Basic Japanese Language 1


This course is usually offered in the fall term.


This is the first of a series of courses in modern, standard Japanese designed for students with no previous knowledge of the language. The emphasis is on speaking and understanding useful expressions and practical vocabulary. Students will also learn to read and write katakana. Most of the class time will be devoted to structured practice with trained speakers who are experienced instructors.

Students register for both lecture and recitation—one hour of lecture and three hours of recitation per week. The recitations are taught entirely in Japanese by native Japanese speakers, and are designed to provide further practice and reinforcement of material discussed in lecture classes.


Required. 12 each

Class Size

20 in lecture

Number of Credits


Course prerequisites