In Japanese 1, students begin to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Topics revolve around the students’ immediate world, including: self and friends, daily routine, meal times, school and academics, likes and dislikes, New Years holiday, family, home/house, and cooking. Students build good pronunciation and listening skills. Students will learn both of the phonetic syllabaries (syllabic writing systems containing 46 symbols each) that are required to read and write Japanese: katakana/カタカナ (for foreign loan words) and hiragana/ひらがな (for all indigenous words). Further, students will learn 100 Chinese characters, called kanji/漢字, which are used to write many nouns, and the roots or stems of many adjectives and verbs. Finally, this course seeks to develop and enhance an understanding of the Japanese culture.