SELECT A JAPANESE COURSE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

About Japanese

Japanese is spoken by 126 million people both in Japan and around the world, especially in North and South America. It is the second language of older Chinese and Korean people who either live in Japan or had to learn Japanese; and is the fifth most popular foreign language in the USA and a popular non-European language in secondary schools in the UK. Even if you have never studied Japanese before, because of the huge economic and cultural influence Japan has had worldwide, you will almost certainly be already familiar with some Japanese words like karaoke, origami, sushi and manga!

Start Japanese

LISTEN, ABSORB AND SPEAK JAPANESE NATURALLY

This 1-hour digital taster course is for beginners who are new to the Michel Thomas Method. Learn over 50 essential words at the heart of Japanese and how to put them together to make yourself understood. From the very beginning you will be able to construct simple phrases by listening and thinking out answers for yourself. During the course, you will join 2 Michel Thomas tutors, a native speaker, and 2 students in a live lesson. The course will take about 3-4 hours to complete and is available to stream or download via the Michel Thomas Method Library app. It is the first hour of the Foundation course.

Helen Gilhooly

Helen Gilhooly worked for 25 years as a Japanese teacher and languages director in secondary education, and for 10 years as a teacher trainer at Nottingham University. She continues to write Japanese language teaching materials and to audio-edit Michel Thomas language courses.

Helen Gilhooly

Helen Gilhooly worked for 25 years as a Japanese teacher and languages director in secondary education, and for 10 years as a teacher trainer at Nottingham University. She continues to write Japanese language teaching materials and to audio-edit Michel Thomas language courses.

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in Dublin City University, where she has taught Japanese language and translation for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in Japan.

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in Dublin City University, where she has taught Japanese language and translation for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in Japan.

Foundation Japanese

LISTEN, ABSORB AND SPEAK JAPANESE NATURALLY

Foundation Japanese breaks the language down into building blocks in such a way that you will achieve a high level of competency without having to take notes or memorize lists of vocabulary. This 8-hour course features 2 teachers and a native speaker, to help you tackle pronunciation. Within the first hour you will be able to construct simple sentences. By the end of the course, you will have the confidence to understand and speak basic Japanese. You will learn at your own pace, pausing and repeating where necessary, and complete the course in about 20-30 hours. This digital course is available to stream or download via the Michel Thomas Method Library app.

This course incorporates the Start course.

Helen Gilhooly

Helen Gilhooly worked for 25 years as a Japanese teacher and languages director in secondary education, and for 10 years as a teacher trainer at Nottingham University. She continues to write Japanese language teaching materials and to audio-edit Michel Thomas language courses.

Helen Gilhooly

Helen Gilhooly worked for 25 years as a Japanese teacher and languages director in secondary education, and for 10 years as a teacher trainer at Nottingham University. She continues to write Japanese language teaching materials and to audio-edit Michel Thomas language courses.

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in Dublin City University, where she has taught Japanese language and translation for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in Japan.

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in Dublin City University, where she has taught Japanese language and translation for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in Japan.

Intermediate Japanese

LISTEN, ABSORB AND SPEAK JAPANESE NATURALLY

Intermediate Japanese is the next step in your language journey and follows on from the Michel Thomas Method Foundation Japanese Course. The method breaks down the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that you create your response and move on to ever-more-complex sentences. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization, so you progress rapidly. Learning with 2 other students in a virtual classroom, your understanding of Japanese will deepen as you assimilate the language and grow in confidence. This digital course will be completed in 15-20 hours and is available to stream or download via the Michel Thomas Method Library app.

Helen Gilhooly

Helen Gilhooly worked for 25 years as a Japanese teacher and languages director in secondary education, and for 10 years as a teacher trainer at Nottingham University. She continues to write Japanese language teaching materials and to audio-edit Michel Thomas language courses.

Helen Gilhooly

Helen Gilhooly worked for 25 years as a Japanese teacher and languages director in secondary education, and for 10 years as a teacher trainer at Nottingham University. She continues to write Japanese language teaching materials and to audio-edit Michel Thomas language courses.

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in Dublin City University, where she has taught Japanese language and translation for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in Japan.

Niamh Kelly

Niamh Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in Dublin City University, where she has taught Japanese language and translation for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in Japan.