Hi! It’s Saturday, June 8, 2013 and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 13 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)
A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website sponsored by Georgia Public Broadcasting that offers free Japanese language lessons and cultural skills delivered through video tutorials, worksheets (with answer keys), and some activities.
This particular language program is called Irasshai, and was the nation’s number one Japanese language and culture distance learning course from 1996 through 2009. The language program is geared for high school and college students, as well as adults. However, younger children may enjoy aspects of this program with adult assistance.
When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Use the menu to access the lessons divided into:
*Japanese 1 – This section covers introductions, names, apologizing, numbers, school and work affiliations, identifying objects, asking for permission, refusing a request, colors, expressing approval or disapproval, family members, using the telephone, food and mealtime etiquette, dates and events, calendar, leisure activities, customs, school subjects, sports, likes and dislikes, music, weather, clothing, shopping, community, and transportation. There are lessons in reading and writing Japanese throughout the course.
*Japanese 2 – This section includes a review of Japanese 1 and new lessons in grammar and parts of speech, culture, family, pets, casual and formal speech, geography, location, hobbies, seasons and weather, trips/vacations, socializing, supermarket and prices, post office, numeric order, buying a gift, fruits and vegetables, cylindrical objects, expressing needs, health, anatomy, describing physical conditions, medicine, people’s personalities and physical characteristics, major life events, work occupations, plans for the future, travel destinations and more.
Again, all of these lessons include video tutorials and worksheets (with answers).