Course description

This course is designed for people with no background in Japanese. We cover lessons 1-12 of the Genki 1 textbook and lessons 13-16 of Genki 2. The goal for this fast-track introductory course is to develop a basic foundation in the four skills of speaking listening reading and writing. This course introduces basic sentence patterns vocabulary and common expressions which allow students to speak and write about themselves and those topics that are of personal relevance. At the completion of this course students have survival-level communication skills to communicate solely in Japanese in common situations of daily life. This course also introduces the hiragana and katakana writing systems and about 210 kanji (Chinese characters).


  • Language Instructor in Japanese, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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