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There are over 125 million Japanese speakers around the world today. Whether you’re interested in watching a Miyazaki film in its original language or talking more with locals beneath the cherry blossoms, on the ski slopes or in the bars in Harajuku, Japanese is one of the most popular and delicate languages to learn today.

Duration
10 weeks
Level
All levels

Language support

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.

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Manage freely your lust for learning with our 6 levels of progression.

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Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in Japan with us, to learn the language of Murakami, Yamauchi, Hanae Mori, and Pokémon.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

 

Did you know?

  • Japanese has three different writing scripts: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji!
  • Writing in characters gives you an entirely different way to illustrate your ideas – learn Japanese and unleash your creativity.

Why study Japanese with us?

  • Learn to speak, read and write in Japanese

  • Get an insight into Japanese culture

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to Japanese speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with Japanese speaking friends or family

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

Levels and duration

There are six levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Exchange greetings
  • Recognise Japanese characters
  • Use basic classroom expressions
  • Write your name and country in Japanese
  • Give a simple self introduction
  • Recognise the parts of a business card
  • Talk briefly about your family
  • Tell someone about your family, using a family photo
  • Talk about your favourite foods
  • Offer someone a drink
  • Talk about your breakfast

I love grammar. Tell me more.

(Recognising of Hiragana & Katakana)

  • Watashi wa Kaara desu.
  • Watashi wa nihongo ga dekimasu.
  • Watashi mo enjinia desu
  • Kazoku wa chichi to haha to watashi desu
  • Ane wa Oosaka ni sunde imasu.
  • Ani no kodomo wa 4 sai desu.
  • Niku ga suki desu.
  • Yasai wa suki janai desu.
  • Asagohan o tabemasu.
  • Koohii o yoku nomimasu.

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the Japanese language.


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Say what your favourite dish is
  • Talk with a fried about where to go for lunch
  • Read a menu
  • Order food and drinks at a hamburger shop
  • Say what kind of home you live in
  • Say what you have in your home
  • Write an E-mail inviting someone to our home
  • Ask/Say where to put things in the room
  • Visit /Welcome a friend
  • Show someone around your home
  • Recognise the name and address on signs
  • Say the time you do something
  • Talk about your daily routine
  • Talk about your schedule for this week
  • Talk about when to have a party
  • Write a birthday card

I love grammar. Tell me more.

  • Suki na ryoori wa karee desu.
  • Raamenya san de raamen o tabemasu.
  • Ano mise wa oishii desu.
  • Ie ni eakon ga arimasu.
  • Ie ni neko ga imasu.
  • Beddo ga futatsu arimasu.
  • Watashi no ie wa semai desu.
  • Ningyoo wa tana no ue desu.
  • Ima nanji desu ka?9ji desu.
  • Watashi wa 7ji ni okimasu.
  • Kaisha wa 9ji kara 5ji made desu.
  • 7jikan shigoto o shimasu.
  • Kinyoobi ga iidesu.

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Talk about your hobbies
  • Talk about what you do on your days off
  • Recognise information on posters and calendars for events
  • Say whether or not you will attend an event
  • Recognise station and taxi signs
  • Show a taxi driver a note and say your destination
  • Say how to get to a particular destination
  • Say how to get to a destination, using a map
  • Say where you are now over the phone
  • Recognise opening /closing times on shop noticeboards

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • どくしょが すきです。
  • ギターが できます。
  • うち えいがを みます。
  • ときどき かいものを します。
  • どようびに。 コンサートが あります。
  • こくさいホール えいがが あります。
  • すもうを みに いきます。
  • いっしょに こうえんに いきませんか。いきましょう。
  • うちから えきまで バスで いきます。
  • えき でんしゃに のります。
  • くうこう でんしゃが いいです。はやいですから
  • ふるいじんじゃ、にぎやかなまち
  • さいたま ふるいじんじゃが あります。
  • えきのとなり、きっさてんのまえ
  • きっさてん えきのとなりに あります。
  • わたし きっさてんのまえに います。

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

 

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Talk about what you want to buy
  • Talk about where to shop for something you want
  • Make a brief comment on things in a shop
  • Read prices
  • Do some shopping
  • Read a short blog
  • Say what you did on your days off
  • Say briefly what you thought about your days off
  • Write a short blog about your days off
  • Read a simple E-mail
  • Say what you did on your travels
  • Say where you want to go next time

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • わたしは アクセサリーが ほしいです
  • わたしはカーラさん はなを あげます
  • カーラさんは ホセさん チョコレートを もらいました
  • きょねん にほんで とけいを かいました
  • これは いくらですか
  • このTシャツを ください
  • きのう デパートに いきました
  • かいものは たのしかったです
  • デパートは にぎやかでした
  • わたしは どこにも いきませんでした
  • おてらをみました。それから、おみやげをかいました。
  • おすしは おいしかったです。でも、たかかったです。
  • かぶきはきれいでした。そして、おもしろかったです。
  • きょうとに いきたいです

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Starter A1:

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Talk briefly about where you/your family live and what you/they do
  • Say what language you speak with your family and friends
  • Talk about your hobbies
  • Read short, simple comments about someone's self-introduction on a website
  • Write short, simple comments about someone's self-introduction on a website
  • Talk about the change of seasons
  • Say what season you like and why
  • Greet people by talking about the weather
  • Start a conversation over the phone by talking about the weather

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • 私は 東京に すんでいます
  • 私は でんしゃのかいしゃで はたらいています
  • 東京 すんでいます。
  • でんしゃのかいしゃ はたらいています。
  • かいしゃまで でんしゃ行きます。
  • しゅみはクラシックを聞くことです。
  • こどものとき、よく 日本のアニメを見ました。
  • わかいとき、よくりょこうしました。
  • ひまなとき、りょうりをつくります。
  • 3月ごろ、春になります
  • 3月ごろ、だんだんあたたかくなります
  • こうえんが きれいになります
  • 私は 夏が 好きです
  • 私は あついのは 好きじゃないです
  • 夏休みがありますから、夏がいちばん好きです
  • きのうは すごい雨でしたね。
  • きのうは さむかったです。
  • 今日は いい天気になりましたね。
  • 今、雪がふっています

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2) :

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Tell a friend a place/area of your recommendation, using a map of your town
  • Tell a friend what a place that he/she is interested in is like and what to be careful about, using a map
  • Tell someone how to get to a place nearby
  • Correct some information misunderstood by someone
  • Describe the features of buildings seen in the distance
  • Talk with a friend about the time and place you will meet
  • Read an E-mail from a friend saying he/she will be late
  • Apologise for being late and give a reason
  • Invite a friend to visit a place of your recommendation/ Respond to an invitation
  • Say that you would like to drop by somewhere
  • Say what languages you have studied and when
  • Talk about foreign languages you have studied
  • Write down what languages you have studied and when
  • Ask someone for help to understand or to learn a foreign language/ Respond to a request for help

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • この店は 安くて、べんりです。
  • このあたりは にぎやかで、おもしろいです
  • このあたりは 新しい町で、人気があります。
  • このゆうえんちは たのしいけど、高いです。
  • この町は ちょっとふべんだけど、たのしいです。
  • ここはゆうえんちだけど、おとなも多いです。
  • このあたりに ゆうえんちこうえんがあります。
  • まっすぐ 行ってください。
  • まっすぐ行って、しんごうを右にまがってください
  • あの大きくて 白いビルです
  • 日本てきでおもしろいたてものです。
  • 10 時でもいいですか
  • じゅうたい、おくれます。
  • 道にまよって、おくれます。
  • もう びじゅつかんに行きましたか。
  • いいえ、まだです
  • 買いものに行きます。さくらを見に行きます
  • 朝ごはんの前に 、さんぽをします。
  • 朝ごはんのあとで、仕事をします。
  • スペイン語 たんご かんたんです
  • 中国語 話すのが おもしろいです
  • このことばのいみを おしえてくださいませんか
  • このかんじの読み方が わかりません。

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2) :

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures.

Intermediate 4A and 4B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Talk about your involvement in the culture of another country
  • Offer help to someone with a problem/ Accept an offer of help
  • Read the program of an event
  • Discuss what to take for a picnic
  • Write a memo to say who is taking what for a picnic
  • Ask/ Say what specific food or drinks your friend/ you would actually prefer for a picnic
  • Talk about food you don't know much about
  • Comment briefly on the taste of food
  • Offer a dish to your friends/ Respond to an offer
  • Talk about someone visiting your office on a business trip and the date of his/her visit
  • Greet a visitor arriving at the airport
  • Check the hotel room and tell your visitor if it is OK
  • Read a business trip schedule
  • Introduce your colleagues to a visitor
  • Ask to use things in the office
  • See a visitor at the airport with some parting phrases
  • Read a message from a colleague in the overseas office when your return home from a business trip

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • ほんやくの仕事を したいです。
  • 週に1回 フラメンコを ならっています。
  • 日本人と 日本語で 話してみます
  • いっしょに 駅に 行きましょうか
  • 私は おすしを 作っていきます
  • 私は おすしを 作ってきました
  • くだものは 何でも 好きです。
  • 飲み物は お茶ジュースとどちらがいいですか。ー私は お茶がいいです。
  • そのおすし、おいしそうですね。
  • それ、べんりそうなナイフですね。
  • あたたかくて、おいしいです。
  • からくなくて、おいしいです。
  • しんせんで、おいしいです。
  • にがてじゃなくて、よかったです。
  • 外国に 行ったことがあります
  • このへやは さむすぎます
  • このへやは しずかすぎます
  • きのうの夜 飲みすぎました
  • このホテルは古いです、きれいです。
  • この会社に入って10年になります
  • ペンを 借りてもいいですか

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2):

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Ask a friend how he/she is feeling/ Answer how you are feeling
  • Listen to /Say how to do some easy exercises
  • Suggest something good for the health
  • Talk briefly about what you usually do to stay healthy
  • Read and answer a simple questionnaire on health
  • Make a simple presentation about the results of a questionnaire
  • Compliment a friend on his/her things
  • Talk about your things, saying when and from whom you got them
  • Talk briefly about the custom of present-giving in your country
  • Discuss what to do for a friend's celebrations
  • Read a congratulatory message for a wedding
  • Write a congratulatory message for a wedding
  • Thank someone for a present you receive

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • ねる前に、おふろに 入ります。
  • ねる前に おふろに入るといいですよ
  • きゅうに くびを まわさないでください
  • けんこうのために ヨガをしたり 走ったりしています
  • 朝ごはんを 食べる人は20人です。
  • 朝ごはんを食べない人は30人です。
  • このかばんは あねにもらったんです。
  • ジョイさんは さとうさん 花を あげます
  • さとうさんは ジョイさんに/ から 花 もらいます。
  • あかちゃんが 着るもの
  • お祝いは パーティが いいと 思います
  • たなかさんは 楽しかったと 言っていました

What textbook do I need for this level?

Marugoto Elementary 1 (A2):

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Upper Intermediate 5A and 5B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Give a self introduction, including some personal information such as the meaning of your name
  • Talk about yourself, giving a few details such as your hobbies, past experiences and so on
  • Give a description of someone's clothes and physical appearance
  • Give your first impression of someone you do not know
  • Say the number of people in your party and where you want to be seated in a restaurant
  • Read a menu written vertically in Japanese
  • Talk about your recommended dish at a restaurant you have taken someone to
  • Say in simple terms what things you cannot eat or drink and why
  • Order a meal, saying what dishes you want and how many of each
  • Tell a friend the appropriate order to do things in when having a meal
  • Say how to eat a particular dish
  • Make a simple presentation about how to eat a particular dish from your country, using notes
  • Ask/tell a friend what a sightseeing spot is like
  • Give advice about a good season, etc. for a trip, based on personal experience
  • Talk about the transportation you used during a trip

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • 一番目の男の子という意味
  • さいたまというところ
  • 先週(私が)買った本
  • あの女の人 かみが長いです
  • かみが長い人
  • あの人は 歌を 歌っています
  • 歌を歌っている人
  • やさしそうです。/上手そうです
  • やさしそうな人
  • この店はおいしいので、よく来ます。
  • 私が好きなのは、ステーキです
  • 野菜なら、このサラダがいいですよ
  • 1つずつ/2本ずつ/3人ずつ
  • 食べてはいけません/だめです
  • 飲んじゃだめです/いけません
  • 飲み物はかんぱいしてから飲みましょう
  • とうふステーキに塩をかけて食べます。何もつけないで食べます。
  • とうふステーキにマヨネーズをつけて食べると、おいしいです。
  • ぼうしを持っていったほうがいいと重います。
  • 9月は行かないほうがいいですよ
  • おきなわに行くとき、ふねで行きました。

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 2 (A2):

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Talk about which tour you are interested in going on at your hotel
  • Comment on a tour you went on
  • Read a questionnaire about a tour
  • Ask your friend to help as a volunteer at an event / Respond to a request for help
  • Ask a question related to instructions you heard at a staff meeting
  • Write down the information necessary to register as a volunteer
  • Ask/Say at reception the time and venue of an event
  • Ask/Say at reception how an event is going
  • Make a simple speech as the MC at an event giving a short greeting and making some requests of the audience, using notes
  • Talk about what you usually do during the New Year's holidays and what you think about it
  • Tell a friend how you spent your New Year's holidays
  • Read a New Year's greeting card
  • Talk about a seasonal event, saying what you do and why
  • Make a simple presentation about an event in your country or town, using notes

I love grammar. Tell me more.

  • おしろの中が 見られます
  • 今日のツアーはおどりも見たし、音楽も聞いたし、楽しめました。
  • パウロさんは 日本語が 話せます
  • 日本語が 話せる人
  • 雨がふったら、ホールでぼんおどりをします。
  • じゅんびは もう終わりましたか。
  • いいえ、まだ 終わっていません
  • ペンは まだ ありますか。/まだ じゅんびをしていますか。
  • ペンは もう ありません。/ペンは もう 全部 お客さんにあげました
  • コンサートが何時に始まるか、知っていますか
  • 休みはメキシコに帰っていました
  • 親に会えて、よかったです。
  • 友だちに会えなくて、ざんねんでした。
  • 今年は 休みが 3日しかありませんでした。
  • 私の休みは3日間だけでした。
  • わかい人が楽しめるように、いろいろなイベントがあります。
  • パーティの時間におくれないようにはやく行きましょう。
  • たなばたのとき、願い事を書いたりして、楽しみます。
  • たなばたのとき、いいことがあるように 願います
  • わるいことがおこらないように かみさまに いのりました

What textbook do I need?

Marugoto Elementary 2 (A2):

  • Katsudo: Coursebook for communicative language activities and
  • Rikai: Coursebook for communicative language competences

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Module A

Who is this for?

This level is for those who have an advanced level of language proficiency. It is divided into two modules which are taught over two terms for 10 weeks each.

What topics does it cover?

  • Talk about what you are going to buy and why
  • Say what you think about online shopping
  • Talk with a friend about what you think of an electrical appliance
  • Compare two products and say what you think about them
  • Ask/ Tell someone in the same tour group if it is his or her/your first time to visit a sightseeing spot
  • Talk briefly about a famous place
  • Read comments written in the visitor comment book at a sightseeing spot
  • Write a comment in the visitor comment book at a sightseeing spot
  • Tell a friend in simple terms what the description of an exhibit in a museum says
  • Talk about the rules in a museum

I love grammar. Tell me more.
This module covers:

  • せんぷう機が 動かなくなりました
  • せんぷう機が 動かなくなってしまいました
  • ネットショッピングは 時間を気にしないで 買い物できます。
  • 電子レンジがとどくまで1週間かかりました。
  • このアイロンは重すぎて、使いにくいです
  • このアイロンは軽くて、使いやすいです
  • AモデルBモデル(と)、どちらが安いです
  • の方が安いです。
  • 京都は いつ来ても、楽しめます。
  • 2人 京都に来ました。
  • 京都8世紀の終わりに てんのうによってつくられました
  • この絵は 日本で一番古いマンガだそうです
  • イベントを知らせるために、カレンダーを作ります。
  • おみやげを買いたい人のために、店があります。
  • 受付にイベントカレンダーがおいてあります

Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Point out a non eco-friendly practice to someone /Respond to this
  • Talk about an eco-friendly activity you engage in
  • Talk about what you do to make the best use of things before disposing of them
  • Talk about something you made by recycling a thing you no longer needed
  • Say what you know about a famous person
  • Say how you came to like a famous person
  • Make a simple presentation about a famous person from your country, using notes
  • Talk about a memory of your childhood/ student days
  • Talk about what motivated you to start something new in your life and how things have changed since then

I love grammar. Tell me more.
This module covers:

  • 会議室の電気が ついたままです
  • 私は自分のはしを使うようにしています
  • 私はわりばしを使わないようにしています
  • 自分のはしは、ごみをへらすのにいいです
  • 服が 着られなくなりました
  • 服が 着られなくなったら、どうしますか。
  • ゆうこさんはネクタイバッグにしました
  • ペットボトル ふくになりました
  • この歌手は2回目の結婚をするそうです
  • この人は画家になってから、フランスに行きました。
  • フランスに行ってから、ずっとお金がありませんでした。
  • 画家は なくなるまで、フランスで絵をかきました。
  • この画家は一番有名かもしれません
  •  母に しかられました
  •  先生に 絵をほめられました
  • 朝 早く 起きるようになりました
  • 夜 テレビを 見なくなりました
  • 病気がよくなって、何でも 食べられるようになりました。
  • しゅうしょくしてから、ともだちに あまり 会えなくなりました

What’s the end goal?

This course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials

Courses

Evening courses

These courses run weekly from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for 10 weeks.

Saturday course

These courses run weekly from 9:30am - 11:30am for 10 weeks.

UNSW Staff and Students (not including students on international student visas) can request a code for a 25% discount by clicking here.

Students who are re-enrolling in Modern Language courses can request a code for a 10% discount by clicking here.

Location

UNSW Institute of Languages

223 ANZAC Parade, 

level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building),

Kensington, NSW 2033

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Questions? We have answers.

Have a read through our FAQs and if you don't find what you need you can always contact us.

  • This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.
  • This is a non-CRICOS registered course. International Student Visa holders are not eligible to enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, including Modern Languages and Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes at this time.

    However, international students who are not on a student visa can enrol in these courses. Temporary Residents who want to enrol in Modern Languages or Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes can do so by contacting [email protected]

  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses
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