Discover the fascinating Japanese culture as you learn this beautiful language and script: Hiragana and Kanji.

Tue 01 May 2018 - Tue 26 Jun 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Thu 26 Jul 2018 - Thu 20 Sep 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Wed 17 Oct 2018 - Wed 12 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 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

  • Topic 1: konnichiwa! You will be introduced to Japanese writing characters - hiragana and some kanji - while learning basic greetings, how to introduce yourself and how to write and pronounce your name in Japanese
  • Topic 2: ichi, ni, san: The focus will be on numbers including how to ask and tell your age, learning about dates and important calendar events and learning about key Japanese holidays
  • Topic 3: kyou wa getsu youbi desu: You will extend your number skills to learning the days of the week, telling the time and asking about bus and train schedules
  • Topic 4: nihongo ga hanasemasu: There will be a focus on how to be a tourist in Japan including the phrase ‘How do you say “...” in Japanese?’. You will also learn about colours and origami.
  • Lesson 5: watashi wa oosutoraria jin desu: The focus will be on the weather and places, including asking about nationalities and addresses, and how what the weather will be so that you can go skiing in Japan!
  • Topic 6: toire wa doko desu ka? You will learn about Japanese geography and locate items including asking for and giving directions.
  • Topic 7: sensei wa kawaii desu: This lesson will be focussed on adjectives and describing objects and people.
  • Topic 8: biiru wo kudasai! You will be introduced to eating at a restaurant and Japanese eating manners.
  • Topic 9: ji ni okimasu: You will focussing on daily verbs (masu-form of verbs)
  • Topic 10: ikura desu ka? Following further work on daily verbs, you will then learn how to visit Japanese people in their homes and about shopping in Japan

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 GA IPPAI – ISBN 978-4-89476-449-1. This textbook may be purchased from the ANU Coop bookstore or online from https://www.languageint.com.au/

Wed 02 May 2018 - Wed 27 Jun 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
9 spots remaining.

Wed 25 Jul 2018 - Wed 19 Sep 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Tue 16 Oct 2018 - Tue 11 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 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

  • Topic 1: Tomodachi ni attari souji wo shitari shimasu. You will review te-form and learn how to describe activities in Japanese. You will also learn the seasonal celebrations in Japan.
  • Topic 2: 10 kiro da to omoimasu: you will learn how to say Japanese in plain forms and how to express feelings. You will also learn some interesting facts about Japanese culture and society.
  • Topic 3: Tsumaranai mono desuga: You will learn how to express probability using the plain and polite forms. You will also learn to describe weather.
  • Topic 4: Shibuya da to otsuete kudasai: The focus will be on different ways to express hearsay in telephone conversations.
  • Topic 5: Omedetou gozaimasu: You will review various ways of raising questions. You will learn how to congratulate on celebration occasions. The class will also cover knowledge on gift giving in Japan.
  • Topic 6: Tomodachi kara moratta mono desu: You will learn how to make requests in polite form. You will also learn how to count objects in Japanese.
  • Topic 7: Teinei sugiru yo: you will learn various causal expressions using plain form. You will also learn how to order and read menu in a Japanese restaurant
  • Topic 8: Sotsugyou yori nyuugaku no hou ga muzukashii: you will learn how to make expressions of comparison and condition. You will learn the basic knowledge about Japanese education system.
  • Topic 9: Maikosan ni aeru nante kangeki desu: You will learn several verb expressions and Japanese traditional entertainment
  • Topic 10: Osewa ni narimashita: the final class will cover how to express feelings in a farewell situation. You will learn basic knowledge about Japanese tea culture.

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.

Wed 09 May 2018 - Wed 04 Jul 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
8 spots remaining.

Thu 18 Oct 2018 - Thu 13 Dec 2018

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

  • Topic 1: konnichiwa! Ogenki desu ka? You will review greetings and daily verbs but then extend to learning about introducing yourself and the Japanese classroom
  • Topic 2: watashi wa 7 ji ni okimasu: The focus will be on posing different questions and daily activities
  • Topic 3: ashita eiga wo mimashou: You will learn how to tell others what you would like to do, ask people out to functions or your house and how to say no. You will also learn about origami.
  • Topic 4: watashi no sensei wa yasashikute kawaii desu: The focus will be on the family unit and how to describe others.
  • Topic 5: watashi wa nihongo wo hanasu koto ga dekimasu: You will learn how to tell others your likes and dislike, what skills you have and how to book a restaurant.
  • Topic 6: kanji wo kaku no ga suki desu: You will be working on "te" verbs, the present progressive tense, making requests and calligraphy
  • Topic 7: toire ni ittemo iidesu ka: Further work on verbs will be done as well as learning how to ask for permission, how to make comparisons and telling others what they can't do. There will also be information on Japanese annual events.
  • Topic 8: mouichido itte kudasai: The focus will be on planning a holiday in Japan and how to ask and give directions. You will also learn "ta" verbs.
  • Topic 9: onaka ga itai desu: You will learn "nai" verbs while focussing on how to see a doctor in Japan. You will also learn how to give advice and how to ask others not to do something.
  • Topic 10: saigo no jugyou? Following further work on "nai" verbs you will learn about Japanese manners in visiting other people's homes, how to give and receive and about obligations.

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.

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