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Japanese Classes NYC - 日本語 - Learn Japanese NYC

Japanese Classes – 日本語
Price – $379 $335 early registration ends on 08/21

Student Enrollment – Maximum 7, Minimum 3
Textbook – Please click on course for more info

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 (Japanese 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

-1.5 hours per week for 8 weeks or 2 hours per week for 6 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

Additional Lesson Options

  • Online
  • For Business
  • For Credit
  • Kids

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 in NYC through online.  What will happen is, subject to availability, you might be able to take any one of our group classes listed under the group class section by joining remotely. We'll setup a computer with an HD camera that allows students to interact with their classmates and teacher, like they would in a regular face to face group class. We'll also administer assessments via online and send any relevant homework for the classes.  


Please CONTACT US for more information on the online classes. 

Hills Learning is next to multiple businesses that are headquartered near Grand Central Station in New York. We've worked with multiple Japanese (and non-Japanese) companies to offer language lessons for corporate employees. Since we are a fully accredited institution, it is usually easier for prospective students to get reimbursement for their classes through us.


For classes for business at Hills Learning you can choose to take classes here through our regular group class offerings, or sign up to private Japanese lessons where we can tailor the curriculum to fit yours and your company's needs. We can teach Japanese and formal Keigo instruction for business purposes, or just go through regular language acquisition for clients. 


There is a possibility for classes for business purposes to come and teach at your office. We also have classrooms available at our Grand Central location (usually business hours 9 to 5 are open, after hours you'd need to contact us). 


Please CONTACT US for more information on our business programs. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing your business needs. 

Hills Learning offers courses for credit for Japanese. Since we're a fully accredited institution we have the ability to partner with either a college, university or high school to put together a program for transferring credit.


How the program works is you'd contact Hills Learning and ask about our programs for credit, mention that you're interested in learning Japanese. We'd then need to speak to a school administrator from your host school to see what their requirements would be for credit transfer and then discuss how either taking a group and / or private class here would help fulfill those requirements.


Taking classes for credit at Hills Learning is a great way to take your language of choice and have it count for credit. Too often we see schools not offering the languages of students choice, such as Japanese, and we also see that even if they offer those courses they don't have the specific level of the target student. 


Please CONTACT US about the Japanese classes for credit.  

Hills Learning offers Japanese classes for kids. Our regular programs on our website are for adult students (except where noted) so if you're interested in classes for your kids to learn Japanese we usually teach kids in a private or a semi-private setting.


All classes for Hills Learning students are generally recommended to take place at our center, however we do also have the opportunity to send teachers to student homes for teaching. We understand especially with younger kids it's sometimes difficult to commute to our center.


Our lessons for Japanese for kids teach with a specific curriculum that is fun and engaging. We usually teach with videos, songs and interactive activities for the students to learn Japanese. We do teach Hiragana as well as Katakana, but depending on your child's age, we might start out with vocabulary and grammar only. Kanji of course is also taught once the first two alphabets are mastered.


Please CONTACT US for further information on our Japanese classes for kids. 

Levels and Class Progression

Classes – Beginner 1-3, Advanced Beginner 1-3

Total Hours – 72

Textbook – Genki I

JLPT Level – Studying toward N5

ACTFL Level – Novice Low to Novice High

Level Description –
In the beginner Japanese classes, students will Learn the basics of Japanese, including greetings and basic conversational skills that will allow one to to order food, shop, make plans, and travel to Japan. Our course is designed for students with little to no experience who are eager to learn basic Japanese phrases and develop a strong familiarity with the Hiragana and the Katakana alphabets. Vocabulary for time, directions, family, as well as reviews of basic introductory phrases will all be covered. Regular homework will also be given. This level utilizes Genki I chapters 1-6.

In Advanced Beginner Japanese, students will develop everyday life skills in Japanese. This course is designed to encourage students to use more Japanese in the classroom, and to help them move beyond being just a “beginner” of the language. Students will learn to invite people out and talk at the restaurant in Japanese, as well as focus more on past and present tense conjugations, vocabulary, and verb forms. This level utilizes Genki I chapters 7-12.

 

 

Student Testimonials - Japanese

  • I have loved my time at Hills Learning. I took Japanese for three semesters in college, and I feel I am twice as proficient in half the time.

    Jon B

    Japanese Group
  • I took beginner level 1 at a different school and I've learned way more here at Hills because of the immersion, which I appreciate even in really low-level classes.

    Hayley M

    Japanese Group
  • The class has been wonderful in helping me learn Japanese. I came in a complete beginner and have learned a lot in a short amount of time, enough to have me excited to want to learn more. My teacher takes time to answer all questions and explains things very well, all in all it's been an amazing experience.

    Audrery M

    Japanese Group
  • I absolutely loved my experience at Hills. Sensei is amazing, so sweet, and such a patient teacher. Coming to Japanese class was my favorite part of the week.

    Dana Y

    Japanese Group
  • I really enjoy the class and feel like I am always learning something new.

    Japanese Group
  • Target language only was great. It was a good class and I will continue.

    Mark

    Japanese Group
  • This has been a really good program – the structure is good and feedback is immediate. The verbal practice really helps reinforce the written practice.

    Sharon

    Japanese Group
  • I really enjoyed the challenges and the pace set by my instructor. I have enrolled myself into this year’s JLPT N5 exam and the pace of this class will help me cover most of the topics I want to, without resorting apparel courses. She is a great teacher, with really good method of educating students that are interested in Japanese and in her class. I think I am very clear about all topics she has covered so far and I am really looking forward to the next semester.

    Deepak

    Japanese Group
  • The class was conducted entirely in Japanese. Very good at explaining grammar. Students create their own sentences from grammar patterns. Chose a very interesting way of material to watch, read and study.

    N1 student

    Japanese Group
  • Learning Japanese N1 with my sensei has been an amazing experience for me. She makes the classroom ambiance as consistently Japanese as possible in terms of dialogue and questions and answers, and her feedback and explanations are always thorough and extremely helpful. I'm very satisfied with this course.

    Khalid H

    Japanese Group
  • I think that the attention given to the class is great and that I can email the teacher if I need assistance or clarification is incredible. I think that the value I'm getting for the price is really exceptional.

    Joe M

    Japanese Group
  • The sensei is a great teacher who can really push us in terms of using the most out of what we know. The class size is great, the pace of learning material is great, and the aspects that aren't covered in class are well explained in homework or in following sessions.

    Miguel L

    Japanese Group
  • The instructor is very very helpful. She never seems to get frustrated when you get something wrong. She is also very laid back. She has been very good and I can't imagine learning better with anyone else.

    Brian G

    Japanese Private Kids
  • The teacher is great at keeping a dialogue going in Japanese as much as our skills will allow for, and her sense of humor keeps the topics interesting! Also good at motivating work outside of the classroom.

    Jaz H

    Japanese Group
  • In general I am very satisfied at this point. We have been focusing more on conversation practice in my last 4 or 5 lessons, though somehow we have also covered a good deal of grammatical material (from the teacher and from Japanese for Busy People II). The teacher is very skilled at shaping the conversation as it develops so that I feel challenged but not overwhelmed. I definitely feel more confident with my speaking ability, which makes me feel great; and I am much more comfortable with some grammar concepts that have stymied me before.

    Orion A

    Japanese Private
  • The teachers's been a great help with my prep for JLPT 1 and she makes the effort to go beyond textbook material by organizing discussions of current events and modern Japanese culture. I'm going into the exam fully prepared and expecting to do well.

    Chunming L

    Japanese Group
  • The sensei is a great teacher and she has really helped me to learn a lot of things about kanji and certain grammar points that I could have never picked up without her expertise! I really feel like I wasn't able to give Japanese my 100% attention in the first few lessons but other the past 3 or 4 weeks, I have been studying hard and hope to continue lessons until JLPT in the winter.

    Iaisha S

    Japanese Group
  • I was impressed by the professionalism and willingness to teach the language of the sensei. With strength of just 3 people, it was kind of semi-private lesson and she made sure that everyone understood everything taught in the lesson. I should also mention the consideration by Hills Learning to change the class timing. I wasn't able attend as per original schedule; but the director made an effort to switch the class to a time which suited everyone. I really appreciate it.

    Vishal P

    Japanese Group
  • My experience was overall fantastic! I learned so much in only 4 weeks, which included reading, writing, and speaking Japanese. Both teachers were excellent and their teaching performances were outstanding. I know that I will always recommend Hills Learning to anyone interested in learning a new language. I look forward to more experiences with Hills Learning in the future. Thank you!

    Nicole-Amanda M

    Japanese Group
  • Even though the class was only once a week I felt like we covered a lot and got a general understanding of Japanese. I enjoyed going to each class and the teacher was patient when students didn't understand and she made it fun by making it very interactive. My favorite thing we did was translate manga pages. The class also drove my motivation to continue learning the language so I was very happy to be a part of it.

    Pamela V

    Japanese Kids Group
  • The sensei is great! She's really knowledgeable and encourages us to use what we learn in class. I've already enrolled in the next Japanese program.

    Joe M

    Japanese Group
  • The teacher is awesome, very organized. The class is well structured and I am impressed with our progress so quickly for a class that only meets once a week.

    Joann C

    Japanese Group
  • The teacher was extremely kind and patient, offering her knowledge of language and anything else we had questions about. The class was fun and engaging while taught on a relaxed but professional level. I felt fully engaged in the language I was studying.

    Martin A

    Japanese Group
  • I like this small size class, and able to ask any question when I do have. My teacher is a great teacher, very patient, and really spend time on our homework.

    Jennifer C

    Japanese Group
  • I like the fact that classes are small and the time is good for those who work or go to college. I like the fact that we do all the exercises to reinforce what we learned, and that we receive help with the JLPT exam as well. Thank you!

    Jessica R

    Japanese Group
  • I really liked having small class size. It kind of gives a personal touch to learning. The teacher is knowledgeable and her teaching methods are good. She would explain same thing again and again till everyone gets it.

    Vishal P

    Japanese Group
  • So far the approach to Japanese as a first time learner is useful and goes on a good progression.

    Miguel L

    Japanese Group
  • My sensei is an excellent teacher who really tries to cater to our needs and adjust the lessons according to our strengths and weaknesses. She truly puts in a lot of her own time into her lessons and the homework and it definitely shows.

    Joseph M

    Japanese Group
  • I am thrilled to have learned Hiragana and Katakana in such a short time, and the instructor has done a great job of pushing us to master this quickly.

    Emily H

    Japanese Group
  • My teacher is very very helpful. She never seems to get frustrated when you get something wrong or something. She is also very laid back. She has been very good and I can't imagine learning better with anyone else.

    Bryan G

    Japanese Kids Group
  • Every lesson I learned a new grammar structure and I'm glad that I have been able to use it within speaking. My teacher has incorporated homework assignments and activities that stretch beyond textbook standard procedures to keep lessons interesting. I have learned a lot and I am grateful for this opportunity.

    Melissa P

    Japanese Private
  • Prior to Hills I was self teaching Japanese. I did well but I felt I'd do better with some structured lessons and feedback from a teacher. My instructor has been great! She's really knowledgeable and encourages us to use what we learn in class. I've already enrolled in the next Japanese program.

    Joe M

    Japanese Group
  • I like the pace and content of the classes. My teacher is very helpful in explaining grammar points in more detail and is also funny.

    Reiko

    Japanese Group
  • I really like my teacher because she is very energetic and also pays attention to details.

    Miao W

    Japanese Private
  • I am very satisfied with the level and the size of the class, and with the teacher's method as well.

    Gae F

    Japanese Group
  • Very thorough. Challenging. Engaging. Fun! I'm quite satisfied with the quality of instruction.

    Shari S

    Japanese Group
  • My sensei is an amazing teach- she cares that her students learn Japanese and it really shows.

    Douglas S

    Japanese Group
  • I am enjoying my language class with my sensei so far. I have been able to recognize certain terms and use them in a sentence. I am slowly picking up on having a conversation in Japanese. My hiragana writing is improving thanks to the class.

    Adalia V

    Japanese Group
  • I have truly enjoyed going to classes and am very satisfied in the progress I've made learning Japanese so far.

    Evan F

    Japanese Group
  • The class is great. I learnt a lot from this class.

    Feng Y

    Japanese Group
  • I have very much enjoyed taking 3 Japanese courses through Hills Learning. If I wasn't moving out of state I would have loved to continue taking classes. My Sensei Mana has been so wonderful. She is a kind teacher who always has time for her students. I always have so many questions after class and she is always willing to stay after to answer them. The main reason I love the courses is because of Mana. I've taken all 3 courses with her. I also have enjoyed learning Japanese. I never thought I would learn as much as I have. Thank you.

    Danielle G

    Japanese Group