Beginning Japanese 1 is designed to provide knowledge and the necessary skills to develop Japanese language skills for beginners, and to establish a basis for further study of the language and culture. Basic travel Japanese is also covered.

Course outline

  • Introducing yourself 自己紹介(じこしょうかい)
  • Watashi wa Jon desu. / O-shigoto wa? / Ongaku ga suki desu.
  • I am John. / (What is) your job?/ I like music.
  • Asking for directions. 場所(ばしょ)を尋(たず)ねる
  • Kono hen ni, ATM arimasu ka. / Toire, doko desu ka? / Yubinkyoku ni ikitain desu ga…
  • Is there an ATM around here? / Where is the restroom? / I’m trying to get to the post office.
  • Shopping 買(か)い物(もの)
  • Kasa, arimasu ka. / Kore, ikura desu ka. / Kono T-shatsu, kudasai. / Mo chotto yasui no, arimasen ka.
  • Do you have umbrellas? / How much is this? / I’ll have this T-shirt. / Do you have one a little cheaper?
  • Convenience stores and restaurants コンビニ・レストラン
  • Menyu, onegaishimasu. / Kyo no ranchi, nan desu ka. / Mochikaeri de. / Fukuro, kekko desu.
  • Could I please have a menu? / What’s the lunch of the day? / Take out, please. / No bag, thank you.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:

  • have a fundamental understanding of everyday Japanese.
  • have a basic understanding of grammatical patterns, Japanese characters, and a range of everyday vocabulary

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for those who have never studied, or have a very limited understanding of the Japanese language.

Course materials

Nihongo Fun & Easy (2013) Author: Ogata, Yukiko et al  - ISBN: 978-4-87217-721-3. This textbook may be purchased from CCE at   www.cce.anu.edu.au/products.aspx

What past participants had to say

"The Beginning Japanese 1 course with the CCE was an effective way for me to learn and grasp the fundamentals of the Japanese language. The unconventional teaching methods, using both the course prescribed textbook and online videos where required, enabled me to be able to read and write the 50 Hiragana characters at a much faster rate than I had thought initially."

"Our teacher (sensei) was phenomenal. The course covered realistic Japanese phrases. Thank you."

 

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