The Japan Foundation generously provided funding for tuition and teaching materials for an Introduction to Japanese language and culture. As well as learning about the customs and culture of Japan, there was a focus on practical language skills as students learnt basic phrases to introduce themselves, ask for directions and ask for food and drink.
Our adventurous linguists also got to grips with learning to write Hiragana. Learning hiragana is the first step in learning how to read and write Japanese and is the first of the three Japanese scripts that Japanese children learn in school.
Lessons were not just based on the Japanese language; students were encouraged to bring in manga, anime or any Japanese related objects to share and strengthen their understanding of Japanese culture. The last lesson was a highlight as students got to try different Japanese sushi and watch anime.
Here are some comments from the students:
"The course has been very useful and (has) given me an insight into the Japanese language and way of writing.”
"Enjoyed “learning (about) cultural aspects of Japan.”
“Course was varied … I learnt a lot of Japanese.”
Many students expressed a wish to continue with their study of Japanese in the future.
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