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Japanese Intermediate (Year 4) Short Course

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This Intermediate level course will help you to build your confidence in the Japanese language, understand new grammar and work towards or consolidate your JLPT N3.

Why choose this course?

Our Japanese Intermediate (Year 4) will allow you to communicate at a solid level, working towards JLPT N3 and is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3) or has a good JLPT N4.

The full course is made up of three 10-week modules – part 1, part 2 and part 3. Enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3) to gain a thorough understanding of Intermediate Japanese at the best price. Our teaching takes place once a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

Our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers. Gain a certificate from a prestigious London university.

Course overview

Become confident in more complex scenarios and communicate using sophisticated language with our year-long intermediate course (Year 4).

We’ll teach you how to express thoughts and feelings, as well as offer advice to others. You’ll also learn to add detail when you talk about your family, trips or experiences you’ve had.

Throughout the year you’ll learn 300 new kanji characters, using them in your composition with Japanese manuscript paper.

Exploring the culture is an important part of learning. You’ll be required to learn independently and daily, read extracts from books, watch anime films in your own time and discuss these in class, with the aim of understanding Japanese media without relying English subtitles.

Over the 30-week, you’ll be working towards JLPT N3. At the end of the course you’ll have the option of sitting a mock test, to determine whether you’ve reached this level.

Is it the right level for me?

The Japanese Intermediate (Year 4) course is ideal if you have completed Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3). You should be able to communicate at JLPT N4 level to enrol on this course.

If you are new and want to join this course please contact Taka, our Japanese tutor on so he can assess your level.

* Whether your goal is to sit the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, JLPT N3 or you simply wish to consolidate your Japanese skills, this course will prepare you to achieve that.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Please note that some topics from Japanese Year 3 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 your needs and progress.
Throughout the year, you’ll learn:

  • to understand the general content when engaging in small talk and free conversations
  • to deliver a short-prepared speech
  • to understand or give simple directions and use public transports.
    join general conversations or write on familiar everyday topics and future plans.
  • to understand the main story lines of short stories, post cards and e-mails.
  • to write simple memos, letters and e-mails to apologize or convey appreciation to my friends and colleagues.
  • to understand the definitions provided in general Japanese-Japanese dictionaries.
  • to understand simple instructions such as what is required of me, about meeting times and places; sale dates or prices; train schedules and guide signs at stations
  • to ask questions and use phrases commonly used in public places or shops.
  • to express and explain feelings such as surprise and joy

Grammatical structures

Part 1

しかない  have no choice but-
それとも  or, or else-
直す(なおす)to do something again, to do over
にとって  to, for, concerning, as far as ... is concerned, regarding-
どんなに~ても  no matter how (much)
めったに~ない hardly, rarely, seldom
てごらん  (please) try to, (please) look
というより rather than-
結局(けっきょく)after all, eventually, in the end-
ようとしない  not try to, not make an effort to-
ところが  even so, however, even though-
ごとに each, every, at intervals of-
だけでなくnot only… but also
に違いない(にちがいない)I’m sure/ certain, no doubt that-
につれて  as, in proportion to, with, as… then-
あまり  so much… that
決して~ない(けっして~ない)never, by no means-
にしても  even if, even though, regardless of-
も~ば~も  and, also, as well, either/or, neither/nor
確かに(たしかに)surely, certainly-

Part 2

ことになっている  to be expected to, to be scheduled to, it has been decided as a rule that
ほど  degree, extent, bounds, upper limit
といい / たらいい  it would be nice if, should, I hope-
を込めて(をこめて)filled with, full of
について  concerning, regarding, about, on-
ばかりで  only, just (negative description)
てからでないと  must first do, cannot do without first doing-
たとたん  as soon as, just as-
たびに  whenever, every time-
ようとする  try to, attempt to, be about to-
て済む(てすむ)sufficient by, no problem to, resolve by-
ように見える(ようにみえる)to look, to seem, to appear-
割に(わりに)considering, comparatively, relatively, unexpectedly, unusually-
に関する / に関して(にかんする / にかんして)about, regarding, related to-
ないことはない  can do, is not impossible to-
は別として(はべつとして)aside from, apart from, except for, whether or not-
にしては for, considering it’s (something or someone)
ところで by the way-
しばらく for a moment, for a while, for the time being

Part 3

べきだ  should do, must do-
ずつ apiece, each, at a time
向け(むけ)intended for, aimed at-
がたい  very difficult to, hard to-
わけだ  for that reason, no wonder, as you’d expect, the fact is, so you mean-
ように  in order to, so that-
さえ~ば  if only, as long as
代わりに(かわりに)instead of, as a substitute for, in exchange for, in return for
てばかりいる  only, nothing but-
ている場合じゃない(ているばあいじゃない)this is no time to be doing-
どうしても no matter what, at any cost, after all-
きり  only, just, since, after-
いくら~ても  no matter how-
つまり  in other words, in summary, in short-
せいで  because of, due to, as a result of-
なかなか  very, quite, pretty, rather, just not-
ふと  suddenly, accidentally, unexpectedly, unintentionally-
わけがない  there is no way that-, it is impossible to-
とすれば・としたら・とすると  in the case of-, assuming-, if A then B
気味(ぎみ)-like, -looking, -looked, tending to-
ばかりでなく  not only.. but also, as well as-



Prerequisite knowledge

Japanese Intermediate (Year 4) course is ideal if you have completed Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3). You should be able to communicate at JLPT N4 level to enrol on this course.

The course is taught at progressive levels starting with Part 1 in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Part 2 or Part 3 you must have completed previous Parts or be familiar with the content specified in the What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using these online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Please note that Short Courses are not accredited courses.

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.

There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

ISBN 10: 4872179021
ISBN 13: 978-4872179026

日本語総まとめ N3 文法 (「日本語能力試験」対策) (Japanese)
ISBN 10: 4872177320
ISBN 13: 978-4872177329

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.

Next steps

This Upper intermediate level course will help you to develop fluency in the Japanese language, understand more advanced grammar, working towards or refreshing your JLPT N2.…