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 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.

The course includes 2 unique cultural experiences which are built in to your language development:

Classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes walk from Holborn underground station in central London. They take place 1 evening per week between 6pm and 8:30pm.

Dates and fees

This course will resume in October 2017. Register your interest to be the first to hear about it.

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