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Let's Speak Japanese! - Ongoing Japanese Class for VERY Beginners

Let's Learn Japanese 1.3: Katakana

Kate McMahan
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(216)
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.

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).
Homework Offered
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.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
A written report is available at the end of the course upon request.
Grades Offered
 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:
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.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(216)
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... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(21)
Completed by 92 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-14
2-6 learners per class

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