Language Centre

Evening classes

Japanese

Course outline: Japanese Level 1

 

Textbook: “Japanese for Busy People I” 3rd Edition

                   Kana or Romanised version (Tutor will advise students which version to be used in

                   the first lesson.)

 

Semester 1

Week

Topic

Grammar

Book reference

 

 

1

-Introduction to Japan & Japanese.

-Self introduction

-Daily greetings

-Numbers 1-10

 

-Kana chart (Hiragana

 & Katakana)

-Write your name in Katakana

 

Self introduction

Set phrase;

How do you do?

(I am) ___ desu.

Nice to meet you.

Daily greetings and useful expressions;

Good morning, etc.

Tutor’s original materials

 

 

 

2

 

 

-Introducing yourself and others

-Numbers 1-100

-Classroom language

 

-Hiragana practice

 

Predicate;desu.

 

Particle wa topic marker.

Particle ka – question marker

Particle no –belonging/affiliation

 

Q-word

Who (Polite form):だれdare

                           どなたdonata

Lesson 1

 

 

3

 

 

-Talk about a nearby object and its owner.

-Present & Past, Negative & Affirmative form of “desu”

-Ask and tell telephone numbers.

 

-Hiragana practice

 

This is a business card.

This is not my umbrella.

This is Ms. Sasaki’s umbrella.

 

Q-word:

What; なん・なにnan/nani

Whose; だれのdare no

What number; なんばん nanban

 

Lesson 2

 

 

4

 

 

-Talk about the time and business hours.

-Hiragana practice

 

What time is it now?

It’s 3.00.

Work is from 9.00 to 5.00.

Ask and answer what time the store opens and closes.

 

Particle からkara – from

Particle までmade –till

Lesson 3

 

 

5

 

 

-State what items are and their prices.

-Identify objects in different locations. (Ko/So/A/Do )

-Ask prices of items in store and make purchase.

 

-Big numbers 100-1,000,000,000

 

-Hiragana practice

 

Pronouns; こそあどkosoado words:

This is a television set. 

That is my camera.

That over there is a personal computer.

 

Particle mo –also

This is 3000yen, that is also 3000yen.

How much : いくらikura

“Please show me that.”= それをみせてください。sore o misete kudasai.

“I’ll take it.”=それをください。sore o kudasai.

 

Lesson 3 & 4

 

6

 

 

-Ask size, colour, and country of origin of items

-Buy items

 

-Hiragana practice

 

 

That small one. = Sono chiisai no

Where is this watch made? =

Doko no tokei desu ka?

 

“This is a Swiss watch.” =

スイスのとけいです。Suisu no tokei desu.

 

Q-word:

Which one: どれdore

Whereどこdoko

 

Basic Adjectives

Counters

 

Lesson 4 & 5

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

-Order food by using counters.

-Hiragana practice

 

 

Please give me two of those.

Please give me three sheets of paper. 

Please give me a bottle of wine.

 

“I’ll take two of them please.”=

それを ふたつ ください。Sore o futatsu kudasai.

 

Counters

Lesson 5

8-10

 

-Talk about where you go/come/return; motion verbs, when and with whom.

- motion verbs, by what transportation method,  on exact date and time.

 

 

 

Mr.Smith will go to the bank tomorrow.

Mr. Smith went to Hong Kong last week.

Mr. Chan went to restaurant with a friend yesterday.

Verb -Masu form

(present/past/aff./neg.)

When

Relative & exact time expressions.

 

Particle: ni– on/at

             de – by

     to– with        

 

Lesson 6 & 7

By the end of Part 1, the course will cover up to the end of Lesson 7 in the textbook.

 

Semester 2

 

Topic

Grammar

Book reference

11

 

Existence of People and things (1)

-Talk about what/who is there in a particular place.

“~ni ~ga arimasu/imasu”

 

-Katakana practice

  1. There is a newspaper and some flowers on the table.
  2. Inside the briefcase there are keys and books and so on.
  3. There is nothing on the table

 

Particle yo -new information for

                  listeners.

 

Lesson 8

 

 

 

 

12

 

Existence of People and things (2)

- Using counter

-Talk about where the particular things and people are.

“~wa ~ni arimasu/imasu”

 

-Katakana practice

         

  1. There are two bottles of beer on the table.
  2. There are two men in front of the convenience store.
  3. The taxi stand is in the vicinity of the station.
  4. The post office is inside that building over there.

Lesson 9

 

13

 

Revision of Existence

People and things.

 

-Katakana practice

Talk about your living area.

- What is there in your town?

- Where is your house?

 

 

Lesson 8 & 9

14

 

Verbs 1 that take a grammatical object

-Talk about everyday life—What you will do, when, and where.

“~ o V.”

 

-Katakana practice

 

  1. Mr Smith is going to see a movie tomorrow.
  2. Mr Smith jogs every day.
  3. Mr Smith ate dinner at a restaurant yesterday.

 

Lesson 10

 

 

15

 

Verbs 2 that take two grammatical objects

-State how frequently you do something and give a brief reason for why you do it.

“~ ni ~ o V.”

 

-Katakana practice

  1. Mr Smith is going to phone a friend.
  2. Mr Smith is going to see Mr. Takahashi tomorrow.
  3. Ms Chan often writes letters to her mother.
  4. Ms Chan doesn’t watch television very much.

 

Particle kara - because

Lesson 11

 

16

 

Revision of verbs 1 & 2

-Katakana practice

 

Talk about your daily life.

Lesson 10 & 11

17

18

 

 

 

Adjectives (Present tense)

-Talk about the characteristics of things and people.

i-Adj. and na-Adj.

 

-Katakana practice

  1. Mr Takahashi’s house is new.
  2. This is an interesting book.
  3. It is not cold today.

 

  1. The Tokyo subway is convenient.
  2. Mr Smith had a meal at a famous restaurant last week.
  3. That restaurant is not famous.

 

Lesson 12

 

19

 

Adjectives (Past tense)

-Expressing your thoughts about experiences

 

-Katakana practice

  1. It was cold yesterday.
  2. The film was not interesting.
  3. Yesterday’s festival was lively.
  4. This hotel was not very quiet.

 

Lesson 14

(Skip Lesson 13)

20

Revision

  1. Verbs
  2. Adjectives

Use verbs and adjectives with the appropriate particles and the correct tense and conjugation, depending on the time expressions given.

 

Teacher’s original

materials;

Quiz

Game

Role play

Discourse etc.

 

 By the end of Part 2, the course will cover up to the end of Lesson 14 (Except L13) in

 the textbook. Lesson 13 will be covered in Level 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course description: Level 2 assumes that learners have previous basic knowledge of the language, such as Verbs (-masu form) and their conjugation with appropriate particles, and Adjective conjugation and how they modify nouns. Learners are expected to have had approximately 80 hours of previous study: 40 hours’ contact time and 40 hours’ personal study. In addition, knowledge of Hiragana (reading & writing) is required, and knowledge of Katakana is desirable. Learners are expected to have covered “Japanese for Busy People I” L1-14, or equivalent. The course introduces new grammatical structures and focuses on how to express topics relevant to daily life, such as:

  • giving/receiving
  • inviting someone to do something together
  • making suggestions and offers
  • talking about one’s posessions, habitual action, on-going action and states
  • giving/asking permissions & prohibitions
  • talking about one’s skills, preferences, symptoms etc.

 

The course also introduces cultural aspects to understand the background of the language and people.

 

Textbook: “Japanese for Busy People, Vol.1” Revised 3rd Edition, Kana version 

                  ISBN 4-7700-3009-6

 

Course outline: Japanese Level 2

*The contents may change depending on the students’ demand and proficiency.

 

Semester 1 (10 Weeks)

Week

Topic

Grammar

Book reference

1

 

 

-Introduction of the course

-Review of Level 1

Verbs, Adjectives and

Particles

-Kana revision

 

Verbs and Adjectives – present /past tenses, affirmative /negative forms

with appropriate particles.

JBP I

Ls 10 - 14

 

2

 

 

“Giving Compliments”

 

-I’ll give some flowers to Mr. Kimura.

-I received a book from Mr. Kimura.

 

 

-Verbs “to give / to receive”

things:

あげます/もらいます/くれます。

-Particle “にni”

 

JBP I L13

 

3

 

 

“Invitation”

 

-How about going to the festival in Asakusa?

 

 

-inviting someone to do something together and making suggestions:

〜ませんか/ましょうか/ましょう。

JBP I L15

4

 

 

“Participating in a Festival”

 

-Shall I carry your luggage?

-I have a car. / I don’t have time.

-The --   -The concert will be held

  next w next week in Tokyo.

 

-Offering to do something for someone:

〜ましょうか。

-Stating what one has/When and where the event is held:

〜は〜があります。

 

JBP I L16

 

5 & 6

 

 

“Talking about Plans”

 

-In the morning I go jogging, take a shower and go to the office.

 

Introduction of

Verb te-form:

(1)〜て〜て〜ます。

-Expressing the sequence of actions.

JBP I L17

 

7 & 8

 

 

 

“Making a Request”

 

-Wait a moment, please.

-Turn right at the next traffic signal.

 

 

 

 

Verb te-form:

(2)〜てください/〜て〜てください。

-Polite imperative:

Asking someone to do something for you.

Telling the direction/How to get the place.

JBP I L18

 

9

 

 

“Going to an Art Museum”

 

-It takes an hour and a half by train.

 

-How to get to your house?

-Expressing time for journey: 〜かかります。

-Verbs getting on / off transports:

〜に のります/〜を おります。

Cf. しぶやで とうよこせんに のってゆうてんじで(とうよこせんを)おります。  

JBP I L19

 

10

 

Consolidation for Part 1

 

 

 

Revision of Verb te-form expressions.

 

JBP I

L15 - 19

 


 

Semester 2 (10 weeks)

Week

Topic

Grammar

 

Book reference

 

1

 

 

-Revision of Part 1

-Katakana revision

Verb て-forms, adjectives etc.

JBP I

L 14-19

 

2

 

“At an Art Museum”

 

-May I take photographs here?

(-You cannot take photos here.)

 

Verb-form:

(3) 〜てもいいですか。

(〜てはいけません。)

Permission (& prohibition):

Talking about the genaral rules.

JBP I L20

3 & 4

 

 

“Being warned or advised”

 

-Please don’t take a

photograph here

 

Verb ない–form:

〜ないでください。

Asking or instructing not to do something (Strong prohibition).

 

JBP I L21

 

5

 

“Busy at the moment”

 

-He’s explaining new products to his customers now.

 

Verb –form:

(4)〜ています。(Part1)

Expressing actions in progress and habitual actions.

 

JBP I L22

6

“Responding to an inquiry”

 

-Where do they sell their new chocolate?

 

Verb –form:

(5)〜ています。(Part2)

Expressing a current state / state in effect after an action.

 

JBP I L23

 

7 & 8

“Being introduced to someone”

 

-I like sushi.

-Mr. Smith is very good at tennis.

-I can do skiing.

-I understand Japanese.

 

Structure ; 〜は〜が___。

Expressing preference, being good or bad at something, talking about one’s ability.

JBP I L24

 

9

“At a Party”

 

-I’d like to learn Japanese.

 

-I want a new car.

 

 

 

-I have a headache

 

Verb たい–form:

〜は〜がV.たいです。

Expressing one’s desires to do.

〜は〜が ほしいです。

Expressing one’s wish to possess.

〜は〜が いたいです。Expressing one’s symptoms.

 

JBP I L25

 

10

Consolidation for Part2

 

JBP I

L20 –L25

 

This course is not offered by the University in 2022-23 - sorry! Please contact languages@lboro.ac.uk if you would like to learn at this level.

 

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Japanese Level 3

This course is for students who have completed Level 2, which features te-form, “nai-form”, "~wa~ga~desu" etc., and/or are confident in using basic Japanese verbs and adjectives with the correct grammatical structures, conjugations and particles. particles. Generally you have completedJapanese for Busy People I” or equivalent level and you must be able to read and write both Hiragana and Katakana perfectly. Basic Kanji are used in class but the practice of Kanji is not dealt with in the class in particular, it is left to self-study.

The class is taught in Japanese with a little help in English. This course introduces a variety of expressions such as comparison, nominalization, simultaneous action, experience etc. to develop conversational complexity. You will be expected to engage in conversation practice in a group or with your partner and/or teacher during each session.

Please note that this course is NOT SUITABLE for those who are advanced speakers and have already mastered how to use "plain form" with various expressions.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Asking for advice about a gift
  • Choosing a Yukata
  • Searching for a lost item
  • Clocking in early
  • Inviting a colleague to a hot spring
  • Clocking out early
  • Greeting a new employee
  • Running into an old acquaintance
  • Joining a civic orchestra

On completion students will be able to:

  • Compare things and talk about your decision/ preferences
  • Talk about your experiences
  • Give advice/strong suggestions
  • Ask for and offer explanations
  • Decline invitations 
  • Describe activities in detail with adverbial adjectives
  • Express a sequence of events
  • Describe a change in state
  • Share your and other people’s comments/thoughts
  • Forming modifying clauses
  •  

Course books you need to buy are:

Japanese for Busy People II Textbook (ISBN: 978-4-7700-3010-8)

Japanese for Busy People II Workbook (ISBN: 978-4-7700-3035-1)

Course outline: Japanese Level 1

 

Textbook: “Japanese for Busy People I” 3rd Edition

                   Kana or Romanised version (Tutor will advise students which version to be used in

                   the first lesson.)

 

Semester 1

Week

Topic

Grammar

Book reference

 

 

1

-Introduction to Japan & Japanese.

-Self introduction

-Daily greetings

-Numbers 1-10

 

-Kana chart (Hiragana

 & Katakana)

-Write your name in Katakana

 

Self introduction

Set phrase;

How do you do?

(I am) ___ desu.

Nice to meet you.

Daily greetings and useful expressions;

Good morning, etc.

Tutor’s original materials

 

 

 

2

 

 

-Introducing yourself and others

-Numbers 1-100

-Classroom language

 

-Hiragana practice

 

Predicate;desu.

 

Particle wa topic marker.

Particle ka – question marker

Particle no –belonging/affiliation

 

Q-word

Who (Polite form):だれdare

                           どなたdonata

Lesson 1

 

 

3

 

 

-Talk about a nearby object and its owner.

-Present & Past, Negative & Affirmative form of “desu”

-Ask and tell telephone numbers.

 

-Hiragana practice

 

This is a business card.

This is not my umbrella.

This is Ms. Sasaki’s umbrella.

 

Q-word:

What; なん・なにnan/nani

Whose; だれのdare no

What number; なんばん nanban

 

Lesson 2

 

 

4

 

 

-Talk about the time and business hours.

-Hiragana practice

 

What time is it now?

It’s 3.00.

Work is from 9.00 to 5.00.

Ask and answer what time the store opens and closes.

 

Particle からkara – from

Particle までmade –till

Lesson 3

 

 

5

 

 

-State what items are and their prices.

-Identify objects in different locations. (Ko/So/A/Do )

-Ask prices of items in store and make purchase.

 

-Big numbers 100-1,000,000,000

 

-Hiragana practice

 

Pronouns; こそあどkosoado words:

This is a television set. 

That is my camera.

That over there is a personal computer.

 

Particle mo –also

This is 3000yen, that is also 3000yen.

How much : いくらikura

“Please show me that.”= それをみせてください。sore o misete kudasai.

“I’ll take it.”=それをください。sore o kudasai.

 

Lesson 3 & 4

 

6

 

 

-Ask size, colour, and country of origin of items

-Buy items

 

-Hiragana practice

 

 

That small one. = Sono chiisai no

Where is this watch made? =

Doko no tokei desu ka?

 

“This is a Swiss watch.” =

スイスのとけいです。Suisu no tokei desu.

 

Q-word:

Which one: どれdore

Whereどこdoko

 

Basic Adjectives

Counters

 

Lesson 4 & 5

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

-Order food by using counters.

-Hiragana practice

 

 

Please give me two of those.

Please give me three sheets of paper. 

Please give me a bottle of wine.

 

“I’ll take two of them please.”=

それを ふたつ ください。Sore o futatsu kudasai.

 

Counters

Lesson 5

8-10

 

-Talk about where you go/come/return; motion verbs, when and with whom.

- motion verbs, by what transportation method,  on exact date and time.

 

 

 

Mr.Smith will go to the bank tomorrow.

Mr. Smith went to Hong Kong last week.

Mr. Chan went to restaurant with a friend yesterday.

Verb -Masu form

(present/past/aff./neg.)

When

Relative & exact time expressions.

 

Particle: ni– on/at

             de – by

     to– with        

 

Lesson 6 & 7

By the end of Part 1, the course will cover up to the end of Lesson 7 in the textbook.

 

Semester 2

 

Topic

Grammar

Book reference

11

 

Existence of People and things (1)

-Talk about what/who is there in a particular place.

“~ni ~ga arimasu/imasu”

 

-Katakana practice

  1. There is a newspaper and some flowers on the table.
  2. Inside the briefcase there are keys and books and so on.
  3. There is nothing on the table

 

Particle yo -new information for

                  listeners.

 

Lesson 8

 

 

 

 

12

 

Existence of People and things (2)

- Using counter

-Talk about where the particular things and people are.

“~wa ~ni arimasu/imasu”

 

-Katakana practice

         

  1. There are two bottles of beer on the table.
  2. There are two men in front of the convenience store.
  3. The taxi stand is in the vicinity of the station.
  4. The post office is inside that building over there.

Lesson 9

 

13

 

Revision of Existence

People and things.

 

-Katakana practice

Talk about your living area.

- What is there in your town?

- Where is your house?

 

 

Lesson 8 & 9

14

 

Verbs 1 that take a grammatical object

-Talk about everyday life—What you will do, when, and where.

“~ o V.”

 

-Katakana practice

 

  1. Mr Smith is going to see a movie tomorrow.
  2. Mr Smith jogs every day.
  3. Mr Smith ate dinner at a restaurant yesterday.

 

Lesson 10

 

 

15

 

Verbs 2 that take two grammatical objects

-State how frequently you do something and give a brief reason for why you do it.

“~ ni ~ o V.”

 

-Katakana practice

  1. Mr Smith is going to phone a friend.
  2. Mr Smith is going to see Mr. Takahashi tomorrow.
  3. Ms Chan often writes letters to her mother.
  4. Ms Chan doesn’t watch television very much.

 

Particle kara - because

Lesson 11

 

16

 

Revision of verbs 1 & 2

-Katakana practice

 

Talk about your daily life.

Lesson 10 & 11

17

18

 

 

 

Adjectives (Present tense)

-Talk about the characteristics of things and people.

i-Adj. and na-Adj.

 

-Katakana practice

  1. Mr Takahashi’s house is new.
  2. This is an interesting book.
  3. It is not cold today.

 

  1. The Tokyo subway is convenient.
  2. Mr Smith had a meal at a famous restaurant last week.
  3. That restaurant is not famous.

 

Lesson 12

 

19

 

Adjectives (Past tense)

-Expressing your thoughts about experiences

 

-Katakana practice

  1. It was cold yesterday.
  2. The film was not interesting.
  3. Yesterday’s festival was lively.
  4. This hotel was not very quiet.

 

Lesson 14

(Skip Lesson 13)

20

Revision

  1. Verbs
  2. Adjectives

Use verbs and adjectives with the appropriate particles and the correct tense and conjugation, depending on the time expressions given.

 

Teacher’s original

materials;

Quiz

Game

Role play

Discourse etc.

 

 By the end of Part 2, the course will cover up to the end of Lesson 14 (Except L13) in

 the textbook. Lesson 13 will be covered in Level 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course description: Level 2 assumes that learners have previous basic knowledge of the language, such as Verbs (-masu form) and their conjugation with appropriate particles, and Adjective conjugation and how they modify nouns. Learners are expected to have had approximately 80 hours of previous study: 40 hours’ contact time and 40 hours’ personal study. In addition, knowledge of Hiragana (reading & writing) is required, and knowledge of Katakana is desirable. Learners are expected to have covered “Japanese for Busy People I” L1-14, or equivalent. The course introduces new grammatical structures and focuses on how to express topics relevant to daily life, such as:

  • giving/receiving
  • inviting someone to do something together
  • making suggestions and offers
  • talking about one’s posessions, habitual action, on-going action and states
  • giving/asking permissions & prohibitions
  • talking about one’s skills, preferences, symptoms etc.

 

The course also introduces cultural aspects to understand the background of the language and people.

 

Textbook: “Japanese for Busy People, Vol.1” Revised 3rd Edition, Kana version 

                  ISBN 4-7700-3009-6

 

Course outline: Japanese Level 2

*The contents may change depending on the students’ demand and proficiency.

 

Semester 1 (10 Weeks)

Week

Topic

Grammar

Book reference

1

 

 

-Introduction of the course

-Review of Level 1

Verbs, Adjectives and

Particles

-Kana revision

 

Verbs and Adjectives – present /past tenses, affirmative /negative forms

with appropriate particles.

JBP I

Ls 10 - 14

 

2

 

 

“Giving Compliments”

 

-I’ll give some flowers to Mr. Kimura.

-I received a book from Mr. Kimura.

 

 

-Verbs “to give / to receive”

things:

あげます/もらいます/くれます。

-Particle “にni”

 

JBP I L13

 

3

 

 

“Invitation”

 

-How about going to the festival in Asakusa?

 

 

-inviting someone to do something together and making suggestions:

〜ませんか/ましょうか/ましょう。

JBP I L15

4

 

 

“Participating in a Festival”

 

-Shall I carry your luggage?

-I have a car. / I don’t have time.

-The --   -The concert will be held

  next w next week in Tokyo.

 

-Offering to do something for someone:

〜ましょうか。

-Stating what one has/When and where the event is held:

〜は〜があります。

 

JBP I L16

 

5 & 6

 

 

“Talking about Plans”

 

-In the morning I go jogging, take a shower and go to the office.

 

Introduction of

Verb te-form:

(1)〜て〜て〜ます。

-Expressing the sequence of actions.

JBP I L17

 

7 & 8

 

 

 

“Making a Request”

 

-Wait a moment, please.

-Turn right at the next traffic signal.

 

 

 

 

Verb te-form:

(2)〜てください/〜て〜てください。

-Polite imperative:

Asking someone to do something for you.

Telling the direction/How to get the place.

JBP I L18

 

9

 

 

“Going to an Art Museum”

 

-It takes an hour and a half by train.

 

-How to get to your house?

-Expressing time for journey: 〜かかります。

-Verbs getting on / off transports:

〜に のります/〜を おります。

Cf. しぶやで とうよこせんに のってゆうてんじで(とうよこせんを)おります。  

JBP I L19

 

10

 

Consolidation for Part 1

 

 

 

Revision of Verb te-form expressions.

 

JBP I

L15 - 19

 


 

Semester 2 (10 weeks)

Week

Topic

Grammar

 

Book reference

 

1

 

 

-Revision of Part 1

-Katakana revision

Verb て-forms, adjectives etc.

JBP I

L 14-19

 

2

 

“At an Art Museum”

 

-May I take photographs here?

(-You cannot take photos here.)

 

Verb-form:

(3) 〜てもいいですか。

(〜てはいけません。)

Permission (& prohibition):

Talking about the genaral rules.

JBP I L20

3 & 4

 

 

“Being warned or advised”

 

-Please don’t take a

photograph here

 

Verb ない–form:

〜ないでください。

Asking or instructing not to do something (Strong prohibition).

 

JBP I L21

 

5

 

“Busy at the moment”

 

-He’s explaining new products to his customers now.

 

Verb –form:

(4)〜ています。(Part1)

Expressing actions in progress and habitual actions.

 

JBP I L22

6

“Responding to an inquiry”

 

-Where do they sell their new chocolate?

 

Verb –form:

(5)〜ています。(Part2)

Expressing a current state / state in effect after an action.

 

JBP I L23

 

7 & 8

“Being introduced to someone”

 

-I like sushi.

-Mr. Smith is very good at tennis.

-I can do skiing.

-I understand Japanese.

 

Structure ; 〜は〜が___。

Expressing preference, being good or bad at something, talking about one’s ability.

JBP I L24

 

9

“At a Party”

 

-I’d like to learn Japanese.

 

-I want a new car.

 

 

 

-I have a headache

 

Verb たい–form:

〜は〜がV.たいです。

Expressing one’s desires to do.

〜は〜が ほしいです。

Expressing one’s wish to possess.

〜は〜が いたいです。Expressing one’s symptoms.

 

JBP I L25

 

10

Consolidation for Part2

 

JBP I

L20 –L25

 

This course is not offered by the University in 2022-23 - sorry! Please contact languages@lboro.ac.uk if you would like to learn at this level.

 

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Japanese Level 3

This course is for students who have completed Level 2, which features te-form, “nai-form”, "~wa~ga~desu" etc., and/or are confident in using basic Japanese verbs and adjectives with the correct grammatical structures, conjugations and particles. particles. Generally you have completedJapanese for Busy People I” or equivalent level and you must be able to read and write both Hiragana and Katakana perfectly. Basic Kanji are used in class but the practice of Kanji is not dealt with in the class in particular, it is left to self-study.

The class is taught in Japanese with a little help in English. This course introduces a variety of expressions such as comparison, nominalization, simultaneous action, experience etc. to develop conversational complexity. You will be expected to engage in conversation practice in a group or with your partner and/or teacher during each session.

Please note that this course is NOT SUITABLE for those who are advanced speakers and have already mastered how to use "plain form" with various expressions.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Asking for advice about a gift
  • Choosing a Yukata
  • Searching for a lost item
  • Clocking in early
  • Inviting a colleague to a hot spring
  • Clocking out early
  • Greeting a new employee
  • Running into an old acquaintance
  • Joining a civic orchestra

On completion students will be able to:

  • Compare things and talk about your decision/ preferences
  • Talk about your experiences
  • Give advice/strong suggestions
  • Ask for and offer explanations
  • Decline invitations 
  • Describe activities in detail with adverbial adjectives
  • Express a sequence of events
  • Describe a change in state
  • Share your and other people’s comments/thoughts
  • Forming modifying clauses
  •  

Course books you need to buy are:

Japanese for Busy People II Textbook (ISBN: 978-4-7700-3010-8)

Japanese for Busy People II Workbook (ISBN: 978-4-7700-3035-1)