Japanese I

A snow capped mountain by a lake with hanging cherry blossom branches in the view

Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji in Japan. (Image courtesy of Midori on Wikimedia. License: CC BY.)


MIT Course Number

21G.501 / 21G.551

As Taught In

Fall 2019



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This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of the language, providing opportunities to acquire basic skills for conversation, reading, and writing in Japanese. The program emphasizes active command of Japanese, not passive knowledge. Your goal is not simply to study the grammar and vocabulary, but to gain skills necessary to use them in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way.

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Takako Aikawa, Masami Ikeda-Lamm, Wakana Maekawa, and Emiko Rafique. 21G.501 Japanese I. Fall 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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