Beginner Lesson #2: Lesson Description + Signup Page


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.

Lesson Preparation
I strongly recommend learning hiragana.
Hiragana Link 1
Hiragana Link 2

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.


  1. さん – polite name suffix for names
  2. まあまあ – so-so
  3. とても – very
  4. あまり – not very (only used with negatives)
  5. 全然【ぜんぜん】 – not at all (mostly only used with negatives)
  6. 国【くに】- country
  7. 国籍【こくせき】- nationality
  8. 日本【にほん】- Japan
  9. 韓国【かんこく】- Korea
  10. 中国【ちゅうごく】- China
  11. アメリカ【あめりか】- America
  12. 日本人【にほんじん】- Japanese person
  13. 韓国人【かんこくじん】- Korean person
  14. 中国人【ちゅうごくじん】- Chinese person
  15. アメリカ人【あめりかじん】- American person
  16. 小学校【しょうがっこう】 – elementary school
  17. 中学校【ちゅうがっこう】 – middle school
  18. 高校【こうこう】 – high school
  19. 大学【だいがく】 – college
  20. 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]?

Lesson Notes
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

10 thoughts on “Beginner Lesson #2: Lesson Description + Signup Page

  1. I’d like to signup for the third lesson if possible (if you have a slot free, and if I’m around during the lesson time (9:00am Japan time?).


  2. I’d love to signup for the 3rd lesson if possible. If you have a slot open I would like to try. What should I know before hand?

  3. Ok, please send me your skype id to and I’ll add you guys. That leaves just one slot open for the third lesson. All you need to know are the contents of the first and second lesson which you can review by listening to the recording (not yet available for the second lesson) and review the lesson details of the third lesson (which I have yet to post).

  4. There’s a slight mistake on the lesson notes. The hiragana for 「音読み」 should be 「おんよみ」, not 「よんよみ」.

  5. need help.. i cant read what its written there because there are no letters. instead of that there are “???”.. can someone help me ?
    (sry for my bad eng. hehe)

  6. Hey Tae, I’d really like to sign up for the third lesson… But if it’s already filled, I won’t mind waiting for the next lessons… Thanks!

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