Here are the lesson details for the second Skype Lesson. The opening are already filled but I still have 3 openings for the third lesson so leave a comment quickly if you are interested in participating in the lesson after this.
You must have a microphone and headphones to participate. Please do not use speakers because it will echo back into the mic and create a very annoying echo. Having a fast connection also helps with the latency.
Important: The lessons will be recorded and posted on this site. If you do not want to be recorded, please do not participate in the lesson.
Lesson 2: Negative State-of-Being and Referring to people
We will look deeper into topics briefly mentioned in the first lesson such as the negative state-of-being and the topic particle. We will also learn how to refer to people and more importantly, when not to. We will then take what we learned to get to know each other a little. Finally, we’ll take our first look at kanji (already!) and how they can help us learn vocabulary.
※This lesson will be recorded and posted on this site along with my notes.
Lesson Date and Time
Time: Sun 9:00 am, Tokyo Time (No DST) (convert time)
Date: April 23
Length: 30 min to 1 hour
Participants: cc, Jenny, Joshua, Jyosua
1. You must have a microphone and headphones. Please do not speakers.
2. You must be familiar with the contents of the first lesson. (Review the notes and lesson recording)
3. Knowledge of hiragana.
4. Though useful, knowledge of katakana and kanji is not neccessary.
You should also become at least somewhat familiar with the following vocabulary and expressions before the lesson. You do not have to worry about the kanji for now.
- さん – polite name suffix for names
- まあまあ – so-so
- とても – very
- あまり – not very (only used with negatives)
- 全然【ぜんぜん】 – not at all (mostly only used with negatives)
- 国【くに】- country
- 国籍【こくせき】- nationality
- 日本【にほん】- Japan
- 韓国【かんこく】- Korea
- 中国【ちゅうごく】- China
- アメリカ【あめりか】- America
- 日本人【にほんじん】- Japanese person
- 韓国人【かんこくじん】- Korean person
- 中国人【ちゅうごくじん】- Chinese person
- アメリカ人【あめりかじん】- American person
- 小学校【しょうがっこう】 – elementary school
- 中学校【ちゅうがっこう】 – middle school
- 高校【こうこう】 – high school
- 大学【だいがく】 – college
- 趣味【しゅみ】- interest; hobby
1. Casual: [X]は、何（なに）？- What is [X]?
2. Polite: [X]は、何（なん）ですか？- What is [X]?
Rules for making negative state-of-being
1. Casual: Add じゃない
2. Polite: Add じゃないです
音読み【おんよみ】: Chinese pronunciation of Kanji
訓読み【くんよみ】: Japanese pronunciation of Kanji
Edict Kanji Dictionary