もちつき たいかい に いこう！
Here's what's happening this week in class:
This week you will begin the 2nd 9 weeks of this class. All of your grades from here on out will count towards the 4th quarter (and final) grading period of this academic year.
This week has been slightly shortened due to an NC state holiday on Friday, so please take note of the schedule change and my change in office hours.
You'll also start Module 4 with Lesson 9. To find all of the lesson materials and assignments, go to the course link that says "Course Modules" and find the folder named "Module 4" Inside the Module 4 folder, you will find the folder for Lesson 9.
- 9.1 Vocabulary
- 9.4 Culture Discussion
- 9.2 Speaking
- Lesson 9 Vocabulary Quiz
- Lesson 9 Grammar Quiz
- STATE HOLIDAY - NO CLASS FOR NCVPS
Your attendance and participation in two coaching sessions is due by the end of the week!
Assignments are due by the end of the day on the day they are posted!
Click here to heck the course calendar! Print it out! It can help you plan and work on pace!
You can always find all of the grammar notes under the course link 文法 Grammar!
An important thing to listen for when you watch this week's video:
An important thing to remember is when it is appropriate to use the plain form versus the polite ます form of verbs.
In this week's video, the exchange between Yamada-sensei, Daichi, and Sakura, is a perfect example.
Notice that when Yamada-sensei speaks to Daichi and Sakura, she uses the plain form of the verb (and the て-form, which you'll learn about in a later lesson). This is because she is higher in social rank than Daichi and Sakura. She is a teacher, and is older than the two students. She can speak to them using the plain form.
However, when Daichi and Sakura speak to Yamada-sensei, notice that they use the polite ます form of all of the verbs that they say! Why? Because, they rank lower in the social strata. They are younger, and as her students, they need to show respect to Yamada-sensei by using the polite form when speaking with her.
This dynamic of using respectful language with people who are older, in higher positions of social rank (like a professional such as a teacher, or a doctor), is very common in Japanese! There is even a set of special honorific verbs and expressions called 敬語 (けいご, keigo) that is used in situations where social rank needs to be clearly defined. We won't cover けいご in this class, but it is good to be aware of it as you further your study of Japanese!
Now, take a few minutes to watch and listen carefully to the dialogue in this week's lesson video:
Beaver Sensei's office hours this week
If you do need to contact me, please e-mail or text me ^_^
You'll be able to find me on Blackboard IM during the times listed below. I'm also available for one-on-one chats that you can schedule here: https://calendly.com/bridget-beaver/checkin
- Mon: 7:00-9:00 PM
- Tues: 1-4:00 PM
- Wed: 1-4:00 PM
- Thur: 1-4:00 PM
- Fri: No office hours are scheduled for this Friday
On weekends: the best ways to ask questions is via e-mail, text message, or Twitter @BeaverSensei