Learn to Read Katakana
Thursday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 pm ET | Calculate your local time
Related Workshop: Learn to Read Hiragana
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 pm ET
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).
This mini-workshop offers the beginning student of Japanese the opportunity to quickly and efficiently master the reading of katakana, one of the two Japanese syllabaries. This writing system, along with hiragana and the more complex kanji (ideograms which represent meaning), constitute the written Japanese language.
Katakana was developed in the Nara period (710 – 794) by either simplifying the kanji imported from China or by squaring off its cursive style. It is used to represent foreign names and words imported into the Japanese language, for onomatopoeic and mimetic words, certain slang expressions, telegrams, technical terms, and so forth.
Due to this being a language learning workshop, we highly recommend having your video on if possible. We do ask that every participant is able to participate via their microphone. If you do not have this capability, please contact us at [email protected].
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Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has taught Japanese at various institutions, including New York University, Hunter College, Pace University, and The New School. She is the scriptwriter and host of Japan Society’s YouTube series “Uki Uki NihonGO! + Culture”.
How To Register
Workshop capacity is limited! To guarantee a seat, please register as soon as possible. If the workshop reaches full capacity, a waitlist may be available. Please email [email protected].
Tuition: $37 nonmembers /$30 Japan Society Individual and Corporate members
Registration may be completed online (preferred) or by phone at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.
Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and the Zoom link from [email protected] in the afternoon of the business day before the workshop.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET, the business day before a course or workshop begins. With a cancellation, a refund of tuition minus a service charge ($20 for courses, $5 for workshops) will be provided. After this deadline, cancellations are not accepted.
Cancellations are accepted by phone only. We do not accept email cancellations.
Japan Society also reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, students already enrolled will receive full refunds (no service charge).
By registering for a workshop, you accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.
Students must be age 16 or older.
We do not record our workshops, and recording of this workshop is prohibited.
Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Support for Japan Society’s Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch; Christopher Hong; Steven Giordano; and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.
- Thursday, May 11, 2023
- 6:30 pm
- $37 Nonmembers
- $30 Members