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Japanese Language Guide: Welcome

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ひらがな HIRAGANA & カタカナ KATAKANA learning tools

Welcome to the Japanese Language Guide

こんにちは! This guide will help you find effective resources for Japanese language learning at all levels, including:

  • Textbook Resources: video and audio for Japanese textbooks used in Mount Holyoke classes
  • Getting Started: instructions for computer, email and internet settings
  • At the LRC: Japanese language resources available at the LRC
  • At the Library: Japanese language resources available at the Library
  • On Campus: Asian Studies department information, language table, cultural events and Japanese cultural organizations in the Five Colleges
  • Online: useful websites for Japanese language learning
  • Study Strategies & Tips: general tips for improving your language learning abilitiy
  • Research Guide: resources and help with research in Asian Studies

For questions or suggestions about this guide, please contact the Language Resource Center (LRC).

Featured 5-College Japanese Events

Ongoing Events

Japanese Language Table

Fridays, noon-1PM, Macgregor Dining Hall

Japanese Q&A 

Monday 7-8PM with Shimomura-san, LRC 6A

Thursday 3-4PM with Min-san, LRC room 6D

November 2015

Japanese Gracious Dinner by Ayaka Shimomura

Featuring entrees like Chicken Yakitori Plain Chicken Breast and Teriyaki Salmon. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, Nov 4th, 5:00-7:00PM, all dining halls

October 2015

Rakugo: Comical Tales from Japan 

Award-winning storyteller Motoko shares hilarious and poignant tales from Rakugo, a storytelling tradition that originated in the 17th century. Motoko-san is coming to Mount Holyoke prior to her show at UMass to perform for students in "Anthropology in Japan" class. All MHC students are welcome!

Monday, Oct 5th, 2:40-3:55PM, 101 Dwight

Show at UMass: Wednesday, Oct 7th, 7:30PM, Bowker Auditorium

Farewell to the Smith College Tea Hut

Bid your farewell to the Smith College Tea Hut, which will be removed in mid-October. Koto and Shakuhachi music, as well as seasonal treats will be provided.

Friday, Oct 9th,  2:00-3:00PM, Smith College Tea Hut  

Study Abroad Informational Sessions for AY 2016/2017 Applicants

MHC Info Session - Info on academic requirements and financial arrangements will be covered.

Thursday, Oct 1st, 4:15-5:00PM, 104 Dwight

Study Abroad in Japan - Different study abroad programs in Japan will be discussed.

Friday, Oct 23rd, 2:30-3:30PM, 109 Ciruti



Featured at the LRC: Japanese Graded Readers (Levels 0-5)

Come check out these fun-to-read short stories to improve your Japanese vocabulary!


Thank you to:

Photo Credits:

Springshare's information on Accessibility in Libguides - - MHC Accessibility Barriers Form