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Duration: 26 hours (in 13 weeks)
Studyload: Each week: 2 hours of teaching (including a break) and 2 hours of independent study

The Japanese language courses of the University of Groningen Language Centre will introduce students to the Japanese language or build on knowledge and skills already present. The emphasis will be on communication in everyday situations in relation to Japanese culture. In addition, attention will be paid to grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.


CEFR level Period Day Time Registration
0>A1 16 September - 16 December 2019 at the latest Monday 20:00 - 22:00 closed
A1>A2 18 September - 18 December 2019 at the latest Wednesday 20:00 - 22:00 closed
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Student Discount Full
0 > A1 (26 hours)

€ 230

€ 340 € 370
Book: Marugoto (for 0>A1) € 20 € 20 € 20
A1 > A2 (26 hours) € 230 € 340 € 370
Book: M arugoto - Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo € 20 € 20 € 20

Course Description and Levels

  • Level 0>A1 is for participants who do not speak Japanese at all, as well as those who want to refresh their basic knowledge of the language.
  • Level A1>A2 is for participants who have followed the 0>A1 course or have a similar level.

In the CEFR level 0>A1 course, Japanese kana characters (hiragana and katakana, about 100 characters) will be introduced. In the course A1>A2, only Japanese characters will be used. This means you must be able to read kana if you are planning to join the A1>A2 course. You do not have to be able to write kanacharacters.

Independent study materials

Good independent study materials for learning kana are available online / for smartphones, such as:

Several Quizlet sets are available to help you learn vocabulary from the textbook.

What will you learn?

0>A1: Marugoto A1 Katsudoo contents
A1>A2: Marugoto A2 Katsudoo contents

Japanese Language Assessment Form

Do you want to go abroad for an internship or for an exchange? If you have taken one of our Japanese courses, our teacher can fill in the official 'Japanese Language Assessment Form' for you so as to indicate you current CEFR level. The price is € 50. If you want to order the form, please send an e-mail to

Language of Instruction

The target language is the language of instruction as much as possible. When necessary, the Japanese course is taught in Dutch or English (depending on the group composition). The course material is in English.

Course Material

The book might be hard to find, but our teacher can order it for you. You can indicate you would like us to order the book during your (online) enrollment. You will then receive the book during the first lesson.

  • Level 0>A1
    Marugoto - Starter (A1) Katsudoo
    ISBN (the Netherlands): 978-3-8754-8707-7
    ISBN (Japan): 978-4-3840-5752-2
    approx. € 20
  • Level A1>A2
    Marugoto - Elementary 1 (A2) Katsudoo
    ISBN (Nederland): 9783875487138  
    ISBN (Japan): 9784384057546
    approx. € 20

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