木曜日 もくようび

Culture Discussion + Speaking Assignment Parts 2 and 3

今日は木曜日です。(きょうはもくようびです。) ^_^

  • Today you will complete Parts 2 and 3 of your Speaking Assignment.
  • Your Lesson 1 Culture Discussion is due today too.
  • Remember to log in every day (Monday - Friday) and read your entire announcement first.

Winter Weather

Be careful if you venture outside today in this winter weather! If school is ever cancelled because of weather, please do your best to make alternate arrangements to submit your Japanese work or attend coaching while keeping safety your top priority. Stay warm and safe!


Coaching Starts on February 1st!

Lesson 1 Culture Discussion Due Today

Your Lesson 1 Culture Discussion is also due today. You don't have to write as much as you did in the culture discussions in Japanese 1, but read the rubric criteria carefully to maximize your points for the culture discussion:



  • Post two facts you learned after reading the given resources.
  • Elaborate on those 2 things by posting an additional sentence each.
  • Cite the source(s) of your information for this post.
  • Post by the end of the day today.
  • Leave a relevant response according to the discussion rubric to TWO classmates before the end of the day today.

Speaking Assignment Parts 2 and 3

You will need to look at a the posts from two of your fellow classmates about things they do and like/dislike. Based on this information, you will record yourself saying what two of your classmates like or dislike, and two sports they do or do not do.


Please only submit an audio file for this assignment in MP3 or .wav format. You can record one of these files for free at vocaroo.com


You will need to very carefully look at your rubric to see how the assignment will be graded. Before you make your submission, be sure you can answer YES to all of the questions below so you can earn full credit for your assignment:


From the Assignment 1.3 Rubric:


  • You posted an audio recording that included a report of what two classmates liked and did not like to do using でも/〜が correctly. At least 2 sentences for each classmate.
  • You posted an audio recording that included a report of two sports that each of two classmates liked or disliked by naming the sport, indicating whether they like or dislike the sport and reasons why using からcorrectly.
  • You used clear pronunciation.
  • You posted your recording as an MP3 or wav file by the due date.


This must be posted by the end of the day today to avoid point deductions for lateness!

Using が and でも to say "but"

In Japanese 1 we learned how to say "but" by using でも.


でも always comes at the beginning of the sentence. We make a statement in the first sentence, and then create a separate sentence beginning with “but.” This is unlike English grammar, where it would be incorrect to begin a sentence with “but.” Examples:


ジャズがだいすきです。でも、とこどきロックをききます。

I love Jazz. But, sometimes I listen to rock.


えいごをはなします。でも、にほんごもはなします。

I speak English. But, I also speak Japanese.


When not using が as a subject marker, it can be used to say "but." We use が *after* the first clause of the sentence. Here are some examples:


すしがきらいですが、さかなをたべます。

I dislike sushi, but I eat fish.


しゅみはやっきゅうですが、アメフトがすきです。

My hobby is baseball, but I like American Football.


Remember to place the comma *after* the particle が

Welcome Calls

Kudos to the following rock star students who had their welcome calls with me yesterday:


Kaitlyn K., Zane H., Blake D., Tiffany N., John P., Tim T., Gabrielle W., Connor T., James Y., Alexis S., Abigail N.


Thank you to everyone who has already had their welcome call with me!


I'm trying to get as many welcome calls wrapped up this week as possible. If you have not scheduled your call yet, join the circle of awesomeness and click the link below today!

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Need some help? Visit the Peer Tutoring Center!

You can get help with your coursework or schedule an appointment with a peer tutor to help you with Japanese 2! Visit the FREE Peer Tutoring Center at ncvps.upswing.io for help today!
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Vocabulary Ninja Abigail N.

Check out the awesome job Abigail N. did on her vocabulary flashcards by clicking the link below! Great job on your pronunciation Abigail!


Did you submit your vocabulary flashcards for lesson 1 yet? If not, please submit them today. Don't fall behind!

Writing Assignment Awesomeness

Check out this sample from Makayla D.'s writing assignment she submitted yesterday. Great work Makayla!


Be sure you submitted your Lesson 1 writing assignment. This was due yesterday. Check your due date calendar every day and make sure you are staying on pace!

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Student Spotlight - Malik J.

Every few days in announcements we will shine our spotlight on one of our Japanese 2 students! This is a good way to get to know your fellow classmates. :)


Meet Malik J.!


My favorite thing about Japan/Japanese Culture: Mostly about everything, the culture and how Japanese citizens treat one another. I can't lie but Japanese food is something I would die for, it's delicious. I love watching anime, but only in sub, because I dislike dub so much.


My favorite book: Burned


My favorite musical artist: Stereo Drive Foundation


My favorite ice cream flavor: mint


On a Friday night I'm usually: Playing Japanese RPG games, hangin out with friends downtown or doing homework if assigned. But on occasionally I read or watch a movie with my twin brother.


The 5 things I can't live without:

1. Japanese & Russian Food

2. Family & friends
3. Education
4. Phone (lol)
5. Music

Why I'm taking Japanese 2: To expand my basic Japanese knowledge and learn more on Japanese culture. I'm so ready to learn more Japanese! I also mostly dream of living in Japan, I love the Japanese culture way back when I was a kid.

Contact Boutin Sensei

Thursday Office Hours: 1PM - 3PM Catch me on BBIM at that time!


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