World Languages Institute: Japanese

Whether you want to speak Japanese for business or personal reasons, our classes are a great way to learn. And our classes cover the full range of proficiency levels from beginning to advanced.

Beginning classes focus on speaking Japanese, with an introduction to reading and writing Japanese.

Beginning lessons cover how to:
•Engage in simple conversations
•Interact in social, business, and travel situations
•Ask and respond to simple questions
•Write simple sentences on everyday topics
•Read a variety of basic written materials.

Intermediate and advanced Japanese classes build on your existing skills to help you read, write, and speak Japanese with greater fluency.

Intermediate and advanced lessons teach you how to:
•Engage in higher-level conversations
•Strengthen your Japanese vocabulary
•Expand your skills in writing Japanese
•Increase your ability to read Japanese
•Expand your knowledge of Japanese social and business etiquette.

Classes meet once a week in the evening for 8-10 weeks. All instructors are native Japanese speakers.

Current Japanese Classes

  • Japanese 9

    For students who have taken eight quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. This course will help expand vocabulary, improve conversational fl... More »

  • Japanese for Travelers

    Preparing for a trip to Japan? You will enjoy this interactive class guaranteed to enhance your travel experience. You will learn basic to... More »

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test Workshop - N5

    This workshop helps students with the requisite Japanese language skills prepare for the internationally accredited new Japanese Language Pr... More »

  • Japanese 1

    Students will acquire basic everyday vocabulary and expressions in their proper cultural context. They will learn to read and write Hiragana... More »

  • Japanese 2

    For students who have taken one quarter of Japanese or the equivalent. In addition to Hiragana you will learn to read and write Katakana. Em... More »

  • Japanese 3

    For students who have taken two quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. Review of Hiragana and Katakana, and introduction to Kanji. You will... More »

  • Japanese 4

    This course is for students who are familiar with the basics covered in 1-3 and wish to expand vocabulary and fluency. Required textbook: Ja... More »

  • Japanese through Film

    Deepen your understanding of Japanese film, language, and culture. You'll be watching and discussing classic Japanese movies, animation, and... More »

  • Japanese 5

    For students who have taken four quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. Emphasis on strengthening conversational skills, social and busines... More »

  • Japanese 6

    For students who have taken five quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. Emphasis on strengthening conversational skills, social and busines... More »

  • Japanese 7

    For students who have taken six quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. Textbook required: Japanese for Busy People II - Revised 3rd ed.... More »

  • Japanese 8

    For students who have taken seven quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. This course will help expand vocabulary, improve conversational fl... More »

  • Advanced Japanese

    This advanced-level course will help expand vocabulary, improve conversational fluency, and increase knowledge of Kanji. This course is reco... More »

  • Japanese for Teens

    This special summer program introduces students ages 12 - 17 to the Japanese language and culture. You will learn basic everyday vocabulary ... More »

  • Nihongo

    Taught entirely in Japanese, this class welcomes teenage heritage speakers who have completed at least the 2nd grade level of competency as ... More »

Featured Article

Nihongo Course Encourages Young Heritage Speakers to Keep Learning Japanese

Our Nihongo course makes continuing to learn Japanese interesting and fun for seventh to twelfth graders who are Japanese heritage speakers. Read more. . .

Featured Instructor

Jamie Lucero, Instructor and Translation Tools Expert

Jamie Lucero, Translation and Interpretation Certificate Instructor, is a translation tools expert who teaches others who are highly fluently bilingual how to use these tools. Read more. . .

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