木曜日 もくようび

L3 Speaking Assignment Due

今日は木曜日です。明日(あした)は金曜日です。 ^_^

  • Today you will submit your L4 Speaking Assignment.
  • Get ready for your L4 quizzes tomorrow.
  • Submit your survey response (below) for NCVPS Digital Learning Day if you have not done this already.
  • Make sure you have attended 2 coaching sessions this week. If you missed one of your regularly scheduled coaching sessions, attend any coaching session held today to make it up.


You must attend 2 coaching sessions each week. Check the schedule below for a time you can attend if you need to make any sessions up.

Japanese 2 Coaching Schedule - Click Here

Note when you go to coaching, who your coach is, and the phone number/access code for your coach's classroom

Submit Lesson 4 Speaking Assignment.

At this point, you and your partner should have already figured out who will be Person A and B, and what will go in the blank spaces in the conversation.


If you're lost or don't understand how to do this week's speaking assignment, read the directions carefully and check Tuesday's announcement for more details on how to do this assignment.

5 Important Things to Know About This Week's Speaking Assignment Submission


  1. You only need to submit an audio recording for this assignment in MP3 or .wav format. You do not need to submit a powerpoint or multimedia portion this week. You can record your audio for free at vocaroo.com
  2. Please only submit YOUR audio recording of yourself reading either Part A or Part B. You do not have to record yourself reading both parts for this assignment or submit your partner's speaking part.
  3. Please do not submit multiple separate files with one sentence in each file. This takes a lot longer to prepare and submit your assignment. Save time and keep it simple. :)
  4. Before recording, take some time to practice your pronunciation. You'll want to try to get your recording to sound like a native speaker, but you do not have to talk fast. Take your time, slow down and say things correctly.
  5. Before submitting your assignment, look carefully at the grading rubric and be sure you can answer YES to all of the questions listed there. Rubrics help you maximize your points for each assignment.

Valentine Invitations

I really enjoyed reading the responses to this week's Tweet/Text Me Tuesday!


Remember that it's very important to pay attention to the level of formality used when extending invitations to others in Japanese. Let's take a closer look at the responses to review how to extend invitations in different situations:


The most formal way to extend an invitation is by using the ませんか ending:

えいが に いきませんか。 Won’t you go to the movies?


If we take か out of this sentence, we’d have えいが に いきません。 It would mean “I won’t go to the movies.” The ~ませんか ending without か is simply the PRESENT/FUTURE NEGATIVE tense. So by asking a question using ~ませんか we’re asking “won’t you (do something)” in the future.


This ending is most appropriate for someone you don't know very well at all, or someone you want to be extra formal and polite toward such as your boss, teacher or a superior.


Blake D. used this ending.: としょかん に いきませんか

and so did Simona A.: いっしょに えいがをみませんか

and Abigail N.: こうえんにいきませんか

and Jessica A. who used kanji: 日曜日(にちようび)に映画(えいが)を見(み)ませんか



~ましょう is used to say “Let’s… (do something.) Unlike ~ませんか and ~ましょうか which are used to *ask* people if they’d do things, using ~ましょう is more like making a request, suggestion or command. This is the most informal way to extend an invitation and should be used with family, close friends, or your valentine.


すし を たべましょう。 Let’s eat sushi.


Hannah G. used this ending: きんようび ひま ですか。じゃ こうえん に いきましょう


~ましょうか can be used to say “Shall we… (do something.)” This is a more informal/casual way to extend an invitation and is best used for people you know well and are not your superiors.


テレビゲーム を しましょうか。Shall we play video games?


Russell B used both the ましょうか and ましょう endings : レストランにいきましょうか。やきとりとおこのみやきをたべましょう

Sarah M. also used both endings: えいがかんにいきましょうか。 テレビゲームをしましょう


Thanks again to everyone who participated in yesterday's Tweet/Text me Tuesday and earned a bonus point! よくできました。^_^

Student Spotlight - Hannah G.

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 Hannah G.!

  • My favorite thing about Japan/Japanese Culture: I love how Japan is greatly innovative but preserves history and tradition at the same time. Japanese food is also one of my favorite things about Japan.
  • My favorite book: So B. It
  • My favorite musical artist: Adele
  • My favorite ice cream flavor: chocolate
  • On a Friday night I'm usually: Going to ballet class and rehearsing for an upcoming performance.
  • The 5 things I can't live without: 1. My family/friends 2. TV 3. Disney 4. Dance 5. Food
  • Why I'm taking Japanese 2: I thoroughly enjoyed Japanese 1 and I want to keep expanding my knowledge about the Japanese language and culture.

Digital Learning Day is coming! Fill out your survey if not already done!

Friday is vocabulary and grammar quiz day! Make sure you're ready!

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