Elementary Japanese
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Jaapani keel B1.1
Course title in English
Elementary Japanese
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
The course aims to provide basic Japanese language skills in all areas (kanji characters and writing, reading, speaking, listening, grammar) in order to complete the beginner's level and be able to go to the intermediate level.
Brief description of the course
During the course, students will learn basic grammatical structures and expressions, such as the use of auxiliaries, modifiers, time-related expressions, as well as the conditional, the passive tense, the causative and the causative-passive form, and Japanese polite forms (keigo). The student will learn 108 new kanji characters and vocabulary related to those. The vocabulary and expressions used in everyday situations, such as in hotels, at the hairdresser's, asking and giving directions, etc., will be acquired in relation to the course topics.
Students are expected to participate actively in language lessons and to complete all homework assignments on time.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- knows 317 Chinese characters and ability to use these characters in context;
- understands and is able to compose longer sentences that use grammar and vocabulary learned in classroom;
- is able to read and write longer texts (a letter);
- is able to translate from Estonian into Japanese and vice versa longer sentences;
- understands simple expressions in polite language (keigo) mode and is able to use polite language correctly according to different conversation partners and in different simple situations;
- is able to talk on simple topics, describe situations and can respond adequately in everyday situations (at hotel, hairdresser, visiting a friend, asking and giving directions).
Akiko Masaki Kadarik
The course is a prerequisite