Japanese Elementary 1

This course is for upper-beginner to intermediate students who have completed the text book, Japanese for Busy People 1 or have about 100 hours of prior learning. We focus on sentence structures, vocabulary building, speaking and listening skills whilst also learning about Japanese culture and customs. The students are required to read Hiragana and Katakana.


  • Japanese for Busy People 2 (Revised 3rd Edition), publisher: Kodansha, Lessons 1-3.


Nine sessions that aim to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in lower intermediate Japanese.


Conversational Japanese and an introduction to cultural practices, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles.

Asking for Advice about a Gift

  • Referring to Indefinite Places, Things, or People
  • Stating and Asking Preference and Soliciting
  • Making Comparisons (1): Expressing the Comparative Degree
  • Making Comparisons (2): Expressing the Superlative Degree
  • Doing Something to See How It Goes

Choosing a Yukata

  • Getting Information or Advice
  • Making Comparisons (3): Singling Out an Item for Comparison
  • Stating Decisions

Searching for a Lost Item

  • Connecting Related Sentences
  • Describing Ongoing Actions or States in Effect
  • Going Somewhere to Do Something
  • Talking about Schedules and Routines


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Further expand the use of basic Japanese in everyday social and business settings.
  2. Further increase the skills, vocabulary and study attitude required for continued study of Japanese.


Abbey's Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 | www.languagebooks.com.au

Please note that textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.


If you are a new WEA Student and enrol into a language class and subsequently find that you are at the wrong level (whether too high or too low), you are permitted to transfer into another more suitable class at no additional cost, provided that the request is made within the first two classes and is in writing from your tutor directly to the Education Manager. After that point, an administration fee of $30 will apply.

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