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Voices from the students


See what our students have to say about JF Japanese Language Course.
I have completed the A1-1 and A1-2 levels for beginners and both have provided me with a strong foundation to build on and motivation to learn. The material taught in each level is well thought out and presented so that students have goals that are measurable and attainable. They also provided a path to proficiency that helps build confidence in the student. Classes are interactive and students are encouraged to speak with each other as well as the instructor. The environment is great for learning without becoming discouraged. Will you have to study and do homework? Of course, but it is worth it when you see the results. I have successfully translated my learning into real life use at restaurants and shops, with Japanese tourists in NYC and Barcelona (yes, Barcelona!), and with friends.

The JF Japanese Language Course also presents cultural events that reinforce the language skills while learning about Japanese culture. Conversation Cafe and Making Sushi for Hinamatsuri really stand out for me. These events are great for meeting others with similar interests and practicing Japanese in a casual environment…

The JF Japanese Language Course has really instilled a commitment to learning Japanese language and culture. I have become more proficient than I thought I would be after only 2 levels… My confidence in reading and speaking Japanese has increased tremendously…Thank you to Yoko Sakurai and Ruri Hirsch for a wonderful experience!

JS [A1-2 Introductory Japanese, Spring 13]

After taking 3 semesters of the JF Japanese Language Course, I have found them to be very beneficial as well as unique. This is due to the teaching and the course design, such as the can-do statements. The class does not solely ask for the memorization of grammar and vocabulary. Instead, the course focuses on the daily communications between people across many situations. By doing this the students will not only learn the grammar and vocabulary but have an understanding for it. After completing the 3rd semester I ended up in Japan for a month of study. I found the material learned in the JF Japanese Language class was more practical for daily life than the material in my university level Japanese. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in developing their knowledge of the Japanese language!

DB [A2-3 Elementary Japanese, Spring 13]
I have been studying Japanese language for six years at different locations in New York City and can truly say the JF Japanese Language Course provides the most unique experience. In the classroom, which always has an excellent teacher to student ratio, everyone has an equal opportunity to participate. My teacher, Yoko Sakurai, is very thorough and considerate of all her students. Homework is always returned with helpful hints on speaking and understanding Japanese language and culture.

In addition, the JF Japanese Language Course offers a diverse curriculum which includes cultural events, such as lecture on ramen, tea ceremony, JLPT workshop, as well as Conversation Cafe where you can use your new language skills in a relaxed setting with other students. I am very pleased with my progress…

PN [B1-5 Intermediate Japanese, Spring 13]

I have attended the B1 intermediate level Japanese class for five consecutive terms… Some of the ingredients that I have noticed during class are the constant surveys they are taking in order to stay on top of the students’ progress, wishes and wants. The surveys allow the students to express his or her views just as if they are in a private lesson and I must say I notice an immediate response to their views. Those surveys are making a huge difference because I feel that although I’m not the only student, my voice count, listened to and more importantly many times I feel like I made a difference… I often thought that it would probably be impossible to have a group of adults who had their share in life come after work, tired, hungry and stressed out from all walks of life stay in class and have fun learning a foreign language… The subject learned are well thought of, real and could be applied any time any moment in one’s own life so I often get out of class and start using the material learned there immediately (and that makes) it much easier to remember…

UC [B1-5 Intermediate Japanese, Spring 13]
After returning to the U.S. from three years in Japan, I was concerned about losing the language skills that I had worked so hard to attain. The JF Japanese Language Course has been invaluable in helping to prevent that. The class sizes are ideal for conversation, and have helped to boost my confidence in speaking Japanese. The readings and discussions are relevant and thought-provoking, touching upon current events and culture in a way that stimulates discussion and learning. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to continue my Japanese language education in New York, and am especially thankful to my teacher, Ms. Sakurai, for her approachability, patience, and guidance.

AS [B2 Upper Intermediate Japanese, Spring 13]

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How long is each term?

We offer regular classes in Spring (April – June), Fall (September – December), and Winter (January – March) terms, each of which lasts three months. Our regular class consists of 10 sessions/term and usually meets once a week.

Q2. Besides main textbooks, what other materials are used in the course?

In addition to main textbooks, we use various firsthand materials so that you will have opportunities to learn Japanese in real-life settings and be exposed to Japanese culture and the latest information about Japan.

Q3. How large are the classes?

The number of participants per class ranges from 6 – 10 people, depending on the size of the facility and class activities.

Q4. How do I choose the appropriate course level?

(1) Refer to JF Standard/CEFR “can-do” descriptions (pdf) to self-evaluate your level.
(2) Read course descriptions and contents carefully to find a class that matches your level and interest.

If you are not sure for which class you should register or if you have any questions/concerns,
please contact jpcourse@jfny.org / (212) 489-0299.
Trial classes and class observation are also available for your convenience.
Please contact culture@nipponclub.org or (212) 581-2223 for more information.

Q5. Can I register after the start of term?

Depending on space availability, you may still register for a class prior to the commencement of the third session of any 10-session class with instructor’s consent. Tuition cannot be prorated, but we will provide you with all the materials for lessons you have missed.

Q6. What are the registration, payment and cancellation rules and policies?

Full payment for tuition and fees must accompany your registration. A $10 fee will be charged for all refunded checks. Refunds are not available after the start of the first class session. There are no refunds or credits for missed classes. Please refer to The Nippon Club Culture Courses Registration Info or contact culture@nipponclub.org / (212) 581-2223 for more details.

Any other inquiry:

jpcourse@jfny.org / (212) 489-0299