Letter III — To Sensei

Unit Objectives

For this unit you will write a letter to me, imagining yourself to be living in Japan with your host family. In your letter you will tell me about your host family members (in much the same way as you did in your self–introduction letter), and your life and experiences in Japan—at home, at school, traveling, etc. Beyond that, however, you will tell me about the relationships you have with the people in your life in Japanese: host family members, school friends, and others.

TIME:  2 weeks

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

  • tell about giving something to or doing something for someone.
  • tell about another person giving something to or doing something for you.
  • tell about receiving something from someone, as well as tell about getting someone to do something for you.
  • talk about all of the above, but in the context of interactions between a third party and someone else.

By the end of this unit you will have learned:

  • how to use verbals of giving—in both directions: towards of away from oneself.
  • how to use verbals of receiving.
  • how Japanese culture frequently understands actions as having a beneficiary—someone who benefits from that action, and how that cultural value is reflected in the Japanese language’s use of verbals of giving and receiving to show who the beneficiary is, rather than using “to me”, “to X person”, “for me/X person, and so on.