Japanese Classes LA - 日本語 - Learn Japanese

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Private Classes for Adults

Would you like to get the best out of your experiences traveling to Japan? How about you’re looking to develop in depth knowledge and functionality in Japanese, and group classes in the past haven’t worked for you? Do you have a specific need in Japanese to develop your language skills quickly?

Hills Learning’s curriculum for Japanese comprises both language and cultural instruction. For each class, we follow our SWIRL methodology, developing at least three of the five language skills per class. Our main goal for Japanese private lessons is to develop conversational skills, but we also specialize in test prep (JLPT and others), cultural etiquette, business, or just general language acquisition.

Within this basic framework, Hills Learning’s staff develops curriculum and assessments based on student needs and goals. Private lessons are a unique opportunity for students to learn Japanese at their own pace.

Private Classes for Teens and Kids (Tutoring)

Are you interested in having your young teen or kid learn about the Japanese language and culture? How about your teen watches hours of anime or reads manga, and would like to learn the Japanese language? Maybe your family has ties to Japan, or your child would just like very much to travel there?

Hills Learning offers a unique opportunity for kids and young teens to learn Japanese in private lessons. We can not only teach them the basics of the alphabets, reading, writing, and conversation, but it’s also possible that the classes your child is taking with us can be transferred to their respective high school or college for credit. Please see for credit for further information.

For more general information on our Japanese classes for kids, please CONTACT US

-Our usual schedule is 1.5 hours per week for 8 weeks (12 hours total)
-Interested in more than one semester? Please look at our class bundles
-Get a discount on your next semester if you refer a friend / family member
-Check course details for more information on the textbook

Other Lesson Types

Japanese Online Lessons give you the opportunity to learn Japanese with us even if you cannot commute to our center in New York City. Students can attend Japanese classes through the comfort of their own home using a handheld device or a desktop / laptop computer. We have options for students to take Japanese with us either in a private lesson format or a group lesson format.

For private lessons for online students, we arrange a schedule like we would with regular Japanese private lessons, matching the student availability with the teacher's. We usually skype or zoom for online Japanese lessons but there are other programs that we are also open to using.

There is also an option for taking Japanese group classes online. Currently during COVID-19, all of our group classes are being offered online. Once we start offering face to face NYC classes again, there still will be options to take group classes with us online. Please either visit the online page for Japanese classes online to see more details or contact us for any further information.



Level Info

Class Levels - Beginner 1, 2, 3 AND Adv Beginner 1, 2, 3

Level Descriptions (Beginner 1, 2, 3) –
The Beginner Japanese class is for students eager to learn the basics of Japanese, where they will learn basic greetings and conversational skills to shop, order food, and discuss their schedules. They will also learn Hiragana, Katakana, and start learning Kanji. Our courses are designed for determined beginners who want to develop their language skills by reading and writing while working on their conversational skills and being able to start forming basic sentences in Japanese.

Level Descriptions (Adv Beginner 1, 2, 3) - 

In Advanced Beginner Japanese, students will go more in depth in their everyday life skills in Japanese. The advanced beginner starts out with discussing one's home, and giving commands. The student then in the next level discusses traveling, and how to give directions. Finally the advanced beginner series ends with the theme of hobbies and experiences, where we equip students to perform all basic Japanese tasks. 

ACTFL Standards - 

All our courses relate to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines - We are aiming for students in our beginner levels to have novice mid language proficiency, working towards novice high proficiency.

JLPT Equivalent - 

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N5

Supplementary Textbooks - 

Although Hills Learning has its own curriculum, we also recommend using the Genki 1 textbook in our Beginner levels