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Survival Languages: Japanese

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Course description

Taking your first steps towards learning a new language? Welcome to our Survival Language courses for beginners. Our Survival Language courses are the perfect starting point when you just know a few words or have no prior experience.

These four-week courses introduce basic grammar, essential frequent vocabulary, and key aspects of pronunciation. They provide a platform to gain basic linguistic skills for everyday life communication. There is an emphasis on speaking and listening for the gist of a short conversation, but you will also acquire relevant cultural information.

Example course structure

Week one: Small talk and introductions

Learn basic greetings and how to introduce yourself and where you are from, as well as how to ask questions when meeting someone. You will also find out about the different Japanese alphabets (hiragana, katakana and kanji) and learn how to write your name in Japanese katakan.

Week two: Japanese food and restaurants

This week we will learn about different Japanese dishes (more than sushi!), and useful phrases to use in a restaurant, such as how to order and describe your food preferences. We will also discuss Japanese culture, including table manners and tipping, and practice using chopsticks correctly.

Week three: Shopping in Japan

We will learn about the shopping experience, gift-giving culture and customer service you can expect to receive. We will also cover numbers/counters and currency to ask about prices.

Week four: Getting around in Japan

This lesson will include simple phrases to use when buying tickets or asking for directions, and we will practice how to navigate on a map. We will also cover vocabulary for the time and time of day.

Course tutors

The course is taught by current Kingston School of Art (KSA) language lecturers.

What to bring

A basic list will be sent to you a week in advance of the course start date. All other materials are provided by Kingston School of Art (KSA).

Booking information

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4066
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