Beginners Japanese

Start date(s):
26 Feb 2018
10 weeks
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
(previous years fees)


Learn the basics of the Japanese language with this introductory course. You will learn how to introduce yourself and greet others in Japanese. You will also explore areas such as Japanese animation and traditional Japanese meals.


This course aims to provide learners with an introduction to the Japanese language and culture.


  • We will welcome you to Japan, its geography and the language.
  • You will learn Japanese greetings and learn how to introduce yourself. You will be introduced to Japanese writing systems, Kanji, Hiragana Katakana and Romaji.
  • You will learn the numbers 1 to 10 and engage in initial telephone conversations. You will explore Japanese animation.
  • “Kore wa nan desu ka ( what is this?)”.
  • This week is all about shopping, introducing statements such as “ikura desuka (how much?)” and “Noun o kudasai (I would like to buy it)”. We will count from 10 to 10,000 and introduce some adjectives.
  • Japanese Numerical Systems, 1tsu,2tsu,3tsu and how to use them. For example “Kono ringo o 2tsu to banana o 3bon kudasai”- May I have these two apples and three bananas?
  • Going to a restaurant and ordering a meal. You will be introduced to traditional Japanese meals as well as modern fast food.
  • You will learn how to tell the time, and ask what time it is “Ima nan-ji desuka, 7-ji desu”
  • Talking about opening and closing times “nanji kara nanji made desuka”. You will also learn some useful Japanese phrases for travellers in Japan.
  • Revision of what you have learnt and a quiz, along with understanding New Year traditions in Japan.
  • We look at past tense “deshita” and how to say week days in Japanese. You will learn how to write your name in Katakana.
  • Discussion of your hobbies and favourite things.
  • Learn how to introduce your family and how to describe them.
  • You will look at the existence of things, positions and country/ city names.
  • Existence of people or animals e.g. there is a dog in the garden.
  • You will learn action verbs, such as eat, drink, clean.
  • Describing what you are going to do.
  • You will learn how to make arrangements.
  • You will make an invitation.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Every week, you will engage in practical activities which will be assessed by your tutor. Question and answer activities will be delivered throughout the course. Summary sheets will be provided each week for easy reference and the use of Japanese pop songs, animations, film and sports activities will be used to help your learning.

You could progress to Level 1 Japanese at New College Durham.


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Entry Criteria

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