FSI - Japanese Headstart Course

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Japanese Headstart - Module 2A

Japanese Headstart - Module 2B

Japanese Headstart - Module 3A

Japanese Headstart - Module 3B

Japanese Headstart - Module 3C

Japanese Headstart - Module 4A

Japanese Headstart - Module 4B

Japanese Headstart - Module 4C

Japanese Headstart - Module 5A

Japanese Headstart - Module 5B

Japanese Headstart - Module 5C

Japanese Headstart - Module 6A

Japanese Headstart - Module 6B

Japanese Headstart - Module 6C

Japanese Headstart - Module 6D

Japanese Headstart - Module 7A

Japanese Headstart - Module 7B

Japanese Headstart - Module 7C

Japanese Headstart - Module 8A

Japanese Headstart - Module 8B

Japanese Headstart - Module 8C

Japanese Headstart - Module 8D

Japanese Headstart - Module 9A

Japanese Headstart - Module 9B

Japanese Headstart - Module 9C

Japanese Headstart - Module 9D

Foreign Service Institute Japanese  - Image The FSI Japanese Headstart Program can help make your stay in Japan rewarding by providing essential language skills and cultural information. Unlike traditional "textbook Japanese," this course focuses on the kind of practical, everyday Japanese you will need to go shopping, ask directions, or ride the subway.

The program is designed to be challenging and stimulating, and it can be fun. The suggestions in this guide can help you get the most from the program. The Japanese Headstart is a self-instructional course. According to directions on tape and in your text, you will repeat words and phrases given by native speakers of Japanese, ask and answer questions in Japanese, and practice using the Japanese phrases you are learning.You are urged to study the course materials at your own pace. There should be no time limits except those you set for finishing each of the modules and the whole course.

Eight of the printed language-instruction modules In this course are accompanied by recorded material on cassettes. The recorded and printed language material must be used together for best results. In addition, the course contains two modules without recorded material: notes on Japanese culture and an optional reading-writing module dealing with signs and menus.
The subjects covered in each module of the course are as follows:

Module I: Cultural Background Module
2: Greetings and Introductions Module
3: Directions Module
4: Eating Out Module
5: Shopping and Repairs Module
6: Subways and Trains
7: Module
8: Module
9: Taxis Prices Time
Module 10: Signs and Menus (optional)

Although the modules are numbered, you are encouraged to study the first seven in any order you choose. Modules 8 and 9 should not be attempted before you have mastered Modules I through 7.

Like the other modules, Module 10 (Signs and Menus) is designed to give you practical skills that will be useful in daily situations. The module is optional because it deals with written Japanese and the Headstart Program is primarily concerned with spoken Japanese, Most students of Japanese find the written language fascinating; we hope you will, too. In any event, the cue cards contained in the module can be carried with you wherever you go and will help you get around in Japan. You can use the cards to identify the names, written in characters, of train and subway stations, signs seen when shopping, restaurant signs, and items on Japanese menus.

Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 125 million speakers, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family, whose relation to other language groups, particularly to Korean and the suggested Altaic language family, is debated. Little is known of the language's prehistory, or when it first appeared in Japan. Chinese documents from the 3rd century recorded a few Japanese words, but substantial texts did not appear until the 8th century. During the Heian period (7941185), Chinese had a considerable influence on the vocabulary and phonology of Old Japanese. Late Middle Japanese (11851600) saw changes in features that brought it closer to the modern language, as well the first appearance of European loanwords. The standard dialect moved from the Kansai region to the Edo (modern Tokyo) region in the Early Modern Japanese period (early 17th centurymid-19th century). Following the end in 1853 of Japan's self-imposed isolation, the flow of loanwords from European languages has increased significantly. English loanwords in particular have become frequent, and Japanese words from English roots have proliferated.

Japanese is spoken in: Japan

Japanese has no known alternate names.

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