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Start Learning -- Genki Chapter 1

(あいさつ) Greetings and "Genki" Chapter 1

あたらし ともだち を できます!

We will be introducing the 46 "basic" hiragana, learning the basics of Japanese grammar, and have plenty of time to practice speaking to each other. This self-study group will be following the 2nd edition of the "Genki" series of textbooks as well as using the work book for more practice. The textbook moves very quickly into hiragana only, so the more you are comfortable with the kana the easier the class will be. 

Anyone who either wants an introduction to the Japanese language, or who would just like an opportunity to practice what they already know with other language learners are welcome to attend. There are no costs for attending other than getting a copy of the text. 

Directions to the meeting place can be found at

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  • Brian V.

    Im outside

    November 18, 2013

  • Shami R.

    Were apartment 1 ground floor if you get lost call

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Brian V.

    Is there a room number I should be looking for?

    November 18, 2013

  • Shami R.

    Some on-line games:

    This is the resource page for the Genki text books:

    I'm sure you can find prettier sites, but this is what I used when I was studying hiragana:

    I have a free ap on my android phone called Obenkyo you can use it to learn all the kana, and then later Kanji, and they even have vocab separated out by JLPT level now.

    October 12, 2013

  • Shami R.

    Don't worry about that at all! There will be other "total beginners" in the group. It helps me to have other beginners in the group because it gives me a chance to practice facilitating a group. Our Shonin studies ikebana, and most of us are various degrees of Japanophile. You would be in good company here. :)

    October 11, 2013

    • Matthew I.

      Come on out, it will be fun. I have been learning for a little while but am quite rusty. Going over the basics again is great for refeashing the things I have forgotten. Writing is not as hard as you might think. Like anything it takes practice, But you can make yourself understood with the basics of the written language. Hope to see you there :)

      October 12, 2013

    • Shami R.

      There are also a ton of free resources for studying hiragana on-line as well as on iphone and android.

      October 12, 2013

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