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Taster Course (A1)

Would you like to communicate with Japanese people by saying more than just “arigatoo” (“thank you”)?

This is a practical course, designed for absolute beginners, where you will develop basic speaking and listening skills in Japanese. Additionally, you will discuss Japanese culture and share your experiences based on the class topics (Greetings, Food, Towns and Shopping) to deepen your knowledge of Japan.

Once you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Exchange basic greetings
  • Give a simple self-introduction
  • Order food and drinks
  • Ask for directions while looking at a mapNot included in Term 2 Course.
  • Ask questions while shopping etc.


  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be held online for term 2.
  • The first will be a 40 minute orientation session, including warm-up pronunciation practice.
  • Japanese scripts (hiragana and katakana) are introduced for the purpose of pronunciation but are not taught in this course. This is also a suitable warm-up course for those considering learning Japanese in the long-term.

If you are interested in previewing the content covered in our classes, please visit the Marugoto Plus website:

Course Details

Course fee


This cost is all inclusive, and includes the cost of the textbook.

Term 2 schedule 

Thursdays | May 7 – July 2, 2020
Taught by Yunjing Zheng

Saturdays | May 9 – July 4, 2020
Taught by Yunjing Zheng

This class consists of 9 lessons held once a week. Classes will be held online via video conference.



$15 (One volume)

The textbook fee is included in the course fee bundle for this course.

Students will receive their textbook via post.

まるごと, 日本のことばと文化. 入門. A1, かつどう

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language activities
The Japan Foundation
Published by Sanshusha
ISBN: 978-4-384-05752-2

Marugoto, Japanese language and culture. Starter A1, Coursebook for communicative language competences

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