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University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario

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First-Year Japanese 1

An introductory course for students who have little or no knowledge of Japanese to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Practical oral and written exercises incorporating the Hiragana Writing System are used to provide a firm grammatical foundation for further study.

Attend the classes and tutorials because they take away marks if you miss a class/tut. There is quite a bit to memorize, but do your homework and assignments and you'll be fine.

Added by 123 on 2011-06-03 00:52:11

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frozenfire - 2014-04-19 15:14:38
Again, to reference nosmas, this course is not easy even if you know Chinese; purely Japanese characters are used in this course. There is quite a bit to memorize every week, but it is doable. The midterms and finals are not easy as the course does not provide you with much practice outside of class, so I would suggest finding the Genki I workbook online as well to supplement your studies.
nosmas - 2013-04-12 21:30:13
i got 90+ in this course and it was so fun. but just a warning just because you think you know Chinese doesnt mean you can ace Japanese... saw many Chinese thinking Japanese will be bird to them but end up failing
your_face - 2012-09-06 18:40:10
Fairly easy compared to all the rest of my math/CS course load I have. Attending all classes is a must, but hardly boring. If you watch anime and know your kana, big plus. Bird course compared to math/cs courses.
siverstorm - 2011-11-10 14:00:11
Bird courses should be defined by how "easy" the course was. This course requires a lot of work and memorization within little time. If you have to focus on other core classes then this won't be a bird course for you. If you have time to focus on this course and study properly an easy mark is attainable.

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