Discover the fascinating Japanese culture as you learn this beautiful language and its scripts: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

Japanese 1


  • Session: 9 evening sessions
  • Dates: Thursdays 25 July – 19 Sep 2024
  • Times: 6-8pm
  • Enrolment fee: $420

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

Japanese にほんご

  • Exchange greetings
  • Recognise Japanese characters (Hiragana / Katakana)
  • Use basic classroom expressions
  • Write your name and country in Japanese

Myself わたし

  • Give a simple self introduction
  • Recognise the parts of a business card
  • Talk briefly about your family
  • Tell someone about your family, using a family photo

Food たべもの

  • Talk about your favourite foods
  • Offer someone a drink
  • Talk about your breakfast

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.

What our students say

“The 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.”

“Best course by the best sensei ever.”

“Strongly recommend this class for anyone who is interested to learn Japanese. Learning Hiragana and to speak in Japanese at the same time makes a world of difference.”