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A teacher teaches young people Japanese at Asia House's first Open Your Eyes to Asian Languages workshop

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Asian Language Classes at Asia House

19 January – 28 March

This winter Asia House is offering introductory language and cultural awareness classes in several key Asian languages in partnership with SOAS Language Centre. The classes will be held both in the evenings and on Saturdays at Asia House.

The classes will run from 19 January until 28 March 2015. Classes will take place at Asia House’s premises in New Cavendish Street and be delivered by qualified, experienced, native-speaker teachers from SOAS.

All classes assume no prior knowledge of the language and use motivating interactive communicative methods that will soon make you feel comfortable using the language at a basic level. The classes also explore aspects of the target language culture and provide insights into the customs and values of the fascinating countries where the language is spoken.

We hope to offer an enriching experience that will open up new horizons for you and expand your knowledge of an interest in Asia.

10-week (15 hour) courses as evening and weekend classes

Evening classes

Chinese, Japanese, Modern Standard Arabic and Korean will be taught at evening classes. Details below:-

Chinese will be taught on Monday evenings from 17.30 – 19.00 starting 19 January 2015
To enrol click here.

Modern Standard Arabic will be taught on Tuesday evenings from 17.30 – 19.00 starting 20 January, 2015. To enrol click here.

Korean will be taught on Wednesday evenings from 17.30 – 19.00 starting 21 January, 2015. To enrol click here.

Japanese will be taught on Thursday evenings from 17.30 – 19.00 starting 22 January, 2015. To enrol click here.

Weekend classes

Modern Standard Arabic and Japanese will also be taught on Saturday mornings 11.00 – 12.30 starting on 24 January, 2015. To enrol for Modern Standard Arabic click here and for Japanese here.

The fee for a course of 15 hours/10 weeks, inclusive of all course materials, is £225.


In 2014 Asia House in partnership with the British Council held taster classes in a variety of Asian languages, which were delivered by teachers from SOAS Language Centre.  Watch a video clip of the classes in Thai, Vietnamese and Bahasa Indonesia below:-

We also held taster classes in Japanese, Mandarin and Korean. Watch a clip of those classes below:-

And we held classes in Turkish, Arabic and Farsi. Watch a video of the teachers and students speaking about their experiences below:-

We hope this encourages you to book on our course!

All videography by Alex Morley.

Learning Arabic helps you understand the Middle East much better. Find out more about the benefits of learning Arabic here.

A fascination with different cultures, a desire to study something challenging and different, childhood influences, an ambition to work abroad, a general love of languages and good employment prospects are among the reasons why young people choose to study Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Read more here.

Lecturers discuss what attracts students to learning Japanese, Chinese and Korean in this story here. 


January 18, 2015
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