STEP 1 - Tuesdays 6:00-7:15pm, from 23rd April

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STEP 1 - Tuesdays 6:00-7:15pm, from 23rd April


Can you order confidently in a restaurant in Japanese? Ask for help? Introduce yourself and make friends?

Learn to speak and understand simple conversational Japanese on STEP 1, a Japanese course for beginners.

With my support and guidance, you’ll learn the language you need to get around in Japan.

We learn greetings and common phrases, focusing on useful, practical language: asking for help, ordering in a bar (a popular class!) and much, much more.

Last year, students made Japanese New Year cards for friends and family, threw beans at the oni demon at a Setsubun spring festival, learned to type in Japanese, and practiced Japanese calligraphy in a free workshop. And we ate a lot of Japanese snacks…

This 30-week course is based on Chapters 1-12 of 'Japanese for Busy People 1', the best beginner Japanese textbook. In April, we’ll start Chapter 8. Classes are not textbook-focused: it’s mostly there for your reference. We'll also learn hiragana and katakana, the two basic Japanese scripts.

Click here to view the STEP 1 Course Outline for Spring 2019 (this shows you what we covered in the previous term)

STEP 1 is ideal for you if...
★ You have a bit of experience (you’ll be joining students who’ve studied for 20 weeks)
★ You want to learn the basics in a fun, friendly environment

Because you’ll be joining students who have studied for 20 weeks, April start is not suitable for absolute beginners. If you are an absolute beginner, please wait and join a new class in September. Thank you!

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Term Dates 2018-19

  • Autumn Term: Tuesday 2nd Oct to Thursday 13th December 2018

  • Spring Term: Tuesday 15th Jan to Thursday 28th March 2019

  • Summer Term: Tuesday 23rd April to Thursday 4th July 2019

(In each term we take one week off for half term. In 2018-19 there are no classes 30th Oct / 1st Nov, 19th / 21st Feb, or 28th / 30th May.)


Courses are held at the Friends Centre at Brighton Junction, New England Street, Brighton - in beautiful rooms just 2 minutes from Brighton station.

Course fees for April 2019 start

10 weeks - £150


All my 30-week Japanese courses are based on a main textbook. It won’t be boring though, I promise!

In class we learn to speak and understand Japanese, through fun and creative communicative activities. Your textbook is there as a reference for what we’re studying, to provide helpful extra explanations, and (importantly) for you to look things up at home.