Japanese 5 course

Level: Beginner (0/A2), Intermediate (A2/B1)

Japanese level 5 prepares you to work or travel in Japan. If you wish, you can take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at the end of the course.

Please note: this course is given in Dutch.


This course is not currently scheduled. Could a private course be something for you? Or take a look at our other group courses.

About Japanese 5

You can start this course if you have completed Japanese level 4, or spend 60 hours on learning Japanese. It is required that you can read hiragana, katakana, 50 kanji.

During the course, we will listen to short talks on YouTube and other media. We have a listening track accompanying the course book. In terms of grammar, we cover comparative and superlative, among other things. With these, you can make your own preferences clear and give subjective information. You will also learn to carefully formulate an opinion in Japanese, keeping in mind Japanese courtesies.

You will be given the option to take part in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, called JLPT. This independent professional language test consists of five levels and is officially recognised in Japan as proof of your knowledge of the Japanese language. This is ideal for working and studying in Japan.

Learning goals

After completing the course you:

  • can clarify preferences of yourself and others by using the comparative and superlative. You can also share more subjective information instead of exclusively rational, factual information. This will make it easier to start a conversation.
  • can name Japanese address titles with different words. This creates an understanding of Japanese hierarchy in everyday life.
  • know the forms of politeness and how to start a conversation.
  • are ready for the JLPT N5 exam!


  • You can expect an open, interactive class. The motivated teacher listens attentively to questions and feedback from the group.
  • You will be taught by an experienced Nihongo teacher. The exchange of Japan-related tips regarding film and music is encouraged.
  • We use the Minna no Nihongo 1 method.

Time investment

  • Japanese 5 consists of 9 sessions of 1,5 hours at Babel in Utrecht or in the virtual classroom.
  • To ensure that you learn as much as possible from the classes, you should expect to spend approximately 2 to 3 hours per week on study and the completion of materials and assignments, which will be discussed during the classes.


  • The teacher will speak Japanese as much as possible. Participants can ask questions in Japanese or in Dutch.
  • You can order the necessary books for this course via our website’s Order Books page. You should make sure to have the book before the start of the first lesson.
  • You will receive a certificate if you attend at least 8 of the 9 classes.
  • Do you work at Utrecht University or are you registered as an (exchange) student at the university? Then you get a 15% discount on this course! Register with your UU e-mail address, and the discount will be automatically processed.