UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Japanese Level 5

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of level 4+

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 a wide range of topics to discuss in the classroom. A large volume of written texts after their abilities of reading and writing are used during lessons.  Cultural awareness and knowledge of Japanese life style will be further developed during the course.


  • Accepting or refusing an invitation
  • Describing a person or thing with details
  • Giving requirements
  • Responding to some misunderstanding
  • Providing or receiving a proposal
  • Giving apologies after receiving a complaint   

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Saving
  • Protecting the earth
  • Ideal partner
  • Emergency situations
  • Discipline
  • How to make a formal telephone call
  • How to write a formal letter

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Sophisticated rules of the pronunciation of Spoken Japanese.


  • ~なくてはならない/いけない、~なくてもかまわない
  • ~なくちゃ/~なきゃ(いけない)
  • …だけだ・(ただ)… だけでいい
  • …かな (sentence-final particle)
  • ~あいだ、~あいだに、…..
  • ~まで、…・~までに、…..
  • ~た~ (noun modifier)
  • ~によって…
  • お~ますです
  • ~てもかまわない
  • …ほど~ない、…ほどではない (comparison)
  • …はずだ
  • …はずが / はない
  • …はずだった
  • ~てくる・~ていく (change)
  • ~たら(どう)?
  • …より   … ほうが… (comparison)
  • ~らしい (reported speech / conjecture)
  • …もの/もんだから
  • ~(ら)れる(indirect passive: Transitive verbs)
  • ~たり~たり
  • ~っぱなし
  • …おかげで、…・ …おかげだ
  • 漢字(かんじ)

Learning resources


  • Course book: Minna no Nihongo (Chukyu:Intermediate Level 1) (Lesson 7 – Lesson 12)  published by 3A Corporation
  • Other material: Minna no Nihongo Translation & Grammatical Notes (Chukyu:Intermediate Level 1) (Lesson 7 – Lesson 12)  published by 3A Corporation
  • Intermediate Kanji Book (Kanji 1000 plus) 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.