What will I learn?

  • Speaking, listening, reading, writing skills
  • Key vocabulary & grammar
  • Confidence for conversations
Get to really know and understand the fascinating cultures that make up modern Japan – and trace their historic roots – by learning to speak Japanese in London. Whether you are studying for business or pleasure, our fun and practical Japanese lessons in London will turn you into a confident Japanese speaker.

Japan remains an economic powerhouse and learning to speak Japanese gives you a distinct career advantage – but this is far from the only reason to learn to speak it. The many fascinating faces of Japan can be better appreciated by those speaking the language – from imperial history, tea ceremonies, geishas and samurai right up to its modern neon cities, anime comics, electronics know-how and contemporary fashion.

In small groups led by native teachers, you will have the chance to quickly gain conversation practice and learn the finer points of Japanese grammar and writing. Before you know it you will be able to chat confidently over the din of pachinko machines in Tokyo or over the phone to Japanese business partners!

Course basics

  • 10 Japanese classes
  • Once a week
  • 2-hour class
  • Evening or Saturday morning
  • Group size; 14 max
  • Qualified native teacher
  • Location; Central London

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What will I learn?

Courses are designed to follow the Council of Europe syllabus. This is essentially a list of different things you should be able to do in the language, and by looking at the table below you can get an idea of how long it might take you.

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The focus in all languages we teach is to get you using the language. If you would like to see what level you are try our online test and please get in touch if you have any questions; we can also assess your level on the phone. Except for Beginner's courses you can take a trial lesson with no obligation.

Council of Europe Level Group level at UIC Length of course Summary of what will be covered in the course
A1 Beginner 20 hours Greetings and introductions, Asking and giving personal information, The time, Shopping: basic concepts, Ordering at a restaurant, Understanding some practical culture differences, Introduction to Japanese writing system, Hiragana characters, Japanese pronunciation, Word order, The ko/so/a/do system of demonstrative words.
Beginner Plus 20 hours Describing daily routines, Making plans for the weekend, Understanding contemporary Japanese culture, Inviting somebody to do something, Giving and receiving a present, Katakana characters, Time expressions, Particles: ni/de/to, Verbs with particle “o” and “ni”.
Elementary A 20 hours Visiting a Japanese home (receiving hospitality/giving complements), Talking about a trip, Talking about someone’s likes, skills and interests, Objects in the house and the classroom, Sports, Colours, Music, Films, 30 kanji characters, Verb: arimasu/imasu, Counters, Adjectives.
Elementary B 20 hours Making comparisons, Talking about preferences, Giving directions, Describing countries, Public places, Food, 30 kanji characters, Verb Te-Form + kudasai, Verb Te-Form + imasu, Verb Te-Form + mo iidesu, Verb Te-Form + ha ikemasen.
Elementary C 20 hours Describing people, Talking about health problems and describing symptoms, Parts of the body, Invitations, Animals, 30 kanji characters, Verb Te-Form, Adjectives and Nouns, Particle: ha, Verb Nai-Form + naide kudasai, Verb Nai-Form + nakereba narimasen, Verb Nai-Form + nakautemo iidesu.
A2 Pre Intermediate 20 hours Talking about past experiences, Describing changes in a state or condition, Traditional Japanese culture, Clothes and accessories, Nature, Urban life, 30 kanji characters, Verb: narimasu, omoimasu, iimasu etc., Adverbial forms of Adjectives.
Low Intermediate A 20 hours Describing people’s character, likes and experiences, Describing childhood experiences, Asking and giving instructions, Talking about future plans and wishes, Japanese culture: exchanging gifts, The education system in Japan, Biographies, 30 kanji characters, Verb: kuremasu, verb Ta-form with “ra”.
Low Intermediate B 20 hours Asking for and offering explanations, Expressing curiosity, Giving advice, Making compliments, Describing habits in the past and present, Renting a flat/house, Local shops, Nature, urban life, Character and personality, 30 kanji characters, Verb Potential form, Verb Te-form, Particle: wa.
B1 Intermediate B 20 hours For more details about higher levels please contact us.
UIC Languages, London W1W7SA

School’s location

UIC London is extremely popular with students looking to study languages, as it boasts an ideal location, close to the much visited Oxford Circus, and Regents Park. UIC is easy to reach, and well linked through many underground stations, and other transport links. At this enviable postcode (W1W 7SA) students really are in the heart of everything London has to offer, including the legendary Oxford Circus. To find out more, contact us on +44 020 7079 3334.

Our school

“I decided to start to learn Japanese as a new challenge. Just wanted to try level 1 and have a basic overview, but the teacher has made me love it! I really like the lessons, materials used and content. All the lessons are very entertaining and I feel I've learnt a lot and won't get lost in Japan!”
Japanese Beginner course