Japanese

Learn Japanese at City Lit in London and Online

Japanese is one of the top growing languages at City Lit. Find out why we think there's never been a better time to learn Japanese.

Learn to speak Japanese and join the 128 million people in the world who already speak the language.It is one of the world’s fastest spoken languages, making it one of the more fascinating, yet challenging languages to learn.

Japanese courses at City Lit are the perfect way to start your journey to learn or develop your existing knowledge of the Japanese language. Our courses are based on the communicative approach to learning. Classes will include active interaction, group work, as well as audio-visual techniques to help you grasp the language and improve your technique.

With courses running in the daytime, evenings and weekends in London, we’re sure you’ll find a course to fit around your busy schedule.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our Japanese courses below and enrol today!

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  1. Introduction to Japanese at lunchtime
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to speak Japanese in your lunch break. The emphasis will be on developing your listening and speaking skills as well as reading Hiragana. Suitable for complete beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  2. Japanese for beginners through artefacts of the British Museum
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This seven-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 partly atCity Lit (Keeley street) and at the British Museum on 12/11 and 03/12.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Japanese: the art of onsen
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Japanese hot springs, or "onsen", are an important aspect of Japanese culture. More than just a way to cleanse the body, the onsen experience is about appreciating nature’s seasons, benefitting from natural minerals and feeling part of society. From historical sites to modern day spas, outdoors or indoors, the onsen offer a special way to enjoy Japanese culture. Open to all levels.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  4. Pet Japanese
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and find out about the importance of pets in Japanese culture. An unusual but fun way to learn Japanese accompanied by your own pet!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  5. All about sushi
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and enjoy a taste of Japanese through the topic of food. Learn some useful words and phrases and get your vocal chords working with a new world of pronunciation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  6. Japanese Beginners: module 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to speak Japanese, with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills, as well as reading Hiragana. Suitable for complete beginners.



    Based on Japanese for Busy People 1, Kana version, revised 3rd edition (Kodansha International).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
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  7. Japanese 2 lower: module 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable if you have completed module 1 or equivalent. Further develop your listening and speaking skills in Japanese. Based on Japanese for Busy People 1.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  8. Japanese 4 lower: module 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable if you have studied Japanese for about 5 years or have an equivalent level. Consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the structures of the Japanese language and work on more



    complex grammatical structures and functions. Suitable if you have studied Japanese for about 5 years or have an equivalent level.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Japanese 3 lower: module 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your level of Japanese on this communicative course where you will have the opportunity to develop your oral and listening skills as well as consolidate your reading and writing skills. Suitable if you have completed Japanese 3 lower: module 1 or equivalent.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
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  10. Japanese 2 upper: module 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this course you will learn to communicate more fully and fluently in a wider range of everyday situations and conversations.Suitable if you have completed 2 upper: module 1 or equivalent.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  11. Japanese 3 upper: module 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your level of Japanese on this communicative course where you will have the opportunity to develop your oral and listening skills as well as consolidate your reading and writing skills. Suitable if you have completed 'Japanese '3 upper : module 1' or equivalent.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
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  12. Japanese beginners: module 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable if you have completed beginners: module 1 or equivalent. Continue learning to speak Japanese, with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills, as well as reading Hiragana. Based on Japanese for Busy People 1, Kana version, revised 2nd or 3rd edition (Kodansha International).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  13. Japanese festivals
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Japan is a land of many festivals. Some have religious significance and others celebrate the seasons. You will be introduced to what the Japanese people celebrate and how they go about it! You will make some paper crafts relating to the celebration as well as gaining cultural knowledge.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  14. Japanese calligraphy
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the Japanese writing system and practise writing your own name and a few characters using a brush pen.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  15. Japanese: the wonders of onomatopoeia
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Japanese language is rich in onomatopoeia or sounds associated with words. These are used in daily conversation, manga, anime and literature. In this fun evening session, you will discover a whole world of sounds that will help you depict scenes, atmosphere and feelings more intuitively. A genuine Japanese experience!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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