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The first line is "JIS" encoded Japanese
The second line is "EUC" encoded Japanese.
I can write both without too much difficulty. I can also write unicode, but it's difficult to do so, and I'd prefer not having to, unless it's absolutely necessary.
if you can see japanese characters, great! let me know which line you can see (or both). if you see dollar signs, digits, letters, and squares, then let me know which line you can't see. if you can't see either line, then let me know. (do we see a pattern?)
i _need_ a show of hands (or comments) to decide how i'm going to display what we're doing from lesson to lesson.
If neither of the lines are readable to anyone, then i will use graphics instead. graphics aren't as good as the actual encoded text, but they're a reasonable alternative.. better than unicode at any rate.
A few things about my intended teaching style:
1. I will post between 1 and 3 lessons per week, depending on my own personal schedule. Each lesson will contain between 30 and 45 minutes-worth of exercises. If you're serious about studying Japanese, then you will find time to study this information. Early study of Japanese takes a LOT of rote memorization. If I say "Write each character 10 times" then I certainly hope someone writes the characters 10 times apiece.
2. I will -not- be teaching in romaji, except when it benefits the lesson somehow. You may use romaji, but I strongly suggest hunting down a program called JWP ("Japanese word processor") or getting the Microsoft IME for writing Japanese.
3. explanations will be in english, and all examples will include english translations.
4. i will provide printable graphics that can (and should) be used for practice. I expect everyone has access to a printer and will be able to print a document or two of exercises. i also expect everyone to attempt to do these exercises.
5. I'm not a teacher, I'm a college student (just like you!). This means you probably _won't_ get the same quality education that you would receive, if you went to a real university to study the language. I also cannot teach you the sounds or the tone of Japanese. I will attempt to find reasonable sources online that can offer this sort of suppliment, but I can't guarantee I'll find anything.
6. I'm not a native speaker of Japanese. I'm an American with a background in French and Spanish. I've studied Japanese for 4 years, but that doesn't mean I'm flawless. If you catch me making a mistake, PLEASE point it out. I'm not a professional translator by any means yet.
7. I can't force anyone to *do* Japanese. This is unfortunate, because Japanese is a language that requires MANY hours of study and practice to learn. It's not like spanish or french, where you can easily converse with native speakers after one or two years. In a real Japanese class, you would speak and hear Japanese, you probably would have a native speaker for a teacher, and you definately would be able to interact and USE the japanese you've learned for skits, short speeches and essays, etc.
With these 7 points in mind, I expect one year's worth of study here (at 2 lessons per week) to be roughly equal to (or slightly less than) 1 semester (1/2 year) of study in a typical US college.
Online, you can't hear the words. You can't perform a skit. You can't interact with your peers in a 'real' environment. as such, your speaking skills will *not* be as good as your writing, reading and undestanding skills. How do I know 1 year of study in this manner is about 1/2 year? Because this is what I did when I was young and tried to learn Japanese. :p
so, that's my thoughts on the matter. if you're still reading, I would LIKE to start November 4th (a monday) but we'll see how it goes....