STEP 3 - Thursdays 6:00-7:15pm, from 25th April


STEP 3 - Thursdays 6:00-7:15pm, from 25th April


Do you struggle to keep the conversation in Japanese? Perhaps you understand more than you can say, and find that frustrating?

On STEP 3, you’ll gain lots of speaking and listening practice. You’ll be talking about your experiences (and asking about other people’s); your hobbies and interests; your hopes and dreams. いいね!

With regular FREE TALK sessions, we practice keeping the conversation in Japanese and learn techniques for communicating when you get stuck or don’t know a word.

We also learn new kanji (Chinese characters) every week.

Last year’s STEP 3 students had a fantastic time teaching themselves the bon odori, a Japanese summer festival dance. We learned to type in Japanese and put our skills to the test with a series of challenges including a google treasure hunt. And we ate a lot of Japanese kit-kats.

This course covers the vocabulary, kanji and grammar from the first half of the textbook ‘Japanese for Busy People 2’. In April, we’ll start Chapter 6. All classes are focused on communication skills - gaining speaking and listening skills to help you speak Japanese in real life.

Click here to view the STEP 3 Course Outline for Spring 2019 (this shows you what we covered in the previous term)

STEP 3 is ideal for you if...
★ You can read hiragana and katakana
★ You're comfortable with beginner material (e.g. have completed a beginner textbook such as 'Japanese for Busy People 1') and ready to take the next step!

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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 January 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.