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2022 Winter 5-Week Japanese (Select Levels)

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December 12, 2022—January 18, 2023
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Course Information

Please Note: These courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).

During the 5-week semesters, select levels of Japanese Courses are offered. Each class meets twice a week for a total of 18 hours of instruction. (For classes that meet once a week, please see the Conversational Japanese courses or the upcoming Spring Semester.) Students must be 16 or older to register for these courses. (For younger students, please see Japanese for Youth: Ages 12 to 15 on the Language Center page.)

New students with no previous background in Japanese should enroll in a Level 1 course. Students with some background should refer to the Level Guide or course textbooks to determine the most appropriate class. There is no placement exam. If you are still not sure of your level, it may be possible to schedule a level assessment by phone with the Director. Please email language@japansociety.org to schedule.

For a printer friendly version of these courses, please click here: 2022 Winter 5-Week Japanese Info (PDF)

Tuition

Japan Society members: $290
Non-members: $330

Course Descriptions

Japanese Level 1

Japanese Level 1

(for beginning students with no previous background in Japanese)

The course is designed to introduce elementary Japanese. Basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures will be taught in romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet) so students can carry on a simple conversation. Hiragana and some introductory kanji will be introduced.

This course will introduce students to the following:

  • X wa Y desu.
  • Question sentences
  • This/that/which
  • Here/there/over there/where
  • Verb conjugation (present tense)
  • Sentence particles

Required Textbook: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
1-A
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Ogawa
1-B
(Online)
Mondays & Wednesdays
Dec. 12—Jan. 18 (no class 12/26, 12/28, 1/16)
12-2 pm
9 lessons
Nakanishi

Japanese Level 2

Japanese Level 2

(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; recognition of hiragana is expected.)

Students will continue to develop their beginners’ level language skills in basic Japanese as they begin to apply the past tense and are introduced to new words, grammar, and expressions. Recognition of hiragana is expected as less romaji will be used. Katakana and a few more kanji will be introduced.

Students will be introduced to the following:

  • X ga arimasu/imasu.
  • Location description
  • Adjectives (present and past tense)
  • Suki (na) / Kirai (na)
  • -shimashou ka

Required Textbook: Genki I, 3rd Edition (Ch. 4  & 5)

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
2-A
(Online)
Mondays & Wednesdays
Dec. 12—Jan. 18 (no class 12/26, 12/28, 1/16)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Ogino

Review: Genki I

NEW!  Review: Genki I

(Prerequisite: Japanese 5, or equivalent)

This course is designed for students who have completed Level 5, but feel the need to review the content of Genki I before moving up to Level 6. The course focuses on reviewing the grammar points and increasing vocabulary so that students gain more confidence in speaking Japanese with an accurate command of grammar. Special focus will be placed on: verb conjugation, adjective conjugation, te-form/ta-form, and nai-form. Also, common mistakes in the use of particles (は、が、を、に、で、と) and expressions such as これ/この、どの /どんな、なに/なん will be addressed. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to speak Japanese more comfortably with a refreshed grasp of grammar.

Required Textbook: Genki I. See textbooks section for edition details.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
Review: Genki I
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Nakanishi

Review: Genki II

NEW!  Review: Genki II

(Prerequisite: Japanese 9, or concurrently with Japanese 9, or equivalent.)

There are certain grammar points that many intermediate-level students struggle with. This course offers a guided review on these notorious grammar points, including Causative-Passive, Transitive vs. Intransitive verbs, and Keigo. Students will be invited to dive into the mechanism as well as the psychology behind these grammar points through drills and speaking practice. This class will help to scatter away clouds of confusion students may have had for a long time. It will serve as a confidence booster on key grammar.

This class will reinforce students’ understanding and usage of grammar points including:

  • Particles
  • Conditional: 〜たら、〜と、〜ば、〜なら
  • Doing a favor: 〜てあげる、〜てもらう、〜てくれる 
  • Transitive vs. Intransitive
  • Passive & Causative-Passive 
  • Conjecture: 〜だろう、〜かも知れない、〜らしい、〜ようだ、〜はずだ、〜みたいだ 
  • Noun modifiers
  • Honorifics: 尊敬語、謙譲語

Required Textbook: Genki II. See textbooks section for edition details.

Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
Review: Genki II
(Online)
Mondays & Wednesdays
Dec. 12—Jan. 18 (no class 12/26, 12/28, 1/16)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Kurahara

Japanese Level 10

NEW!  Japanese Level 10

(Prerequisite: level 9 or equivalent)

This class follows level 9 in the progression from the Genki II textbook, continuing a formal study of Japanese grammar. More advanced grammar, vocabulary and kanji will be introduced over several semesters. A particular emphasis will be placed on speaking practice. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to move up to Level 11.

Please note: Level 10 is offered in 4 Parts: they can be taken in any order and each Part is separate and self-contained, e.g. taking Part 1 is not necessary before Part 2. All Parts are recommended at least once before moving to Level 11. Click here to see schedule of Level 10 Parts. If you have not taken a Level 10 course before and are hoping to work through the 4-part progression in the 5-week and 10-week semesters back-to-back, we recommend starting during the 10-week semester and NOT this 5-week semester. (Starting during a 10-week semester will provide an easier path through this level.)

Required Textbook: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition), (Part 3: Lessons 9-12). See Sample here.
Section
Dates
Time
# of classes
Instructor
10-A (Part 3)
(Online)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dec. 13—Jan. 17 (no class 12/27, 12/29)
6:30-8:30 pm
9 lessons
Nakamura

How to Register

Classes fill up quickly! To guarantee a seat in the class, please register as soon as possible.

At the moment, registration is accepted online (preferred) or by phone only at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

To purchase or renew a membership, please visit the Membership page and pay online. Or, call 212-715-1270 and leave a message; they will get back to you.

To enroll in two or more courses at the combined discount, please call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293. Discount is applicable when enrolling in two or more 9-lesson courses within the 2022 Winter semester only (includes Conversational Japanese and Japanese (numbered level) Courses.)

Registrants will receive a Welcome Email and Zoom link from language_inquiries@japansociety.org on:

  • the afternoon of Fri., Dec. 9, 2022 (for classes beginning on Mon., Dec. 12, 2022)
  • the afternoon of Mon., Dec. 12, 2022 (for classes beginning on Tues.. Dec. 13, 2022)

For more information, please email us at language@japansociety.org, or call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293. Please note that while we are working remotely, we may not always be reachable by phone.

Please Note

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted until 12 pm ET, the business day before a course or workshop begins. With a cancellation, a refund of tuition minus a service charge ($20 for courses, $5 for workshops) will be provided. After this deadline, cancellations are not accepted.

Cancellations are accepted by phone only. We do not accept email cancellations.

Japan Society also reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such cases, students already enrolled will receive full refunds (no service charge).

By registering for a course, you accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

Students must be age 16 or older.

We do not record these classes, and recording of these classes is prohibited. If a student misses a class, it may be possible to arrange a make-up class in the same semester, if available. More information will be provided in the Welcome Email.

If you need to switch to a different level after your course has begun, it may be possible pending availability and may only be done within the same semester. Please contact the office.

Required Textbooks

Textbooks are available for purchase and pick-up at Japan Society during select hours on weekdays. Please contact the Language Center office (preferably in advance) for purchase and to arrange pick-up.

Otherwise, please purchase your book in advance from an outside vendor. Either a digital or print textbook is fine.

Level 1, Level 2, and Review: Genki I students

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese) 3rd Edition
published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789017305
Price at Japan Society: $45

*We strongly recommend purchasing the 3rd Edition. Please note that the 2nd Edition has some differences, including page numbers, examples, etc., and is not recommended for this reason.

Level 1 and 2 students:
GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese) 3rd Edition
published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789017305
Price at Japan Society: $45

*We strongly recommend purchasing the 3rd Edition. Please note that the 2nd Edition has some differences, including page numbers, examples, etc., and is not recommended for this reason.

Review: Genki II students

GENKI II (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese) 3rd Edition
published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 978-4789017329
Price at Japan Society: $45

For students entering these levels, we strongly recommend purchasing the 3rd Edition. Please note that the 2nd Edition has some differences, including page numbers, examples, etc., and is not recommended for this reason.

Level 10 students
An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition)
published by The Japan Times | ISBN: 9784789013079
Price at Japan Society: $42

Instructors

All of the Language Center’s instructors are native Japanese speakers with extensive teaching experience. For more information about our instructors, please see the Insructors & Staff page.