During the 2015-2016 school year, Naoko Nemoto lead a project to create blended learning videos and materials to support Japanese language learning. The goal of this project was to provide students with the new knowledge of Japanese linguistics, including the characteristics of the sound and writing system, history, and current social issues of the Japanese language and at the same time help improve their Japanese language communication skills. With generous support from the Mellon Foundation, Nemoto created a series of visual (video and photos) and audio learning materials that can be independently used in any intermediate to advanced level Japanese language courses in Five College institutions and beyond. Please visit this website to view photo books for this project: https://commons.mtholyoke.edu/japanesewriting/

Recent Submissions

  • "Easy Japanese" for Newcomers to Japan 

    Kim, Yeojin; Wang, Echo Zhechun; Yazawa, Ayame; Xu, Linda Shuying; Nemoto, Naoko (2016-05-15)
    Newsletter about "Easy Japanese" for Newcomers to Japan: Asian 344 Japanese language and linguistics Spring 2016
  • 100 Years of Immigration, 25 Years of Dekasegi Return Migration: Globalization and Cultural Diversity in Japan Part 2 

    Oba, Junko; Nemoto, Naoko (2016-06-15)
    This lecture examines the recent massive "return migration" of Japanese Brazilian immigrant workers to their ancestral homeland of Japan and the problems and challenges of nurturing cultural diversity in Japanese society ...
  • 100 Years of Immigration, 25 Years of Dekasegi Return Migration: Globalization and Cultural Diversity in Japan  Part 1 

    Oba, Junko; Nemoto, Naoko (2016-06-15)
    This lecture delineates a history of one hundred years of Japanese immigration to Latin America, especially Brazil with the largest concentration, as a precondition for the recent return migration of people of Japanese ...
  • Man'yo-gana 

    Nemoto, Naoko; Nakano, Takumi; Kobayashi, Hisako (2016-06-15)
    This video discusses Manyogana through a poem by Empress Jito in Manyoshu and the differences between this poem and her poem that is sited in Shinkokinshu while reading Mano (2011).
  • Japanese Vocabulary 

    Nemoto, Naoko; Kobayashi, Hisako; Nakano, Takumi (2016-06-15)
    This video discusses some issues on Japanese vocabulary such as synonyms and homonyms while reading Yamaguchi (2006).
  • Japanese Numeral Classifiers 

    Nemoto, Naoko; Yamamoto, Kasumi (2016-06-15)
    In Japanese, a use of numeral classifier is mandatory to count objects. This lecture discusses the linguistics and pragmatic functions of Japanese numeral classifiers.
  • Japanese Loan Words 2 

    Nemoto, Naoko (2016-06-15)
    This lecture discusses the use of loan words in Japanese today and the related issues.
  • Japanese Loan Words 1 

    Nemoto, Naoko (2016-06-15)
    Japanese has been importing many words from many languages. This lecture discusses the historical background of loan words in Japanese since 16th century.
  • Japanese Existential Verbs 1 

    Nemoto, Naoko; Nakano, Takumi (2016-06-15)
    This video discusses the use of two existential verbs in Japanese, namely 'iru' and 'aru,' while reading Kudo and Yakame (2008).
  • Japanese Existential Verbs 2: Dialects 

    Nemoto, Naoko; Takumi, Nakano (2016-06-14)
    This video discusses what kinds of existential verbs exist in dialects in Japanese while reading Kudo and Yakame (2008).
  • Anaphoric Judgement of Nouns in Japanese 

    Nemoto, Naoko; Tawa, Wako (2016-06-15)
    English possesses articles to indicate which nouns are definite or indefinite, while Japanese lacks such a class of words. This lecture discusses how the context in which nouns are used plays a great role for anaphoric ...