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2024 Winter Courses!

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Japanese Voice Acting – Beginner & Advanced Levels

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See what students had to say after taking

our most recent Japanese Voice Acting course with Jenya-sensei!

Casual Japanese Conversation

Beginner & Intermediate Levels

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See what students had to say after taking

our most recent Casual Japanese Conversation course!

Japanese for Professionals

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See what students had to say after taking

our most recent Japanese for Professionals course!

Record your own voice acting demo reel with us at JLMI in Tokyo!

OMG Are we famous? JLMI's feature on "Japan Today" !

I’m going to say something controversial yet brave; I hate anime.

“But you live in Japan!”

“But it’s so cute!”

“But the music is amazing!”

…But I don’t speak Japanese. At least I didn’t speak well enough before taking an online course last year with JLMI, the Japanese Language Media Institute. The course in question, Practical Japanese Conversation – Anime, was introduced to me by a friend who’d taken it the year before. And this friend is a total otaku. She loves cosplay, shops in Harajuku, not even going to mention her TikTok content…

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.

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 🙂 

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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