STEP 2 - Tuesdays 7:30-9pm, from 23rd April

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STEP 2 - Tuesdays 7:30-9pm, from 23rd April


Are you a “not-quite-beginner”?

You’ve come out of the early stages and are ready to learn more. Or perhaps you learned some Japanese before, but are feeling a bit rusty?

In STEP 2, we move out of the beginner stage and into “upper beginner”.

We learn to use different sentence structures to express more complex ideas. This includes talking about likes and dislikes (can you say “hmm, it’s not really for me” in Japanese?), and giving reasons (“sorry, I’m allergic to prawns!”)

In last year’s course, students gave short presentations about their favourite kanji (Chinese characters). We read some short manga comics - and had a go at writing our own (I had a lot of fun reading those). We also played a lot of Japanese board games!

This 30-week course is based on Chapters 13-25 of 'Japanese for Busy People 1'. In April, we’ll start Chapter 22. We don’t spend a lot of time on the textbook in class: it’s mainly for self-study and as a reference guide.

We keep learning katakana, the second basic Japanese script, and start to learn some kanji (Chinese characters) and radicals. 

Click here to view the STEP 2 Course Outline for Spring 2019 (this shows you what we covered in the previous term)

STEP 2 is ideal for you if...
★ You have some experience of studying Japanese at the beginner level
★ You want to gain more speaking practice

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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.