Learning Nihongo

I will be going to a free 60-hour Nihongo class provided by JSAT, a school in Bacoor, Cavite.

This page will be dedicated to the lessons discussed.

I will attend every MON-WED-FRI, so I will update this after each session (or probably a day after).

As Captain Takuya always write on his scripts:

I will do my best.

I will.

Day 1:  WED.May16

So we met our Sensei for today, he said that he will not be our Sensei on the next session. His name is Mech Salazar, at least that is what he said when he introduced himself in Nihongo. So yeah, our first day Sensei is a Filipino (フィリピン人)

The first hour or two was for introductions. He explained how JSAT’s policies are with sending their students to Japan, the pro’s and cons’, age limits and such.

He also shared a bit about how you can get a job and a Japanese passport.

Then we went to the discussion proper.

He first introduced the 3 writing systems and that Nihongo is called a “Mora Language”.

Mora is a unit in phonology that determines syllable weight, which in some languages determines stress or timing  (wikipedia).

3 writing systems are as follows: 

  • Hiragana – the cursive writing, mostly used for words that originated in Japan (ex: かお)
  • Katakana – the stiff writing, used for loan or borrowed words (ex: ペン)
  • Kanji – Chinese characters (ex: 木村拓哉)

He then thought us the pronunciation by using romaji characters (ex: nihongo). Asked us to memorize Charts 1 -3.


After this he provided us a sheet that lists down greetings and basic expressions that can be used daily.


This concludes the lesson for today.

Ja Mata Ne.


Day 2: FRI.May18

So today our Sensei was changed. Now our Sensei Kyle is, I believe, a student.

He is nice and all but I felt like I won’t learn much from him. I hope they let Sensei Mech tech us again. Sensei Kyle seemed to be lacking the experience and knowledge since he is just a N5 passer and he’s never been to Japan previously.

Today, we got our module.


The start of lesson he gave us a list of common classroom expression that he, we, might be using at class. He asked us to pronounce the phrases / sentences with him.


He decided not to do the Lesson 1 on the module yet and taught us how to right A, I, U, E and O, as well as Ka, Ki, Ku, Ke Ko.


I will not be attending school on Monday due to a company event I prefer not to miss (it’s a paid summer outing so yeah…)

Day 3: MON.May21

I missed my Nihongo class today because of a company outing, it’s paid as over time for me so I attended. Lol. Self-studying lesson 1. Lesson 1 is mostly about introductions.



Noun 1 WA (written as は [ha] Noun2 DESU. N1 は N2 です

Wa is a particle that shows that the word before it is the topic.

Desu is usually at the end of sentences to indicate respect towards the listener.

Pattern 2:


N1 は N2 じゃありません。

Ja Arimasen(じゃありません) is the negative form of DESU (です)

Wa is always written as HA は.

For formal writing is is changed to N1 wa N2 DEWA ARIMASEN. N1 は N2 でわありません。

Pattern 3:

S KA KA is a particle that indicates questions, doubt or uncertainty. A question ends with a higher intonation.

Patter 4:

N MO (Nも)

Use MO instead of WA when the statement about the current topic is the same as previous topic.


Ketsueki wa aka. Blood is red. 血液 (けつえきわあか)

Ringo mo aka. Apple is (also) red. 林檎 (りんご) も赤(あか).

Pattern 5:

Noun1 NO Noun2

No is a particle that connects noun, comparable to OF.

N1 of (belongs to) N2


Miller-san wa IMC no SHAIN desu. Miller-san は IMC の 社員(しゃいん)です。

Miller is an IMC Employee / Miller san is an employee of IMC.

Pattern 6: 

(name) san

San is added as a sign of respect to the person

San. さん。

Add it to a name, can be used on both gender.

Note: when referring directly to the listener, You (Anata あなた ) is often omitted.


End of Lesson 1


Day 4: WED.May23

So we started with the assignment, of course since I was absent I did know about it. I answered them still while on class.

There was even a quiz. Man, I only scored 13/20. The quiz was about the vocab from the day I was absent. I’m glad I was still able to answer more than half of the questions.

For checking the quiz, we did it Japanese style. Maru (circle) for the correct answer and Batsu (X) for the incorrect ones.

Pardon my ugly hand writing.


After that we did a little recitation, self-introduction.

We also practiced sentence constructions based on the patterns from lesson 1.

After that he then proceeded with teaching the T-Line hiragana.


So when every one else is done practicing. We did a recitation again using flash cards. He would randomly pick cards for us to answer from the A-Line to the T-Line and the special N.



This concluded our lesson for the day.


Day 5: FRI.May25


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