Weekend Update

3/19 - 3/20

It's not too late to submit coaching summary make ups!

You can submit coaching make up summaries now through Sunday night. you can listen to archived sessions and send me a summary for up to 80% credit. To do this:

  • Go to the course link marked "Blackboard Collaborate"
  • Once the page has loaded, click the link that says Recordings:
  • Find the your coach's recording of the date and time that you missed.
    • If your coach was not able to record anything, you may listen to the recording of another coach's session.
  • Listen to the whole archive.
  • Write a paragraph describing the coaching session.
  • Write 3 examples of sentences that were practiced in the session.
  • Then, E-MAIL me the date and time of the recording, your paragraph, and 3 sentences.
  • An easy way to include this information is to copy and paste the date and time of the recording into your e-mail.

    Your e-mail should look something like this:

    Konnichiwa Boutin sensei,

    I have listened to the following archive for make-up credit:

    Coach Sparks san Classroom - 03/16/2016 8:59

    During the coaching session, coach Sparks demonstrated how to properly pronounce the vocabulary words. Then, they practiced making sentences using the て-form. After that, they practiced reading the dialogues from the videos here in the course.

    1. すし を たべて、みず を のみました。

    2. アーカイブ を きいて、しゅくだい を しました。

    3. ほん を よんで、 おんがく を ききました。

    Arigatou gozaimasu,

    Student B. Awesome


New 9 Weeks!

Today is officially the start of a new 9 week grading period! We will start Lesson 9 on Monday. Today's a good day to start looking at your new grammar as we will cover a lot of material this week.

Verbs Verbs Verbs!

We will be talking a lot about verbs for the next several weeks so let's review what verbs are and how they work. The verb of the sentence describes the action being done in the sentence, or perhaps a state of being if using verbs like です、あります or います.

So if I say さくらさんはさんじゅうななさいです。 (Sakura is 17 years old.) the verb です simply tells us that Sakura *IS* 17. Shes not doing any specific action. So verbs like です、あります or います are considered "state of being" verbs. No action takes place here. The sentence simply informs us that something "is" or exists in a certain state.

Most of the verbs fall into the category of action verbs, so the verb tells us what action takes place in the sentence.

さくらさんはがっこうにいきます。 (Sakura goes to school.) The action that happens in this sentence is goes, and goes or いきます is the verb in this sentence.

We can use other verbs in sentences like たべます (eats) or のみます (drinks) to help us express different actions that happen.

Plain/Dictionary Forms of Verbs

Most of the verbs we've worked with in class have been conjugated in some form. Basically if a verb is conjugated, it means we've changed the ending of the verb to indicate things like when and whether or not the action happened.

If a verb is not conjugated, we call this the "plain form" of the verb. If you were to look the word up in the dictionary, this is the form you would use to look up the meaning of the word. This is why the plain form of the verb is also called the dictionary form. ^_^

Take a look at the chart below. You can see the plain form of each verb and different several ways to conjugate the verb and change the meaning.

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You'll need to start memorizing the plain form of verbs to help you conjugate verbs in new ways in the coming weeks in class. Stay tuned!

Coaching Make Ups

Sending a shout out to Gabrielle W. for submitting a coaching make up summary for missed coaching sessions and boosting her grade. Excellent work!