Beginners Japanese

Start date(s):
02 Oct 2017
20 weeks
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Part Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This course is an Introduction to Japanese Language. It is suitable for those who are learning Japanese for the first time.

You will learn basic greetings and how to introduce yourself, as well as useful expressions used in everyday communications. The course will provide you with the knowledge to tell the time and use basic verbs and adjectives but also an insight into Japanese culture.


This course aims to provide an introduction to the Japanese language and culture through interactive sessions.


  • Week 1: We will welcome you to Japan, its geography and the language.
  • Week 2: You will learn Japanese greetings and learn how to introduce yourself. You will be introduced to Japanese writing systems, Kanji, Hiragana Katakana and Romaji.
  • Week 3: You will learn the numbers 1 to 10 and engage in initial telephone conversations. You will explore Japanese animation.
  • Week 4: “Kore wa nan desu ka ( what is this?)”.
  • Week 5: 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.
  • Week Six: 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?
  • Week Seven: Going to a restaurant and ordering a meal. You will be introduced to traditional Japanese meals as well as modern fast food.
  • Week Eight: You will learn how to tell the time, and ask what time it is “Ima nan-ji desuka, 7-ji desu”
  • Week Nine: Talking about opening and closing times “nanji kara nanji made desuka”. You will also learn some useful Japanese phrases for travellers in Japan
  • Week Ten: Revision of what you have learnt and a quiz, along with understanding New Year traditions in Japan.
  • Week 11: We look at past tense “deshita” and how to say week days in Japanese. You will learn how to write your name in Katakana.
  • Week 12: Discussion of your hobbies and favourite things.
  • Week 13: Learn how to introduce your family and how to describe them.
  • Week 14: You will look at the existence of things, positions and country/ city names.
  • Week 15: Existence of people or animals e.g. there is a dog in the garden.
  • Week 16: You will learn action verbs, such as eat, drink, clean.
  • Week 17: Describing what you are going to do.
  • Week 18: You will learn how to make arrangements.
  • Week 19: You will make an invitation card in Japanese.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

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 can progress onto a beginners Japanese programme to expand your skills.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this course. All materials are given.

Entry Criteria

No previous experience is necessary, just an interest in learning about the Japanese language and culture.