Language Center

Intensive Japanese Weekend Courses


Members: $290
Non-members: $330

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Course Information

The Japan Society Language Center is pleased to offer four-day Intensive Japanese Weekend Courses. These concentrated courses are designed to teach beginners basic Japanese. They will be useful to people with work schedule conflicts, or those who were too late to register or missed too many of our regular classes. They are also meant for people who are planning to travel or move to Japan and need to learn basic Japanese at an accelerated pace. Students can move from these courses into our weekday classes with minimal difficulty. Students must be 16 or older to register for the class.

All courses meet for four days on two consecutive weekends: March 14, 15, 21 & 22 from 11 AM to 4:30 PM, for a total of 18 hours of instruction. There will be an hour break for lunch from 1 to 2 PM.

Intensive Japanese Weekend, Level 1 (Kurahara) CANCELLED
(for beginning students with no background in Japanese)
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 on a simple conversation. Hiragana and some introductory kanji will be introduced.
Text: Genki I (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)

Intensive Japanese Weekend, Level 2 (Kitaura) CANCELLED
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; recognition of hiragana is expected.)
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.
Text: Genki I (Ch. 4 & 5)

Intensive Japanese Weekend, Level 3 (Nakamura) CANCELLED
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana and some katakana is expected)
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.
Text: Genki I (Ch. 6 & 7)

Intensive Japanese Weekend, Level 4 (TBA) CANCELLED
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)
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”).
Text: Genki I (Ch. 8 & 9)


The following textbooks are available for purchase at Japan Society at discounted prices. (Price includes NY State Sales Tax)

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese) published by The Japan Times $45.00


Ms. Momoyo Kitaura has a BA from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. She is a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She passed the Japanese Language Teaching Competency test and has over 15 years of experience working at a Japanese language school in Japan. She’s also a co-researcher of the National Institute of Language and Linguistics.

Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has taught Japanese at various institutions, including New York University, Hunter College, Pace University, and The New School. She is currently hosting Japan Society’s YouTube series "Uki Uki NihonGO! + Culture”.

Ms. Mari Nakamura has an MA in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and has taught Japanese for 25 years at universities including Harvard, Indiana University, and the University of Maryland. She has also taught at several Fortune 500 Corporations.

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, including those by the deadline date, are subject to a $20 service charge. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.

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