Japanese


Japanese Japanese

A specialist Japanese teacher delivers a program promoting language acquisition and communication to all Ngunnawal students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Through exploring different themes each semester, students will build their ability to communicate verbally for a range of purposes and audiences. They will develop their ability to recognise and write the three scripts used in Japanese and the purpose of each. The program develops strategies for effective speaking, listening, reading, writing, and viewing through activities connected to various themes. This involves considering uses of language, language learning and how to interpret language in use.

Child with Aisatsu game

Student enjoying a board game to use their words for greetings and Tanabata or star festival wishing tree)

A key part of this program is to develop understandings of the history and culture of Japan and its people. Students will explore various cultural celebrations, customs historical events and some current societal trends  and compare these with their personal experience. This learning allows students to explore new ways of thinking about the world.

Helpful Information for Learning at Home

EnglishPronunciation 
Goodmorning

Ohayou Gozaimasu

goodmorning 
YesHaiYes 
NoIieno 
How are you?Genki desu kaHow are you? 
I’m goodHai genki desuI’m good 
Goodbye

sayounara

Goodbye 
HellokonnichiwaHello 
Thank you (very much)Arigatou (gozaimasu)Thank you (very much) 
Well doneYoku dekimashitaWell done 
Great!

sugoi

Great! 
Good evening

konbanwa

Good evening 
Good night

oyasuminasai

Good night 
See you latermata neSee you later

Child writing

Students try writing in a variety of ways

Students in years 3-6 begin more explicit writing instruction. Japanese consists of three scripts. Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Hiragana is a phonetic alphabet which consists of 46 sounds. Katakana is a second phonetic script with 46 sounds that is primarily used for loan words from languages other than Chinese.  Kanji is a script using characters from Chinese which represent meaning as well as their connected sound.