Japanese Daily Conversation

Japanese Conversation

Japanese Conversation for everyone. Start with basic Japanese for 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 or asking directions? How do you read labels when shopping? How about reading the menu and ordering food at the restaurants? Learning Japanese can be challenging, but with basic speaking skills, experiencing Japan becomes so much fun.

Contents

    • Japanese for beginners – the first step
    • What can I learn in Japanese Conversation course?
    • Best Japanese Courses in Daily Conversation
    • A typical week of Japanese Conversation classes

Japanese for beginners – the first step

Let’s start by learning the structure of the Japanese words. 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, and both are pronounced the same.

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.

For example

To walk in Japanese is A-LU-KU.

  • Hiragana – あるく A-LU-KU
  • Katakana – アルク   A-LU-KU
  • Kanji with Hiragana –  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. For this reason, 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 begin the course in Japan, you will see that the textbooks are written in Hiragana and Katakana.

To be able to read them before starting the course is also essential. There will be an interview or an assessment on the first day of the course. By doing so, the school can allocate each student to an appropriate class. So knowing how to read them will most definitely help you start the course quickly. Do not worry, learning them are as easy as ABC!

Use a table and audio to help you with the pronunciation. Start your Japanese learning today and prep for the conversation course in Japan.

What can I learn in Japanese Conversation course?

The course focuses on speech and listening. Beginners start with greetings, self-introductions, and simple vocabularies and phrases. It is then followed by phrases used in questions in everyday situations.

As you progress, there will be more vocabularies and phrases. Kanji will start coming in too. There are two types of Japanese Conversation taught in class. 

Hyojungo (標準語) is a standard Japanese spoken without dialect. And it is the most common style of speech.

Keigo (敬語) is honorific, a formal style of speech and is used to communicate with an older person or in business. However, in daily conversation, you will be learning simple Keigo. For example, “Domo Arigato Gozaimasu” instead of “Arigato”. It means “thank you very much” instead of “thank you”.

Best Japanese Courses in Daily Conversation

Here, you may choose the Japanese Daily Conversation course on its own or with a combination of activities to make your learning more exciting and fun.

The following are the most selected combination courses.

  • Practical Simulation
  • Modern and Dialect Japanese
  • Manga drawing
  • Japanese cooking
  • Japanese Traditional Culture
  • Pop Culture

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 shops, cafés, museums and any public places. 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.

Modern and Dialect Japanese

These courses are available for those who reached the intermediate level.

Many abbreviated words had been created by Japanese teenagers so that they can tell their stories quickly to friends. For example, “Cho-Kawaii~”. Two words “Cho” the prefix, meaning super and “Kawaii” meaning cute is put together. Another example is “Cho-Oishii~”. It means super delicious. These words are convenient and used in everyday Japanese conversation. Some have become so common and that they are in the Japanese dictionary.

Japanese seem to love creating new words and making it an everyday word. There is an annual Trend phrase award in Japan. These phrases are often created by public figures on TV or dialogue from a TV drama. “Imadesho!” was one of the winning phrases. It means “Now is the time!”, a punchline of a presenter on a TV quiz show. Those phrases become so popular such that even Japanese politicians use them. It sounds rather strange, but it’s true!

In Japan, the most commonly spoken Japanese is Hyojungo. However, many regions in dialects. For example, thank you in Tokyo is “Arigato” but “Okini” in Kansai regions such as Kyoto and Osaka. Those regions also use Hyojungo but with a different accent.

Manga Drawing

Japanese Conversation

Manga is part of Japanese culture, where almost every kid in Japan grew up reading them. It is still loved by adults too. Don’t we all love Manga!

In this course, 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 the character to the layout and all steps to complete a project.

At the end of the Japanese conversation course, you may be reading original Jump in Japanese! Jump is the most popular manga magazine in Japan. It may give you inspiration for your drawing.

Japanese Cooking

Japanese Conversation

You may have tasted the Japanese cuisines, but cooking it is a different story! In this course, learn how to make Stock, Sushi, Bento lunch, Udon and Japanese sweets and more. They are all mouth-watering!

With Japanese Conversation, you can learn to read recipes and cook authentic Japanese cuisines for your friends and family.

Japanese Traditional Culture

This is the most popular combination course in Japanese Daily conversation. You will be able to learn the culture and the history of Japan through activities.

Kimono and Tea Ceremony

Japanese Conversation

Kimono is the traditional Japanese clothing that has been worn over the centuries by both women and men in Japan. Professional kimono dressers will teach you how to dress in Kimono. Followed by Matcha tea served by the master in a Japanese tea room.

It was Rikyu, a Buddhist monk who established the tea ceremony during the Heian period (794-1185). His method is still widely practised in Japan.

Japanese Conversation

Calligraphy is a way of expressing your inner thoughts in one or two words on a piece of paper. Shodo 書道 is an art of Japan.  It is a part of Japanese education where all Japanese learn at schools. Students will practice Kanji on Wa-Shi papers using a brush. It requires total concentration so that you won’t drip ink on all over the Japanese Wa-Shi papers!

Taiko

Japanese Conversation

Taiko is a Japanese drum. It is a huge drum that gives powerful deep sounds. The sounds of Taiko was a sign of the battle which united Samurai. In the current day, Taiko performance can be seen at Japanese festivals. You will use your whole body to play it, such that it can be quite a physical exercise. Feel the power of Taiko!

Zazen

Zazen is a meditation practice that teaches discipline. Buddhist monks practise it to clear the mind from any unnecessary thoughts. It is said to become “MU” in a state of mind. Participate in Zazen and feel refreshed!

Pop Culture

Japanese Conversation

This course includes activities such as Manga Drawing, Character costume dressing-up, Maid Café tour, and more. Experience the new culture that has become so popular in Japan.

Maid café began in Akihabara town in Tokyo, known as a Tech gadget town. It is also the sacred place to visit for Manga and Anime fans.

In this unique combination course, you can dress up in costumes imitating Manga or Anime characters. Don’t be shy, it will be the one time experience you won’t forget!

A typical week of Japanese conversation classes

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
AM Lesson  
PM City tour Traditional/Pop culture Extra lessons, City tour, Japanese theatre Japanese cooking Kanji lesson School trip, local events
After five       Movie night Dinner party, Karaoke  

Note that schedule and activities will differ by school.

Morning 

Lessons are from Monday to Friday. Learn Japanese conversation for a maximum of 4 hours per day with a break in between. Lessons in small class size can give students plenty of opportunities to practice conversation. Also learn how to write Hiragana, Katakana and some basic Kanji.

 

Afternoon

After the intensive classes, relax and have fun in the activities. City tours are must-do activities where you can familiarise yourself with the local area. Because schools are in big cities in Japan, there are tons of places to visit and see.

Choose either Traditional or Pop, whichever you fancy doing for that week.  For those who wish to learn further, free extra lessons are also available during the week.

 

Evening

Weekly movie night and dinner party with Japanese students are fun events to join. You can practice your Japanese with the students who are also keen to learn foreign languages. Teach and learn is a great way to improve your Japanese.  Plus Karaoke nights to learn to sing your favourite J-Pop!

 

Weekends

Excursion trips to famous tourists spots and countryside are the main school events. A trip to the amusement park is also a big event students love to take.  Dip into hot spring Onsen is a must experience!

More Activities

  • Japanese festivals
  • Japanese game night
  • Outdoor barbecue and fishing
  • Japanese dating party
  • Seasonal scenery viewing party

Note that some activities have a small joining fee.

Practice conversation in Japan, find a Japanese Course

For a vacation in Japan, 2 to 12 week short courses are perfect in learning communicative Japanese. Click to find more about the Japanese Language and a course that can fit your plan.

Alternatively, why not take a long-term course to master the language. Spend your time in learning the language in depth.

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