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Study Japanese before you come to Japan

We recommend that students who have no prior knowledge of Japanese should learn some basics before they come to Japan. Even very basic knowledge of the Japanese writing system, vocabulary and conversational skills will be a great advantage in further study of the Japanese language, and in everyday life. Chiba University recommends e-learning software Minato developed by the Japan Foundation. This software is free of charge and will allow you to start learning Japanese at any point of time. We suggest that you should study in the A, B, C, D order, as shown below.

A.Hiragana A1 Self-Study Course
Level of Japanese: A1
Expected Hours of Study: 14 Hour(s)
B.Katakana A1 Self-Study Course
Level of Japanese: A1
Expected Hours of Study: 14 Hour(s)
C.Marugoto A1-1 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Self-Study Course
Level of Japanese: A1
Expected Hours of Study: 48 Hour(s)
D.Marugoto A1-2 (Katsudoo & Rikai) Self-Study Course
Level of Japanese: A1
Expected Hours of Study: 40 Hour(s)

How to study Japanese

If you have any questions on how to study Japanese, you can directly ask our Japanese language teachers during their office hours.

Enjoy conversation with Japanese students

Chatroom
Chiba University International Student Group (CISG) meets twice a week at CIE during teaching periods (Term 1, 2, 4 & 5). Both Japanese and international students can enjoy casual conversation in Japanese on a predetermined topic. You can check their meeting schedule and other details on the notice board at CIE.
International Exchange Room at the Faculty of Humanities
If you study at the Faculty of Letters you are invited to come to the International exchange Room. You located on the 3rd Floor of the Sōgō Kōsha A Building#1. You can meet with a multinational mix of students of various cultural backgrounds.

Websites useful for Japanese language study

A lot of websites related to Japanese language study can be found on the Internet.We would like to introduce to you the following websites:

NIHONGO e-na (in JapaneseEnglishChineseKorean
This website introduces a number of other websites and internet tools useful for the study of Japanese. They are classified according to 12 categories or skills such as reading or writing at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.
Anime, manga no Nihongo (in English, Chinese, Korean, French and Spanish)
Anime, manga no Nihongo (in English, Chinese, Korean, French and Spanish)
Erin ga chosen!Nihongo ga dekimasu. (in Japanese, English, Spanish, Portugese, Chinese and Korean)
On this site you will find a lot of information on Japan and Japanese culture.

Learning Japanese outside university

Admission for International Students (EJU) Japanese Language Proficiency Test and Examination for Japanese University (JASSO)

Information on these exams can be found on the following websites. Application forms can be obtained through Chiba University Book Center:

EJU: Japan Student Services Organization 
JLPT: Japanese Language Proficiency Test

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Chiba University
Center for
International Education

1-33, Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku,
Chiba-shi, Chiba, 263-8522 Japan
Tel. +81-43-290-2197
Fax. +81-43-290-2198
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