In just 2 weeks of our Japanese Crash Course you’ll learn useful essential Japanese phrases needed to navigate daily life in Japan, as well as discover Japanese cultural activities and take virtual tours. By the time you finish this crash course, you will have the basic Japanese speaking skills to survive in Japan.

  • Study Hiragana and Katakana and essential vocabulary

  • Learn how to introduce yourself, how to shop at stores, order in restaurants, ask for directions and more

  • Join online cultural activity lessons and virtual tours like tea ceremony, manga drawing class, furoshiki and a sake brewery tour

  • Learn about different aspect of Japanese culture: train etiquette, kimono wearing, Japanese cuisine and more

FAQs

  • Can anyone take this course?

    Yes, this course is open to anyone interested in learning basic Japanese and taking part in online activities, no previous knowledge of Japanese language is needed!

  • How does this course work?

    In this two week course, there are 10 days of lessons, one for each weekday. Each day has 4 main topics 2 about the Japanese language and 2 about Japanese culture, each lesson is also divided in sub-lessons of different types for both the language and culture. The lessons range from written lessons, audio recordings, role-play and guided practice videos, infographics and also cultural activity videos.

  • Are there live classes?

    Although you will be able to interact with our staff and other students through the courses student community, you will not have live classes. Our lessons are pre-recorded to allow you to complete lessons at a time that suits you best.

  • Will I get a certificate for finishing a course?

    Yes! You will get a certificate of completion issued by Go! Go! Nihon when you finish the course, you will also get exclusive discounts for our other courses if you want to keep learning, for our Tokyo guidebook to help you if you are planning a trip and also our in-person studytrips to Japan.

  • What will I learn on the course?

    See the full curriculum below!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Crash Course Introduction

    • Course Overview

    • Join our Student Community!

    • We'd like to know a few things about you, before you begin...

    • How to use the course

  • 2

    Day 1 - Japanese writing system and greetings

    • Lesson 1 - Introduction to Japanese writing system

    • Lesson 1.1 - Introducing Hiragana

    • Lesson 1.2 - Introducing Katakana

    • Lesson 2 - Hiragana Practice

    • Lesson 2.1 - Hiragana review - Part 1

    • Lesson 2.2 - Hiragana Review - Part 2

    • Lesson 2.3 - Katakana Practice

    • Lesson 2.4 - Katakana review - Part 1

    • Lesson 2.5 - Katakana Review - Part 2

    • Lesson 3 - Japanese greetings

    • Lesson 3.1 - Most common greetings

    • Lesson 3.2 - Special greetings

    • Lesson 4 - Conversation 1 (Video)

    • Lesson 4.1 - Conversation 1 - Video practice

    • Lesson 4.2 - Conversation 2 (Video)

    • Lesson 4.3 - Conversation 2 - Video Practice

  • 3

    Day 2 - Numbers, Dates and Trains

    • Lesson 1 - Numbers

    • Lesson 1.1 - Numbers listening practice

    • Lesson 2 - Time

    • Lesson 2.1 - What time is it? - Infographic

    • Lesson 2.2 - Dates

    • Lesson 2.3 - What day is today? - Infographic

    • Lesson 2.4 - Directions

    • Lesson 3 - How to ask for directions

    • Lesson 3.1 - Video Practice

    • Lesson 4 - Trains etiquette

  • 4

    Day 3 - Kanji

    • Lesson 1 - Kanji

    • Lesson 1.1 - Basic Kanji - Part 1

    • Lesson 1.2 - Basic Kanji - Part 1 - Videos

    • Lesson 2 - Basic Kanji - Part 2

    • Lesson 2.1 - Basic Kanji - Part 2 - Videos

    • Lesson 3 - Japanese Calligraphy

    • Lesson 4 - Calligraphy lesson (Video)

  • 5

    Day 4 - Eating in Japan

    • Lesson 1 - Japanese to use at restaurant - Vocabulary

    • Lesson 1.1 - Infographic

    • Lesson 2 - Useful phrases - Entering a restaurant and Getting seated

    • Lesson 2.2 - Conversation 1 - When entering a restaurant (Video)

    • Lesson 2.2.1 - Conversation 1 - Video Practice

    • Lesson 2.3 - Useful phrases - Ordering food and End of the meal

    • Lesson 2.4 - Conversation 2 - Explaining about your allergies (Video)

    • Lesson 2.4.1 - Conversation 2 - Video practice

    • Lesson 3 - Japanese food

    • Lesson 3.1 - Sushi focus

    • Lesson 3.2 - Japanese style meals

    • Lesson 4 - How to order at a restaurant (Video)

    • Lesson 4 .1 - Video practice

    • Lesson 4.2 - Tea Ceremony Activity (Video)

  • 6

    Day 5 - Entertainment in Japan

    • Lesson 1 - Basic expressions

    • Lesson 1.2 - Conversation 1 - Basic expressions (Video)

    • Lesson 1.2.1 - Conversation 1 - Video Practice

    • Lesson 1.3 - Conversation 2 - Basic expressions (Video)

    • 1.4 - Conversation 2 - Practice with repetition

    • Lesson 2 - Counters

    • Lesson 2.1 - Useful vocabulary about Entertainment

    • Lesson 2.1 - Listening and repetition

    • Lesson 3 - About Japan's drinking culture

    • Lesson 3.1 - Drinking rules

    • Lesson 4 - Sake Brewery Tour (Video)

  • 7

    Day 6 - Shopping in Japan

    • Lesson 1 - Colors

    • Lesson 1.1 - Colors Infographic

    • Lesson 2 - Clothing and Shopping

    • Lesson 2.1 - Clothes in Japanese - Infographic

    • Lesson 2.2 - Listening and repetition

    • Lesson 3 - Kimono and Yukata

    • Lesson 3.1 - Shibori technique

    • Lesson 4 - How much is this?

  • 8

    Day 7 - Modern Japan

    • Lesson 1 - Useful words and expressions about Otaku Culture

    • Lesson 2 - I like/I don't like

    • Lesson 2.1 - Listening and repetition

    • Lesson 3 - Otaku Culture

    • Lesson 4 - Manga Class (Video)

  • 9

    Day 8 - Tourism in Japan

    • Lesson 1 - Vocabulary for tourists

    • Lesson 2 - Announcements you can hear while traveling in Japan

    • Lesson 2.1 - Activities introduction

    • Lesson 3 - Furoshiki (Video activity)

    • Lesson 4 - Asakusa (Video Tour)

    • Lesson 4.1 - How to pray at a Japanese Shrine

  • 10

    Day 9 - Seasons in Japan

    • Lesson 1 - Weather related words and expressions

    • Lesson 2 - Status expressions

    • Lesson 2.1 - Listening and repetition

    • Lesson 3 - Seasons in Japan

    • Lesson 3.1 - Spring and Summer in Japan

    • Lesson 3.2 - Autumn and Winter in Japan - Fixed

    • Lesson 4 - Conversation - How's the weather today?

    • Lesson 4.1 - Video Practice

  • 11

    Day 10 - Planning a trip to Japan

    • Last day on our journey

    • Lesson 1 - Money related terminology

    • Lesson 2 - Travel Checklist

    • Lesson 3 - How to use a Suica

    • Lesson 3.1 - Suica Infographic

    • Lesson 4 - Rules for traveling in Japan - Infographic

  • 12

    Next steps

    • What's next?

    • Course completion discounts!

    • End of course survey

Meet some of our team

Course instructor & studytrip organiser

Akiko Go! Go! Nihon

I work as Go! Go! nihon's studytrip organiser, I plan and book all the cultural activities for people to experience while they are on one of our trips in Japan. For this online course I have selected some of my favourite activities so anyone, wherever they are, can experience Japanese culture.

Course community manager & tour leader

Jose Go! Go! Nihon

I have been working for Go! Go! Nihon for 5 years as the studytrip tour leader in Tokyo helping people to navigate around japan and making sure enjoy their time here to the fullest. I speak Spanish, English and Japanese and am excited to share these lessons to help anyone get the basic conversational skills they need to enjoy their first trip to Japan!