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Course Descriptions                Minimum age requirement for students is 16 years old. No exceptions.  

Japanese 101, Japanese 102, Japanese 103

Japanese 201, Japanese 202, Japanese 203

Japanese 301, Japanese 302, Japanese 303

Advanced, More Advanced, JLPT, Intensive

Teens 101, Teens 102, Teens 200, Teens 300

Please try Self Level Check to find your level: Japanese 101-103, Japanese 201-203, Japanese 301-303JLPT Level 3, JLPT Level 2, JLPT Level 1

 

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Japanese 101
In this course, initial lessons introduce the Japanese writing system-the phonetic hiragana and katakana and the character-based kanji. We provide practice sheets for your own study of hiragana/katakana and focus on conversation skill in the class.  Basic grammar is introduced. By the end of this course, you will know how to write your own name, introduce themselves, ask and tell time; use numbers, and learn about 30 kanji and a limited vocabulary (about 240 words) using present tense.  Additional instruction on the basic structure of Japanese verbs; adjectives, adverbs, and forms of address. The vocabularies are based on daily life, work, play, etc.
Curriculum: 101   Text: Japanese for Busy People I (Lesson 1-7)

Free materials:  Hiragana Chart, Hiragana Stroke, Hiragana Practice, Hiragana/Picture, Hiragana Quiz, Vocabulary 101.

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Japanese 102
This course is for those who possess a basic command of the two Japanese alphabets (hiragana and katakana) and the grammar and vocabulary presented in Japanese 101.  Reading and writing all Hiragana and all katakana are minimum requirement and we don't use Romanji.  You will have Hiragana & Katakana test at the very first class and you have to pass the test to join the course.  Students continue learning to express likes and dislikes, make suggestions,  introduce friends, and speak of daily activities in the present tense.  You begin to learn how to use past tense, use comparatives and superlatives, and transition between present, past, and future. The themes of weather and the four seasons, hobbies and pastimes, sports, and family are used. By the end of this course, you will learn about 260 new words & 110 new kanji and know how to buy things at store and order at restaurant.

Curriculum: 102   Text: Japanese for Busy People I (Lesson 818)

Free materials:  Katakana Practice, Katakana Quiz, Vocabulary 102, Kanji 1st Grade, Kanji Practice 1st Grade,

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Japanese 103
We don't use Romanji at all.  You will have Hiragana & Katakana test on the very first day and you have to pass the test to join the course.  In this upper-beginners' level course, you learn additional verb forms—the Ta-form, the Te-form, and the volitional form—as well as how to express opinions, desires, and intention. Indefinite pronouns, temporal clauses, and reporting speech and hearsay are also presented. Cultural topics introduced at this level include food and food preparation, eating and drinking customs in Japan, shopping, and handling Japanese money.  By the end of this course, you will be able to survive with the most of daily situation and learn about 140 new kanji.By the end of the course, you have learned to write a letter in Japanese, and speak of games, family, and leisure activities.  By the end of this course, you will know how to visit someone's house and entertain the guests.
Curriculum: 103   Text: Japanese for Busy People I (Lesson 1930)

Free materials: Vocabulary 103, Vocabulary 100, Kanji 100, Adjectives 100, Adjectives Practice, Adjectives Grammar, Review Check List 100

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Japanese 201
The second-year series is suitable for those who have a basic mastery of Japanese grammar and syntax. Writing Hiragana & Katakana is minimum requirement, and you will have a quiz of the all Hiragana & Katakana on the very first day.  You will have 50 Kanji quiz on the second day also. Designed to expand and refine students' basic repertoire of language skills, Intermediate Japanese combines grammar and vocabulary review with conversation practice. You are required to memorize each dialogue.  The aim of the second-year series is to improve conversational ability and at the same time develop and hone students' reading and writing skills.  By the end of the course, you will become comfortable with the basic daily situation and learn about 140 new kanji.

Curriculum: 201   Text: Japanese for Busy People II (Lesson 1-7)

Free materials:  Vocabulary 201, Toyo-kanji 1-2

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Japanese 202
This course is suitable for those who have a basic mastery of Japanese grammar and syntax Writing Hiragana and Katakana are minimum requirement, and you will have a quiz of writing the all Hiragana & Katakana on the very first day.  You will have another quiz of 150 Kanji on the second day also.  Designed to expand and refine students' basic repertoire of language skills, Intermediate Japanese combines grammar and vocabulary review with conversation practice. You are required to memorize each dialogue.  The aim of the second-year series is to improve conversational ability and at the same time develop and hone students' reading and writing skills.  By the end of the course, you will become OK with the most of daily situation and learn about 140 new kanji.

Curriculum: 202   Text: Japanese for Busy People II (Lesson 8-14)

Free materials:  Katakana 100, Vocabulary 202, Kanji 2nd Grade, Kanji Practice 2nd Grade

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Japanese 203
The second-year series is suitable for those who have a basic mastery of Japanese grammar and syntaxWriting Hiragana & Katakana and reading 200 Kanji are minimum requirement, and you will have a quiz of writing the all Hiragana & Katakana on the very first dayYou will have another quiz of 250 Kanji on the second day also.  Designed to expand and refine students' basic repertoire of language skills, Intermediate Japanese combines grammar and vocabulary review with conversation practice. You are required to memorize each dialogue.  You have a 10-minutes quiz and a small assignment also.  Discussion topics introduced through film, articles, and annotated readings highlight various aspects of contemporary life in Japan. The aim of the second-year series is to improve conversational ability and at the same time develop and hone students' reading and writing skills.  By the end of the course, you will become comfortable with the most of daily situation and learn about 140 new kanji.  This course requires the use of computer (write/read/down load Japanese document).

Curriculum: 203   Text: Japanese for Busy People II (Lesson 15-20)

Free materials:  Vocabulary 203, Vocabulary 200, Toyo-kanji 3-4

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Japanese 301
Japanese 301 is a continuing class for students who possess intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Japanese and wish to maintain and improve their language skills in a structured setting.  Reading 350 Kanji are minimum requirement.  You have a 10-minutes quiz and a small assignment also.  You are required to memorize each dialogue.  You have a 20-minutes quiz and vocabulary/grammar/writing (500 characters) assignments every week.  By the end of the course, you will be able to survive in the very easy business conversation and learn about 140 new kanji. 
Our instruction is immersion in JapaneseThis course requires the use of a computer (write/read/down load Japanese document).

Curriculum: 301   Text: Japanese for Busy People III (Lesson 1-7)

Free materials:  Kyoiku-kanji, Vocabulary 301, Kanji Quiz 301, Vocabulary 200

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Japanese 302
Japanese 302 is a continuing class for students who possess intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Japanese and wish to maintain and improve their language skills in a structured setting.  You have a 10-minutes quiz and a small assignment also.  You are required to memorize each dialogue.  You have a 20-minutes quiz and vocabulary/grammar/writing (500 characters) assignments every week.  By the end of the course, you will be able to survive in the easy business conversation and learn about 140 new kanji. 
Our instruction is immersion in Japanese  and we encourage to send/receive Email in Japanese. This course requires the use a computer (write/read/down load Japanese document).

Curriculum: 302   Text: Japanese for Busy People III (Lesson 8-14)

Free materials:  Vocabulary 302, Kanji Quiz 302

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Japanese 303
Japanese 303 is a continuing class for students who possess intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Japanese and wish to maintain and improve their language skills in a structured setting.  You have a 10-minutes quiz and a small assignment also.  You are required to memorize each dialogue.  You have a 20-minutes quiz and vocabulary/grammar/writing (500 characters) assignments every week.  You will listen to a real TV news and read a newspaper article.  By the end of the course, you will be able to survive in the basic business conversation and learn about 140 new kanji. 
Our instruction is immersion in Japanese  and we encourage to write Email in Japanese.  You will receive our Email in Japanese.  This course requires the use a computer (write/read/down load Japanese document).

Curriculum: 303   Text: Japanese for Busy People III (Lesson 15-20)

Sub-material:  "日本語能力試験2級読解編ISBN 978-4-89689-453-0)

Free materials:  Vocabulary 303, Kanji Quiz 303, Grammar, Vocabulary 

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Advanced
This course is designed for those who have
achieved JLPT Level 2 or the equivalent skill.  Please note it is the minimum requirement.  It requires grammar to a relatively intermediate level, knowledge of more than 1,300 kanji and 7,000 words, and the ability to converse, read, and write about matters of a general nature.   This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 700 hours and after completion of an intermediate course.  This course is designed to cover listening, speaking, writing, and reading the Japanese language. You will do Quizzes, read newspaper, and have substantial conversation.  We use different reading materials and with  60 minutes discussion time for covering different topics. Our instruction is immersion only in Japanese (no English at all.) and sending/receiving Email is also in Japanese. This course requires an electronic dictionary and the use of a computer (write/read/down load Japanese document).
Curriculum: Advanced   Text: "どんな時どう使う日本語表現文型500"(ISBN 978-4757418905)

Sub-material:  "日本語能力試験1級読解編”(ISBN 978-4-89689-443-1)

Free materials:  Kyoiku-kanji, Grammar, Vocabulary, Vocabulary 300, Kanji Quiz 300

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More Advanced
This course is designed for those who have
achieved JLPT Level 1 or the equivalent skill.  Please note it is the minimum requirement.  It requires grammar to a relatively high level, knowledge of more than 2,000 kanji and 10,000 words, and the ability to converse, read, and write about matters of a general nature.   This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 900 hours and after completion of an advanced course.  This course is designed to cover listening, speaking, writing, and reading the Japanese language including old Japanese. You will  read newspapers, novels, poems, and etc., and have substantial conversation.  We use different reading materials and with  60 minutes discussion time for covering different topics. Our instruction is immersion only in Japanese (no English at all.) and sending/receiving Email is also in Japanese. This course requires an electronic dictionary and the use of a computer (write/read/down load Japanese document).

Text: JLC provides study materials.  It requires $10 for the material fees.

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JLPT Level 3

This course is for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 3 .  The Test is administrated by Japan Education Exchanges and Services, inside Japan, and by the Japan Foundation outside Japan. The examinee has mastered grammar to a limited level, knows around 800 kanji and 4,800 words, and has the ability to take part in everyday conversation and read, and write simple sentences.  This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 480 hours and after completion of an intermediate course.  To take this course, you have to be certified JLPT 4 or have to pass the examination of JLC.  We provide classes to those wishing to prepare to pass the examination, that provides a full review of the material to be covered in the examination. This course is designed to cover listening, writing, and reading the Japanese language.  This course is not a rehearsal course for the test. You will improve these skills through conversation.  We have discussion time for 60 minutes covering different topics.

Text: JLC provides study materials.  It requires $10 for the material fees.

Curriculum: JLPT 3   Free materials:  Kanji, Kyoiku-kanji, Grammar, Vocabulary, Kanji 1st Grade, Kanji Practice 1st Grade, Kanji 2nd Grade, Kanji Practice 2nd Grade, Kanji 3rd Grade, Kanji Practice 3rd Grade

Sample Test:  Reading, Listening, Vocabulary, Toyo-kanji 5-6,  Toyo-kanji 3-4, Toyo-kanji 1-2   Link:  JLPT Description

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JLPT Level 2

This course is for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 2 .   The examinee has mastered grammar to a relatively high level, knows around 1,300 kanji and 6,000 words, and has the ability to converse, read, and write about matters of a general nature.  This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 600 hours and after completion of an intermediate course.  To take this course, you have to be certified JLPT 3 or have to pass the examination of JLC.  We provide classes to those wishing to prepare to pass the examination, that provides a full review of the material to be covered in the examination. This course is designed to cover listening, writing, and reading the Japanese language.  You will do paper work of course, and also a lot of conversation.  We use different reading materials and have discussion time for 60 minutes covering different topics.

Curriculum: JLPT 2  Text: JLC provides study materials.   It requires $10 for the material fees.

Sub-material:  "日本語能力試験2級読解編” (ISBN 978-4-89689-453-0) 

Free materials:  Kanji, Kyoiku-kanji, Grammar, Vocabulary, Kanji 3rd Grade, Kanji Practice 3rd Grade 

Sample Test:  Reading, Listening, Vocabulary, Toyo-kanji 5-6, Toyo-kanji 3-4   Link:  JLPT Description

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JLPT Level 1

This course is for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 1.   The examinee has mastered grammar to a  high level, knows around 2,000 kanji and 10,000 words, and has an integrated command of the language sufficient for life in Japanese society. This level is normally reached after studying Japanese for around 900 hours.  To take this course, you have be certified JLPT 2 or have to pass the examination of JLC. Our instruction is only in Japanese (no English at all.)  We provide classes to those wishing to prepare to pass the examination with a full review of the material to be covered in the examination. This course is designed to cover listening, writing, and reading the Japanese language. We use real newspaper as sub material and have discussion time for 60 minutes.

Curriculum: JLPT 1  Text: JLC provides study materials.   It requires $10 for the material fees.

Sub-material:  "日本語能力試験1級読解編” (ISBN 978-4-89689-443-1

Free materials:  Kanji, Kyoiku-kanji, Grammar, Vocabulary, Toyo-kanji 5-6

Sample Test:  ReadingListening, Vocabulary   Link:  JLPT Description

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Teens 100

This course is designed for youths.  However, minimum age requirement for students is 15 years old, no exceptions.  The course description is essentially the same as the business people courses (Japanese 101-102), but it has been tailored specifically for young people.  The students learn the same grammar and sentence structure as the business courses.  The difference is textbook, topics, and vocabularies.   The first priority in the business courses is conversation and then secondarily reading and writing. In this course, students learn reading, writing, speaking, and hearing with equal ratio and lessons focus on daily life of the average teenager.  Young people are welcome to business courses, however they are sometimes more comfortable with people of their own age.

Curriculum: Teens 100   Text: Japanese for Young People 1.

Free materials:  Hiragana Katakana Chart, Hiragana Practice, Hiragana/Picture, Hiragana Quiz, Katakana Practice, Katakana Quiz

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Teens 200

This course is designed for youths. However, minimum age requirement for students is 15 years old, no exceptions.  The course description is essentially the same as the business people courses (Japanese 103-202), but it has been tailored specifically for young people.  The students learn the same grammar and sentence structure as the business courses.  The difference is textbook, topics, and vocabularies.   The first priority in the business courses is conversation and then secondarily reading and writing. In this course, students learn reading, writing, speaking, and hearing with equal ratio and lessons focus on daily life of the average teenager.  Young people are welcome to business courses, however they are sometimes more comfortable with people of their own age.

Curriculum: Teens 200   Text: Japanese for Young People 2.

Free materials:  Hiragana Katakana Chart, Katakana Practice, Katakana Quiz, Kanji 1st Grade, Kanji Practice 1st Grade,

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Teens 300

This course is designed for youths. However, minimum age requirement for students is 15 years old, no exceptions.  The course description is essentially the same as the business people courses (Japanese 203-204), but it has been tailored specifically for young people.  The students learn the same grammar and sentence structure as the business courses.  The difference is textbook, topics, and vocabularies.   The first priority in the business courses is conversation and then secondarily reading and writing. In this course, students learn reading, writing, speaking, and hearing with equal ratio and lessons focus on daily life of the average teenager.  Young people are welcome to business courses, however they are sometimes more comfortable with people of their own age.

Curriculum: Teens 300
Text:
Japanese for Young People 3

Free materials:  Hiragana Katakana Chart, Hiragana Quiz, Katakana Quiz, Kyoiku-kanji, Kanji 2nd Grade, Kanji Practice 2nd Grade

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