Adults, mainly business persons
from beginners up to and including Masters and PhD learners
Learning FocusGeneral Japanese
Face-to-face private lessons
at learners' homes, the library, and "Japan 39" office
max. 4 learners in a class
Company Group Class for employees
One-on-One for executives
Business Japanese and Japanese manners
Your lessons will be tailored to your exact needs.
You will be able to learn decent Japanese quickly with your personal
curriculum designed to fit your needs.
The following level description is based on a 2-hour session per week for group lessons.
Step 1 ~ 4 Beginners
Step 5 ~ 8 Intermediates
Step 9 - Advanced
Beginners [Step 1]
Time Period 16 hours (8 weeks)
Goal To be able to ask simple questions
Asking names of people and items, directions, greetings, counting 1‐30, basic 20 verbs
Overview: Once you have completed Step 1, you will have learned all of the basic skills you need to form a strong foundation. You will already be able to participate in short, simple conversations.
Beginners [Step 2]
Time Period: 16 hours (8 weeks) / A cumulative total of 4 months
Goal: To be able to ask and answer simple questions
Writing: Hiragana and Katakana
Asking the time, quantifiers, verbs (daily conversation level), adjectives (daily conversation level: big, small, hot, cold, like, dislike, etc.), desire (want/would like, want to/would like to)
Overview: When you've completed Step 2, you will have the primary language skills to be able to say what you want to say and understand what is said to you in familiar situations.
Beginners [Step 3]
Time Period: 16 hours (8 weeks) / A cumulative total of 6 months
Goal: To be able to carry on a daily conversation, as well as read and understand written Japanese
(Would you like to do…?), (Would you do…?), (giving permission), (prohibiting), (talking about experience), learning the difference between polite expressions and colloquial expressions
Overview: Once Step 3 is complete, you will have successfully learned many additional expressions. You will now be able to communicate sophisticatedly, having mastered comprehensive basic Japanese conversation skills.
Beginners [Step 4]
Time Period: 16 hours (8 weeks) / A cumulative total of 8 months
Goal: To be able to fluently carry on a daily conversation, as well as read and understand written Japanese
(I can do…), (If you go…, when you reach…), (I give, I receive, someone gives me…), (If…, Potentially…), (Because…)
Overview: Once you've completed Level 4, you will have successfully learned the proper use of the Japanese "polite style" and "plain style" ways of speaking. The "polite style" of communicating is used in more formal situations and the "plain style" is used when you're talking to your close friends, colleagues and family members.
Intermediate [Step 5]
Time Period: 16 hours (8 weeks) / A cumulative total of 10 months
Goal: To be able to explain things and express feelings in detail, as well as read and understand long passages, understand Japanese animations and TV drama series', and handle complex dialogue
Describing two concurrent events (While…, …), talking about things you do in advance (I will prepare/do…), talking about a future event (I will…, am going to…), giving advice/a warning (You should…, You had better…), presuming (I/It might…, I/It could…)
Overview: Once you have completed Step 5, you will be able to speak and understand the Japanese language across a wide range of complex situations both in class and in everyday life.
Intermediate [Step 6]
Time Period: 16 hours (8 weeks) / A cumulative total of 12 months
Talking about conditions (If you do…), showing reluctance (Someone makes me do…, I am forced to do…), making an attempt (I try to do…, I will see if…), talking about immoderation (You do…too much, It is too…)
Overview: Once you have completed Step 6, you will have successfully learned to handle complex language in many situations, you will be able to understand detailed reasoning, and will have the ability to communicate with a rich and sophisticated Japanese vocabulary.
Intermediate [Step 7]
Time Period: 16 hours (8weeks) / A cumulative total of 14 months
Describing levels of difficulty (It is easy to do…, It is difficult to do…), telling someone what you heard from someone else (someone said that…, I heard that…), causative verbs for ordering someone to do something, letting someone do something (I get/have someone to do/do…), using honorifics "Sonkeigo (honorifics), Kenjougo (showing modesty), Teineigo (polite expressions)"
Overview: Once you've completed Step 7, you will have successfully learned Keigo (honorific expressions), which is a form of Japanese communication that is used to show the speaker's respect for the listener. This type of expression is most commonly used in business situations in Japan.
Intermediate [Step 8]
Time Period: 32 hours (16 weeks) / A cumulative total of 18 months
Overview: Step 8 gives ample support to learners who have language skills that are sufficient enough to understand and explore the Japanese culture and unique customs. This curriculum will give you a deeper understanding of Japan and its culture, and will allow you to develop your comprehensive Japanese language skills further – ultimately achieving full mastery of intermediate level Japanese.
Advance [Level 9] is only for private lessons.
Noguchi Sensei is a native Japanese with
28-year teaching experiences. She was
a faculty member in Florida Int'l University
and Future H University, Japan.
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