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

Wed 24 Jul 2019 - Wed 18 Sep 2019

18:30 - 20:30

9 Sessions

Tue 15 Oct 2019 - Tue 10 Dec 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
14 spots remaining.

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

Thu 25 Jul 2019 - Thu 19 Sep 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
10 spots remaining.

Wed 16 Oct 2019 - Wed 11 Dec 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Beginning Japanese 2 is designed for those who have completed Beginning Japanese 1 or similar (approximately 20 hours of study) and wishing to extend their conversational, written and grammatical understanding of the Japanese language as well as learning about Japanese culture.

Course outline

  • Can I pay by credit card? - Asking permission 許可きょかを得え
  • Kado de ii desu ka. / Kono pen, karite mo ii desu ka.
  • Can I pay by credit card? / May I borrow this pen? 
  • Please wait a moment. - Making requests 依頼いらいする
  • Chotto matte kudasai. / Yukkuri hanashite moraemasen ka.
  • Please wait a moment. / Could you please speak more slowly?
  • Does this (train) go to Yokohama? - Transportation 交通こうつう
  • Kore, Yokohama ni ikimasu ka. / Shinjuku made doyatte ikeba ii desu ka. / Tokyo kara Kyoto made donogurai kakarimasu ka.
  • Does this (train) go to Yokohama? / How do I get to Shingjuku? / How long does it take from Tokyo to Kyoto?
  • I’m going to an art museum. - Talking about plans and activities. 予定よてい行動こうどうについて話はな
  • Bijutsukan ni ikimasu. / Kino wa uchi de Nihon-go o benkyo shimashita. / Sumo o mitai desu.
  • I’m going to an art museum. / I studied Japanese at home yesterday. / I want to watch sumo wrestling.

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 completed Beginning Japanese 1 or similar - approximately 20 hours of study.

Course materials

NIHONGO GA IPPAI - Japanese IIPAI – ISBN 978-4-89476-449-1. This textbook may be purchased from the ANU Coop bookstore.

From Term 4, 2018 we are phasing in a new textbook.

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

Tue 23 Jul 2019 - Tue 17 Sep 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
8 spots remaining.

Thu 17 Oct 2019 - Thu 12 Dec 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

A fun class in which learners will have chances to communicate with each other while learning to speak, listening, reading and writing skills. This course will include not only Japanese language, but also a brief introduction of Japanese modern history, culture, and society.

Course outline

  • How do you like living in Japan? - Talking about impressions 感想かんそうを言う
  • Nihon no seikatsu wa do desu ka. / Ryoko wa do deshita ka.
  • How do you like living in Japan? / How was your trip? 
  • What does that taste like? - Eating 食事しょくじ
  • Sore, donna aji desu ka. / Oishiso desu ne. / Butaniku wa chotto…
  • What does that taste like? / That looks delicious. / I can’t really eat pork.
  • It’s nice weather today, isn’t it? - Socializing 1 - Making small tal世間話(せけんばなし)k 世話話をする
  • Kyo wa ii tenki desu ne. / Saikin shigoto wa do desu ka. / Ja, mata.
  • It’s nice weather today, isn’t it? / How has your job been lately? / See you later.
  • Would you like to have a cup of tea? - Socializing 2 – Invitation 誘(さそ)
  • Ocha o nomimasen ka. / Onsen ni itta koto ga arimasen ka.
  • Would you like to have a cup of tea? / Have you ever been to an onsen (hot spring)?

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:

  • have a fundamental understanding of everyday Japanese.
  • have a fair understanding of grammatical patterns, Japanese writing system, and a range of everyday vocabulary

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for those who have completed Beginning Japanese 1 and 2 or similar - approximately 40 hours of study.

Course materials

NIHONGO GA IPPAI – ISBN 978-4-89476-449-1. This textbook may be purchased from the ANU Coop bookstore.

From Term 1, 2019 we are phasing in a new textbook for this course.

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

No dates are currently scheduled.

This course aims to continue to develop your proficiency in Japanese and to increase your awareness of the Japanese culture and society.

Course outline

This course aims to continue to develop your proficiency in Japanese and to increase your awareness of the Japanese culture and society.

The course is based on the textbook of Nihongo ga ippai and the contents of Beginning Japanese 3. You will cover new key grammar points each week and more importantly, talk a lot in Japanese each week. Maxamise previous language Japanese language skills with greater proficiency.

You'll be encouraged to write your own articles and present to the class throughout the course - as a means to use what they learned to enhance your skills.

All required language skills including speaking, listening, writing and reading will be covered in this course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to communicate in Japanese at a higher level with more confidence.

Who should enrol

The course is specifically designed for those who have already had a good foundation of Japanese language and wish to further enhance and improve in all skills.

Course materials

NIHONGO GA IPPAI - Japanese IIPAI – ISBN 978-4-89476-449-1. This textbook may be purchased from the ANU Coop bookstore or at www.languageint.com.au

From Term 2, 2019 we are phasing in a new textbook.

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