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Mari Fujimoto

Lecturer in Japanese Language and Japanese Linguistics​
Language Coordinator, Japanese

Queens Hall, Room 240
Phone: 718-997-5579

PhD, CUNY Graduate Center

Mari Fujimoto is responsible for the Japanese language program and serves as advisor for the East Asian Studies Major (Japanese Area Track) and Japanese Minor. She teaches Japanese languages, culture and Japanese Linguistics.

Research Interests

I am a psycholinguist who specializes on the syntactic/semantic analysis of the L1 acquisition of Japanese particles—the study of how Japanese infants learn particles as their syntactic structure develops and how they use the particles in their speech.  In addition, I have avid interest in language/culture pedagogy, second language acquisition and teacher training.

My belief is that language learning is a first step towards the understanding of values and beliefs of a culture; I help our students to experience Japan first-hand, whether it is via Study Abroad or the JET Program.   


I teach all levels of Japanese language, Japanese Pop-culture (Manga, Anime and Japanese Society) and Linguistic Structure of Japanese Language.


Nippon GO! : An introduction to Elementary Modern Japanese Language (Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. 2017) with co-author, a colleague and great friend of mine, Patricia Welch.


 Office Information

Yunzhong Shu
Department Chair
Location: Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577

Faculty and Staff Information


Professorial Vacancy

The department is accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Hebrew at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in the fall semester of 2019. Learn more about the position and how to apply.

Language Placement

Upcoming Language Placement Exams

Spring - Fall 2018

Arabic: Please ​contact Professor R. Shareah Taleghani, the Arabic language coordinator, ​at for questions regarding screening and placement.

  • ​May 24, 2 - 4 pm (245D QH)
  • ​June 26, 4 - 6 pm (245D QH)
  • August 9, 2 - 4 pm (245D QH)
  • August 22, 3 - 6 pm (245D QH)
  • August 27, 12 - 2 pm (245D QH)

Chinese: Please contact Professor Xiao Li, the Chinese language coordinator, at

Ancient Greek: Please contact Professor Nicholas Cross, the Ancient Greek language coordinator, at

Hebrew: Please contact Professor Deborah Gruber, the Hebrew language coordinator, at

Japanese: Please contact Professor Mari Fujimoto, the Japanese language coordinator, at

Korean: Please contact Professor Seongyeon Ko, the Korean language coordinator, at

Latin: Please contact Professor Nicholas Cross, the Latin language coordinator, at

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