Since I’m going away and getting married, and then going on a honeymoon right after that, we probably won’t be able to meet until Thursday, July 9th, which means a more than three-week break between lessons! But fret not; I’m giving you enough homework to keep you busy and on your Japanese-learning toes during the break! I’ll bet you’re excited.
(First, I’d like to point out that I’m using the いろは to number the homework bullets in this post. Remember the いろは from last week’s quiz? Despite being a bit archaic, they’re very frequently used for numbering items in Japanese, kind of like how Roman numerals are sometimes used for numbering items in English. When used for numbering, the いろは are usually written in katakana.)
イ) Finish learning your katakana: that means ヤユヨ、ラリルレロ、ワヲ、and ン.
ロ) Read over the section on katakana in Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar, to fill in any holes in your comprehension of katakana use. Pay particular attention to the usage of small characters, as this is very different from ひらがな.
ハ) After you’ve learned/practiced/perfected your カタカナ comprehension, fill out this word search. (The Japanese translation of “word search” is ことばさがし, derived from the words ことば (”word”) and さがす (”to search”).
ニ) Also take some time to review the grammar and vocabulary from previous chapters. This word search should help you review the vocabulary from lessons 1 and 2 in Genki.
ホ) The two word searches are due by the night of June 25th. (I’m giving you extra time because I know you’ll be traveling while I’m traveling.)
イ) Read through lesson 3 in Genki. Verbs and verb conjugation are introduced; make sure you read through the chapter and the examples as many times as it takes for everything to sink in. You can find the lesson 3 audio files here, and specifically the vocabulary audio here.
ロ) After you’ve read through the chapter, complete the following worksheet packet: page one, page two, page three, page four, page five, page six, page seven, page eight. You will need the following audio files for pages seven and eight: Disk2-9, Disk2-10, Disk2-11, Disk2-12.
ハ) I’m just going to stop to comment here that it’s hilarious how this book has people listening to cassette tapes. In case you’re curious, the way you say “CD” in Japanese is simply CD (always written in Roman characters), pronounced シーディー.
ニ) You should also complete a crossword puzzle based on the lesson 3 vocabulary. The puzzle is here. Fill out the clues in ひらがな.
ホ) Note that from this lesson onward, Genki does away with ローマじ and relies exclusively on かな. This means that it may take a little bit longer to read at first, but buckle down and work hard. Know that I recognize and appreciate your effort!
ヘ) The worksheet packet and crossword puzzle will be due by the night of July 2nd.
イ) At this point I’d like you to begin to consult other resources to solidify your understanding of verbs, and to get a better idea of how their conjugations work in plain form. I’d like you to read the first two parts from the section on verbs from Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar: part one and part two. It’s a little kanji-heavy, but just hover over any words you don’t know and the かな and meaning should pop up.
ロ) Your homework for this week is to work together to make a video skit based primarily on the grammar and situations introduced in lesson 3. Feel free to use props like I did in my video, or to act in it yourself if you so desire (though the first choice often allows for much better audio quality due to the option of post-production voiceover). Be as creative as you can and feel free to look up (or ask) words or phrases that you don’t know.
ハ) Your video should be uploaded to YouTube by the time of our next class (tentatively planned for Thursday, July 9th). Put the video’s Japanese script in the comments in the video sidebar. The video should be at least two minutes in length and should be an equal collaboration between the two of you.