LANGUAGE CENTER

Summer Japanese - Introductory & Beginner

Summer Japanese - Introductory & Beginner

Course Information

Thirteen levels of Japanese are offered this summer, from beginner to advanced, emphasizing conversation, listening, reading and writing. Four JLPT prep & kanji courses and other specialized courses, such as Anime and Japan Right Now, are also offered.

Students must be 16 or older to register for the courses, or 15 or older for the Casual Japanese through Anime course.

Course descriptions and schedules can be found in the drop down menus below, or see the links for the PDF version.

2021 Summer Japanese Course Info (PDF)
2021 Summer Japanese Course Schedule (PDF)

Registrants will receive a Welcome Letter by email from language_inquiries@japansociety.org on:

  • the afternoon of Friday, May 14, 2021 (for classes beginning on Monday, May 17)
  • the afternoon of Monday, May 17, 2021 (for classes beginning on Tuesday, May 18)
  • the afternoon of Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (for classes beginning on Wednesday, May 19)
  • the afternoon of Wednesday, May 19, 2021 (for classes beginning on Thursday, May 20)
  • the afternoon of Thursday, May 20, 2021 (for classes beginning on Friday, May 21)

Students will receive an email from their instructor with the Zoom link after this time, and by 10:30 am ET the day of their first class at latest.

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 Letter.

Not sure where to begin? New Language Center 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.

Course Descriptions

Introductory Level

Japanese 1
(For beginning students, meets once a week online, covers level 1, 10 lessons)

1-A: Tuesdays, 5/18 – 7/27 (no 7/6), 6:30-8:20 PM ET, Instructor: Shio
Class full; to be added to the waitlist, please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269

1-B: Fridays, 5/21 – 7/30 (no 7/2), 6:30-8:20 PM ET, Instructor: Yamaguchi

1-C: Thursdays, 5/20 – 5/29 (no 7/1), 12-1:50 PM ET, Instructor: Takeda

1-D: Wednesdays, 5/19 – 7/28 (no 7/7), 4-5:50 PM ET, Instructor: Ogawa

1-E: Mondays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/5), 4-5:50 PM ET, Instructor: Ogawa

The course is designed to introduce elementary Japanese to students with no previous background in the language. Basic vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structures will be taught in romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet) so students can carry simple conversation. Hiragana and some introductory kanji will be introduced.

Special Introductory Course: Anime
(For beginning students, meets once a week online, 10 lessons)

Thursdays, 5/20 – 5/29 (no 7/1), 4-5:50 PM ET
Instructor: Aizawa

Structured for fans of Japanese animation, this course will introduce basic vocabulary, elementary conversation, and simple sentence structures, then reinforced by a popular Japanese anime. Selected anime for this semester: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba- Episode 1. No textbook required.

Japanese 1 & 2
(For beginning students, meets twice a week online, covers levels 1 & 2, 20 lessons)

1&2-A: Mondays & Wednesday, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/5, 7/7), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Instructor: Kitaura
Class full; to be added to the waitlist, please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269

1&2-B: Mondays & Thursdays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/1, 7/5), 12-1:50 PM ET
Instructor: Nakazawa

The course progresses twice as quickly as Level 1, and is designed to introduce elementary Japanese to students with no previous background in the language. 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, katakana and introductory kanji will be introduced.

Beginner Level

Japanese 2
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana is expected. Meets once a week online, 10 lessons)

2-A: Mondays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/5), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Instructor: Shio

2-B: Tuesdays, 5/18 – 7/27 (no 7/6), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Instructor: Nakanishi

2-C: Wednesdays, 5/19 – 7/28 (no 7/7), 6:30-8:20 PM ET Class cancelled.
Instructor: Shio

2-D: Tuesdays, 5/18 – 7/27 (no 7/6), 12-1:50 PM ET
Instructor: Ogawa

2-E: Thursdays, 5/20 – 7/29 (no 7/1), 4-5:50 PM ET
Instructor: Takeda

Students will continue to actively participate in the process of acquiring beginners’ level language skills in basic Japanese. Katakana and more kanji will be introduced.

Japanese 3
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana and some katakana is expected. Meets once a week online, 10 lessons)

3-A: Mondays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/5), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Instructor: Mori

3-B: Thursdays, 5/20 – 7/29 (no 7/1), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Instructor: Kitaura

3-C: Fridays, 5/21 – 7/30 (no 7/2), 6:30-8:20 PM ET Class cancelled
Instructor: Mori

3-D: Wednesdays, 5/19 – 7/28 (no 7/7), 12-1:50 PM ET
Instructor: Nakazawa

3-E: Tuesdays, 5/18 – 7/27 (no 7/6), 4-5:50 PM ET Class cancelled
Instructor: Ogawa

This course will focus on the introduction and use of the te and nai forms of verbs, and students will continue to build upon their conversational skills and vocabulary.

Japanese 3 & 4
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana and some katakana is expected. Meets twice a week online, 20 lessons)

3&4-A:

3&4-A: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5/18 – 7/29 (no 7/1, 7/6), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Class full; to be added to the waitlist, please email language@japansociety.org or call 212-715-1269
Instructor: Nakamura

3&4-B: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/5, 7/7), 12-1:50 PM ET
Instructor: Kitaura

3&4-C: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/5, 7/7), 4-5:50 PM ET
Instructor: Shio

This course progresses twice as quickly as Level 3, and will focus on the introduction and use of the te and nai forms of verbs, and students will continue to build upon their conversational skills and vocabulary. Students will practice the informal speech style in the present and past tenses. The ta form will be introduced, and students will learn to modify nouns with verbs, as well as practice phrases using to omoimasu (“I think”) and to iimasu (“he/she says”).

Advanced Beginner Level

Japanese 4
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent, meets once a week online, 10 lessons)

4-A: Wednesdays, 5/19 – 7/28 (no 7/7), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Instructor: Mori

4-B: Thursdays, 5/20 – 7/29 (no 7/1), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Instructor: Mori

4-C: Mondays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/5), 12-1:50 PM ET
Instructor: Mori

4-D: Thursdays, 5/20 – 7/29 (no 7/1), 4-5:50 PM ET
Instructor: Mori

Students will practice the informal speech style in the present and past tenses, and will learn the nai form of verbs. The ta form will be introduced, and students will learn to modify nouns with verbs, as well as practice phrases using to omoimasu (“I think”) and to iimasu (“he/she says”).

Japanese 5
(Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent; meets once a week online, 10 lessons)

5-A: Wednesdays, 5/19 – 7/28 (no 7/7), 6:30-8:20 PM ET
Instructor: Nakanishi

5-B: Fridays, 5/21 – 7/30 (no 7/2), 4-5:50 PM ET
Instructor:Mori

Students will learn various usages of the ta form, and comparative sentence patterns will be introduced.

Japanese 5 & 6
(Prerequisite: Japanese 4 or equivalent; meets once a week online, 10 lessons)

5&6-A: Wednesdays & Fridays, 5/19 – 7/30 (no 7/2, 7/7), 6:30-8:20 PM
Instructor: Nakamura

5&6-B: Mondays & Thursdays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/1, 7/5), 12-1:50 PM ET
Instructor: Yamaguchi

5&6-C: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5/17 – 8/2 (no 5/31, 7/5, 7/7), 4-5:50 PM ET
Instructor: Kitaura

This course progresses twice as quickly as Level 5. Students will learn various usages of the ta form, and comparative sentence patterns will be introduced. Students will learn how to use various modifying clauses to create complex sentences.

Tuition

10-Lesson Courses

Members
$280
Non-members
$320

20-Lesson Courses

Members
$470
Non-members
$540

5-Lesson Keigo & Business Course

Members
$160
Non-members
$180

Registration Information

At the moment, registration is only accepted online (recommended) or by phone, and we are only taking payment in the form of credit or debit cards (no checks or cash). Acceptance will be acknowledged by email.

To enroll in two once-a-week courses (total of 20 lessons) at the combined discount, please call (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

Students with credit: please also call the office at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

To purchase or renew a membership, please visit our Membership page. If you are already registering by phone for a class, you can purchase or renew a membership at the same time.

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

Textbooks

The following textbooks are required. Until further notice, textbooks are not available for purchase at the Language Center. Please purchase your book in advance from an outside vendor. Either a digital or print textbook is fine.

Levels 1, 2, 3, 1&2, and 3&4:

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 3rd Edition published by The Japan Times ISBN: 978-4789017305

If you are enrolled in Level 1-3 or 1&2 or 3&4 and already have the 2nd Edition of Genki I, this is fine. Note that the page numbers will be different, and you may have some differences in your book. If you need to purchase a book, we recommend purchasing the 3rd edition.


Levels 4, 5, and 5&6:

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 2nd Edition or 3rd Edition published by The Japan Times 2nd Edition ISBN: 978-4789014403
3rd Edition ISBN: 978-4789017305

New students entering Levels 4, 5, and 5&6: either the 2nd or 3rd Edition may be purchased for these courses. Note that the 3rd Edition is recommended as the improved textbook, but the majority of your classmates will be using the 2nd Edition.

Levels 6-9:

GENKI II (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese), 2nd Edition or 3rd Edition published by The Japan Times 2nd Edition ISBN: 978-4789014434
3rd Edition ISBN: 978-4789017329

New students entering Levels 6-9: either the 2nd or 3rd Edition may be purchased for these courses. Note that the 3rd Edition is recommended as the improved textbook, but the majority of your classmates will be using the 2nd Edition.

Level 10:

An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese (Revised Edition) published by The Japan Times ISBN: 978-4789013079

Instructors

All of Japan Society's instructors are native Japanese. For more information about our instructors, please see the Instructors & Staff page.


Please Note

Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including for credit) for any reason after 12 pm, the business day before your class starts. All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted. Japan Society reserves the right to cancel any course if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such a case, students already enrolled will receive full refunds. Students must be 16 or older to register for courses, or 15 or older for the Casual Japanese through Anime course.