STEP 4 - Thursdays 7:30-9pm, from 25th April


STEP 4 - Thursdays 7:30-9pm, from 25th April


One of the tricky things about the intermediate level in Japanese is: “how polite should I be?”

If you speak too casually with people you don’t know well, you risk offending people. But if you’re too formal with someone, you can create distance between the two of you!

These kind of questions are where language and culture meet. In order to understand Japanese language, we need to know its culture.

On STEP 4, you’ll move from lower-intermediate towards the intermediate level.

You’ll learn to say that things are possible (or not possible), that something might happen (or might not), and to make decisions (or politely defer making a decision!)

We’ll also learn about more Japanese festivals, workplace culture, share techniques for learning kanji (Chinese characters)… and maybe some sake tasting?

In FREE TALK time, you’ll practice chatting in Japanese, helping each other out and learning from each other.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to read and write 160 kanji.

This course covers the vocabulary, kanji and grammar from the second half of the textbook ‘Japanese for Busy People 2’. In April, we’ll start Chapter 12. 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 4 Course Outline for Spring 2019 (this shows you what we covered in the previous term)

STEP 4 is ideal for you if...
★ You need speaking practice at a higher level
★ You can already read hiragana, katakana, and around 50 kanji

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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.