Monday, May 2, 2011

week 7 - body parts

This week, we've been working on posters and labeling body parts.

Here's an example

Each poster should have at least 30 different parts labeled.  Types of clothing (pants, earrings, etc.) and internal organs (heart, lungs, etc.) are also acceptable.

We also had quiz #7.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

week 6

This week we worked through the core lesson for unit 1 lesson 3.  By now everyone should be finished with all the other parts of lessons 1 and 2.

We learned ha, hi, hu, he, ho  はひふへほ
We played a few rounds of pass the lamb to practice our new vocabulary and asking questions.

And we finished off the week by learning the first two verses of the children's song Momotaro-san.
Read about momotaro-san here
Then watch the video and practice the song here
And wikipedia has a translation of what the verses mean

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 22 - hiragana review

Download this hiragana worksheet

Everyone then worked on rosetta stone lesson 2.  We'll be done with that by Friday.


On friday we took quiz #4.

Then these last two days we've been enjoying some student presentations.  I was inspired to join my local kendo and/or ninja societies.  And inspired to not let my children ever go near the manga section at the bookstore.

Also we learned the next five hiragana: na, ni, nu, ne, no.  Otherwise known as なにぬねの.

Friday, April 1, 2011

day 16 - Greetings

1. Japanesepod101 - newbie lesson #3  listen to the podcast, then fill out this form
2. learned the next set of hiragana, TA, CHI, TSU, TE, TO, or たちつてと.

Monday, March 28, 2011

day 15 - hiragana

1. Learned the next five hiragana: sa, shi, su, se, so.  さしすせそ。
2. played a memory game with all the hiragana we've learned so far.
3. finished the unit 1 lesson 2 core lesson.  Learned how to ask "what is this?" and how to say some is not doing something.

Day 14 - Quiz #3

We took Quiz #3.  Come see me if you missed it.

We then learned about Shikoku from Quan.

Then started on Lesson 2 in Rosetta Stone.  Lots of new vocabulary words in this one:

tamago - egg
pan - bread
neko - cat
uma - horse
gohan - rice
ringo - apple
sandoicchi - sandwich
unten shite imasu - driving
sakana - fish
nete imasu - sleeping
motte imasu - holding
katte imasu - holding a living thing
aruite imasu - walking
jitensha - bicycle
kuruma - car
inu - dog
____ imasen - not doing
____ ka - question
moichido - one more time
yukkuri - slowly
pen - pen
otona - adult
kodomo - child
koohii - coffee
gyuunyuu - milk

day 11-13

We continued to work on presentations, as well as the individual Rosetta Stone lessons.  By now everyone should have completed the following sections of lesson 1:

On Wed. and Thurs. we watched a film called Tora San.  

Each student then made a list of 5 questions the film raised about life in Japan, and 5 unique things they noticed about Japanese Culture, as well as a list of any words they recognized.

Monday, March 21, 2011

day 10- presentation signup

Today everyone signed up for presentations.  Here's what we got so far:

Samurai - Myke
Ninja - Forrest
Japanese Princess - Aime
Emperors - Gabby
Ainu - Brighton
Kimono / Fashion - Kylie
Manga - Brittany
Kendo - Quan
Japanese Art - Erin
Oni/Demons are real - Brandon

For the first step, make a list of 10 questions you want to find out about related to your topic.  Then proceed to find the answers to those questions.

Each presentation should either be a powerpoint, a pbs style documentary, or an instructional video.  If it's a powerpoint, it should have at least 10 slides with pictures, and links to at least two video clips.  If it's a video, it should be at least 5 minutes long.

Most of all, have fun, and keep it entertaining while you teach us about these subjects!

Mecha kucha yorokonde iru, yo!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 9 - Quiz #2

1. Took quiz #2.  You can't download that, though, cuz it's a quiz.
2. Filled in the blanks on the map of Japan.
3. Practiced bowing and introducing ourselves to each other, using the following words:
___my_name____ desu.
Dozou Yoroshiku.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 8 -

1- Rosetta stone unit 1 lesson 1 of reading and listening.  practiced writing the words otokonoko and onnanoko in hiragana.  Here's how: おとこのこ おんなのこ

Get ready for quiz tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 7 - Introductions

1. listened to newbie lesson #2, which can be found here
Download the worksheet, and fill in the vocabulary words.
2. practice greeting each other at different times of the day.
3. did Rosetta Stone unit 1 lesson 1 of both vocabulary and grammar

Day 5 and 6 - Presentations

Today everyone finished up and shared their presenations on Japanese Geography.  We learned about onsen (hot springs), yukimatsuri (snow festival), and monkey land.

Also learned the next 5 hiragana characters: ka, ki, ku, ke, ko.  Or in hiragana: かきくけこ.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 4 - Quiz / Presentation

1. Took Quiz #1
2. Started working on geography presentations.  We gave the following assignments:

Honshu: Brighton
Hokkaido: Myke
Kyushu / Shikoku: Gabby
Okinawa: Aime, Kylie
Tokyo: Forrest, Brittany

The presentation questions and map are here

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 3 -

1. took a look at It's a good online dictionary for japanese/english
2. reviewed the vocabulary and introductions from yesterday
3. reviewed the hiragana from yesterday, あいうえお
4. finished up lesson 1 from Rosetta Stone.

Learned these new words:

Onnanokotachi - girls
Otokonokotachi - boys
onnanohitotachi - women
otokonohitotachi - men
kare - he
kanojo - she
karera - they (male/mixed)
kanojotachi - they (female)
hashitte imasu -running
ryouri shitte imasu - cooking
oyoide imasu - swimming
yonde imasu - reading
kodomotachi - children
kaite imasu - writing

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 2 - Introductions part2

1. Japanese pronunciation.  Everyone learned how to pronounce their own name.  It's harder than you think.
2. We introduced ourselves to each other.
3. Learned the first 5 hiragana characters, a, i, u, e, o.  Or, in hiragana: あいうえお.
4. Download the basic hiragana and katakana chart here.  Or the cartoon animal hiragana chart here.
5. Started Rosetta Stone Lesson 1.  Learned the following vocabulary:

Juusu- Juice
Mizu- Water
Ocha -Tea
Onna no hito -Woman
Onnanoko- Girl
Tabete imasu -Eating
shinbun -Newspaper
hon -Book
nonde imasu -Drinking
Otokonoko -Boy
Otoko no hito -Man

Day 1 - Introductions

Welcome to the blog for East Hollywood High School's first ever Japanese class! Here's what we did:

1. We started out the class by looking at a few Japanese commercials, to give the kids some ideas for their final projects.

2. Next, we read through the syllabus. You can find it here.

3. Listened to Japanesepod101 newbielesson #1. Listen here. We filled out the vocabulary words on this worksheet.

Tomorrow we'll use what we've learned to introduce ourselves.