Takata, M on Ninja Courses

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JAPAN 1 (Summer 2011)

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88 50 50 50 94

JAPAN 1 (Summer 2011)

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93 93 92 90 100

JAPAN 1 (Summer 2011)

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JAPAN 1 (Summer 2011)

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JAPAN 1 (Summer 2011)

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50 78 73 79 81

JAPAN 1 (Summer 2011)

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100 50 50 50 50

JAPAN 1 (Summer 2010)

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91 76 67 73 90

JAPAN 1 (Summer 2010)

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78 72 50 50 50

JAPAN 1 (Summer 2010)

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50 50 50 50 50

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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98 98 80 100 100

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 78 74 100 100

Comment: This class has a lot of homework and tests; these 5 units are no joke. With that said, the instructors make learning a lot of fun, and as long as you practice enough in class and at home, you might find all the work a lot of fun!

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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98 95 74 98 97

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 71 79

Comment: very fun class!!!

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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75 50 50 50 50

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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84 76 78 98 82

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 99 100 100 100

Comment: Made class exciting and fun everyday. Easily one of my favorite courses here at Berkeley!

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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72 84 100 79 98

Comment: Japanese 1A is probably my favorite class so far at berkeley. The instructors are all really nice and willing to help. Although there is homework almost every two other days and tests every week, the overall workload is adequate and the material is pretty easy to handle if you pay attention in class and keep on track. Definitely recommend this class!

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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94 84 88 85 88

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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77 50 50 68 74

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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86 80 90 82 87

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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88 87 81 85 86

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: I took japanese as my foreign language in high school so J1A and J1B were a breeze. If you had no prior japanese language experience then this class will require you to do a lot of self-studying (which should be fun because it is such a fun language to learn and the textbook chosen is engaging and comprehensive). I suggest learning hiragana and katakana before entering for they spend probably a week on each set (in high school it was a month). And since everything builds on the alphabet--you will start writing/reading in kanas very short--you need to get the characters down flat. So that steep learning curve might deter some in the beginning, but stick around because 1B gets very interesting. The class exercises and drills help engrain grammar structures in your head and the class skit is a great creative opportunity to put what you learn into making a fun story. The tests are very easy, pretty much exact replicas of the homeworks. And lastly, the senseis themselves are hilarious, awesome and so so fun. Helpful too of course. The great atmosphere of the class definitely wakes me up at 8 in the morning.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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90 91 77 71 69

Comment: Work hard and you will do well. The teachers are all nice and will help you if you need it.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 70 100 100

Comment: Great professor! I really enjoyed taking this class with Takata-sensei and the other senseis. However, our setting (a dreary classroom in Evans) was not the most ideal. Assignments are easy, and the tests are fair. The senseis are always available during OH if you're having trouble. As Takata said early on in the semester, however, the aim of class time is not to "teach" you the material per se, but to get you to apply it. So the class requires quite a bit of studying on your own time.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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89 87 86 84 82

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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92 88 100 100 100

Comment: Her listening exercises are hilarious and were totally unexpected! But I didn't have her in my section. Homework assignments only take about two minutes, but I was left fairly unsatisfied with the scarcity of practice materials, particularly in the listening department.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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95 92 81 90 100

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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97 87 85 100 100

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2011)

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50 50 11 50 50

Comment: The exams weren't hard, I just didn't think it was necessary to put in so much work for a language class. Takata sensei is funny and tries to make the class engaging, but there were just a lot of busy work and routine exercises every single day.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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99 78 41 89 85

Comment: I came in with a no Japanese language experience background. Therefore, more effort was needed to do better. Go to office hours they helpe a lot. Takata sensei was very helpful and made the class very fun.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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100 100 91 100 100

Comment: Takata sensei always kept me on the edge of my seat and I always wanted to learn more Japanese. The tests were completely fair and only covered the material from the chapter(s) we had just finished. I had never taken Japanese before and it was probably my favorite class I've taken so far at Berkeley.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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99 71 100 100 100

Comment: Really good class! The teachers are all very nice!

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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86 86 67 86 88

Comment: really great and fun class

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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98 95 70 96 94

Comment: All the teachers are so energetic and willing to help anyone who is having trouble with work. Very fast paced class and I wouldn't recommend the 8am for anyone who is not a morning person. Class/tests starts promptly on time so not a good idea to get there late if you don't want to risk losing time. There is no classwork done in class; oral exercises only. Homework, studying, reading the book, etc is expected to be done at home. Difficult but rewarding for those interested!

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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83 85 69 72 89

Comment: fast pace and intense but very interesting

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Takes a bit of studying but the teachers are very kind and always willing to help.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: I love this class so much!!!!!!!

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: This course is intense compared to high school language courses, so it is difficult to adjust at first, but once one gets the hang of it, the course becomes incredibly easy. If one is struggling, all the sensei's are willing to help during office hours and always enthusiastic about teaching the course material (especially Konno and Takata-sensei).

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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82 63 50 81 64

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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100 81 76 100 100

Comment: They are truly cool people. You get like 4 teachers and they will rotate every day. So one day it might be Takata Sensei and another day it might be Konno Sensei. They are all enthusiastic people and are there to help you.

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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97 86 76 87 100

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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50 50 50 50 50

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: all of the japanese teachers are so nice and helpful! they really want you to learn and correct you, but in a soft manner. they are not intimidating at all =)

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2009)

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50 50 50 50 50

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2009)

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100 100 100 100 100

JAPAN 1A (Fall 2009)

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100 91 100 100 100

Comment: There is a lot of homework for this class, but it is definitely the best class that I have taken at Berkeley. You will have multiple professors (usually 3, and they trade off days of the week). Konno sensei and Takata sensei were amazing and funny. Because of this class, I can actually understand some anime now. Don't hesitate to take this class if Japanese interests you.

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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100 100 100 100 100

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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100 100 62 100 100

Comment: If you've taken Japanese 1A at Berkeley, this is essentially the same course - but of course with more advanced grammar and such. The only difference is that there is an additional writing assignment in which you learn the Japanese writing format and write a 3-4 page essay using the grammar and kanji. The sensei read over it and return it with revisions or call you in to office hours to give you extra help and then you change it and turn it in again. You end up submitting it about 3 times. Honestly, the first draft is sort of hard because you need to decide what to write about and cover all the grammar, but after that the rewrites are pretty straight-forward and simple. If you haven't taken Japanese at Berkeley, here's the breakdown: Every week you cover a new chapter, and so we start the week by taking a 5 question vocab quiz to make sure you studied the vocab list BEFORE we start learning the chapter. Each week/chapter also has a grammar and kanji homework assignment do. The kanji one can take time because you need to copy the kanji over and over, but it's easy because all you really do is copy the kanji from the book and depending on how you do things, you may choose to memorize it at the same time (I usually don't bother memorizing it until the day before a test, haha, besides you can learn a lot of the more common ones just by using them so much). As for the grammar assignment, all you do is answer questions using the chapter's grammar patterns. It's usually about 4 questions and if you understand the grammar takes about 5-10 minutes. Although sometimes I have had trouble determining what the questions are asking since it's all in Japanese. Every other week, we take a written quiz that covers the past two chapters and nothing else. The front page is usually kanji related (writing the correct kanji or writing the reading of a certain kanji in hiragana) - you also must recall a couple words written in katakana, the second and third pages are usually grammar related (much like the in class exercises or grammar homework), and the back page is a reading followed by true/false questions. On the weeks there is no written quiz, you write a script with a partner using two weeks of grammar, memorize it, and perform it in front of the class. You then also take a 5 question listening quiz. Nothing to difficult really so long as you can memorize your script (the sensei go over your script with you at office hours and so as long as you change what they tell you to you won't get docked points for "doing it wrong"). Lastly, aside from the composition I mentioned at the beginning, we have an Oral Interview. You and an assigned partner go in during the last week for ten minutes and you randomly choose a card with a topic on it and must talk about that topic for as long as you can using as much vocab/grammar as you can while a sensei listens (you usually get 2-3 topic cards). At the end the sensei will usually also ask a couple questions but at the beginning they talk to you without grading it so that you can get warmed up/feel comfortable. Anyway, I seriously LOVE this class. The sensei are hilarious, fun, and very helpful - you definitely learn a lot. Even though you have about 3 different sensei a week, I've loved every one I've had. I feel like if I actually put the time into studying for this class I have no problem getting A's or high B's on the tests. I've considered this and 1A as not easy A's, but A's I know I could get so long as I put work into it. Memorizing kanji in a short period is something I'm very good at though and so I've seen people struggle in this class much more than I have that put in just as much work. That being said, kanji IS difficult, and so is all of Japanese and so not picking it up right away is pretty common. Regardless of your grade in this class however, I still insist that it is really fun and you can get very close to the people in your class because you see them 5 days a week. It's sort of like your own little family.

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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96 91 79 100 100

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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100 92 94 100 100

Comment: Takata-sensei is affable, animated, and hilarious. She's very good at going through the lessons and you'll be very lucky to get a section with her.

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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99 99 100 99 98

Comment: Takata Sensei herself is a great teacher, if you do bad in this class its your fault or you got screwed by getting some subpar other sensei

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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90 94 75 95 100

Comment: this is a good course and teachers are awesome, exams are not hard, but it's hard to get full scores on the test. you need to go to class everyday and that's very important!

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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98 95 94 95 95

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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88 78 80 88 79

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2012)

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96 90 80 91 94

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2011)

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94 92 75 100 100

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2011)

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97 36 62 78 90

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Great professor! Made Japanese class fun and interesting.

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2011)

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100 100 99 100 100

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Really fun and energetic teachers. All really helpful and explain things really well.

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: There are certain things no man should ever have to do twice. Having an 8 am class M-F is no. 1 on that list. However, Takata-sensei is just so awesome that the days you know she's teaching class, you just can't resist going. There is no better way to wake up, not coffee, not several probably unmentionable acts among polite company of a questionable nature, not various hallucinogenic drugs, than to wake up and have fun in Japanese.

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2010)

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70 74 72 73 71

JAPAN 1B (Spring 2010)

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JAPAN 1B (Spring 2010)

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JAPAN 1B (Spring 2010)

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96 89 90 100 96

Comment: It's a language class, so there is of course plenty of work, but all of the senseis are extremely nice, helpful, and enthusiastic. If you've taken 1A then you probably know all of this already, so I have nothing more to say than: ganbatte!