Japanese: Beginner I

In this introductory course, you will learn basic grammatical elements, phrases and vocabulary of the Japanese language as well as elements of Japanese culture. The class will emphasize listening, speaking, language structure and writing skills. No knowledge of Japanese is required.

As you learn the language, you will also develop knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the Japanese culture and people. By the end of the course, you will be able to construct your own sentences and carry on basic conversations.

Course Materials

Please purchase and bring to class: Japanese for Busy People (Romanized Version) by Association for Japanese Language Teaching (AJLT), Revised 3rd Edition


"Risa was an amazing teacher. Her excitement for the language sparked excitement and dedication to learning it in myself. She incorporated actual experiences and cultural applications while teaching. I feel like I actually learned useful information for when I live there.... Great class. Even better instructor. Informal Classes are well worth it." - fall 2018 student Sean W

Japanese for Beginners