Swayam Central

Introduction To Japanese Language And Culture

By Prof. Vatsala Misra   |   IIT Kanpur
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


Learners enrolled: 1803


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 20 Jul 2020
End Date : 09 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 17 Oct 2020
Enrollment Ends : 27 Jul 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Undergraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    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..)


    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.


    Prof. Vatsala Misra

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


    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: 17 October 2020 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