Learn Japanese in Japan

The only way to Learn Japanese Effectively

Taking the decision to Study in Japan is usually a life changing event. The ability of being able to communicate in Japanese releases great potential to work at many Japanese and international companies. You may aim to become a translator, a teacher, a journalist, a business analyst, or you may simply wish to learn Japanese for personal or academic reasons. Whatever your reason to learn Japanese the only way to really master the language is to learn Japanese in Japan.

Our courses are characterized by a communicative approach to learning the Japanese language. Functional Japanese is taught to ensure that you are able to live independently in Japan. As your language skills develop, you will be able to communicate in an ever increasing number of contexts. Cultural awareness is enhanced through many cultural activities exposing you to the traditions and culture of Japan.

For those that require Japanese for academic purposes, all of our schools offer Pre College Courses that prepare you to take entrance examinations at University and to be able to function as a successful student.

Our language schools have been offering courses for many years and are leaders in Japanese language education.

All schools are registered with the Ministry of Education and are members of the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education. This is an overseeing government agency that monitors and regulates language schools for the quality of their courses, the qualifications of their teachers, and the facilities of each school.

Seizing the opportunity to study in Japan, learning the language and culture, can set you off on a journey that has many routes. You have already taken the first step in this journey. Take the next step to achieving a valuable goal by researching your options here.

Study in Japan

You will probably wonder how long it will take to learn Japanese to proficient level. Of course, this question is impossible to answer. How quickly you learn depends on your language learning ability, your motivation, your learning environment, the intensity of instruction, and your prior experience in learning foreign languages.

However, The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State ranks Japanese as a category III language to learn. This means Japanese is categorized as a language that is quite difficult for native English speakers to learn. It is estimated that it will take 88 weeks (2200 class hours) to learn Japanese up to an advanced level (about half that time preferably spent studying in Japan).

The Japanese Language

Japanese ranks as one of the world's most important languages with over 130 million speakers. Of these, the vast majority, about 126 million, reside within Japan and the island group of Okinawa. Another two million or so live in the United States, Canada and Australia, or areas where Japanese have immigrated. Millions of additional near-native or otherwise fluent speakers of Japanese reside within Korea, China, or other parts of Asia.

About 2.3 million people studied the language worldwide in 2003: 900,000 South Koreans, 389,000 Chinese, 381,000 Australians, and 140,000 Americans study Japanese in lower and higher educational institutions.

With the increasing global importance of Asia and Pacific Rim, and economic and strategic significance of international Japanese relationships, it is important that more people become proficient in Japanese.

The importance of Japan in the global context means that knowledge of the Japanese language and culture benefits those in a variety of different fields such as tourism, journalism, science, technology, humanities and social sciences. A growing awareness of this fact has led to a great increase in the numbers and backgrounds of students of Japanese and a broadening of their goals in recent years.

Japanese Language History

The classification of the Japanese language is uncertain and disputed. Historical linguists who specialize in Japanese agree that it is one of the two members of the Japonic language family, but remain divided as to the origins of the Japonic languages. An older view, still held by many non-specialists, is that Japanese is a language isolate. However, because the Japonic family consists of two known members, Japanese and Ryukyuan, that analysis may be inaccurate.

The genetic connection of the Japonic family is unknown. Numerous theories have been proposed, relating it to a wide variety of other languages and families, including extinct languages spoken by historic cultures of the Korean Peninsula; the Korean language; the Altaic languages; among many others. It is also often suggested that it may be a Creole language combining more than one of these. At this point, no one theory is generally accepted as correct, and the issue is likely to remain controversial.

Japanese Language Information

  • Aspects of Japanese language include the following: No verb conjugation, No gender of nouns, No articles such as (a, the), Number (singular and plural) are not important and barely exists, Only 48 sounds consisting of 5 vowels and 11 consonants, Syntax or the word order of a sentence, excepting the final verb, is totally free
  • The written language has 3 methods of writing: Thousands of Chinese characters called Kanji and 2 Japanese syllabic scripts of 48 characters each called Hiragana and Katakana. Because of this, Japanese is considered the most complex written language in the world.
  • Many words have two very different roots of pronunciation, a Chinese root and a Japanese root.
    Japanese does not have the tones that Chinese uses. Pronunciation of a word is multi-syllabic, whereas the Chinese way is a monosyllable.
  • The main verb comes at the end of the sentence. This can make the meaning of a long sentence hard to grasp.
  • Particles follow nouns, denoting their usage. This is often difficult for foreigners to learn unless they happen to be Korean or Mongolian.
  • Tokyo and Sapporo are considered the two main centers of the standard national language, but all other areas have their unique accents and even different words. Osaka’s accent is one of the most recognizable.
  • It takes about twice as long to say something compared to English. English song lyrics are cut in half when translated into Japanese in order to keep the same rhythm.

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