Centre for Continuing Education

Japanese Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This beginner’s course is suitable for those wishing to gain practical ability to communicate in Japanese in various situations in everyday life. No previous knowledge of the language is required.


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

  • exchange greetings in Japanese
  • give a simple self-introduction
  • talk to someone briefly about your family
  • talk about your favourite food/s
  • recognise Japanese characters.


This course covers the following topics:

  • exchanging greetings
  • using basic classroom Japanese
  • talking about countries, languages, and occupations
  • introducing yourself
  • talking about your family
  • talking about your preference of food and drinks
  • talking about what you often eat or drink
  • recognising Japanese characters
  • writing your name and country in Japanese.

Intended audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 (Coursebook for Communicative Language Activities), SANSHUSHA Publishing Co., Ltd. 1st Edition: October 2013
ISBN 978-4-384-05752-2 C0081

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 (Coursebook for Communicative Language Competence), SANSHUSHA Publishing Co., Ltd. 1st Edition: October 2013
ISBN 978-4-384-05753-9 C0081

Based on Chapters 1-5 of the above textbooks. These texts are used for activities and form the basis for consolidation and practice.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook suppliers


Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Books Kinokuniya

Students can receive a 20% discount off the price of the prescribed texts when purchasing them online here and entering the coupon code “marugoto-sydney”.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • The teacher was wonderful and I’m so glad I decided to go ahead with this course. I’ve made some great friends and I can’t wait to see them again in 102!

  • Japanese 101 was an amazing class, very interactive and fun to learn. I’m excited to start 102 and continue my language education journey!

  • This course is a good stepping stone if you want to learn the Japanese language. It was very interesting from start to finish and the teacher gave plenty of encouragement to the students.

  • A very enjoyable course. The teacher was exceptional. Very approachable and encouraging. It has been a very positive beginning to learning Japanese.

  • Our teacher was very fun and so patient – making sure we understood the reasons behind the language and culture as well as the language itself. The energy and enthusiasm from the tutor made it feel like it was very enjoyable to go to class and learn, and this kept us very involved in our learning.

  • An amazing teacher who is very dedicated, indepth and fun. Highly recommended.

  • The Tutor was excellent and knew the subject very well – had a warm engaging manner, and made the whole class fun as well as highly educational. Particularly good at involving every class member, even though we were all at different levels of prior knowledge and aptitude.

  • The intensive option for the beginner course Japanese 101 was brilliant. It fitted in with my personal work commitments and also seemed to fit in perfectly with the other participants' holiday schedules also. The teacher was hands-down the best and made the exercises so encouraging – not only answered everyone’s questions about the language, but also cultural aspects and differences between formal and casual language. A most satisfied student and I look forward to course Japanese 102.

  • Enthusiastic, engaging, entertaining tutor with a professional approach. I would give this course 11/10!

  • Great teacher – full of energy and enthusiasm for the class. I really enjoyed the course.

  • The classes were fun and easy to learn and participate. The teacher was excellent! Gained a lot of knowledge in a very relaxed setting.

  • This course exceeded my expectations. Friendly, experienced, and talented teacher with a real gift for teaching language.

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This is a ‘fast track’ option in which learning is accelerated with meetings twice weekly over four weeks.

What others say.

  • Our tutor was excellent, thoroughly professional and kept the classes lively and informative while tailoring them to the class level. Their knowledge of Japanese idiom and culture was extremely helpful. The best classes I have attended in this subject.
  • A fantastic course. I learnt a lot. A wonderful teacher.
  • Great class. The tutor was very helpful, patient and made it an enjoyable way to learn a new language.
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