Japanese level 4

Course information

The course Japanese level 4 is intended for students who have a solid elementary knowledge of the Japanese language. You should already have mastered Hiragana, Katakana and basic grammar, be able to express your thoughts and feelings, and describe situations using simple structures with present and past tenses.

At the end of the course, you will be able to read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in different styles of vocabulary and basic Kanji. You will become competent in interacting with people and become more fluent using different forms of verbs and adjectives.

After successfully completing this course, you will know approximately 660 Japanese words and 145 Kanji characters.  You will start producing more complex sentences useful for different situations (both formal and informal).

The end level of this course is equivalent to level N5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

The course material is written in English, so a basic understanding of English is needed.

If you successfully complete this course, you will receive a certificate showing the level you have attained and you will be able to continue to Japanese JLPT N5 Exam Preparation.


The intake procedure for this course comprises: intake interview

After you have registered for this course, we will invite you for an assessment to determine your level. We recommend that you enrol at least two weeks before the start of the course. If you enrol later than this, we cannot guarantee there will be time for the intake procedure.

If you have completed the Japanese level 3 course at UvA Talen, an assessment will not be necessary.

Course materials

Genki I (chapter 10-12)
The course material is not included in the course price. If you choose to follow lessons in class, you can buy your books through us. You then receive them during the first lesson. If you are going to take an online course, you will buy the books yourself.