TIME: 3 weeks
By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
- greet appropriately on the telephone—either as caller or callee.
- properly employ telephone etiquette or protocol.
- find out what the person you’ve called is engaged in doing right now.
- see if that person would be interested in doing something with you either right now or at some time in the future.
- tell them what you have in mind, and then invite them to do it with you.
- accept or refuse an invitation
- negotiate the time, place, or activity with the invitor.
- leave a voice mail message with your invitation.
- leave a message with whoever answered the phone for them to convey to the person you wanted to speak with.
- practice writing any of this, by “texting”.
By the end of this unit, you will have learned:
- one of the most important uses for the て form: the progressive verb formation—present, future, and past.
- Japanese telephone etiquette or protocol—both traditional or conventional, as well as a more modern, contemporary, up–to–date.
- the Japanese invite others by using a negative question.
- how to appropriately accept or decline an invitation.