Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture - II

By Prof. Vatsala Misra   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1056
The material is designed for people who wish to have a reasonable working knowledge of written and spoken Japanese, which will help them interact better with the Japanese people and companies in their personal and/or professional life. Also, people travelling to Japan for training, education, business, tourism, etc. will find the course useful.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: The material is designed for people who plan to develop a working knowledge of Japanese, which will help them interact better with the Japanese people. Also, people travelling to Japan for training, higher education, business, tourism, etc. will find the course useful

PREREQUISITES: Though there are no ‘formal prerequisites’, it will be expected that the student has some understanding of the Japanese language, including grammar, etc. An effort will also be made to cover and revise the necessary background in the first few classes.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All companies/industry that works with the Japanese industry and/or people, would find it useful for their employees.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

1. Japanese Scripts : Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji, Ideograms and Pictograms 
2. Language and Grammar : Particles, sentence construction, demonstratives, interrogatives, conjunctions, vocabulary, Nouns, verbs conjugations, adverbs, other parts of speech, verbs and tense, requests and commands, comparisons, expressions and phrases, idioms etc. 
3. Daily Conversation : Introduction, time, daily conversation, usage of interrogatives, asking direction, conversation on phone, giving and receiving, making requests and commands, likes and dislikes, potential, permission, conditionals, direct in direct speech, learning to make speeches, writing mails, polite Japanese.
4. Japanese culture, festivals and lifestyle : Japanese lifestyle, learning about culture, customs and festivals, idioms, and phrases.
5. Audio and pictures : Audio, pictures,

Books and references

1. Minna no Nihongo Textbook 1 & II (3 A Network)
2. Japanese for Busy people. (Association for Japanese Language Teaching)
3. Nihongo Dekimasu (Japan Foundation)
4. Shin Nihongo no Kiso (Association for Overseas Technical scholarship)
5. First steps in Japanese (3 A Corporation)
6. Kanji and Kana by Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn
7. 250 Essential Kanji for everyday use Vol. I & 2 by Kanji Research group University of Tokyo

Instructor bio

Prof. Vatsala Misra

IIT Kanpur
Vatsala Misra has been teaching Japanese language at the Foreign Languages Program of IIT Kanpur for more than 25 years. She has also developed material for Japanese language learning under the NPTEL and Swayam Prabha schemes of the Government of India. She has also designed special courses for industry personnel and youth aspirants for vocational training.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: October 30, 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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