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World Languages

Essential Japanese for Travel Class 1 Part 1-5 (Age 13-18)

This is class 1 in a series designed to provide you with the language skills and cultural understanding to enable you to get the most out of your travel to Japan. You will be surprised at how far a little Japanese will take you.
Samuel Brinkerhoff, M.A.Ed
334 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

You will be able to:

Week 1:

1. Say basic greetings (Good morning, afternoon, evening)
2. Say goodbye (Did you know there are different ways to say goodbye based on your relationship?)
3. Know the correct way to address people
4. Know how to introduce yourself for the first time
5. Say thank you and your welcome (Did you know that there are many different ways to say thank you and your welcome based on the different situations?)

Week 2:
1. Say I'm sorry  (Did you know there are different ways to say I'm sorry based on the situation?)
2. Ask for things close to you, close to someone else and far away from someone.
3. Tell someone they got you the wrong thing.
4. Ask where the bathroom and other places are.
5. Explain to others that you don't understand what they are saying.
6. Learn a magical word that can imply many things, including who, what, and where (just sign up to find out what this word is)

Week 3:

A. Get out of Jams 
       1. Ask if English is okay/Ask if they can speak English
       2. Ask if a train or bus is heading in the right direction
       3. Ask what something is in Japanese/Ask how to read something in Japanese
       4. Ask someone to speak slowly/say something again
B. Function in a restaurant
       1. How to discuss and ask what food to order
       2. How to understand a server's greetings.
       3. How to ask for a recommendation for a restaurant
       4. How to say cheers
       5. What to say before and after you eat
       6. How to ask for the check

Week 4:

Function in Restaurant part 2
1. Say how many people are in your party
2. Say whether you want a smoking or non-smoking section.
3. Ask for recommendations
4. Ask for the check and explain whether it is separate or together
5. State how you want your food prepared

Week 5:

1. Learn how to count from 1-10,000
2. How to ask how much something is
3. How to ask to lower the price
4. Ask where a Manga cafe or internet cafe is
    -Ask if this place has internet
    - Ask what the wifi and password are
I received my undergraduate degree in the Japanese language, culture, and history. I also earned my Master's degree in K-12 education. I studied abroad at Nihon University in Tokyo as well as worked as an English teacher in Niigata, Japan. I was able to see what I learned firsthand
Students will be given worksheets to print out after the class to reinforce their learning. This is optional and they have the choice to send their homework to me to look over. They will get a vocabulary list that goes over everything they have studied
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I do not routinely give an assessment at the end of the class. However, if a student or parent would like an assessment, they may request one by emailing me.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Samuel Brinkerhoff, M.A.EdCome learn Languages with me! I teach Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. I have a Master's in K-12 Education and a Major in Japanese
334 total reviews
750 completed classes

About Me

After trying a major in marine Biology in college I realized that my real passion was in the Japanese language and culture.   I loved watching anime in high school and had Japanese friends that were teaching me Japanese.

At first I had thought... 
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