Learning Japanese

For a number of years now, I have been studying Japanese–sometimes more diligently than others, but I figure if I continue studying, however slowly, things will sink in. Eventually I would love to go to Japan, but my main motivation is that Japanese is on my life list of languages I want to learn.

The teacher I have been learning from is Kiyo Okazaki, one of the best teachers I have ever had the honor to study under. She is smart and dedicated and cheerful and an excellent, encouraging teacher. I first met her through her classes at the Santa Rosa Junior College, which cut its Japanese classes a few years ago. However, the JC is offering classes taught by her through their community education series, and I strongly encourage anyone who has wanted to learn Japanese to sign up. Coming up is the second half of an introductory class; here are the particulars:

 Speak Japanese II

Do you want to be able to carry on a simple conversation in Japanese? This beginning Japanese class follows Speak Japanese I. You will  continue to learn and practice simple building blocks of communication that will prepare you for travelling in Japan, hosting Japanese guests, or just learning to speak. You will not only learn the language but also become familiar with Japanese culture and “the way of Japanese.”  Let’s learn together!

Sect: 9466
Seats Remaining: 38
Tue. March 13-April 24, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
1592 Emeritus Hall, Santa Rosa Campus
(No class on March 20) Fee: $97.00 (includes $5.00 of materials)
Presented by: Kiyo Okazaki

Web link for course

Santa Rosa JC’s community education Web page


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