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  1. A couple of my kids are asking me to teach them Japanese. I'm reluctant because a) our schedule is full already, and b) my Japanese is very rusty. I lived for a time in Japan and was moderately fluent in spoken Japanese, but it's been fifteen years since I used Japanese at all. Does anyone want to point me to some nice easy introductory Japanese materials for middle grade kids? Also, resources for me to polish up my skills?
  2. My daughter studies Japanese for her foreign language credit. She also took up self-educating for French and Latin. It's not enough to call it a full credit, but possibly enough for a quarter or half credit. Can this be included on her transcript, or would it be frowned upon to study another language with less intensity?
  3. Do any of you have any experience with online courses for Japanese language, especially ones that are accredited by a regional accrediting body? I have lots of my own resources for teaching Japanese- textbooks, software (Rosetta Stone), and various other items such as kana & kanji cards. I can teach/facilitate the first 2-3 years of high school Japanese if I need to. However, I'd like to know what is out there for an online teacher-led course.
  4. Ds did Latin and completed Wheelock's in 7th grade, but hasn't done any foreign languages since. Since he'll be in 11th grade next year, we have to make some decisions pronto. The options I see are take 2 years of a homeschool language of his choice or 1 year of community college Spanish. I'd rather he take a year at the community college and be done with it, except that they only offer Spanish at the location near us and he doesn't want to take Spanish. He's more interested in taking Japanese. What he most likely needs is French, German, or Italian since he'll probably study music in college. Are there any other options that you see? This is way down on our priority list, but needs to be done.
  5. I received the new Beginning Japanese textbook from Tuttle Publishing yesterday. I like it, and so does ds. We are going to use it next year. For those who are considering Japanese programs, here's what I can tell you about it: The textbook has ten chapters. It follows the story of an American exchange student arriving in Japan, and all the places she visits. Japanese culture is taught, as well as history in the form of time travel, as she visits other times in Japanese history. The dialogues are accompanied by manga-style art. I haven't received the workbook yet. I plan to study the text and workbook over the summer, to get ahead of ds. All the usual topics of a beginning language course are covered (introductions, family words, counting, common objects, telling time, weather, etc.). Grammar is covered, including negatives, particles, past tense, present progressive and negative progressive tense, etc. Students are expected to learn about a dozen kanji in each chapter. Hiragana and katakana are included in a separate workbook in the teacher's materials. It looks like by the third chapter, students are not expected to need romaji. (We've already started learning kana so we'll be prepared.) The textbook comes with a Cd-rom with sound files for listening exercises, dialogues, pronunciation guides, and kana practice. The website will also have interactive material to supplement the text (it's mostly still under construction until the fall). The teacher's materials were emailed to me after I contacted the publisher. They contain answer keys, quizzes, listening tests, etc. I think we're going to enjoy this program. Beginning Japanese is a first year high school text; there will be two more (Intermediate and Advanced). Wendi
  6. We had done so well with languages in the past. When we lived in Germany, the older kids picked up a otn of German. And we had done a good job on Latin. But although I had high hopes about learning Japanese while living in Japan, it just isn't coming to fruition. I could list all sorts of reasons why the situation now is different than in Germany. But it is becoming more clear to me that the time we put into Japanese is not gaining us much and every hour on Japanese is an hour not spent on learning Latin or on maintining and improving German. I used to be pretty confident of my ability to learn foreign languages, but man Japanese is kicking me around (especially living on a base and not in the community). I take back all the judgemental thoughts I used to have about people not learning German.
  7. Hi all. I know there are some people here who use Irasshai. I printed out the sample first lesson. When I go to the website to view the video, though, I can't do it. I choose "Lesson 1", and all I get is a page with links to the video viewing sheet and answer key. No video, or sign of a video at all. I am on a Mac, and I downloaded the latest Flip4Mac. Shockwave works fine. I can do the activities on i-irasshai. Anyone else have this problem? Also, someone said they bought the DVD. Was that just for convenience (easier than using your computer), or is there some reason it's better to use the DVD? I hate to spend $300 if I don't have to, but I have yet to get the videos to play on my computer. Wendi
  8. DD (14y.o.) wants to learn Japanese. She said she would like to work on it this summer. Does anyone have any recommendations (online or other) that she could work on. I need something that is very easy to implement. I have'nt any foreign Language background. DD has 1 1/2 yrs of Latin. thanks!
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