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Language Schools for Expats in Japan

Submitted: February 2014

If you will be staying in Japan for any length of time you certainly would not want to be lost in translation. The study of Japanese language can be a good investment not only socially but professionally, as Japan is a leading innovator in fields such as business and manufacturing. In this regard, you can consider attending one of the many language schools which teach Japanese during your time there.

Most language schools offer a diverse range of programmes geared towards all individual purposes such as professionally, academically or casually. In this regard, you can even choose courses which are focussed on lessons which will engage your professional field. These schools are not only geared towards beginners or intermediates but courses are also available for persons who are seeking to perfect their Japanese language skills. Additionally you can attend a language school in order to prepare you for sitting the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) which is the required certification for Japanese as a foreign language.

You can use the resources listed below in order to find a language school near you:

It is important to consider your learning style when selecting a language school. For some persons, a classroom style setting is more conducive to learning while others benefit from being taught on a one on one basis. It goes without saying that the latter option can be more costly but you should make your decision on the most effective conduit for you. In any event, it is recommended that you make enquiries with your potential schooling options in order to satisfy yourself about issues such as student/teacher ratio, size of the class, general aptitude of students to name a few.

The programmes offered at these schools vary in length but at most schools you can find courses lasting from two weeks to three months. Additionally you may want to attend an immersion course which is more intensive but necessary should you need to learn the language in a shorter period. You should choose the programme which best fits your schedule so that you can make the most of it. If you are unable to commit to the class you sign up for, it may end up being a waste of your time and money.

The costs of these language programmes vary according to numerous factors such as the course, length, skill level, and means of instruction amongst others. On average prices can range from ¥40,000 ($400US) [2 week course] to ¥170,000 ($17,000US) [3 month programme]. For a fee breakdown at a sample of language schools based on courses offered, please see the links below:

Private lesson:

Intensive Course:

General Course

If these classes are too expensive for you, you can consider alternate options such as attending a language class taught by volunteers. For more information on this option, please see the link below:

If you move to Japan for the specific purpose of attending a language school, many schools offer the option of accommodation or assistance in finding accommodation. This option obviously attracts an additional cost. Further, you should make the necessary checks to ensure that the possible locations are in a safe environment.

If you cannot wait until you reach to Japan to commence learning Japanese, you can benefit from the wealth of online resources in Japanese instruction such as the ones listed below:

For a few helpful basic and essential lessons in Japanese that you may want to learn before your arrival in the Japan, please refer to the following links:

You must remember that learning a new language can be a difficult experience and many persons tend to get frustrated easily if they do not see immediate progress. However it is not expected that you will become fluent overnight and the key is to keep practising.



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