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Conversational Japanese

  • Deepen your understanding of Japanese culture and business practices and show goodwill by expressing yourself in Japanese.
  • Gain exposure to a language based on principles very different to those of English and appreciate the role of language in Japanese history and art.

This certificate program will help you learn to express yourself in Japanese, a language spoken by more than 130 million people. You'll learn to exchange information on familiar topics and activities. You'll understand more about the pitch-accent system of Japanese and the written language. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Some material from B1 will also be covered.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Japanese.
  • Build skills in Japanese that will help if you're a traveller, student, business person or have married into a Japanese-speaking family.
  • Be able to exchange simple information on work and other topics.
  • Know how, in a simple situation, to describe family and friends, your work, education and living situation and understand what people say to you.
  • Follow the gist of the news, other media, public announcements and messages.
  • Understand simple advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete four consecutive courses in Japanese within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)


In-class courses are offered when enrolment numbers permit. Some courses or sections may be available only in alternate years or by private instruction.