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.

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Current Japanese Classes

  • Advanced Japanese

    This course is for students who seek to further improve speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture understanding through the use of reading materials from Japanese media sources, group discussion, and live news. Conducted mostly in Japanese. Recommended for students who... More about Advanced Japanese

  • High Intermediate Japanese

    This upper intermediate course will help expand vocabulary, improve conversational fluency, and increase knowledge of Japanese. Content may include watching film or videos, cultural aspects and traveling to Japan. Recommended for students at JLPT level 4. Required: Japanese for Busy... More about High Intermediate Japanese

  • Japanese 1

    Students will acquire basic everyday vocabulary and expressions in their proper cultural context. They will learn to read and write Hiragana and get acquainted with the essentials of Japanese grammar. Required: Japanese for Busy People I, Revised 3rd ed. Text... More about Japanese 1

  • 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. Emphasis is on strengthening communication skills through simple conversations and exercises. Required: Japanese for Busy People... More about Japanese 2

  • 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 learn to communicate in diverse and culturally appropriate contexts. Required: Japanese for Busy People I, Revised 3rd... More about Japanese 3

  • 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: Japanese for Busy People I, Revised 3rd ed. Text ISBN 978-1-56836-399-8 Workbook ISBN 978-1-56836384-4. Check online for best... More about Japanese 4

  • Japanese 5

    For students who have taken four quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. Emphasis on strengthening conversational skills, social and business etiquette, and Kanji. Required: Japanese for Busy People II, Revised 3rd ed. Text ISBN 978-1-53836-402-5 Workbook ISBN 978-1-56836-368-8. Check online... More about Japanese 5

  • Japanese 6

    For students who have taken five quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. Emphasis on strengthening conversational skills, social and business etiquette, and Kanji. Required: Japanese for Busy People II, Revised 3rd ed. Text ISBN 978-1-53836-402-5 Workbook ISBN 978-1-56836-368-8. Check online... More about Japanese 6

  • Japanese 7

    For students who have taken six quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. Required: Japanese for Busy People II, Revised 3rd ed. Text ISBN 978-1-53836-402-5 Workbook ISBN 978-1-56836-368-8.Check online for best prices, not available at BC bookstore More about Japanese 7

  • Japanese 8

    For students who have taken seven quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. This course will help expand vocabulary, improve conversational fluency, and increase knowledge of Kanji. Required: Japanese for Busy People II, Revised 3rd ed. Text ISBN 978-1-53836-402-5 Workbook ISBN... More about Japanese 8

  • Japanese 9

    For students who have taken eight quarters of Japanese or the equivalent. This course will help expand vocabulary, improve conversational fluency, and increase knowledge of Kanji. Required: Japanese for Busy People II, Revised 3rd ed. Text ISBN 978-1-53836-402-5 Workbook ISBN... More about Japanese 9

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test Workshop - N4

    This workshop helps students with the requisite Japanese language skills prepare for the internationally accredited new Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) - N4 and to brush up on important grammar concepts. Prerequisite: minimum of seven quarters of Japanese; knowledge of... More about Japanese Language Proficiency Test Workshop - N4

  • Japanese through Film

    Deepen your understanding of Japanese film, language, and culture. You'll be watching and discussing classic Japanese movies, animation, and TV dramas and improve your listening comprehension and speaking skills. Prerequisite: 4 quarters of Japanese. More about Japanese through Film