We share a lot of resources within TCJC. Here are a few.
J-Cafe is a Japanese conversation group on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus in Minneapolis. They meet every Friday (except during COVID-19) at Nolte Hall in Room 140 from 4-6pm.
Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education
Pre covid-19 the Minneapolis Public Schools Community Ed program offered adult enrichment classes in Japanese language instruction. They were taught by the same person who taught in the Saint Paul Community Ed program, Tetsuya Shimano. See below for more. At the end of the term, Shimano san would invite both classes to dinner at a Japanese restaurant. とても楽しかったです。
Normandale Community College
Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota offers Japanese courses for credit to both members in the community and traditional students. Normandale also has a Japanese Garden which is free to tour all year round from sunrise to sunset.
Saint Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC)
SPNSCC is the Committee which maintains the relationship between the City of Saint Paul and Nagasaki. They hold regular events where you can learn more about the Japanese language and Japanese culture.
Sansei Yonsei Kai
A Twin Cities Japanese Dance Group. They teach traditional Japanese dance in Roseville with opportunities to speak in Japanese.
Saint Paul Community Education
Pre covid-19 Saint Paul Community Ed offered classes in Japanese language instruction. Classes are taught by Japanese native Tetsuya Shimano who's also fluent in Spanish. Hiragana isn't officially taught until the second class in the series but he does include it in class handouts from the beginning. Shimano san does a type of call and response with the whole class and individually to students which is so helpful in learning Japanese.
TandemPlus is a language exchange program of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. They match people who want to get better at speaking a language with a corresponding partner. Most of the participants are students but people in the community may sign up, too. Since there aren't a lot of Japanese speaking people to match a large number of English speakers who want to learn Japanese, it's best to sign up as soon as registration opens for the semester. Because most people who match are students, most of them want to meet on or near campus. That means you'll probably meet on the East or West Bank of Minneapolis.
Twin Cities Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (TC JACL)
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was formed in 1929 to lobby for the rights of people with Japanese ancestry who were discriminated against at the time. Now they lobby for the rights of all people of color. Most of their events are free.
Twin Cities Japanese Conversation
This is us! We gather three times a week virutally. Before covid-19 we assembled in Edina on Mondays, Minnetonka on Thursdays and Saint Paul on Saturdays. Our special events included nabe, karaoke, movies, and Obon.
University of Minnesota
The East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota offers Japanese classes to both members in the community and traditional students. There's an accelerated Japanese course during the summer which covers Genki I in ten weeks. That's a one year class condensed into ten weeks. Their bookstore is the best place to go for books, too. See more below.
Yukimakai - Chado Urasenke Tankokai Minnesota Dokokai
Yukimakai is devoted to the exploration of Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) in Minnesota. The group received official status as the 85th Urasenke Tankokai affiliate. 茶道 involves beautiful and, at times, intricate 書道. This is the group who hosts Tea Ceremony at Como Park.
Hiragana and Katakana
From Dr. Moku:
- Dr. Moku's Hiragana and Katakana, free at Google Play
- Dr. Moku's Hiragana Mnemonics, $4.99 at the Apple Store
- Minato, which provides free online courses up to and including A2
- Worksheet downloads can be found for free at Marugoto for all levels offered including B1
- The Marugoto books can be purchased online at various shopping outlets
Baily Snyder's Japanese Conjugation Practice
A most excellent way to practice verb and adjective conjugations.
Some of the pronunciations are incorrect on some of the beginning lessons so be careful.They recently made a significant expansion to their Japanese lessons because of the Tokyo Olympics which people have found very helpful.
Seth Clydesdale's Genki Study Resources
One of our favorite ways to study Japanese with Genki. It's free and you can download the entire website onto your computer so you can use it for the times when you don't have internet connection.
Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese
A free and terrific way to learn Japanese grammar. You can also download his smartphone app for free. He recently published a book (which is not free).
The Tobira collection of books is used in many universities in the US after Genki II. We'll be using it after we complete Genki II on Saturdays.
英辞郎 on the Web
A resource to look up what English phrases mean and to look up the most common way to say a phrase in Japanese. It's also available as a smartphone app.
The preferred Japanese dictionary for Android.
An all-around tool to study any language or any subject. It has apps for both iOS and Android. The iOS version costs $24.99 while the Android version is free.
A native Japanese dictionary. They have little articles on vocabulary and a dictionary for 4 character idioms which is fun to look through.
A most excellent dictionary.
NINJAL-LWP for TWC
The Japanese corpus for looking up words and seeing how they're used in native sentences.
A most excellent dictionary for iOS because it's based on Jisho. It keeps a history of the words you've looked up.
Where to Buy Stuff
Japan Language Center
This is the official store outlet for the company which publishes the Tobira series. They also sell Genki, Marugoto and Minna No Nihongo books along with many others. Prices for these books are the best here.
University of Minnesota Bookstore
When the University of Minnesota was open pre covid-19, anyone could browse and buy from their selection of books whether or not they were students.They have a terrific selection of books for their Japanese language classes. Among them are Genki and Tobira.