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Let's Learn Japanese 1.3: Katakana

In this 8 lesson course, students will learn all 46 characters of the カタカナ (katakana) writing system! We will use these characters to read and learn some loanwords that Japanese took from other countries.
Kate McMahan
168 total reviews for this teacher
16 reviews for this class
Completed by 68 learners
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 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

Students will learn:
-How to read and write the 46 basic カタカナ (katakana) characters
-The special reading rules for カタカナ (katakana) characters such as diacritics, digraphs, long vowels, double consonants, and glides
-How to rewrite English words such as names and places using カタカナ (katakana) characters
-The basics of typing in Japanese
-common onomatopoeia expressions
-common loanwords
I have a Bachelor's degree in Japanese and East Asian Studies. While working on my degree, I completed a study program abroad at Nihon University in Tokyo. After graduation I lived and worked in Hokkaido, Japan for 3 years. My job was primarily teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), but I occasionally did some local work as a translator and interpreter. I am currently working towards receiving an N2 certification in the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
I will make and provide worksheets after each class for students to practice the characters they learned. We will go over this homework as a class during the review portion of the following lesson. These worksheets are usually 2-3 pages long. 
 3 files available upon enrollment
Students will need a pencil and paper (dotted grid or lined grid paper is recommended, but not required). They should ideally have access to a printer as well for the worksheets. If this is not possible, students could work around this by writing down worksheet answers in their notes.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
A written report is available at the end of the course upon request.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Koichi. (2014, September 3). Learn Katakana: The Ultimate Guide. Tofugu.

Hatasa, Y. A., Hatasa, K., & Makino, S. (2014). Nakama 1: Japanese Communication, Culture, Context (World Languages) (3rd ed.). Cengage Learning.


Kate McMahan
Lives in the United States
Educator of Japanese Language, Arts, and Culture
168 total reviews
246 completed classes

About Me

はじめまして (Pleased to meet you)! 

My name is Kate and I teach classes on Japanese language and culture. Japanese has been an interest of mine since I was a Junior High School student. In college, I had the experience of being a counselor for... 
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