Beginners Japanese for Adults Course Outline

The Open-Group Beginner Japanese for Adults Course is the ideal way to study this fascinating language online with other eager students from around the world. Learn under the guidance of an expert, native teacher and help each other improve while mastering simple grammar, words, and expressions. Then, as your conversational skills improve, study and practice every day topics, from informal questions to professional greetings, so you can start to enjoy Japanese media, resources, and speakers outside of your lessons.

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Number of lessons:


Duration of the course:

15 hours

Lesson length:

1.5 hours


Easy Japanese Yasashii Nihongo
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Lesson 1

You will learn Japanese sounds and the alphabet; greetings; useful expressions: to say thank you/sorry; numbers 1-9; how to introduce yourself and another person; the names of countries, languages, and people

Lesson 2

You will learn to say your profession; numbers 11-19; to ask somebody what they do for a living; A is B (A wa B desu) sentence pattern; to ask what is this/that

Lesson 3

You will learn the numbers 20-99; how to ask somebody’s age and how to say your age; to ask where something is; to tell the location of an item or a person (koko, soko, asoko)

Lesson 4

You will learn useful expressions; about the Japanese currency; how to ask how much something costs; numbers 100-900; to form yes/no questions; the negative form of desu; how to express your preferences

Lesson 5

You will learn to talk about future events; large numbers; noun modifiers and the particle no; verb groups and conjugation; the present and future tense of verbs

Lesson 6

You will learn to ask and give your phone number; time expressions: today, tomorrow, yesterday, etc.; how to form verb sentences; to describe your daily routine

Lesson 7

You will learn how to ask for something at a store; the counting system and counters; to describe what/who is there; to ask what someone has

Lesson 8

You will learn to ask someone to do something; demonstrative adjectives: this one, that one, that one over there (kono-, sono-, ano-); the te-form of verbs

Lesson 9

You will learn to say how often you do something; more about the te-form of verbs; how to ask for and tell the time; adverbs of frequency

Lesson 10

You will learn the past tense of verbs; to say someone is in a certain location; to speak about your family members and pets

* You do not need to buy a textbook to complete your course. Your teacher will share their materials (excerpts from textbooks, audio files, videos, etc.) with you during the classes using screenshare. Your teacher may also recommend other textbooks and grammar books to help supplement or continue your studies, but Language Trainers bears no responsibility for your decision to make such a purchase.

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Our Japanese Teachers


Naho has been teaching Japanese to language students of all levels for almost 20 years.Sheis excited to bring her knowledge and experience to Language Trainers Connect.Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Naho moved to Ottawa, Canada, in 2000, after earning her bachelor’s degree. She obtained a Japanese language teaching certification, thengraduated with a master's in Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.Since 2002, Naho has been teaching courses at universities throughout Canada and Japan. As a result, sheexcels at teaching groups of all sizesandhas taught Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and multi-level courses. Also,Naho's expert knowledge has enabled her to teach specific-purpose classes. For example, her "Reading & Writing Japanese" and "Applied Translation Theory" courses, which she taught at the University of Toronto.Her academic experience makes her a specialist at managing the needs of both the group and individual students.She designs lessons that keep to the syllabus,while encouraging student engagement, withresources that range from textbook exercises to online, interactive tools.Like all great teachers, Naho has continued to study languages throughout her career. She speaks English to an advanced level and a little French, as well. She has a keen interest in gardening, walking, and reading,andshe loves to discuss these topics with her students, teaching them the appropriate Japanese vocabulary in real time. Similarly, she encourageslearners to share their own interests with the class.So,you can expect to dedicate some of your online lessontime toconversing(in Japanese) on topics that you are passionate about, while getting to know your international classmates better

Please note that Language Trainers has many highly qualified and experienced native language trainers who teach courses for us. Your specific teacher may be one of those profiled here on this page or may be a different, similarly qualified teacher.