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Japanese / Foundation to Year 2 / Understanding / Systems of language

Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise sounds and rhythms of spoken Japanese, and learn how sounds are produced and represented in the three different scripts

[Key concepts: mora, rhythm, intonation; Key processes: listening, distinguishing, recognising]


  • recognising the concept of the basic unit of sound in Japanese (‘mora’: モーラ or (はく)), for example, いいえ has three moras
  • understanding that the independent nasal sound ‘n’ () has a mora of its own, for example, こんにちは
  • understanding that when pronouncing Japanese it is important to keep the length of each mora even
  • noticing that statements and questions have different intonation patterns
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Intonation,  Japanese language,  Mora

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