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Course Description

Start from the beginning with JLMI. We cover self-introductions, casual conversation and common topics that come up in everyday life. Taught in English with audiovisual content from popular reality TV shows in Japan. We focus strongly on verbal communication skills (speaking / listening) and each session culminates in conversation practice, presentation and immediate feedback from native speakers.

All JLMI courses take place 100% online. No matter where you are, you are able and welcome to join in and work with other like-minded students to improve your communicative ability.

JLMI is different from other language schools in that all instructors are professionals in the visualmedia translation industry and work through the Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy here in Tokyo. We use multiple languages in our private and professional lives every day and very much understand the joy and struggle of making a foreign language work for you.

Course Goals

This is a beginner’s level crash course that will take you through different social situations and show you how to navigate them casually, clearly and successfully.

After taking this class, you will be able to do the following:

  • introduce yourself
  • discuss your age, hometown, residence and profession
  • speak in compound sentences
  • react appropriately
  • discuss and gauge your own abilities
  • ask simple questions to others in a casual way
  • compare both concrete things and abstract ideas
  • set up dates and gatherings
  • make clear volitional statements
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Additional Info

All JLMI courses take place 100% online. In order to attend a class, you will need a device with internet connectivity. Smartphones and tablets are perfectly fine, but in order to interact more easily with media content, chat features and digital handouts, we recommend a computer.

We also offer a FREE trial lesson for several of our beginner level courses. Please follow the link below to check the dates and times for our trial lessons.

JLMI cannot issue any refunds once a course has begun. Please carefully confirm the times and dates for each class before signing up. All times and dates are listed in JST. 

For the security and privacy of all persons involved, course recordings will not be available to anyone under any circumstances. We offer real-time interactive lessons, not to be mistaken with on-demand content. Thank you for your understanding.

Course Instructors

Nami has her hand in consulting for business planning and global publicity for local corporations, developing PR content and curricula for domestic and foreign universities as well as many other projects at JVTA including J-Anime Meeting in Russia since 2020.

Originally from the US, Bill moved to Osaka in 2007 with zero Japanese knowledge whatsoever. Thanks to that experience of studying to survive and practicing with the super slangy dialect of the Kansai region, Bill has a unique grasp of the language that has opened so many different doors for him from voice acting jobs to hosting live events, from performing for Japanese comedy audiences to officiating weddings. He believes that the goal of language learning is not to be fluent and pass for native but to be comfortable enough to share ideas with native speakers and use language as the tool it is to accomplish one’s goals.

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Course Tuition

Practical Japanese Conversation – REALITY TV

  • For Domestic Students Living in Japan – 8,800 JPY*
  • For International Students Living Abroad – 8,000 JPY

*includes consumption tax required by Japanese law