Japanese

Japanese is spoken by approximately 121 million people. It is almost exclusively spoken by the people that live in the islands of Japan. Because of the physical isolation of the Japanese language, its genetic affiliation to other languages or language families is not definitively known (Shibatani 1990).

Japanese is a head-final language, whose basic word-order is SOV. It allows a relatively flexible word-order because particles such as case markers and postpositions agglutinated to nouns and postpositional phrases mark the function of each word independent of its position in a sentence. Two sets of Japanese phonograms, Hiragana and Katakana, which are derived from Chinese characters (Kanji), make the writing system of Japanese a unique one that utilizes those three sets of orthography simultaneously in written language.

There are some 'myths' about the Japanese language. For example, it is sometimes considered to be an illogical and/or vague language, or it is an extremely difficult language for westerners to learn. Aside from the fact that there are no cognates between Japanese and any European language, Japanese is just as logical as any other languages, and it may be learned by any foreign language learners. The perceived difficulty mostly arises from the differences in sociolinguistic aspects of language use between western societies and the Japanese society, such as the respect for seniority in the society reflected in language use or preference to avoid directness in order to save the participant's 'face.' In order for students to learn the language effectively, the Japanese language program at RIT incorporates the sociocultural aspects of language use through classroom activities, readings, and lectures.

Works Cited

Shibatani, M. (1990). The Languages of Japan. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Instructors

Dr. Hiroko Yamashita
Chair of MLC, Paul & Francena Miller Chair in International Education, Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3239 (On sabbatical spring 2017 )
Phone number:
585-475-6074
Afrah Alfatli
Adjunct Professor of Arabic
Language taught:
Arabic
Office: 1-3219
Phone number:
585.475.2903
Natala Arapov
Natalya Arapov
Adjunct Professor of Russian
Language taught:
Russian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Godys Argmengot
Godys Armengot Mejía
Lecturer of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3236
Phone number:
585-475-7627
Dr. Sara Armengot
Dr. Sara Armengot
Associate Professor of Spanish (Acting Chair, Spring 2017)
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3223
Phone number:
585-475-4343
Sandra Bradley
ASL Advisor
Language taught:
ASL
Office: LBJ-3616
Phone number:
Videophone: (585) 266-4551
Janis Bruns
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Jo Bussler
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3254
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Roberto Camps
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Dr. Philippe Chavasse
Associate Professor of French, French Program Coordinator
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3233
Phone number:
585-475-3156
Dr. Zhong Chen
Assistant Professor of Chinese, Chinese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3179
Phone number:
585-475-6917
Dr. Elisabetta D'Amanda
Senior Lecturer of Italian, Italian Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Italian
Office: EAS-3152
Phone number:
Birgit Deir
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Patricia Durr
Deaf Cultural Studies Advisor
Language taught:
ASL
Office: LBJ-1283
Phone number:
Videophone: (585) 286-4693
Nadia Eldabh
Adjunct Professor of Arabic
Language taught:
Arabic
Office: EAS (Building 1) Room 3219
Phone number:
475-2903
Dr. Diane J. Forbes
Dr. Diane J. Forbes
Associate Professor Spanish, Spanish Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3197
Phone number:
585-475-6765
Vincent Incardona
Systems Administrator
Office: EAS-3241/ EAS-3263
Phone number:
585-475-7880
Wibke Klapetzky
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Alexandra Kuzmich
Visiting Lecturer of French and German
Language taught:
French and German
Office: GAN 3279
Phone number:
(585) 475-5438
Kévin Le Blévec
Visiting Lecturer of French/Technology Specialist
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3260
Phone number:
585-475-7234
Miho Lee
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Yu Fang Liu
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Francia Gonzalez
Francia Marrot
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Yukiko Maru
Yukiko Maru
Senior Lecturer of Japanese, Japanese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3329
Phone number:
585-475-4558
Daniela Morschbacher
SILP Adjunct Professor of Portuguese
Language taught:
Portuguese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
dxmgsl@rit.edu
Masako Murakami
Masako Murakami
Senior Lecturer of Japanese, Japanese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3158
Phone number:
585-475-4418
Ping H. Pian
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Kana Toda Pierce
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Rosalba Pisaturo
Adjunct Professor of Italian, Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Italian, Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Linda Rossiter
Modern Langues and Cultures Sr. Staff Assistant
Office: EAS-3225
Phone number:
585-475-2018
Yolanta Samek
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Dr. Ulrike Stroszeck
Dr. Ulrike Stroszeck
Senior Lecturer of German, German Program Coordinator
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3156
Phone number:
585-475-2921
Marina Sweany
Adjunct Professor of Russian
Language taught:
Russian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Yuki Taguchi
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Dr. Guoming Tian
Visiting Lecturer of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3189
Phone number:
585-475-4092
Miriam Santana Valadez
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: 2282 LBJ Hall
Phone number:
585-475-6365v/tty
Dr. Marie-Josephe Van Vliet
Dr. Marie-Josephe Van Vliet
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Mihoko Wakabayashi
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Ai-ze Wang
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Wilma Wierenga
Associate Professor Emeritus
Language taught:
German
Phone number:
Ida Wilder
Adjunct Professor of Italian
Language taught:
Italian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
58-5475-4427

Conversation Table

The MLC Department offers weekly opportunities to practice conversations in specific languages with other students.

 

Tutoring

The MLC Department offers free tutoring opportunities for students two times a week for one hour.

Tutor : Yi

Mondays, 4-5pm in EAS 3181

Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm in EAS 3181

Resources

Newspapers

TV & Radio

Course Projects

Japanese Presentations (Spring 2012)

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Intermediate Japanese III - Section 1    
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Intermediate Japanese III - Section 2    
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Advanced Speaking in Japanese    
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Soul of Anime - Ian Condry    
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Advanced Japanese III (Spring 2011)

Play - The Myth of Yamahiko and Umihiko

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Links

Study in Japan

NanoJapan: For students that wish to research in Japanese Universities:    http://nanojapan.rice.edu/educationOutreach_nanojapan_ireu.shtml

Work in Japan

JET Programme: Cultural ambassador and language instructor in Japanese junior high and high schools.  Sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.  http://www.jetprogramme.org/

Japanese Language Resources