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Japanese Lower Intermediate (Year 3) Short Course

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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.

Why choose this 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 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 once a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time. Enrol to either Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings.

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

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 Part 3 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*.

Is it the right level for me?

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 parts 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 content).

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

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

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.

Part 1

Part 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.

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

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

Part 2

Part Two 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

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

Part 3

Part Three 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

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



Prerequisite knowledge

The Japanese Lower Intermediate short course is ideal if you can communicate at JLPT N5 level or if you have one of the following:

The course is 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, which can be found in the What will I learn? section.

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

English requirements

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

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.

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

Minna No Nihongo: Bk. 2

by 3A Network

  • published by 3A Corporation, Japan
  • ISBN: 978-4-88319-646-3

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 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.…