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Learn Japanese Online

Interested in Japanese media & culture?
Looking to improve your Japanese for the office?
Want to understand what your favorite anime character is actually saying?
Welcome to JLMI.

Free voice acting workshop!

Join Bill and professional voice actor, Natsu Shinomiya, in a free voice acting for anime workshop this month courtesy of Japan Foundation Los Angeles! Sign up soon as space is limited!!

↓ Winter / Spring 2023 Courses ↓

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ADVANCED COURSE

Dates: 3/6 3/13 3/20 3/27 4/3 4/10

MON 19:30 – 21:00 JST

6 Classes Total

9 Interactive Hours 

Weekly Graded Assignments

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INTERMEDIATE COURSE

Dates: 3/7 3/14 3/28 4/4   4/11

TUE 19:30 – 21:00 JST

5 Classes Total

7.5 Interactive Hours 

No Homework / Fully Conversational

Voice Acting advanced

ADVANCED COURSE

Dates: 4/12 4/19 4/26 5/10 5/17

WED 19:30 – 21:00 JST

5 Classes Total

7.5 Interactive Hours

Weekly Assignments / Roleplays

Voice Acting beginner

BEGINNER COURSE

Dates: 4/10 4/17 4/24 5/8 5/15

MON 19:30 – 21:00 JST

5 Classes Total

7.5 Interactive Hours

Weekly Assignments / Roleplays

Why Study with JLMI?

Each course involves real-time interactive conversation practice and/or open discussions with the instructor about that day's topic. Speak freely and make mistakes. Our instructors will provide live feedback.

Interactive Practice

Each course involves real-time interactive conversation practice and/or open discussions with the instructor about that day’s topic. Speak freely and make mistakes. Our instructors will provide live feedback.
All of our courses take place virtually via Zoom so you can join easily and start learning today no matter where you are located. Our students have signed in from home, classrooms, boats and trains all over the world.

100% Online Courses

All of our courses take place virtually via Zoom so you can join easily and start learning today no matter where you are located. Our students have signed in from home, classrooms, boats and trains all over the world.
Our courses are built around current Japanese media including anime, manga, video games, novels, articles and more. Learn why characters are speaking the way they do and then practice how to actually apply that to your everyday life.

Media-Based Content

Our courses are built around current Japanese media including anime, manga, video games, novels, articles and more. Learn why characters are speaking the way they do and then practice how to actually apply that to your everyday life.
Beginners work on conversational skills like sharing opinions, asking others' and establishing common ground. Advanced students dive deeper into current media to study structure, context, subtext and how to make yourself clearer.

Practical Skills

Beginners work on conversational skills like sharing opinions, asking others’ and establishing common ground. Advanced students dive deeper into current media to study structure, context, subtext and how to make yourself clearer.

Beginner Courses

The goal is not to become a perfect, near-native speaker, but an able, independent and well-rounded participant in Japanese culture. Our content is fresh, modern and based on current media and actual life experience in Japan.

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What actually happens in each class?

Beginner courses consist of five 90min. classes that take place once a week. Each class has a similar flow, but the content builds from the previous week and increases in difficulty each week 🙂 

Advanced Courses

Dive deep into nuance and subtext. Learn how to become a better blogger. Improve your ability to pick up on subtle cultural cues in newspapers. You can even get started on becoming a visualmedia translator.

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Classes Starting Winter 2023

Follow us on Instagram @jlmi_tokyo to be notified as soon as registration opens.
Follow us on Instagram @jlmi_tokyo to be notified as soon as registration opens.

Classes Starting Winter 2023

Follow us on Instagram @jlmi_tokyo to be notified as soon as registration opens.
Follow us on Instagram @jlmi_tokyo to be notified as soon as registration opens.

Classes Starting Winter 2023

Follow us on Instagram @jlmi_tokyo to be notified as soon as registration opens.

Student Testimonials

- Michael, London

“I liked learning natural responses and intonation for casual conversation. That’s something that’s always made me nervous to speak in public.”

– Michael, London
- Jiji, Tokyo

“I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and didn’t feel afraid to ask questions. There was an open peer-learning vibe that I really appreciated.”

– Jiji, Tokyo
- Jen, New York

"Everyone at JLMI is extremely friendly, and this is a great blend of pop content and fun language learning. You don't need to be big anime fan to participate."

– Jen, New York
- Jacinta, Manila

“Everyone would like these classes, even if you're not so interested in anime, and are simply traveling throughout Japan, this would be a fun class for them.”

– Jacinta, Manila

JLMI x JVTA

JLMI is run by Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy. For over two decades, JVTA has been at the forefront of the visual media translation industry, producing subtitles in various languages, along with closed captions and audio description for the visually and hearing-impaired. Over the years, we have expanded our areas of expertise beyond translation and now provide a variety of services with a global touch that involve video creation, language learning, PR, education and much more.

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