There are more than 125 million native speakers of Japanese and, despite the language's apparent complexity, its popularity as a second language is growing (particularly in China, South Korea and Australia).
A knowledge of Japanese can be very useful in all aspects of international trade, finance and banking. Japan is also a popular and fascinating holiday destination, and Japanese culture - from J-pop to J-horror - is now globally popular with scores of non-native speakers enjoying Japanese music, films, TV, literature and, of course, comic books.
Whether you want to impress business clients, ride the bullet train past Mount Fuji or just watch Ghost in the Shell without subtitles, a Japanese course from Languages at Leicester can be the solution. You will not only learn spoken Japanese, you will also find out about Japanese manners and customs and be introduced to some basic written characters (Kanji) in both the Hiragana and Katakana scripts.
Levels offered: Japanese
Beginners (level 1)
You have little or no prior knowledge of Japanese.
Post-beginners (level 2)
You can manage in everyday situations using the present tense, and you have some knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana.
Intermediate (level 3)
You can read and write basic Japanese using Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanjis.
Advanced (level 4)
You are confident when speaking Japanese and are familiar with at least 300 Kanji.
Not sure which level you want? Use the ELP self-assessment grid to identify your level of competence.
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Greeting: "Ohayo gozaimasu" (good morning - formal)
Counting: ichi, ni, san, shi, go
Useful phrase: "Ki o tuskero! Gojira da!" ("Watch out! It's Godzilla!")