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 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 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 and workbook required: Japanese for Busy People II - Revise... More »

  • Japanese 10

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

  • Advanced Japanese

    This course is for students who seek to further improve speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture understanding through the use of ... 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 »

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