Developing a Better Understanding of Japanese Sentence Structure [NSJLE 2016]

Written by Richard Webb | November 23, 2016

Earlier this month, I was given the opportunity to present at the National Symposium on Japanese Language Education, an event held in Australia every two years.

The symposium brings together Japanese language teachers from around the country to share ideas about how to best teach Japanese. It was a great event, and I came away with some interesting ideas that I hope to incorporate as I build on 80/20 Japanese.

For my presentation, I talked about Developing a Better Understanding of Japanese Sentence Structure.

Basically, I explained the big picture view I have of the Japanese language, and how I believe building a solid understanding of Japanese sentence structure can make it easier to learn Japanese.

After much time spent playing around with some new software, I have a couple of things I want to share with you:

  1. The video of my presentation
  2. My powerpoint slides (which include a bunch of useful diagrams of Japanese sentences)

To download the slides from this presentation, click here.

The full video is included below and goes for about 35 minutes. If you’re short on time, here are some clips of each of the major points I covered during the presentation:

One thing to keep in mind is that I was talking to a room full of Japanese teachers, so everyone in the audience understood Japanese and I presented accordingly. For the most part, though, this shouldn’t be a problem, even if you have no prior knowledge of Japanese. A couple of parts – particularly near the end – might be a bit harder to follow depending on your Japanese ability, but even so, the video should give you a good overview of how Japanese works.

Enjoy 🙂

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  1. when i first saw Richard Webs article or book about 80/20 it opened a good path for me to start learning japanese and it also aroused my interest in japanese language.

  2. I find Richard’s book very easy to follow and understand. It’s better than ‘Japanese for busy people’ and ‘Genki’. However I don’t connect with the audio files that come with the 82/20 book, because I think that their objective is off-target. If I’m listening to the lessons in the car, I don’t wish to hear an exact version of the whole textbook read out at quite a fast speed. If there were sentences with an opportunity for me to say it myself before hearing the correct version – a kind of audio tuition (or even short conversation pieces), that would be much more useful in my view. So apart from trying to hear how certain words or phrases are said, I don’t use the audio files. Shame, a lost opportunity.

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