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Japanese: Road to Fluency Beginner Class 8 Multiday (Age 8-12)

This is the eighth class in a long series designed to help the student become fluent in Japanese. They will study in an upbeat and interactive way, where all students will feel comfortable and engaged.
Samuel Brinkerhoff, M.A.Ed
441 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
$25 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 5 weeks
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Week 1: 
1. Learn how to use the short form for affirmative and negative sentences (short form is informal)

Week 2:
1. Understand why Japanese use short form sentences and how to make them
   -In represented or quoted speech
   -In casual conversation to show intimacy
   -In making negative requests (Please don't...)

Week 3: 
1. Explaining what you like and don't like to do (I like studying the Japanese Langauge, I don't like cleaning my room).
2. Explain what you are good and not good at (Robert is good at cooking meals, Takeshi is not a good speaker of English)

Week 4:
1. When to use Ga in a sentence and when to use Wa in a sentence.
2. Learn when to say "something" as a statment, "anything" as a question and "not anything" as a negative statement.

Week 5:

1. Read a story using the grammar points and vocabulary that we have learned
2. Learn when to use family members (mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother and grandfather in formal situations).
3. Learn the body parts (head, shoulder, stomach, chest etc.)
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. Because this class meets once, 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.
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
441 total reviews
1047 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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