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Learn to Read and Speak in Japanese! (ages 10-14)

In this course, we'll learn to read & write in Katakana (the Japanese alphabet used for "loan" words from English such as "computer" and "penguin"!), and will also learn introductory Japanese grammar & phrases!
Lily Cernak
10 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 21 learners
year old learners
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Over 9 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Learners will become familiar with and learn to read and write the 70 Katakana letters, as well as how to combine these letters to make additional sounds. In the course of doing so they will gain experience with recognizing letters in a variety of media and fonts, and gain skills in deciphering Japanese-ified English loan words (for example, スターウオーズ suta- uo-zu, "Star Wars"!). Learners will also take first steps into important introductory Japanese vocabulary words and phrases, and experience an overview of Japanese culture.
Learners can expect to spend 1-2 hours on homework each week. Some assignments will be through the free app Lingo Deer, and some will be short PDF worksheets which I will send out between classes. Learners will send photos of their completed worksheets back to me so that I can check their work.
Please designate a fresh notebook your Japanese notebook for this class, and bring that as well as a pen or pencil each week :)
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This class has no grading system! Just come in prepared to have fun and do your best :)
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Lily Cernak
Lives in the United States
Japanese, ESL, Writing, and Art Tutor
10 total reviews
15 completed classes

About Me

My name is Lily. I have been teaching online and in-person classes for about 10 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree in East Asian Studies, and use this background in my other work as a professional translator. I am also a freelance... 
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