Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Friday 6 October 2017 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1860 Enrolment Closed
Friday 19 January 2018 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1860 Apply Now
Friday 4 May 2018 19:00 - 21:00 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1860 Apply Now
Friday 6 October 2017 19:00 - 21:00 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All 3 terms) CS1860 Apply Now

Course Content

This Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3) is the follow-up to Japanese Beginners Refreshers (Year 2). It runs over three terms that progressively build on one another and is aimed at people who have done around 120 hours of formal learning. On commencing the course students should be able to use complicated structures with different conjugation patterns, such as te-form, nai-form, plain (dictionary) form, ta-form, fluently. Students learn new structures and vocabulary around different topics to extend the range of expression in this highly communicative course. It also broadens their understanding of the Japanese culture and way of life.

If students have missed the Term 1 enrolment but already have some knowledge of Japanese, they can join the Japanese class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking contact the short courses office.

The course aims to cover 150 kanji before the end of term 3 and it is essential for students to do homework for at least two hours per week.

Why Choose a City Short Course?

Our Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3)  is ideal for anyone looking for a flexible class that'll take their Japanese to the next level. The Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3)  is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed the Japanese Beginners Refreshers (Year 2).

The programme is taught by native speakers over 10 weekly evening classes, offering maximum flexibility and expert tuition.

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.


You should have one of the following:

* approximately 100-150 hrs prior formal study
* successfully completed Japanese Beginners Refreshers (Year 2)
* a (good but) rusty Japanese GCSE or JLPT N5

If you wish to join this course in January, please contact the short courses office.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of Japanese beginners Plus will be revised at the beginning of the academic year. The course outline below is only a guide and topics will be studied according to students' needs and progress.

Term 1

Term 1 will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo Ⅱ (Lessons 26-35). We will quickly revise grammar points from Japanese Beginners Refreshers and then develop more communication skills in Japanese. The textbook only uses Japanese characters, so you will need to be able to read and write in Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana & around 100 Kanji characters) before joining this course; or you will need to catch up during this term.

Grammatical structures

Plain form んです。
Vて-form いただけませんか。
Interrogative Vた-formら いいですか。
Potential verbs
見えます and 聞こえます
Plain formし、~
よく この 喫茶店に 来るんですか
Vて-form しまいました / しまいます
Vて-form あります
Vて-form おきます
Volitional form
How to use the volitional form
V dictionary form つもりです
Vない-form  つもりです
V dictionary form 予定です
Nの  予定です
まだ Vて-fromいません
Vた-form ほうが いいです
Vない-formない ほうが いいです
Plain form でしょう
Plain form かも しれません
Imperative and prohibitive forms
Use of the imperative and prohibitive forms
~と 読みます
~と 書いてあります
Xは Yと いう 意味です
“S” と 言って いました
Plain form と 言って いました
“S” と 伝えて いただけませんか
Plain form と 伝えて いただけませんか
V1 dictionary form  とおりに、 V2
V1 た-form とおりに、 V2
た-form あとで、 V2
V1 て-form  V2
V1 ない-formない で  V2
How to make the conditional form
Conditional form,~
Interrogative V conditional form いいですか。
( V, い-adj, な-adj ) conditional form ( V, い-adj, な-adj ) ほど~

Learning Objectives

o    Where do I put the trash?
o    Talk about hobby
o    Ask someone to do something for you
o    Describe what you lost at the station
o    Talk about what you want to do
o    Booking theatre tickets
o    Explain about the company transfer
o    Describe your symptoms to doctor
o    How to deal with parking ticket
o    How to give instruction
o    Enquire about ski tour
o    Introduce 50 kanji

Term 2

Term 2 will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 36-42).

Grammatical structures

V1 dictionary form ように V2
V1 ない-formない ように V2
V dictionary form ように なります
V ない-formなく なります
V dictionary form ように します
V ない-formない ように します
Passive verbs
N1(person1)は N2(person2)に V passive
N1(person1)は N2(person2)に N3をV passive
N(thing) が / は  V passive
N1は N2(person2)に よって V passive
Nから /  Nで つくります
Verbs Treated as Nouns with Multiple Elements
V plain form の
V dictionary form のは adjective です
V dictionary form のが adjective です
V dictionary form のを 忘れました
V dictionary form のを 知っていますか
V plain form のは N です
Interrogative plain form か、~
Plain form か どうか、~
Verb て-form みます
Expressions for giving and receiving of actions
V dictionary form ために、~
Nの ために、~
Quantifier は

Learning Objectives

o    I try to take exercise every day and eat a variety of foods
o    Kansai Airport is made on reclaimed land
o    I like putting things in order
o    I’m sorry to be late
o    I am worried if my son has made any friends or not
o    Could you keep my parcel?
o    Are you saving money to get married?
o    Introduce 50 kanji

Term 3

Term 3 will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 43-50)

Grammatical structures

Vます-form そうです
い-adj(without~い) そうです
N or な-adj(without~な) そうです
Vてform 来ます 
Vます-form すぎます
い-adj(without~い) すぎます
な-adj(without~な) すぎます
Vます-form やすいです にくいです
い-adj(without~い) ―>~く します
な-adj(without~な) ―>~に します
Nに します
V dictionary form 場合は、~
V    plain form のに、~
い-adj  plain form のに、~
な-adj  plain form のに、~
N な  plain form のに、~
V dictionary form ところです
V て-form いる  ところです
Vた-form     ところです
Vた-form ばかりです
V dictionary form はずです
V ない-formない はずです
い-adj(~い)  はずです
な-adjな  はずです
Nの   はずです
Plain form そうです
V Plain form   ようです
い-adj plain form ようです
な-adjな  ようです
Nの   ようです
声・音・におい・味が します
Causative verbs
V causative て-form いただけませんか
敬語 (honorific expressions)
尊敬語 (respectful expressions)
謙譲語 (humble expressions)
丁寧語 (polite expressions)

Learning Objectives

o    He looks kind
o    Do it like in this photo, please ( at beauty parlor)
o    Though I practiced very hard
o    He should be there soon
o    I heard that she has got engaged
o    Let me take leave, please
o    Would you please convey my message?
o    I am sincerely grateful to you
o    Introduce 50 kanji

Teaching and Assessment

The course will include formative evaluation (to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses), an oral presentation and continuous support from your tutor. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Minna No Nihongo: Bk. 2 by 3A Network published by 3A Corporation,Japan
ISBN: 978-4-88319-646-3

Career Outcome

At the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). They are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Students can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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