Konnichiwa! Today, the first full day of Governor's Language Academy, we learned "survival Japanese" phrases like よろしく おねがいします (yoroshiku onegaishimasu) which has many varying meanings, including "Nice to meet you!" and "Thank you!" We then split up into our classes based on previous knowledge of Japanese: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The beginner class learned pronunciation and a few characters of hiragana - the foundational alphabet of Japanese. The intermediate class worked on basic introductions and reviewed a few kanji characters - the most advanced Japanese alphabet. The advanced class worked on conjugating adjectives and learning phrases relating to personalities.
We also heard presentations from two of our wonderful teachers and sensei, and did some peer-bonding activities, with games like "telephone" and "musical chairs," along with a heated debate regarding the group's opinion on watermelon!
We look forward to sharing our daily activities with our family at home. じゃ、また! See you tomorrow!