Upper Beginners Japanese
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Jaapani keel A2
Course title in English
Upper Beginners Japanese
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
Margit Juurikas (language of instruction:Estonian)
Course aims
The aim of the course is to give students a basic knowledge in all constituent skills in Japanese language (Chinese characters, writing, reading, speaking, listening, grammar and translation).
Brief description of the course
During the course students will acquire Japanese language skills and basic grammar structures to express their intentions, will, commitment, to make a recommendation, etc. Students learn the grammar of formal and non-formal way of expression, and will learn to use the vocabulary of giving and receiving (yari-tori kotoba). Students will learn basic vocabulary, including counting numerals, names of colours, phrases and expressions used in the classroom, and the vocabulary for describing the weather and his health condition. They learn to describe and justify their actions, and are able to speak about their family, summer vacation, travel plans and on other simple topics. Students learn to read and understand simple texts and short sentences (a diary) and to ask and answer simple questions. As a written task, they write simple and short messages and postcards. Students will learn 105 new Chinese characters and vocabulary related to these characters. Students are expected to actively participate in all language classes and do their daily homework by the deadline.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- knows and is able to use 209 Chinese characters and vocabulary related to these characters;
- is able to understand simple and short phrases and knows how to compose short phrases;
- is able to read and write a short text (memo, postcard, diary);
- is able to translate simple sentences from Estonian into Japanese language;
- is able to understand simple questions about their person and family, and to respond adequately to questions;
- is able to speak about their family, future plans and intentions, and to cope in everyday situations (at shop, restaurant, hospital, classroom, etc.).

Margit Juurikas
The course is a prerequisite