UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Japanese Level 3

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of level 2+.

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students to communicate in a wide range of daily situations and understand Japanese in many practical issues. Students will be given more sophisticated written texts after their abilities of reading and writing are further developed. Cultural awareness and knowledge of Japanese life style will be further developed during the course.


  • Explaining causes, reasons and motivations
  • Asking for some advice
  • Expressing person’s ability to do something
  • Describing a state and appearance
  • Explaining what one is planning to do
  • Making suggestions or giving advice
  • Expressing inference

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Signs
  • Japanese rubbish collection system
  • Asking for a favour
  • Having lost a bag on a train
  • Talking about your room
  • Talking about your hopes, wants dream
  • Horoscope
  • Consulting a doctor

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Irregular rules of the pronunciation of Spoken Japanese.


  • …んです
  • …していただけませんか
  • The potential forms
  • The potential verbs 「見える」&「聞こえる」
  • …し、…し
  • …(し)ながら、…
  • Intransitive verbs
  • …ている、 …てある 、…ておく
  • The volitional forms
  • The Imperative & Prohibitive forms
  • 漢字(かんじ)

Learning resources


  • Course book: Minna no Nihongo (shokyu 2) (Lesson 26 – Lesson 33)  published by 3A Corporation
  • Other material: Minna no Nihongo 2 Translation & Grammatical Notes (Lesson 26 – Lesson 33)  published by 3A Corporation
  • Kihon kanji 500 Vol. 1  published by Bonjinsha Co.,Ltd

Useful websites

In addition there is a wide range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.