Teaching Little Sister Japanese?

I'm teaching my little sister Japanese she's 6 years old and about to enter the first grade. I've already taught her Hiragana, numbers from 1-10, and colors. She enjoys it alot but it's sometimes difficult for her to remember and i want to teach her more but don't really know what to teach her next. I myself am intermediate in Japanese so i'm still not very good. Does anyone know what they are usually teaching at this level in Japan? Or any ideas on how to teach her and what to teach her? Any tips? No smart or disrespectful answers please. Any other answers are greatly appretiated. :)


She already knows English and Spanish.

Update 2:

That's a good idea, if you know of any kids shows that i can have her watch and where to get them that would also be great. I want to teach her as much as i can.

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    If she's six, then she's a gold mine. You don't have to teach her the rules and the grammar, you just have to use your Japanese in specific contexts when you speak to her. For example, point to something make clear motions about what it is or you want her to do with it while speaking in Japanese. If she gives you a weird look, just repeat what you said in English or Spanish and then again in Japanese. She will also learn tenses quickly without specifically being told.

    Singing songs and reading stories together are also great for kids her age. One thing that will work wonders is setting her up to watch Japanese kid shows (though I don't really recommend Crayon Shin Chan for her age :P). Anybody have ideas for popular Japanese language kid's shows?

  • Sid B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I am 54 and also learning Japanese. I'm at about your level I would guess I can hold my own in a conversation read with a dictionary at my side. My Kanji writing sucks.

    I find flash cards help. They don't need to be kana or kanji. They can be on grammar or nouns verbs forms Q&A. You also use the same cards to make a trivia game. You can even use different colours for your level and hers so you ask her the questions at her level her yours at your level.

    I also made posters for my room and around the house. Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji for the appropriate grade level. From instructing in the Army ( Language or machine guns learning is learning ) that which most interesting rewarding or challenging is the easiest to learn.


    PS email me if you would like me to send you copies of a lot of my study material. Knowlege should be shared.

  • Kai
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I mean it sounds like you are studying Japanese yourself with classes maybe or are you intermediate from just talking with friends and stuff? If you have taken classes, try to go through what your teachers taught you first. I mean you could also try to think what would be the most useful or easiest to use in everyday situations so she can remember it more easily by using it more often. For example, you could teacher her things to do with food or the house and then she could go around using those words you have taught her everyday. I'm sure she won't mind too much what you are teaching her as long as she likes it, she is only six! haha. Good luck, it sounds like fun and very good idea! :)

  • 1 decade ago

    I think that its great that you are teaching your little sister a new language! I am also learning Japanese and I know that it can be challenging. However I learned basic phrases so that I know some useful words. In addition you could immerse her in Japanese history so that she can feel a connection. Keep helping and she will be progressing at a steady rate. Here is a sight from the US Navy:

    http://www.cnfj.navy.mil/phrases.html Also you can rent Japanese movies so that she can listen to native speakers. Hope this helps you!

    Source(s): http://www.cnfj.navy.mil/phrases.html and Personal Language Experience
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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    You could teach her fairy-tales (monogatari). For example using YouTube videos in Japanese: Taketori monogatari, etc. Or you could send her shoujo manga in Japanese. Sorry, I do not think I am a help.

  • 1 decade ago

    hi, im a native japanese speaker.

    when i was in my first grade of a elementery school, i was taught how to wirte hiragana, katakana and kanji in this order.(you know kanji is more difficult to learn than the others).

    you said that your sister has already studied hiragana, so i think you should teach katakana to her, and then kanji.

    and one more thing, you said that it is a little hard for her to remember.

    then ill recomend some japanese mangas, you know?

    of cource in english at first, i mean if she read it, she will understand some of the japanese cultures or something, anyway she will get something from it!

    and the last thing to say, if she gets to the level to study kanji,

    please let her watch these videos.

    she will be studying and remember with fun:




    hope this will help you.

  • Mike B
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Find some Japanese music that you both enjoy and teach her the vocabulary and grammer in the songs. Then listening to the music becomes practice.

  • 1 decade ago

    Make sure she can remember what you teach her before moving on.

    Practice hiragana/katakana with her for a few more days. Even test her on it. Then, start to teach her animals and sentence structure. Ensure she can make a sentence then build up her vocabulary.

    First graders learn hiragana/katakana. Because they can already speak it, the speaking portion and word memorization isn't needed. They learn like 50 of the first kanji their first year. If you want that list, email me.

    They do learn keigo, though. Just teach her what you learned when you first started to learn IF, ONLY IF, you took formal classes.

    Still, you can email me if you'd like.

    Source(s): Speak Japanese at home.
  • 1 decade ago

    I dont know much about japanese, but i do know that people, especially kids, remember things better when they learn it in a song. Singing is remembering :D!

  • Diana
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Kids love to talk about what they like and don't like. How about:

    (Anata wa,) nani ga suki desu ka? (or "....daisuki...?")

    Then you could either pick up whatever's handy or think of something and ask her:

    "X" ga suki desu ka?

    And have her ask you, too. Good luck!

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