Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture

IIT Kanpur Course , Prof. Vatsala Misra

Lecture 1: Introduction to Japanese scripts

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Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture by Mrs.Vatsala Misra, Instructure Incharge Japanese Language, Foreign Language Programme, IIT Kanpur.For more details on NPTEL visit

Course Description :

Kana scripts - Hiragana & Katakana - Chinese characters - Kanji- Pictograms with stroke order - Grammar:parts of speech, articles , word order or syntax, demonstratives & interrogatives, counters, verbs and verb conjugation, adjectives, adverbs, comparisons, giving and receiving, requests and commands, potential and conditionals, possessive, direct indirect speech, various other form, etc - Vocabulary - nouns, verbs tenses-past and present, adjectives, adverbs, expressions of time , expression and phrases etc - Situational conversationsand practice drills - self-introduction, numbers, day and date, time, location and presence, possession of objects, time expressions and their usage, visiting people, accepting and receiving objects, hospital, asking direction, asking price of objects etc - Introduction to the history of Japan and its cultural Aspects - ikebana, origami, calligraphy, kabuki etc - Video and audio-clips for listening d practice - Daily Japanese Expressions and idioms

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