Japanese Year 1 (Beginners)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1853 Enrolment Closed
Saturday 7 October 2017 10:00 - 12:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1853 Enrolment Closed
Tuesday 16 January 2018 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1853 Apply Now
Saturday 20 January 2018 10:00 - 12:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1853 Apply Now
Tuesday 1 May 2018 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1853 Apply Now
Saturday 5 May 2018 10:00 - 12:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1853 Apply Now
Tuesday 3 October 2017 19:00-21:00 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All terms) CS1853 Apply Now
Saturday 7 October 2017 10:00 - 12:00 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All terms) CS1853 Apply Now

Course Content

Learn how to speak, understand, read and write Japanese from scratch.

This evening Japanese Beginners course runs over three terms that progressively build on one another. Lessons take place once a week on Tuesdays for two hours. Each term lasts 10 weeks. This course is an introduction to the Japanese language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Students develop essential listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Japanese. Students are introduced to Japanese characters (Hiragana, Katakana and very basic Kanji). Whether learning Japanese for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the Japanese Beginners course enables students to communicate confidently on a basic level, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting the country.


Term 1 of the Japanese Year 1 course is aimed at complete Beginners - for students with no prior knowledge of the language.

Term 2 and term 3 of this course is aimed at students with some basic knowledge of the language. If you would like to join the Japanese Year 1 course in January or April, please email the short courses office so that we can assess your level.

If you are a complete Beginner and you have missed the September enrolment, you can join the Japanese Beginners Fast-Track course in January. You will cover Term 1 and Term 2 within one 10 week term. You will then be able to join Japanese Year 1 in Term 3.

If you have missed the January enrolment, you can join the Japanese Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) in April. You will cover the course materials of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 within one term.

Why choose the Japanese Beginners short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our Japanese Beginners short course is taught over ten weekly evening sessions in the heart of London.

Challenging but rewarding, the Japanese Beginners course is perfectly suited to those working full time or anyone looking to improve their language skills and knowledge.

Tutor Info

Takayuki Ogura has been teaching Japanese as a foreign language in London for over ten years to students from diverse backgrounds. He has also extensive experience in dealing with business people, in particular employees of banks, insurance companies, diplomats and other financial institutions.


No prior knowledge required if you want to start in the autumn. If you wish to join this Japanese evening in January, please contact the short courses office.

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

What will I learn?

Term 1

Topics covered
Introductions and yourself; numbers, dates and times; nationalities and occupations; working in/ visiting a company; shopping; travelling; daily routine and the weekend

Grammatical structures
Sentences using 'to be'; various particles; word order; form of verbs according to positive & negative statement as well as in the future & past tense; interrogative nouns (nani,doko,itsu,dare); Hiragana

Learning objectives
o    Greeting people
o    Introducing yourself
o    Describing things
o    Describing locations
o    Shopping
o    Asking and telling the time
o    Asking and telling telephone numbers
o    Talking about your daily routine
o    Talking about your week-end
o    Reading and writing Hiragana
o    Becoming familiar with some aspects of Japanese culture

Term 2

Topics covered
At a tempura restaurant; invitations; participating in a festival; plans

Grammatical structures
Adjectives; type of verbs and verb conjugation; Te form + kudasai; Katakana

Learning outcomes
o    Use basic greetings when visiting people and receiving guests
o    Receiving hospitality
o    Giving compliments
o    Expressing gratitude
o    Order food at a restaurant
o    Praise someone's possessions/ talk about your own
o    Make a telephone call
o    Talk about schedules in detail
o    Reading and writing Katakana
o    Be familiar with some aspects of Japanese culture

Term 3

Topics covered
Getting about in a city; your area; plans; visit to an art museum; at a party

Grammatical structures
Modal verbs (Te form + mo iidesu ka); imperative (Nai form + de kudasai); present continuous (Te form  + imasu); verb 'want' + infinitive (Watashi wa verb-tai desu); very basic kanji

Learning objectives
o    Being introduced to someone
o    Responding to an inquiry
o    Being warned or advised
o    Give directions to a taxi driver
o    Talk about getting on and off means of transportation
o    Talk about lengths of stays
o    Ask about travel times
o    Ask permission to do something/ ask someone not to do something
o    Talk about what you are doing now
o    Talk about where you live
o    Like and dislike
o    Express what you want to do
o    Reading and writing very basic Kanji

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. More comprehensive grammar exercises, practise in Japanese writing and reading texts are generally set as homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Japanese for Busy People: Kana [With CD (Audio)]: 1 Paperback – 10 Apr 2012
ISBN-10: 1568363850, ISBN-13: 978-1568363851

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book

Leads To...

Japanese Beginners Refreshers (Year 2).

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They should be able to introduce themselves, people they know and things they have. They are able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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