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Japanese Language

Japanese Language

Beginner to advanced students can learn to speak, read, and write Japanese in these courses and workshops. See dates for future Japanese courses here: Language Center Schedule.

Upcoming Courses

Winter 5-Week Conversational Japanese

dec. 12—Jan. 18, 2023

Online courses with the aim of strengthening the ability to communicate effectively in social situations. Course materials will emphasize vocabulary and grammar that are useful in everyday activities. Beginner to advanced levels are offered.

Winter 5-Week Japanese (Select Levels)

Dec. 12—JAN. 18, 2023

Online courses at select levels of the Japanese courses. Levels 1, 2, 10 and Genki textbook review courses are offered this semester.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Nihongo Chat日本語と英語の語学交換会

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 7-8 PM ET

Join Japanese-language students and native Japanese speakers at this informal virtual language exchange to practice your Japanese. 日本語を勉強中の人たちと気軽に会話を楽しみましょう。日本人の方、英語を勉強中の方、ふるってご参加ください!

Japanese Business Etiquette Workshop

Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 PM ET

This in-person workshop will teach basic Japanese phrases and behavioral skills needed in Japanese corporate environments. Participants will learn practical expressions and manners used in various business contexts, such as formal greeting, business card exchange, seating order, proper bowing, and table manners.

Japanese Trial Lesson

Monday, December 5, 12 pm ET

These free online Japanese Trial Lessons are structured for complete beginners of Japanese and taught by Language Center’s Director, Tomoyo Kamimura.

Japanese Onomatopoeia Workshop

Friday, December 16, 6:30 PM Et

Virtually everything you experience—sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste–-can all be vividly expressed with Japanese onomatopoeia. In this workshop, students learn different groups of onomatopoeia such as giongo and gitaigo, covering many topics including animal sounds, weather, health, action, and of course, food!

Fundamentals of Kanji Workshop

Friday, January 6, 6:30 pm ET (Part 1)
Friday, January 13, 6:30 pm ET (Part 2)

Why is stroke order important? Why are there multiple readings of the same Kanji? Is there an efficient and less painful way to learn new ones? What can I do to overcome my “Kanji allergy?” Recommended for students in Levels 1-9, or anyone wishing to revisit the fundamentals of Kanji to reinforce their Kanji knowledge.

Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana Workshops

Thursday, January 19, 6:30 PM ET (Hiragana)
Friday, January 20, 6:30 PM ET (Katakana)

These mini-workshops offer the beginning student of Japanese the opportunity to quickly and efficiently master the reading of the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana. It is these two writing systems, in combination with the more complex kanji (ideograms which represent meaning), which constitute the written Japanese language.

Current Courses

Fall Japanese

Sept. 26 – Dec. 9, 2022

Thirteen levels of Japanese are offered, from beginner to advanced, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing. Four JLPT prep courses and other specialized courses are also offered.

Fall Intensive Weekend Japanese

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, NOV. 5, 6, 12, & 13

These concentrated courses are designed to teach beginners Japanese and emphasize conversation, listening, reading and writing. Levels 1 and 2 are offered this semester.