Aug 10th to Oct 12th
7:30 pm Eastern Time
($15 per hour for 10 hours)
Online lessons on Zoom. All you need is a computer!
PDF Handouts and interactive exercises included in the price
Review of writing systems with handwriting tips and kanji memorization methods
Introduction to Japanese pronunciation (long vowels, double consonants, intonation, word level).
Introduction to Japanese sentence structure (SOV) and titles (さん, 様, etc.)
Sentences with copula (です, じゃないです, etc.) and postpositions は, か, and も
Introduction to Japanese counting systems and counters (助数詞)
Polite verbs (丁寧系) and brief introduction to other formality levels (普通系, 敬語, 謙譲語)
Introduction of postpositions を, に, へ, で, and と
Recap of previous lessons
Overview of the most common Japanese adverbs
The existence verbs (ある, いる) and the particle が
Japanese adjectives (形容詞 and 形容動詞)
The suspensive form (て form) and its main uses
Brief introduction of progressive tense (ている)
General recap and oral test
Bonus topics (minor grammar points) and delivery of Japanese 101 Official Manual
Please note that this is a tentative calendar. If more than 50% of the class request for a lesson to be postponed before the beginning of the course, it will be arranged!
Presented by Luisa Montagner
pronouns: she, her
Luisa Montagner the founder and main instructor of Luisa Language Teaching & Tutoring. She grew up in Venice, Italy, where she lived until the age of 22. She moved to the US at the end of 2018 after spending some years in Tokyo, Japan.
Holds a Degree in Japanese studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Studied and worked at Yokohama National University from September 2016 to August 2017.
Worked for the prestigious Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute (新宿日本語学校) in Tokyo from 2017 to 2018.
Has helped over one hundred students reach their goals and offered over 3,000 lesson hours.
ー All standardized courses require a non-refundable advance payment. We will wait until a minimum of seven people have signed up for the class to send out invoices. Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, and Navy Federal transactions are accepted.
ー This course for beginners consists of a series of ten high intensity lectures. Hiragana and Katakana writing fluency is a prerequisite. If you are not familiar with the syllabaries yet, we highly recommend that you sign up for the KANA MASTERCLASS on July 20th.
ー We encourage you to attend lessons using a computer rather than a phone or a tablet, as the teacher will be often sharing her screen to show materials and write on a whiteboard. Please mute your microphone when you enter the class.
ー Lessons last one hour and are followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. At the end of each lesson you will receive a PDF handout, a link to an interactive flashcard list for all the vocabulary used in the handout, and a link to interactive exercises on Google Forms to practice in between lessons.
ー If the teacher is indisposed and cannot attend one or more classes, the duration of the course will be extended past October 12th.
ー If you need to set up a private tutoring session, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. One-on-one tutoring sessions are available to course attendees for $30/hour (50% discount on standard rate) for the entire duration of the course.
I took the course as someone who is not quite a 101 beginner. I thought that, at such a low price, I may as well take it as a refresher.
Boy was I wrong. The explanations from Luisa for grammar points I had already seen in Genki were way more coherent and logical. Every week built on and reinforced the previous week, and by the end we had all the grammar needed for competent conversations.
Luisa was highly available, answering questions all times of the day.
This course was exceptional. Prof. Luisa Montagner explains the concepts in a way that is relatable and easy to understand. She also includes PDF materials as quick references which was a great help. In addition she includes flash cards and quizzes to solidify and test your knowledge. All the materials and instructions you get from the course is a great value.
I would highly recommend this to anyone getting started with learning Japanese.
The Japanese 101 course was phenomenal. Luisa’s an incredibly knowledgeable, detail-oriented, insightful, encouraging, and patient teacher. Every class was so fun, and I came away from each one with not only a greater grasp of the language, but also greater motivation to learn more. Luisa also gave us so much fantastic material (not to mention so much of her own time) to help us with studying outside of class.
I would jump at the chance to take another course with her!
My favorite thing about Luisa is that she doesn't hold back; she makes a point to challenge her students. She is dedicated to her classwork as she prepares the homework, quizzes, group assignments, and extra materials to practice during downtime. If you don't understand something, she is keen on helping you by providing examples and/or spending more time on the lesson.
I've spent money using other tutors and I wouldn't recommend it. Luisa will help you learn the things you NEED to know.
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