JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSES:
Japanese (日本語, Nihongo) is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. Japanese has no clear genealogical relationship with Chinese, although it makes prevalent use of Chinese characters, or kanji (漢字), in its writing system, and a large portion of its vocabulary is borrowed from Chinese.
Study Japanese with EarthDiverse!
One of our newest language programmes for 2021, our Introductory Japanese 101 course begins with a focus on learning hiragana and katakana scripts, writing and reading practice, and includes basic introductory grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Basic everyday vocabulary and expressions will be taught, always with a view to empowering learners so that they feel encouraged to build their own sentences and be able to make some simple conversation during our first Term. Distinctive aspects of the Japanese language will also be addressed, along with simple present and past forms of essential verbs in short sentences.
EarthDiverse currently offers the following Japanese language classes on a rotating and evolving basis, with new intakes of students in Japanese 101 beginning twice a year, in Term 1 (February) and again in Term 3 (July-August). 101 and 103 courses are offered in Terms 1 & 3 each year, and 102 & 104 courses are offered in Terms 2 & 4 each year. If you have some elementary understanding, you may consider starting in a 102 or 103 course as well. When completing one 8-week course, each cohort can begin advancing to the next course in the series.
- Japanese 101: Introductory Japanese, Part 1 (offered in Term 1 & Term 3)
- Japanese 102: Introductory Japanese, Part 2 (offered in Term 2 & Term 4)
- Japanese 103: Introductory Japanese, Part 3 (offered in Term 3 & Term 1)
- Japanese 104: Introductory Japanese, Part 4 (offered in Term 4 & Term 2)
Intermediate Level courses will be available in 2022.
Location: Our in-person Japanese courses are held at Berkley Intermediate School, Hillcrest, Hamilton. Details can be found on each individual course page.
DISTANCE-LEARNING OPTIONS: Our Japanese courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed classes are available via free Zoom software, or those unable to attend the date and time of the actual class sessions can watch the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace. These recorded sessions will be available soon after each class finishes so that you may watch the recorded video via any web-browser at your leisure. Your instructor will provide details on how to access your classes before your course begins.
Cost per person per Term (8 classes):
- Waged: $125.00 (includes GST + online registration fee)
- Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $100.00 (includes GST + online registration fee)
EarthDiverse offers the following Japanese language classes on a rotating basis:
JAPANESE COURSES OFFERED IN 2022 TERM 1 ARE:
- Introductory Japanese 101 (day and time to be determined)
- Introductory Japanese 103 (Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm)
- Introductory Japanese 201 (Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm)
FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON EACH COURSE, PLEASE CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE TILE BELOW: