Beginners Japanese

Start date(s):
18 Sep 2017
20 weeks
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This course is an Introduction to Japanese Language. Suitable for people who are learning Japanese properly for the first time. During this course you will learn;
  • how to introduce yourself
  • basic greetings
  • useful expressions to speak on everyday communications
  • Japanese honorifics
  • Numbers (0 to 10,000)
  • Time
  • Basic verbs and adjectives
  • Japanese writing systems
  • Japanese counting systems


This course will introduce you to the Japanese language and culture through interactive group working.


  • 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 count from 1 to 10, initial telephone conversations, along with exploring 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 and the introduction of 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.
  • Week11:We look at past tense “deshita” and how to say week days in Japanese. You will learn how to write your name in Katakana.
  • Week12: Discussion of your hobbies and favourite things.
  • Week13: Introduce your family and how to describe them.
  • Week14: You will look at the existence of things, positions and country/ city names. Week15: Existence of people or animals e.g. there is a dog in the garden.
  • Week16: You will learn action verbs, eat, drink, have meals.
  • Week17: Describing what you are going to do. Usage of “kuru, iku, kaeru”. Kanji:(Number 1 to 10)
  • Week19: you will learn how to make arrangements.
  • Week20: Let’s make an invitation card in Japanese.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Independent Learning


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

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.

Other websites:

Your tutor may have links to free websites where you can practice further at home. Please ask at your class.

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

Entry Criteria

No previous experience is necessary, just an interest in learning about Japan.