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Submit L7 Speaking Assignment Today!

Please submit your Lesson 7 Speaking Assignment today. A lot of you are missing speaking assignments from prior lessons. Speaking assignments are usually worth 40 points (a big chunk of your grade) so be sure you are submitting these.


If you have questions on your speaking assignment or how to say something, please ask me or you coach

Mid Term Exam Opens Today! Review Grammar, Vocabulary and Hiragana Before Attempting!

Writing Combination Sounds and Double Consonants

The idea behind combination sounds is to make a sound with the various consonants in Japanese (like k, s, t, b, n, m, etc.) and combine them with the vowel sounds of ya, yu and yo to form a new sound.


To write the sound "kya" simply write き = ki with a smaller ゃ after it. The "i" sound in き is dropped. きゃ


Be very careful not to write the "ya" the same size as a standard character. You'll want to write it about 1/2 the size of a standard character. If the "ya" is the same standard size (like きや) you're actually writing "kiya" here and not the combination sound kya.


We use the small tsu (つ) to express the first consonant in words that have double consonants. Any time we have a word that would be written with two of the same consonants side by side in romaji, we need to use a small tsu to represent that first consonant. For example, the word kippu (meaning "ticket") is written as きっぷ in hiragana. Taking it piece by piece:


きっぷ (kippu)


ki = き

p = っ

pu = ぷ


Also, be sure to write the small tsu about 1/2 the size of a standard hiragana character to differentiate it from "tsu" = つ


きっぷ = kippu (correct)

きつぷ = kitsupu (incorrect)


Some other things I'm noticing from writing assignments:


"sho" should be written as しょ

しお = shio (not sho)


Sounds using the combination with the consonant "n" use the character に (ni) with the small ya, yu or yo. Nyu = にゅ Do NOT use the character "n" for these. んゅ is incorrect!


I hope this helps! Don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions on this or need help.

Yesterday's Particle Review

Here are the answers to the particle review from yesterday's announcement:


これ わたし うち です。

Here we use to mark the topic of the sentence and to denote possession.


へや ベッド まど あります。

denotes location. joins the two subjects and marks the subjects. We don't use here because that is also used to mark topics of a sentence. Also, the last blank is - sending a shout out to Miranda G. for messaging me about this!! Thank you Miranda!


いぬ うち います。

marks the topic and denotes location.


How did you do on that? If your particles are a bit rusty, please go back and review them prior to taking your mid term.

Contact Boutin Sensei

Office Hours: 6:30 - 8:30PM Tuesdays and Thursdays. Catch me on BBIM at that time!


I can also be reached by these contacts outside of office hours, and am sometimes on BBIM evenings and weekends.

March 19th = Deadline to Submit Missing Assignments for This 9 Weeks!

Today: Click on the My Grades tab and see if you have any assignments marked with a 0 or no submission. If you see any, make a note of what you're missing and submit it today. If you are missing several, submit as many as you can today.


The last day you will be able to turn in late/missing assignments that will be counted in this 9 week grading period is March 19th.


I cannot guarantee any *late* assignments submitted after March 19th will be graded in time to be considered for the current nine week grading period!! Please plan to submit all missing assignments ASAP!
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