Daily Japanese Conversation for everyone. Start with the beginners and work your way up to the advanced level in steps. In time, you will be exploring Japan without your mobile translation App!
In Japan, everywhere you go, you will see almost everything is written in Japanese. What would you do when finding places, asking directions, shopping, reading the menus or wanting to make friends? Learning Japanese can be challenging, but once the basic is learned, experiencing Japan becomes so much fun.
The first step in learning Daily Japanese Conversation
Let’s start by learning how the Japanese words are formed. There are three types of text, which are Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.
Hiragana and Katakana are phonetic letterings, and Kanji are simplified Chinese characters. Each Hiragana and Katakana have 50 letters.
Japanese words are made up of Hiragana on its own, or a mixture of Hiragana and Kanji. Katakana is often used when converting English words into Japanese. Hiragana or Katakana words are pronounced as they are written.
To walk in Japanese is A-LU-KU and is written as
Hiragana – あるく A-LU-KU
Katakana – アルク A-LU-KU
Hiragana with Kanji – 歩く ALU-KU
It is A-RU-KU when Romanised, but the actual pronunciation is A-LU-KU. There is no R sound in Japanese. This is the reason why many Japanese find it very hard to pronounce English words with R.
Before going any further, let’s start with Hiragana and Katakana reading. When you start the course in Japan, you will see that the textbooks are written in Hiragana and Katakana. Therefore, all students must be able to read both before starting the course. Do not worry, learning them are as easy as ABC!
Pathway Japan can help you learn hiragana and katakana with clear pronunciation in just 3 online lessons! Free One-Go package includes those lessons. Let’s impress the teachers with your perfect Hiragana and Katakana!
What can I learn in Daily Japanese Conversation course?
The course focuses on daily speech and listening. Beginners start with greetings, self-introductions, vocabularies and phrases to use at the shops and restaurants, and more. Then learn phrases to use in simple questions in everyday situations.
As you progress, there will be more vocabularies and phrases. Kanji will start coming in too. You can also learn to speak in both Hyojungo and Keigo.
Hyojungo (標準語) is casual and commonly used with closer persons, such as family or friends.
Keigo (敬語) is a polite, respectful form of speech and is used to talk with an older person, meeting with a person for the first time or in business.
Plus Practical Simulation
Let’s put your skills to the test, and you will be surprised how much your Japanese has improved!
You will be applying your knowledge and conversation skills gained during the lessons to actual everyday situations.
You can test yourself in situations such as purchasing items in shops, ordering drinks in cafés and buying tickets at museums. The teachers will be with you at the site to guide and teach you.
The contents of practical lessons will become more advanced as the level of students’ conversation skills progress.
Plus Modern Japanese
Many abbreviated words had been created by Japanese high school girls so that they can tell their stories quickly to friends. Japanese seem to love creating new words and making it an everyday word. There is an annual Trend phrase award in Japan. Not only the students but the Japanese politicians use them too. It sounds rather strange, but it’s true!
In addition to Daily Japanese Conversation, you can learn trends, dialects and many more style of words and phrases.
Plus Manga Drawing
Manga is part of Japanese culture, where almost every kid in Japan grew up reading them. Manga is still loved by adults too. Don’t we all love Manga!
In addition to Daily Japanese Conversation, you can learn Manga drawing from a professional manga artist. You will create your own unique characters and put them into your story.
Practice designing characters and the background, drawing running motion, the panel layout and colouring by using the digital software. Then all the steps to complete a project.
Let’s learn Japanese and read Jump, the most popular Manga magazine in Japan. It may give you inspiration for your drawing.
Plus Japanese Cooking
You may have tasted the Japanese cuisines, but cooking it is a different story!
In addition to daily conversation, learn how to make Stock, Sushi, Bento lunch, Udon and Japanese sweets and more. They are all mouth-watering!
Plus Japanese Traditional Culture
In addition to daily conversation, you will be able to learn the culture and the history of Japan through activities.
Activities are Kimono wearing, Matcha tea ceremony, calligraphy, Taiko practice, Zazen meditation and many more.
Kimono and Tea Ceremony
Kimono is the traditional Japanese clothing that has been worn over the centuries by both women and men in Japan. You will be dressed by the professional kimono dressers and served Matcha tea by the master in a Japanese tea room.
The tea ceremony was established by Rikyu during the Heian period (794-1185) and is still widely practised in Japan.
Calligraphy is a way of expressing your inner thoughts in one or two words on a piece of paper. It is an art of Japanese writing. You will prepare charcoal ink yourself and practice Kanji on Wa-Shi papers using a brush. It requires total concentration so that you do not drip ink on all over the Japanese Wa-Shi papers!
Taiko is a Japanese drum. It is a very large drum that gives powerful deep sounds. Taiko was used to unite Samurai before the battle. In the current day, Taiko drum performance can be seen at Japanese festivals. You will be amazed by the power of the sound it gives.
Zazen is a meditation practice that teaches discipline. It is practised by the Buddhist monks and is a way of clearing your mind from any unnecessary thoughts. It is said to become “MU” in a state of mind.
Plus Pop Culture
This course includes activities such as Manga Drawing, Character costume dressing-up, Maid Café tour, and so on.
Maid café began in Akihabara town in Tokyo. Akihabara is known as a Tech gadget concentrated town. It is also the place to visit for Manga and Anime fans. You can meet the Japanese girls dressed in costumes imitating Manga or Anime characters.
In addition to Daily Japanese Conversation, you will experience the modern culture that has become so popular in Japan.