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Iwasaki Methods

Some Of The Iwasaki Methods

Worm Eating Method?!
  In Japanese, there are two types of letters to learn at the beginning.

Hiragana a-i-u-e-o
Used not only to write words but also to write functional parts of the sentence.

Katakana a-i-u-e-o
Used to write words of foreign origin.

Each type of letters consists of about 50 letters which directly show their pronunciation. Learning nearly 100 letters before starting lessons is too heavy a burden especially for English speaking students whose motivation is not so high.
This is why many textbooks written in English use romanization to give hints of Japanese sounds and usually do not force students to study Japanese letters at the beginning.

However, from the pronunciation point of view, it is obvious that it is not a good idea to use English sounds for a long time to speak Japanese which has different sound system.

Mikiko Iwasaki found the way to cope with this problem!!
In the MISJ WELCOME PROGRAM--the introductory program which consists of 12 lessons--students are asked to learn at least how to read Hiragana or Hiragana & Katakana.

5 or 10 new letters are introduced in each lesson and the romanization is gradually replaced by the learned letters.
Since every lesson material is written in this way, students will not be able to read materials if they do not completely master how to read Hiragana which are introduced in each lesson.

Do you think it is possible to learn English without learning alphabets?
Of course not! It is the same thing. If you would like to study Japanese, you have to learn its letters.

  Conversation is usually built up with the combinations of question and answer. It is very important that you can ask questions and answer questions.

In the MISJ programs, every expression is introduced in a Q & A combination whenever it is possible. Usually there are two types of questions, questions which require YES or NO in answers, or the interrogative questions.


  Whenever people make statements they expect the counterpart to respond in some way. For better communications, the combination of statement & response is also very important.


Patternizing Method?!
  The process of learning a new language is the process of building up a new monitor in your brain. To speak creatively and intelligently, you need a reasonably good monitor. In the MISJ programs, every expression is introduced as a pattern whenever it is possible so that students can utilize the limited knowledge as widely as possible in real life situations.

In the MISJ programs, you will not be asked to memorize ready-made dialogues or unnecessary words. You will study how to assemble the words into sentences and how to handle these sentences during conversations.


Step-by-Step Method?!
  Learning a language is just like climbing a mountain. Everybody has to walk up with his own feet. To make the learning process easy for everyone, everything is introduced in a step-by- step manner in the MISJ programs. The height of each step is consistent, not too high and not too low, just right for everyone.