Understand the basic features of Japanese and how they reflect Japanese culture during this fascinating overview of the language.
Learn basic verb forms, nouns, adjectives, particles and intonation, as well as how to use honorifics like “san.”
This introduction to Japanese for complete beginners also explains the three scripts and how they appear in written sentences.
Instructor: Hitomi Hirayama
Hitomi is the founder and president of Japanese Lunch, a company that introduces Japanese language and culture to foreign professionals and their families in the Kanto area. She believes lessons should be interesting, relevant and practical. Hitomi wrote about Japanese vocabulary, expressions and grammar in a Daily Yomiuri newspaper column.