Japanese I

A photo of a temple on Mount Koya in Japan, showing a temple gate and a "toro."

Mount Koya in Japan is home to maple trees and temples. In the fall, the Japanese maple trees turn brilliant shades of red and orange. Toro, or stone are a common element of Japanese traditional architecture. (Photo courtesy of eien no dreamer on Flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA.)


MIT Course Number

21G.501 / 21G.551

As Taught In

Fall 2012


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course is an introduction to modern standard Japanese with an emphasis on developing proficiency in speaking and listening, using basic grammar and vocabulary. Basic skills in reading and writing are also taught.

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Masami Ikeda-Lamm, and Yoshimi Nagaya. 21G.501 Japanese I. Fall 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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