This lower intermediate level course will help you to develop fluency in the Japanese language, understand grammatical structures and gain knowledge of Japanese culture, working towards JLPT N4.
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 Beyond Beginners (Year 2).
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 complete knowledge of lower intermediate Japanese at the best price. Our teaching takes place one evening a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.
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.
On commencing the course you should be able to use complicated structures with different conjugation patterns, such as te-form, nai-form, plain (dictionary) form, ta-form, fluently. You will learn new structures and vocabulary around different topics to extend the range of expression in this highly communicative course.
The course aims to cover 150 kanji before the end of Module Three so at least two hours of homework per week is essential.
If you already have the basic knowledge of this fascinating language, this course will push you to the next level working towards achieving JLPT N4*.
The Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3) course is ideal if you have completed the Japanese Beyond Beginners (Year 2) course or you have a rusty but good GCSE. You should be able to communicate at JLPT N5 to enrol on this course.
This course consists of three modules taught at progressive levels, starting with Part 1 in October. We only advise joining Part 2 or Part 3 if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content).
If you are new and want to join this course please contact the short courses team to arrange a brief interview with the tutor so he can asses your Japanese level.
* If you wish to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), it will have to be outside our organisation. Please note that Short Courses are not accredited courses.
Please note that some topics from Japanese Year 2 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.
Module One 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.
Plain form んです。
Interrogative Vた-formら いいですか。
見えます and 聞こえます
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
How to use the volitional form
V dictionary form つもりです
V dictionary form 予定です
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
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
Interrogative V conditional form いいですか。
( V, い-adj, な-adj ) conditional form ( V, い-adj, な-adj ) ほど～
Module Two will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 36-42).
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
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、～
Module Three will cover topics from the textbook Minna no Nihongo I (Lessons 43-50)
N or な-adj(without~な) そうです
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
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 dictionary form はずです
V ない-formない 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
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)
The Japanese Lower Intermediate short course is ideal if you can communicate at JLPT N5 level or if you have one of the following:
Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with Part 1 in the autumn (October).
If you wish to join Part 2 of the short course (in January), you must have completed Part 1 or be familiar with the content taught in Part 1, specified in the What will I learn? section.
If you wish to enrol on Part 3 of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Part 1 and Part 2 or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.
Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.
You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.
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.
Minna No Nihongo: Bk. 2
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.