Japanese

japanese_circled_flagKonnichi-wa! こんにちは。

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 present globally 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.

FAST TRACK Beginners (level 1)

You have little or no prior knowledge of Japanese and you would like to make quick progress

Post-beginners (level 2)

You can manage Japanese in basic situations using the present tense. You also have some knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana and have already studied Japanese for approximately one year.

Intermediate (level 3)

You can read and write basic Japanese sentences in everyday situations using Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanjis, in past, present and future tenses.

Upper-intermediate (level 4)

You can communicate in Japanese using past, present and future tenses and are familiar with at least 300 Kanji.

Advanced (level 5)

You are confident when speaking Japanese and are familiar with at least 500 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!")

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2017-2018 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 9 October – Saturday 16 December 2017

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 22 January – Saturday 31 March 2018

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 30 April – Saturday 7 July 2018

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 18 – Friday 29 June 2018

Please note Languages at Leicester courses will be running during University of Leicester Reading Weeks.