Japanese Programmes for September - December 2017

Course duration: 10 weeks, 1 hour per week. Supplementary writing and speaking classes available at a reduced rate for students enrolled on our Japanese courses (see below)

Course fee: £140 (Beginners), £160 (Post-Beginners), £360 (Intermediate; 20 hrs), payable online via Paypal or online bank transfer (includes online language support, £40 members discount when re-enrolling for future classes, and access to members only events, including a haiku poetry workshop).

As of August 2017, students have the choice of loaning the course textbook and CD for £5 per term of classes while studying with us or purchasing the course textbook and CD new at the start of term for £16 (for details on returns see our terms & conditions).

Beginners course times & dates

Beginners 1.1 (Group 1): Wednesday 20th September 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Beginners 1.1 (Group 2): Thursday 21st September 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Beginners 1.1 (Group 3): Wednesday 27th September 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Beginners 1.1 (Group 4): Wednesday 27th September 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Beginners 1.1 (Group 5): Monday 2nd October 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Beginners 1.2: Thursday 21st September 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Beginners 1.3: Wednesday 20th September 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Edinburgh Language Centre, 62 - 66 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

Post-beginners & Intermediate course times & dates

Post-beginners 2.1: Thursday 28th September 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Intermediate 3.1: Friday 29th September 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Clear Water Academy 一清社, 2 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AB

Advanced classes available privately upon request

Supplementary speaking and writing classes
(Only for students enrolled on our Japanese programme)

Beginners 1.1: Tuesday 26th September 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Beginners 1.2 & 1.3: Tuesday 26th September 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Post-Beginners 2.1: Monday 25th September 7:45pm - 8:45pm

Location: Edinburgh Language Centre, 62 - 66 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

Course Descriptions

Our Japanese classes are offered in blocks of ten weeks for flexibility and affordability and are offered on a rolling basis. Classes are designed to be small for the greatest interaction between the student our instructors, who are native speakers and experienced in teaching all age groups. Students will receive a welcome pack at the start of the course, be provided with the course textbook included in the course fee and enjoy school members benefits: access to our online language support system for help about homework or tough subjects covered in class, £40 Academy Member's discount on all our courses from Mandarin to Tai Chi, and members-only events including a haiku poetry workshop. Reviews by our students are featured below.

Beginners 1.1

Our Beginners 1.1 course is for anyone who wishes to start Japanese without previous knowledge. In the weekly hour session, our teacher will guide you through your first steps in speaking, listening, reading and writing Japanese. With communication practice and an introduction to Japanese culture, learners will receive a holistic understanding of the Japanese language. By the end of the beginners 1.1 course learners will be able to construct basic statements and questions, offering simple greetings, introduce themselves and share their interests. Learners will be able to recognise Hiragana and Katakana with basic grammatical structures.

Beginners 1.2

This course is for continuing students in our beginners programme, and builds upon what has been covered in Beginners 1.1 in all areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will continue to develop their understanding of basic grammatical structures and Hiragana and Katakana scripts. Students will cover: describing the weather, number and time, ordering food and drink, giving simple expressions of likes and dislikes, and describing relationships of friends and family. 

Beginners 1.3

This course continues with everyday conversation and topics such as describing features and characteristics of objects and people, expressing thoughts about experiences, and giving reasons. At the end of the course, students should be able to read and understand basic expressions and sentences written in hiragana, katakana and kanji, to listen and comprehend conversations about topics regularly encountered in daily life and classroom situations, and be able to pick up necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly. Students will be at JLPT N5 level upon completion of the course.

Beginners 2.1

Our Level 2 post-beginners course is designed for students who have received a substantial introduction to Japanese and are ready to take the first steps in becoming proficient. During the course, you will learn how to describe present and past activities and interests such as buying gifts, planning a trip, and booking a room at a hotel. By the end of the course, you should be able to read and understand simple passages on familiar, daily topics and, by identifying their main points and themes, be able to understand short conversations about daily life.

During session 2.1 you will learn how to make comparisons between different options, state and ask about the preferences of other people, describe the characteristics of a certain item, person, and place, and learn 50 new kanji. By the end of the session, you will be able to (1) express comparisons (~の ほうが ~より ~です;~で~が いちばん ~です), frequency (~に~回), and explanations (~んです), (2) express that you are ‘doing something to see how it goes’ (~てみます) and are ‘going somewhere to do something and then coming back’ (~てきます), (3) refer to indeterminate places, things or people (どこか、なにか、だれか), (4) connect related sentences with で and くて to state ongoing effects or states in effect (~ています), and (5) talk about past experiences (~た ことが あります).

Intermediate 3.1

During this course, students will learn how to state substantive opinions, explain procedures, ask about something one doesn’t understand, talk about changes in everyday life, state impressions, and learn 40 new kanji. By the end of the session, students will be able to express suppositions (でしょう、だろう), impressions (よう、みたい、そう), certainty (はず), purposes (ように), decisions (ことになる、こどにする), beliefs or expectations (らしい), ideas that run contrary to expectation (のに), and causes or reasons for situations or outcomes (ために); to describe actions done or to be done in preparation (ておく), changes (よになる、ていく), and simultaneous actions (ながら). 


Student Reviews (Facebook Page)

'Taking Japanese classes with Clear Water has been the highlight of my week.  Have been going for 6 months now and I am amazed at how much we have managed to learn already, thanks to our amazing and very friendly teacher!!  All staff have been very kind and accommodating. Very much looking forward to my third term after summer.'
- Ruth Eva Brain

'I can highly recommend the Japanese lessons for beginners. Great tutoring and a well paced course full of content.'
- Jordan Marshall

'I am learning so much in the Japanese language classes. Noriko sensei's classes are fun and engaging!'
- Martin Livingstone

'Love the 1.2 Japanese course so far! The tutors are incredibly helpful and understanding. Hope to attend for many classes to come!'
- Nikki McDonald



Enjoy first-class tuition with online support outside of class, Academy Member's discount on all courses and access to Members only events.

Japanese (September - November)
Supplementary Japanese Speaking & Writing
New Course Textbook & CD