Learn Japanese for Beginners

Did you know that Japanese is one of the most taught Asian languages in Australia? If you have an interest in it’s rich history, or would like to learn some basic conversation skills, then this Japanese beginners course is for you.

SGSCC Beginners Language courses are Entry Level, meaning no prior knowledge is required. These courses are geared to the potential tourist, business person and those wishing to improve communication with friends or family who have non-English speaking background.

This language course is offered across 16 weeks (2 × 8 week terms).

Course Outline:

How to greet people and introduce yourself to a group

  • Addressing adults
  • Greetings in a day
  • Greeting an old friend
  • Meeting someone for the first time
  • Greeting friend’s family
  • Introducing yourself & your friend/colleague
  • The body language when greeting & introducing people
  • Numbers, money, days of the week, food, shopping, directions
  • Other commonly used expressions

Going to Restaurant

  • Going for dining (inviting, planning)
  • Suggesting favourite cuisine (expressing desire)

Ordering Food

  • Meals/food
  • Ordering food & drink
  • Commenting on food
  • Making payment & asking for receipt
  • Going back to hotel

Shopping and Entertainment

  • Asking price at convenience store
  • Duty-free shopping

At the Hotel

  • Need internet
  • Asking for a taxi
  • Asking when & where

Direction & Transportation

  • Asking way
  • In subway
  • Going to the osaka castle

Getting Help

  • Asking for a doctor/ambulance
  • Looking for a police station
  • Other commonly used expressions

Office & Business

  • Asking for a drink in office
  • Asking favour in office
  • When something is offered in office
  • Presenting a sample (making comparisons)
  • Presenting a report/investigation (stating reasons)
  • Finishing up a presentation

General phrases & grammar techniques as a strong basis for further learning

  • Sentence structure, tense, particles, verbs, adjectives etc

A basic understanding of Japanese culture and lifestyle

  • Festival, seasons, holidays, sightseeing etc


  • You will need to purchase Getting started in Japanese ISBN 978-1-444-17474-8 beginners book
  • Pen and paper

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.