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Lessons Offered

Basic Japanese  (JLPT N5 - N4)

Basic Japanese I

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Basic Japanese I is the starting point for all Simple Gaijin students. In BJ1, you'll learn how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana to start off. Once you pass the Hiragana / Katakana test, we will start you at the first page of Genki I. 

NO ROMAJI (Roman Characters) WILL BE USED!

 You will also learn the secret on how to learn Kanji more quickly that most native Japanese teachers refuse to teach their Gaijin students.

You will learn about 145 kanji in this unit, which would be more enough to know for the JLPT N5.

No other outside materials will be used in this class. Just the Genki series books. If you want more materials to work with, a private lesson is the way to go!

Textbook will be shared in class via Skype, but students are highly encouraged to purchase their own physical copy of Genki I textbook and workbook.

Textbook: Genki I (Chapters 1 - 12)

Estimated Length: 9 months - 1 year (can be quicker depending on the student's motivation and number of lessons per month/week)

Basic Japanese II

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We progress into the Genki II textbook! While you are still in Basic Japanese, the grammar points start to get more complex (but not too complex), and you will also learn basic Keigo (respectful language). You will also start to learn which Japanese is primarily used in spoken Japanese or written Japanese.

Your kanji skills are going to continue to increase as well, as long as you continue to follow the Way of Learning Kanji. At the end of this course, you will know a total of 340 kanji, which is enough for the JLPT N4 test.

No other outside materials will be used in this class. Just the Genki series books. If you want more materials to work with, a private lesson is the way to go!

Textbook: Genki II (Chapters 13 - 23)

Estimated Length of Time: 10 months - 1 year (can be quicker depending on the student's motivation and number of lessons per week/month)

Intermediate Japanese (JLPT N3)

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Intermediate Japanese is definitely a step-up compared to the beginner courses!

Since we have completed the Genki series, we will move on to the next book in the series, IAIJ (An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese). This book is used in a lot of college Japanese classrooms for their intermediate or advanced level courses. 

In terms of grammar and vocabulary, you are going to learn that there are multiple ways to say the same thing, but they all have different connotations. Again, the separation between oral and written Japanese will be crucial for you to make it.

At this point, you might be (or already have) close to mastering the "Way of Kanji". The intermediate level, while challenging, will unlock a lot of kanji that will be necessary to learn the 1,006 Kyoiku Kanji, the kanji that all Japanese 6th graders need to know before going to middle school. Here, you will know a total of 848 kanji through the book, while the rest we will learn on our own through other sources.

Textbook: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese ​(Chapters 1 -15)

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