Japanese 2, Section 5
April 6 - 10, 2015

For us it is "Happy Easter," but our lesson this week continues with the "Happy New Year" theme.  In the culture discussion we will be talking about New Year's foods.

Senioritis

Stop this disease from spreading immediately!  Turn your work in ASAP to keep the epidemic outbreak of Senioritis down to a minimum! Your continued effort is necessary in order to be successful in this endeavor to eradicate Senioritis from our Japanese 2 section!  We have about 1/2 of the class failing at this point in time due to not turning in assignments........No monetary contributions are required.....Just homework submissions!!  Please help!  

Grammar

Look at the puppy above.....What word(s) would you use to describe it?  Cute? Expensive? Lively/energetic? Small?  Here is how to do that in Japanese:

いぬ が かわいい です。  The dog is cute.

かわいい いぬ が います。 There is a cute dog. (could also be "I have a cute dog.")

いぬ が げんき です。 The dog is energetic.

げんき な いぬ が います。 There is an energetic dog. (could also mean, "I have an energetic dog.")

For those of you who can read Japanese, notice that the -i adjective didn't change whether you placed it in the subject or predicate location. However, the -na adjective does change. If it comes before the noun, a な particle is required. However, if it is in the predicate location, the particle is dropped, and you use the adjective by itself.

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Now, let's try the negative adjectives. In English, forming the negative of an adjective is as easy as adding "not" in front of the adjective. Japanese is not quite as easy. Here is how to do it:

かわいい ー> かわいく ありません

げんき ->げんき じゃ ありません。 OR げんき では ありません。

We are just going to use the negative adjectives in the predicate position for now. Don't try to put this type of adjective in front of nouns.  Thanks :-)

Grades

Progress reports will be going out this week. I will have all grades up-to-date on Monday night (I have been on vacation with my family.) I realize that the timing is not that great due to various schools being out for spring break last week and this week, especially. Please do your best to get caught up if you have fallen behind. Remember to take advantage of the bonus points that are being offered each week (beginning last week) to make up for points being taken off for late work during your vacations. (Generally, you should only receive a maximum 5 point penalty for late work during your vacation week, but you will have a chance to earn a total of 30 bonus points during the course of this quarter, which more than makes up for the late points being deducted!!).  Watch the announcements for your bonus point opportunities!  They have deadlines, so make sure to do the work quickly!  

P.S. - I have not corrected homework that has been submitted by email yet, nor have I completed the speaking assignments for Lesson 9 & 10. Those are all going to be finished tomorrow night.

Contact Information

Remember that I am generally available to speak with you at these times:

Monday - Friday; 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

704-325-9584 (texting is also possible)

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't be afraid to let me know.

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