World Languages

Let's speak Japanese! - Introductory Level 1

MINASAN, KONNICHIWA! Ever wanted to learn a second language? Well, now is your chance. Come join Mrs. Graves for a journey through the Japanese language and culture. By the end of this 4-week course, you will be able to write your own name, counting in Japanese, introduce yourself, asking simple questions and express preferences in my native language, Japanese. You will also explore traditional Japanese culture, sing some songs in Japanese and visit popular sightseeing destinations online. Learn NIHONGO and have fun together!
274 total reviews for this teacher
145 reviews for this class
Completed by 639 learners

45 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue May 24

May 24 - Jun 21 (4 weeks)
Mo, Tu
12am - 12:45am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
3 learners enrolled

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Class Experience

Students will learn the fundamentals of conversational Japanese language, which include:
*Introducing yourself/greetings including the country of origin, family structure, age, etc.
*Making new friends
*Asking simple questions about an object and a person.
*Expressing preferences.
*Ordering and purchasing.
*Asking for directions.
Students will also explore Japanese cultures and customs: national holidays, tea ceremony, school experience, etc. 
In addition, students will learn to write their name in Japanese and learn Hiragana symbols.
As a cumulative assignment, students will conduct a research on their favorite city/town/district and present before their peers.
I am a certified school teacher.  For the past 15 years, I have been teaching music and choir.  I teach Japanese Language and Culture during the short Winter term.  I was born and raised in Japan, and I love to share my experience and knowledge with you.  
Reviewing the materials we cover in class is always important.  Each student will be asked to do an oral presentation on the last day of instruction.  
You will need a pencil and paper.  You might want to use flashcards to memorize vocabulary. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be evaluated formatively based on their class participation.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Class might use a short video clip - 5 to 8 minutes - from  Intent is to show the culture in action.  Topics may include the use of robots and the food culture.


Akiko GravesMusic and Japanese Teacher
274 total reviews
120 completed classes

About Me

Hello and Konnichiwa(こんにちは!)  

My name is Akiko Graves.  I taught Music and Choir at local public schools and a charter school for over 15 years.  At my previous school, I teach Japanese Language and Culture during the short term in January to... 
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