This is a course for complete beginners so you will learn Japanese from scratch. Prior knowledge of the language may be an advantage but it is certainly not essential.
This one year course will enable you to:
- Use the language creatively and imaginatively
- Use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication
- Gain an insight into the culture and civilisation of Japan
The reasons for wanting to study Japanese are many and varied: students may be driven by a love of manga and anime or just want to discover more about the culture that gave us numerous martial arts and Hello Kitty.
Whatever the reason, studying Japanese is certain to fascinate and inspire. Studying Japanese means students are learning a language that is utterly different from English. Students will probably view language learning in a very different way. It means learning to form verbs or using words according not just to the tense but also to politeness. If that sounds difficult, there are many ways in which it is easier to learn than more commonly learnt European languages. There are no grammatical genders and verbs are easier to form. Last but definitely not least, Japanese is really easy to pronounce.