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The Japanese Language 301 at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is an upper-level course that you need a prerequisite for 202, 205 or 217 or be in by the placement exam. Japanese 301 will go over chapter 1 – 5 from the Mayumi Oka, et al. Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese – Learning Through Content and Multimedia. Tokyo: Kuroshio Publishers, 2009. This class is spoken all in Japanese so prepare yourself. It is a little difficult but you can easily survive this class by using these 5 tips.

1.Go to Class and Participate

The Japanese class can be time-consuming because it is four days a week; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Your professor will check attendance. If you won’t make it to class, don’t forget to email your professor. The best way to participate in JPN 301 is to always ask questions. You’ll enjoy going to class because you get to see your friends and learn Japanese.



You will be assigned homework almost every day but depending on your professor, they might upload it to Laulima ahead of time. You’re able to turn it in before the due date. Without homework, in JPN 301 it would be hard for us to learn Japanese. Homework is worth 30 %.


3.Ask for Help

The Japanese professors are really nice and they will answer any questions you have. The class has about 15 students which allow you to have one on one conversations with your professor. Also get to know your classmates because you will be with them this whole semester. Exchange phone numbers so you can contact one another when you have a question.


4.Quiz Every Week

In order to learn another language, we have to practice and study. You will be assigned a Kanji quiz every week from the Tobira textbook This textbook will be your new best friend because you will use this every day. Make flashcards, quizlet, or hand write the kanji, in order to memorize the word and meaning.


There will be two presentations in JPN 301. The first presentation will be about the prefectures of Japan. The second presentation is your final oral test and the topic is about Japanese food. Both presentations will be about 3 – 5 minutes. You will have to be able to explain what it is, the history, and the present day.


JPN 301 can be a lot of work due to the massive amount of homework daily but if you don’t practice then you won’t learn. The Japanese Language is a complicated language which is durable if you work hard! Do your best and good luck (がんばって!)


Julie Sakai

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