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Japanese Beginners Refreshers (Year 2) Short Course

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Take your learning to the next level with this Japanese Beginners Refresher course. An ideal follow-on from the Japanese Beginners course, you will build on your knowledge, fine-tune your skills and grow in confidence.

Why choose this course?

Taught mostly in Japanese, this course is the follow-up to Japanese Beginners (Year 1) for those wishing to consolidate both active and passive skills for the purpose of practical communication. It runs over three terms that progressively build upon one another.

Japanese can be a difficult language to master. This is why we have introduced Japanese Refreshers (Year 2) course. It allows you to gain a solid grasp on the foundations of beginners Japanese, build your basic vocabulary; and perfect pronunciation and grammar so that you are fully equipped to deal with the more complex topics covered in the Lower Intermediate (Year 3) syllabus.

The course consists of one evening class a week, for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, which is ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

Module One will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo (Lessons 8-14) - the textbook only uses Japanese characters, so you are expected to be able to read and write in Japanese (Hiragana & Katakana) before joining this course.

Module Two will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo (Lessons 15-20) - this will also include learning colloquial form in order to talk with your Japanese friends more naturally.

Module Three will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo (Lessons 21-25) - this will be more practical; you will be involved in listening practice from oral conversations, films and drama in natural speed.

Is it the right level for me?

This Japanese Beginners Refresher short course is the perfect next step after completing one of our Japanese Beginners courses, or if you are familiar with the basics of Japanese.

You can check your level using our online guidelines.

The Japanese Refresher course is taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in October. We only advise joining Module Two or Module Three if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content). To join Module Two or Module Three you will need to have your level assessed; you can do this by contacting the Short Courses Office.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics of Japanese Year 1 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.

Module 1

Module One will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 8-14). We will quickly revise grammar points from Japanese Beginners (Year 1) 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) before joining this course; or you will need to catch up during this term.

Grammatical structures

N はadjective です。
N は どうですか。
N が 好きです/上手です
N 1(place)にN2があります/います
N が あります/わかります
N 1はN2よりadjective です
N 1とN2とどちらがadjective ですか
N がほしいです
N (place)へVます-formに行きます。
Verb て-formください

Learning Objectives

  • Talk about the characteristics of things and people
  • Existence of People and Things
  • Numbers and counters
  • Expressions how often you do something
  • Talk about what youwant to do
  • Ask someone to do something for you
  • Verb conjugation / Verb groups / Verb て-form
  • Ask someone to do something for you
  • Introduce 40 kanji.

Module 2

Module Two will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 15-20). We will learn colloquial form in order to talk with your Japanese friends more naturally.

Grammatical structures

Verb て-form はいけません
Verb て-formいます
Verb て-form、Verb て-form
N or な-adj(without~な)+で、~
V dictionary form ことができます
わたしの趣味はV dictionary form ことです

Learning Objectives

  • Talk about weekend plans and travel plans
  • Ask permission to do something at someone's house
  • Forbid someone from doing something
  • Expresses ability or possibility
  • Describe what one has experienced in the past
  • Conversation in the plain style
  • Introduce 30 kanji.

Module 3

Module Three will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 21-25)
You will do more listening practice from oral conversations, from films and drama in natural speed.

Grammatical structures

Plain form と思います
Plain form と言います
Plain form でしょう
V dictionary form 時間 / 約束 / 用事
How to use とき
Verb て-form+あげます /  もらいます / くれます
Plain past form ら、~
Verb て-formも、~

Learning Objectives

  • Express your opinion
  • direct speech and reported speech
  • How to express when
  • Noun modification by sentences
  • Talk about getting on and off means of transportation
  • Learn the statements involving receiving or giving actions
  • Conditional expression
  • Introduce 30 kanji.



Prerequisite knowledge

You should have one of the following:

  • approx 50-60 hrs prior formal study
  • successfully completed Japanese Beginners (Year 1)
  • be able to carry out an elementary conversation; talk about yourself (your nationality, where you work, where you live etc.); be able to talk about your daily activities and your hobbies; order in a café; describe a place and give directions; say what you like or dislike; have a good knowledge of present regular and irregular verbs, prepositions, possessive pronouns and common adverbs of frequency; have some notions of the past tense, the 'near past' (I've just…) and future tenses (I am going to/I will)

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & 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

Recommended reading

Minna no Nihongo 1

  • ISBN:978-4-88319-603-6

Lesson 8-25 are covered in the textbook

Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either online or most major bookshops.

Tutor information

  • Takayuki Ogura

    Takayuki Ogura has been teaching Japanese as a foreign language in London for over ten years to students from diverse backgrounds.

    Taka also has extensive experience teaching Japanese for business, in particular for banks, insurance companies and to diplomats.

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