日本語 • Japanese
Learning Japanese provides access to a rich and fascinating culture that has captivated people worldwide. From traditional arts like tea ceremonies and calligraphy to the dynamic world of anime, manga, and video games, understanding Japanese language and culture offers a deeper appreciation of its unique contributions. Japan is renowned for its technological advancements, making it a hub for innovation in industries such as robotics, automotive, electronics, and more. Proficiency in Japanese can lead to exciting career opportunities and collaborations with Japanese companies. Japanese is spoken by approximately 127 million people, making it one of the world's major languages and allowing for meaningful connections and cultural exchanges.Learning Japanese opens up a world of cultural exploration, professional prospects, and interpersonal connections with a vibrant and influential society.
Why Learn Japanese?
For questions relating to Japanese courses or advising guidance, please contact:
Dr. Kazue Harada
Departmental Advisor for Japanese
Irvin Hall 152
(513) 529-3365 Office
Dr. Harada provides academic advising for the Japanese minor and the East Asian Languages and Cultures major, Japan concentration: reviewing DARS, evaluating transferred credits, helping a course plan toward graduation, signing a declaration form, giving counsel regarding study abroad, graduate school, and career.
The bulletin board across from 150 Irvin contains information about career opportunities, study and work abroad, and department activities. The black metal literature holder in front of 148 Irvin Hall contain graduate programs, summer programs, and one semester or longer programs in Japan/US.
If this is a new language for you (i.e., no prior experience in this language), students should enroll in Japanese 101 and do not need to take a placement exam or advisement evaluation.
If you have had previous experience or education in this language, please talk to the language advisor prior to enrolling in a language course. The language advisor would be able to interview briefly and recommend a best placement based on your written, spoken, listening, literary, and cultural competence.
If you cannot talk with the language advisor before enrolling, general guidelines for enrolling in Japanese courses can be found on Miami's Foreign Language Placement test web site. Please read the instructions on this site carefully, select Japanese, and read the guidelines for a general placement recommendation.
- Employ correct and appropriate grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and style to describe personalities, events, and ideas in the past, present, future, and hypothetical situations;
- Contextualize cultural information in a manner that reveals familiarity with past and present trends and differences between one’s native culture and those of Japan;
- Construct a persuasive argument intelligible to native speakers of the language;
- Locate, analyze, evaluate, summarize, integrate, synthesize, and cite information and ideas from sources typically used in Japanese scholarly publications and professional types of writing in Japanese;
- Apply the grammatical, rhetorical, and cultural competencies outlined above to the types of writing typically used in the graduates’ intended professions.