Japanese: an introduction for beginners in collaboration with the British Museum

Course Dates: 14/05/21 - 04/06/21
Time: 17:30 - 20:15
Location: Online

This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, provides a foundation in Japanese and applies this learning to British Museum objects related to Japan.

Please note, this course will be taught online and not at the British Museum.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Learn the basics of Japanese and apply them to objects and inscriptions held at the British Museum.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The foundations of Japanese. Details of the content and of the objects will be provided at the start of the course by the tutor.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Use numbers to tell the time, days of the week and time periods
-Exchange greetings
-Give and request personal information (name, number, email)
-Talk about countries and nationalities
-Places to go and things to do in Japan
-Be more familiar with basic Japanese phonetics and characters
-Write and read some characters
-Discussions of various cultural topics inspired by the objects at the British Museum.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable if you are a complete beginner.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classroom activities will follow the traditional approach but will aim at a high level of student interaction with pair and group work using Zoom. Students are expected to participate in the activities and to do homework every week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Resources and handouts will be provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please check with your tutor for a suitable progression course.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Fantastic introduction to the japanese language.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 10/12/2020)
Begin to learn some Hiragana before you start and revise your Japanese history! You will then enjoy the course even more and get a good learning outcome (as we say these days)!
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 10/12/2020)
Best holistic intro into Japan - essential before a visit!!
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 10/12/2020)
Definitely do it
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 10/12/2020)
A balanced, informative and entertaining introduction to Japanese language and culture. Highly recommended!
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 10/12/2020)
They would achieve more than they could possibly expect in four weeks
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 10/12/2020)
This is an enjoyable and immersive introduction to Japanese culture and language.
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Review by Kerrala / (Posted on 10/12/2020)
Tutor Biographies
Noriko Inagaki

Noriko came to London to do sociolinguistics research on linguistic politeness. She has taught Japanese language to adults and university students throughout her research years. After completing her thesis and degree, pondering the next direction, she has realised that she has had more joy teaching Japanese and meeting people who love learning Japanese for a variety of reasons. So she decided to continue to teach Japanese as her main occupation. Noriko also works as a public service interpreter. She is honoured to help people in different circumstances in life by helping their communication. City Lit has recently given Noriko new challenges of teaching some unique courses. One is to teach the basic Japanese and apply them to objects and inscriptions held at the British Museum. The other is to let student encounter numerous onomatopoeic expressions in Japanese.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: LBMJ2

Please choose a course date 

Fri, eve, 14 May - 04 Jun '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? languages@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2644

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