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Online Courses

Whether you are just beginning your linguistic journey

or looking to improve your professional skills,

we have something just for you.

Beginner & Intermediate Courses

All Beginner and Intermediate level courses consist of 4 sessions. Each session lasts for about 2 hours. These are not on-demand videos. Each course is taught by 2 living and breathing Japanese speakers looking forward to connecting with all of you around the globe. Browse below to find a course that is right for your level and schedule.

2-hour interactive sessions

8 total hours of active study  and practice

Live correction and feedback from instructors

All online (via zoom)

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Practical Japanese Conversation  (Beginner A)

Learn Japanese through anime, manga, music, and media!

4 Sessions in total.

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 aids from popular anime, manga, and reality TV shows. We focus strongly on verbal communication skills (speaking/listening) and each session culminates in conversation practice, presentation, and immediate feedback.

Dates & Times (Japan Standard Time)

11/22 (Mon), 11/29 (Mon), 12/6 (Mon), 12/13 (Mon)
10:00 – 12:00

Price

Overseas participants : 6,000JPY (tax excluded),

Residents in Japan: 6,600JPY (tax included)

Instructors

Bill Reilly, Nami Asakawa

See bio:https://jlmi.jvtacademy.com/jlmi-team/

Application deadline

11/19 (Fri) JST

Course Details

Session 1 – Firsts

– Reading Hiragana and Katakana (food / professions)
– Introducing yourself, stating age & hometown, asking age & hometown
– Asking and answering questions about professions
– Determining the difference between polite and casual conversations
– Practicing appropriate reactions and responses
– Question & Answer practice
– Listening for gist (reality television)
– Listening for detail (reality television)
– Pair conversation practice
– Pair conversation presentation
– Individual and group feedback

Session 2 – Abilities
– Reading Hiragana and Katakana (technology)
– Discussing your own abilities, asking about others’ abilities
– Sharing opinions about one’s own / others’ abilities
– Discussing activity frequency
– Confirming locations / times
– Listening for gist (reality television)
– Listening for detail (reality television)
– Pair conversation practice
– Pair conversation presentation
– Individual and group feedback

Session 3 – Comparisons
– Reading Hiragana and Katakana (news)
– Discussing qualities of objects (concrete)
– Creating and responding to comparative statements and questions
– Listening for gist (reality television)
– Listening for detail (reality television)
– Pair conversation practice
– Pair conversation presentation
– Individual and group feedback

Session 4 – Going Out
– Reading Hiragana and Katakana (drinks)
– Discussing qualities of objects (abstract)
– Confirming schedules and setting dates
– Listening for gist (reality television)
– Listening for detail (reality television)
– Pair conversation practice
– Pair conversation presentation
– Individual and group feedback

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Japanese Advanced Nuance (Reading)

On the same page with the natives!

*This course is conducted in Japanese.

Do you already speak Japanese but still struggle with written text?
Do you try reading newspapers but get stuck trying to find the gist or logic?
This course will teach you how to read the text as a whole while also understanding the message behind it. Current interviews, essays, fiction, etc. will serve as our class material.

Dates & Times (Japan Standard Time)

12/02 (Thu),  12/09 (Thu), 12/16 (Thu), 12/23 (Thu)

19:00 – 21:00

Price

Overseas participants: 9,500JPY (tax excluded),

Residents in Japan : 10,450JPY (tax included)

Instructors

Naoki Niira, Yuichiro Maruyama

See bio:https://jlmi.jvtacademy.com/jlmi-team/

Application deadline

12/1 (Wed) JST

Course Details

Session 1 – Scanning the news.

Understanding the specifics of written grammar and analyzing subjects and objects of sentences. Taking apart the overall logic of a Japanese written sentence.
– Different ways to end a sentence (with verbs, nouns, etc.)
– Subject and predicate in a Japanese sentence
– Interpreting specific parts of speech
– Japanese idioms

Session 2 – Reading a newspaper article. (with assignment)

Working with words and phrases that often appear in journals and newspapers.
Learning to decode various authors’ intents.
– Commonly used written expressions and phrases
– Modern Japanese slang
– The flow of the argument
– Verb tenses

Session 3 – Working with high-context essays. (with assignment)

Learning how to investigate the contextual background, understand words with layered meanings and the general flow of the argumentation.
– Understanding the context
– Improving your vocabulary
– Learning useful katakana words

Session 4 – Reading Japanese fiction. (with assignment)

Understanding the workings of Japanese literary sentences and the use of literary techniques in both modern and classical Japanese literature.
– Types of writing styles
– Metaphor usage
– Kanji
– Japanese gendered language

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