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In 1972, Dr. Francine Patterson started to teach sign language to Koko.
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Vocabulary list

nen
noun
  1. year
counter
  1. counter for years (e.g. of an era), grades (e.g. school)
noun
  1. period of an apprentice's contract (usu. ten years)
ni
particle
  1. at (place, time); in; on; during
  2. to (direction, state); toward; into
  3. for (purpose)
  4. because of (reason); for; with
  5. by; from
  6. as (i.e. in the role of)
  7. per; in; for; a (e.g. "once a month")
  8. and; in addition to
  9. if; although
hakase
noun
  1. expert; learned person
noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. doctor; PhD; Dr.
noun
  1. instructor at the imperial court (ritsuryo period)
  2. pitch and length marks (to accompany a Buddhist liturgical chant, etc.)
ha
particle
  1. topic marker particle (pronounced わ in modern Japanese)
  2. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
  3. adds emphasis
ni
particle
  1. at (place, time); in; on; during
  2. to (direction, state); toward; into
  3. for (purpose)
  4. because of (reason); for; with
  5. by; from
  6. as (i.e. in the role of)
  7. per; in; for; a (e.g. "once a month")
  8. and; in addition to
  9. if; although
shuwa
noun
  1. sign language
wo
particle
  1. indicates direct object of action
  2. indicates subject of causative expression
  3. indicates an area traversed
  4. indicates time (period) over which action takes place
  5. indicates point of departure or separation of action
  6. indicates object of desire, like, hate, etc.
oshieru

masu stem

oshie

Negative stem

oshie
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to teach; to instruct
  2. to tell; to inform
  3. to preach
hajimeru

Plain Past Indicative Form

hajimeta
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to start; to begin; to commence; to initiate; to originate
  2. to start up (a business, society, etc.); to open (e.g. a store); to establish
auxiliary verb, ichidan verb
  1. to start ...; to begin to ... (after the -masu stem of a verb)

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