Around Town

Unit Objectives

TIME:  3 weeks

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:

  • approach a stranger to ask for help, in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • explain where you want to go and why.
  • find out if there is such a place in the area.
  • give someone else directions to places they want to go.
  • use “landmarks” to help follow the directions
  • identify starting point and get going in the proper direction.
  • explain where to turn or go straight.
  • explain precisely where the desired place is located, relative to other things in the area.
  • talk about what one does at various places—eat sushi at a sushi bar, drink coffee and eat a light meal at a coffee shop, get a hair cut at a barber, and so on.

By the end of this unit, you will have learned:

  • about how and why Japanese people are so much more likely to depend on a map rather than on an address to locate places.
  • verbs such as “turn” (left/right), go through.
  • location words such as: right hand side, this side of, the far side of, to the left/right, behind, in front of, between, et cetera.
  • some new, high–frequency action verbs to describe what people at places around town.