Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture

By Prof. Vatsala Misra   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 3322
Japanese Language has been taught as part of the Foreign Language Programme at IIT Kanpur since July 1995. With increasing technical and economic ties between India and Japan, more Japanese companies are doing business in India and vice versa. This gives rise to the urgent need for more Indians to learn at least the rudiments of Japanese for their professional advancement.This course has been designed with the above background and keeping in mind the requirements of Level’s 5  of the ‘Japanese Language Proficiency Test’,  held by Japan Foundation. It focuses on conversational skills and basic training in sentence construction, simple situational conversation, grammatical knowledge and elements of Kanji (Chinese pictograms),and the kana (Katakana and Hiragana) scripts.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any Interested Learners

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 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

Week 1: Introduction to Japanese scripts and particles; Introducing oneself
Week 2: Interrogative words; Demonstrative pronouns and adjectives; Time; Hobbies
Week 3: Conversation with time expressions and simple verbs
Week 4: Negative form of verb; Locational nouns
Week 5: Simple conversation on phone; Conjunctions; Volitional form of verb
Week 6: Types of Adjectives – ‘i’ and ‘na’ adjectives
Week 7: Negative form of adjectives; Plain form of verbs
Week 8: Negative forms of verbs; Expressions for giving or receiving things, gifts, etc.
Week 9:   Potential form of verbs; Some proverbs and expressions
Week 10: Expressing intent or purpose; Examples from Japanese way of life 
Week 11: Permission and seeking approval; Basic Kanji
Week 12: Filling out simple forms; Conditional form of verbs; Kanji(Contd..)

Books and references

  1. Yamamoto, N. “Shin Nihongo no kiso I (Romanized edition)”Association for Overseas Technical Scholars(AOTS),3A Corp ,June 1990. 
  2. Minna no Nihongo”, 3 A Network, Goyal Publishers. 
  3. Mizutani O. and Mizutani N., “Introduction to Modern Japanese”,Japan Times,November 1992. 
  4. Nishimo A., “250 Essential Kanji for Everyday Use, 2nd revised edition,Tuttle Publishing, January 2004. 
  5. Japanese for Busy People,3rd edition”,Association for Japanese Language Teaching, Kodansha Tokyo Japan Kodansha International,November, 2011.

Instructor bio

Prof. Vatsala Misra

IIT Kanpur
Mrs. Vatsala Misra, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

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: 29 October 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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