Japanese, Arts and Culture

Image of hello in Japanese
Nikolai Garcia

Evening language course at the UAL Language Centre in London. Learn to speak Japanese for beginners and explore the Japanese arts and culture.

During this 8-week course you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation and where relevant, on written communication.

Over the course of the programme, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, whilst improving your ability to interact in the language.

As part of our collaboration with the British Museum, you will attend a special lecture entitled Languages, art and politics in South Africa which will use South Africa as an example to highlight the importance of art and language in the development of society and its impact on politics. The lecture will be followed by admission to the South Africa: the art of a nation exhibition.

To complement the topic taught in week two (Cuisine and Culture) you are also invited to the International Food Festival, arranged in collaboration with the University’s Social Programme. The event will happen once per term in addition to your lessons and is a great opportunity for you to socialise with classmates and other students at the Language Centre. 

Classes take place at our High Holborn building, three minutes walk from Holborn underground station in central London. They take place one evening per week between 6pm and 8:30pm. 

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In partnership with
The British Museum

Dates and Fees

Fee: £225

Japanese BeginnerWednesdays1 February - 22 March 20176pm - 8:30pm

International Food Festival: Thursday 2 February 2017, from 7pm onwards.

British Museum Exhibition: Friday 10 February 2017, from 5pm - 7:30pm.

April 2017 start dates:
Starts week commencing 18 April 2017
Ends week commencing 9 June 2017

Beginner course overview

Over the 8 weeks of the Japanese Beginner course, you will be introduced to asking and answering simple questions on familiar topics as well as functional language and vocabulary related to food, the city, travelling, professions, leisure and your home.

You will work towards improving your interactional, listening and speaking skills, be introduced to the Japanese writing system, practise writing with a brush pen, be trained in recognising familiar words and phrases concerning you, your family, and your immediate surroundings, all in the context of the topics outlined above.

There is a focus of the programme on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using language for functional and practical purposes.



Beginner course details

LessonLanguage ContentArts & Culture Content

Japanese writing system
Numbers 0 -100
Introducing yourself (Nationalities, occupations, telephone numbers etc.)

Write own name with a brush pen

Cuisine and Culture

Food and drink vocabulary
Numbers 100 – 100000
Order in the restaurant (using Counters tsu/nin)

Japanese dining etiquette

Art and Politics

Vocabulary for arts
Likes/dislikes – favourite artist
Describe what you do as an artist

Japanese artists quiz

Urban Spaces

Place vocabulary
Daily routine verbs
Describe what you do or did with your friends and family

Japanese society structure
Movement and Time

Describe where you go/went
Transport vocabulary
Telling time

Japanese travel information


Arranging to meet with your friends and do something together
Describe your feelings (adjectives)

Japanese modern architectures

Fashion and Society

Fashion vocabulary
Colours vocabulary
Describe what you want

Japanese fashion designers

Design and Architecture

Ask where it is

Japanese traditional buildings and interiors