The Kitani Method is developed for the quickest and the most precise Japanese language acquiring system based on the cutting-edge theories of comparative linguistics. It is designed solely for English speaking learners to eliminate all unnecessary waste of time utilizing their innate English knowledge. Just give us 50 hours of your precious time and you’ll obtain precise daily communication skills in Japanese, and then you can start knocking the door of the intermediate level, and subsequently, reach the advanced level of Japanese proficiency as long as you follow the established Kitani Method curriculum.
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It discloses and has the students acquire within the first 20 lessons the entire framework of the Japanese language - that is, the conjugation systems of predicates (i.e. verbs, adjectives and the linking verb), as well as the accurate use of case particles, (i.e. -GA, -O, -NI, -DE), etc., and the concept of "the topic and the focus", (i.e. the relation between the particle -WA and case particles).
Although the above sounds quite demanding, each lesson (usually an hour) is filled with fun and satisfaction through acquisition of practical everyday expressions.
It utilizes English most efficiently as the intermediate language. It concentrates mainly on the differences of Japanese from English. As human languages, Japanese and English share many common areas and factors which do not require students to spend time studying.
It treats students as adults who have already passed their normal period for language acquisition. Therefore, it rejects repetition practices and meaningless drills. Instead, it employs various innovative methods, which include English-based pneumonic association strategies for memorizing key target words and phrases, examples of which are: "Get the Car, Sue" plus "Making Doughnuts" for the days of the week ("Get" = Getsu-yobi, "Car" = Ka-yobi, and so on); or "I live near a church" >> "Sunday mass" for, SUN-DE I-MASU (meaning, "I live in ...").
It does not stress students' errors, but instead has students reach the right answer through efficiently designed cues and various colorful flash cards.
It does not force students to lay the bricks from the bottom up, but urges them to acquire the overall framework as quickly as possible, and then to add additional components of detail as daringly as possible.
Memorizing key sentences is the backbone for producing timely utterances when needed. Without memorizing key sentences, however hard you study, you are likely to find yourself mute when it comes to your hour of need.
The first hit: You encounter those sentences needed for your daily use for the first time during the lesson. The second hit: You hear them again on MD or cassette out of class. The third hit: When you do homework, you translate the English version of the sentences on the homework into Japanese just as you hear on MD or cassette. The fourth hit: You review the sentences during the following lesson when we go over the homework. At this time, the sentences are again recorded on MD or cassette.
Its textbooks consist of a "Main Text," a "Core Grammar," and a "Translation of the Main Text." The Main Text is only 45 pages, thanks to the succinctness of its pedagogical method. These texts, in addition, can be used for students at any level - from total beginners to the most advanced students, some of whom are proficient enough to translate "The Nikkei Shinbun." 50 lesson hours of this method will boost a novice student to an intermediate level of Japanese, and an intermediate student to an advanced level.
We reinforce learning through providing opportunities for mingling with Japanese people such as outings to Japanese restaurant with instructors, monthly tea gatherings, other periodical excursions, and so forth.