My Family

Unit Objectives

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”.