for Busy People I and levels III and IV use Japanese for Busy People II.

  • Class sessions run 7-weeks and are purchased as a “session only”, not individual classes.
  • Each level has 3 parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) which should be taken sequentially before you can move on to the next level.
  • Level I can be taken as a class or as a workshop. Click Here for workshops.
  • Diligent self-study is necessary to get the most out of these classes.

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