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World Languages

Learn to Read and Speak in Japanese! (ages 15-17)

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
9 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 9 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course 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

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 gain a foundation in important introductory Japanese grammar and vocabulary, and experience an overview of Japanese culture.
I have been teaching Japanese to both adult and youth students for about 8 years, including one semester of assistant teaching at Villanova University and several years of working with Kawa Kawa Learning Studio's online platforms. I have a Bachelor's Degree in East Asian Studies and an N1 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) certification. My family is Japanese-American on my mother's side, but she did not grow up speaking Japanese and so I primarily learned by self-study beginning when I was in high school. Through this experience of self-study and later my experience in education, I learned all about the pros, cons, and differences between of a wide range of resources for language learning, including many conventional resources (for example, which textbooks and websites have the best and worst grammar explanations) and unconventional but highly useful resources (for example, what Japanese musical artists make the best songs for vocabulary study). If you have any questions about this class, about me, or anything else ahead of signing up, please don't hesitate to ask!
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
9 total reviews
13 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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