Japanese beginners 1+2

Japans - Language & Training Centre (2017)


In this course you will learn the basics of the Japanese language, on speaking and listening skills in an everyday context and the use of popular and commonly…

Key Facts & Figures

Start date
Thursday 16 Feb 2023
20 weeks
Instruction language
Mode of instruction

Start dates

Thursdays16 Februari - 29 June 202317.30 - 20.00Campus

Please note: No class on 27 April and 18 May, these lessons will take place on a different day that week in consultation with the teacher.

Exam in week 27 

  • Thursday 16 Feb 2023

The Japanese for beginners 1 + 2 course is a double level course: two course levels will have been covered by the end of this course. A great advantage is that you can automatically flow from beginners 1 to beginners 2 without having to take an exam in between the two levels. This course consists of twenty weekly sessions of 2,5 hours each. The final exam takes place after the course on a predetermined date.

What will you learn?

During this course you will learn the basics of the Japanese language, with emphasis on listening skills and oral communication skills in an everyday context . We will follow the course book 'Marugoto'. Topics that are covered include:

  • Introducing yourself and talking about your preferences
  • Ordering food, shopping
  • Reading time and calendar, and making an appointment
  • Giving directions, explaining what you have done

Technically you will learn:

  • Japanese characters (46 hiragana, 46 katakana and approx. 60 kanji's) and basic grammar
  • Vocabulary and idiomatic expressions
  • Oral communication skills as well as reading and writing in Japanese;
  • Japanese culture and interpersonal skills

During the lessons you are requested to actively participate in conversation and oral tasks. “Marugoto” method comes with free audio and visual materials on the Internet, which will help you develop listening and speaking skills. The amount of grammar handled in the book will be minimal. You will also learn how to write short texts.

In order to fully benefit from the lessons, you are asked to learn vocabulary in advance and do homework every week. Please be aware that these are not passive lessons during which you simply listen to lectures, read texts and translate sentences. If you would like to know more about “Marugoto” method, please visit their website to check out the course material and contents.

By the end of the course, you will be able to communicate in common and everyday situations. The final level of the course is beginners 2, similar to the A1.2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Good to know

  • The Language & Training Centre offers Japanese courses once a year in January/February-June.
  • This course is available for participants with an academic background (hbo/university).
  • English is the language of support during classes. However, the language of instruction is Japanese and will be commonly used;
  • The course material costs approximately € 50, - and is not included in the course fee. You will receive a confirmation letter with further details when the course starts;
  • Course participants are expected to spend approximately three hours a week on course preparation and self-study;
  • Our groups are small: the minimum number of participants is 12, the maximum is 16. Please note that the LTC reserves the right to cancel this course if the required minimum number of participants is not reached. Whenever a course is canceled due to few registrations you will be informed and your fee will be refunded.
  • Attendance is not compulsory, but advisable. Please note that the last class consists of an oral test and a listening test. To pass the course, you should be present on that particular day.
  • A final written exam is part of this course. Dyslectic students can get extra time to complete the written test. To arrange this, you need to contact the LTC via email. You will also have to send a copy of your official statement of special needs.
  • A certificate is awarded to participants who achieve a total score of 5.5 or higher.
  • Read our requirements and general terms and conditions carefully before registering.


Email: ltc@eur.nl
Phone: 010 4081997
Website: Language & Training Centre

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Rate 1: Students & employees: € 489,-
Rate 2: Others: € 689,-

Which rate is applicable to you? Read on.

Not applicable
Start date
Thursday 16 Feb 2023
Application deadline

5 February 2023

20 weeks
Offered by
Language & Training Centre
Language and Culture
Course type
Instruction language
Mode of instruction



You have to apply and pay for the Japanese course beginners 1+2 via our web shop. 

Only if the course will be paid for by your employer and the payment needs be done via invoice, we ask you to contact us upfront via email to make the necessary arrangements. Explanation about the payment procedure for EUR staff can be found here. If it's not possible for you to join this period, please click on this link to get an email about dates for the next period.

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