金曜日 きんようび

L4 Vocabulary and Grammar Quizzes Due

今日は金曜日です。 たのしみにしています。

  • Today you will take the Lesson 4 Vocabulary Quiz and Lesson 4 Grammar Quiz
  • After taking your quizzes, double check to be sure you've completed all of your assignments from Lesson 4 this week.
  • Any assignments from lessons 1- 3 are now overdue! Please get these in ASAP as 0s really hurt your grade!!!

Take BOTH Your Vocabulary and Grammar Quizzes Today


  • Be sure you take BOTH your vocabulary and grammar quizzes today.
  • Before taking your quizzes carefully review your vocabulary words and grammar notes from Lesson 4.
  • Your vocabulary flashcards you made earlier this week are a great study tool for your vocabulary quiz.
  • Check your feedback in My Grades for the assignments you submitted this week to see if you need to review anything specific before you take your quizzes.

Lesson 4 Grammar Recap

~はどうでしたか。is used to ask "How is...?" or "How about...?"
  • すしはどうですか。 How about sushi?


You can extend invitations by using the verb endings listed below.

The ませんか is the most formal and polite way to extend an invitation. ましょうか is more casual and ましょう is very casual and informal - and it's a suggestion/not really asking a question. Review the chart below for a review of how to use these endings and their meaning before taking the quiz.

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Lesson 4 Wrap Up

We start Lesson 5 on Monday! By the end of the day today, all of these should be submitted for grades:


  1. Lesson 4 Culture Discussion
  2. Lesson 4 Speaking Assignment
  3. Lesson 4 Vocabulary Assignment
  4. Lesson 4 Vocabulary Quiz
  5. Lesson 4 Grammar Quiz

Check Ins

Remember to respond to sensei's e-mails, texts and voicemails within a day or two at most. Since we can't meet face to face it's very important to stay in touch and have open lines of communication. Responding to communication in a timely manner was one of the terms you agreed to in your course contract. Thank you for your cooperation!

すみませんが、ちょっと...

Brittany H. texted me yesterday asking about the meaning of this phrase (found in your speaking assignment this week.)


Literally translated it means "I'm sorry but, it's a little..."


The meaning behind the literal meaning is an important point in Japanese culture. The Japanese are hard working people who strive to do their best at everything they do. From a cultural standpoint, the Japanese do not like to say "no" to a request because of this. This phrase is an indirect say of saying that it's "a little" inconvenient and unsuitable. It sounds less harsh than saying flat out saying "no" to a request which is considered very harsh in Japanese culture.


If speaking with someone from Japan who seems to be hesitating a bit to do something, but not directly saying no, it's best to back off and drop that idea, or suggest something else. Saying "no" often makes them very uncomfortable and it's important to be respectful of their feelings.


Thanks for asking such a great question Brittany! よくできました。^_^

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