Learn Japanese for Beginners

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Learn to speak Japanese with our Japanse language courses in Sydney.

Japanese can be a relatively easy spoken language to learn. The words have no gender, there are no tones that change the meaning of words, and pronunciation emphasises every syllable.

So, once you get your head around sentence structure, you’ll be speaking away. But of course, there are also the characters to learn.

This course will teach you how to communicate in Japanese with simple vocabulary and basic sentences. You will learn that words can have different stresses to create the meaning of the sentence and also begin to learn the more common characters of the written language.

Looking for something a little harder? Check out our level 2, continuers, and level 3 courses.

Please note that we currently offer two types of courses – class room and live online via zoom platform!


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

  • greet people and introduce yourself and others
  • ask and answer simple questions, using a name, nationality, occupation, etc.
  • say the words for time, days of the week, months, and birthdays
  • say the numbers, including phone numbers, money, age, etc.
  • ask and understand the answer for simple directions to a place
  • ask for things when shopping, such as cost, colours, quantities, size
  • book accommodation and make simple travel arrangements
  • speak about your daily routines, family and friends, personal belongings, etc.
  • order food and drinks at a bar or restaurant
  • understand Japanese culture, geography and customs
  • identify and pronounce the characters of the Hiragana alphabet.

Ideal for

  • This course is designed for beginners with no previous learning in Japanese.

Course content


  • Greetings and introducing oneself
  • Japanese culture and customs
  • Daily routines
  • Personal information
  • Locations and directions
  • Ask and respond to simple questions
  • Numbers and alphabet
  • Shopping, travel and accommodation
  • Family and friends


  • Simple sentence structure
  • Identify and pronounce the characters of the Hiragana alphabet


Please purchase the course textbook, which is used for beginners, level 2, and level 3 courses.

Japanese for Busy People Book 1 (Romanized Version)
ISBN: 978-1-56836-384-4

You can purchase the textbook from Abbeys Bookstore (131 York Street, Sydney). It is close to the CBD campus.

We recommend purchasing your textbook after your course has been confirmed (usually within three working days of the proposed start). The textbook is not included in the enrolment fee. If you would like to inquire about the current price, please call Abbeys Bookstore on: (02) 9264 3111

Please bring

  • Textbook
  • Notebook and pen

Other Information

  • Enrol now in our beginners and level 2 courses, and save 10%. Use our promotion code ‘GROUP10’ at the checkout. Please visit our discounts page for more information.

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: I absolutely loved this course. I learned so much more than I expected to learn in such a short timeframe. Chie was a wonderful teacher - generous, engaging and encouraging.Thank you so much, Chie and SCC!

  • said: 5 Stars

  • said: Student gavce 4.9 Stars

  • said: Chie is a great teacher. She made learning enjoyable and fun, using humour to break any nerves or frustration at getting things wrong.

  • said: The open and encouraging learning environment the teacher fostered.

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