Virtual Workshops

Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana
VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana

Friday, January 8, 6:30 PM
Friday, January 15, 6:30 PM

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Illustration by Ben Warren.

Did You Know?

Hiragana was developed from the cursive style of kanji in the beginning of the Heian era (794 – 1192). Katakana was developed in the Nara period (710 – 794) by either simplifying the kanji imported from China or by squaring off its cursive style.
Virtual Workshops
Hiragana: Friday, January 8, 6:30—8:30 PM EST 
Katakana: Friday, January 15, 6:30–8:30 PM EST

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PLEASE NOTE: These workshops will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Further instructions will be provided the business day before the workshop begins. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET/UTC-04:00).

These mini-workshops offer the beginning student of Japanese the opportunity to quickly and efficiently master the reading of the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana. It is these two writing systems, in combination with the more complex kanji (ideograms which represent meaning), which constitute the written Japanese language.

Tuition: $37 nonmembers/$30 Japan Society Individual & Corporate members
(price per workshop)

Registrants will receive course information by email from language_inquiries@japansociety.org on:
• the afternoon of Thursday, January 7, 2021 (for the Hiragana workshop)
• the afternoon of Thursday, January 14, 2021 (for the Katakana workshop)
 
Instructors:
Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has taught Japanese at various institutions, including New York University, Hunter College, Pace University, and The New School. She is the scriptwriter and host of Japan Society’s YouTube series "Uki Uki NihonGO! + Culture”.

Workshop Information (PDF)

PLEASE NOTETuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including for credit) for any reason after 12 pm noon, the business day before your workshop starts. All refunds are subject to a $5 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted. Japan Society reserves the right to cancel any course if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such a case, students already enrolled will receive full refunds. Students must age 16 or older to register.

Support for Japan Society's Language Center is provided, in part, by The New York Community Trust, Mark F. Goldfield and Ms. Mary E. Hatch, Christopher Hong, Kurumi Fukushima, Steven Giordano, James Read Levy, and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.

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