TIME: 7 weeks
By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
- ask and answer questions about (yours/others) siblings—brothers & sisters, younger & older.
- ask and answer questions about how many siblings you have/others have.
- ask and answer questions about how many kids there are in your family or another person’s family.
- ask and answer questions about parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
- ask and answer questions about family members’ names, ages, and personalities/character.
- ask and answer questions about family members’ marital status or whether they have children.
- ask and answer questions about whether a family member is in school.
- ask and answer questions about whether a family member is living or deceased.
- identify family members in a variety of ways, e.g., my cousin is the same person as my aunt and uncle’s child.
- describe family members’ personality traits.
- write any of those questions and answers.
By the end of this unit, you will have learned:
- how Japanese make distinctions between members of ones own family (in–group) and of someone else’s family (out–group)—and how this is reflected in the Japanese language.
- more about how Japanese cultural recognizes hierarchical status—particularly relative age—and how this is reflected in the Japanese language.
- vocabulary for immediate and extended family members.
- the kanji for many family words—siblings, parents, and grandparents.
- how to use the animate existence verb.
- how to use a counting device for people.
- how to count using indigenous numbers—1 through 10.
- how to describe people using “true” adjectives (けいようし), as well as with descriptive nouns (けいようどうし).
- how to use the adjectival conjunctive/”and” form, and the conjunction “but”.