Your colleagues and yourself can be trained by our native-speaking fully-qualified Japanese tutors at a time and location to suit you. Classes can take place any day, even weekends, and can happen in the morning, afternoon or evening. If the case may be that your home or office is not convenient, there is always the option to take your classes at the office of your teacher. Study books for the lesson are provided.
Japanese lessons of this type are broader and are aimed towards students with a variety of requirements. While all beginner level students will cover survival Japanese - needed for short visits to countries where English isn't widely spoken, or if you wish to 'go local'; those studying Japanese usually go in different directions at this point, depending on what they need. Those who have benefitted from these Japanese classes have been those investing in or buying property overseas, those married to overseas nationals, people setting off on a round-the-world trip, enthusiasts in Japanese culture, and those enthusiastic to pass a specific exam in Japanese.
These Japanese lessons are driven towards people who have a requirement to learn Japanese to bolster their work output. For novices, you will find it useful to learn basic greetings and business etiquette; and once you have become more proficient then reading and writing will come to the fore. Typical students include those concerned with import/export, those seeking work in multinational companies, international negotiations, and anyone working with international colleagues or administration. Even on our most rudimentary beginners lesson, students can expect to finish the lesson with decent telephone and e-mail Japanese, as well as a good enough grip on the language for a short trip to the country.
If there are 2 or more of you with the same level of Japanese, the same targets within the language, and be able to study at the same time and location, then you'll be happy to know that these Japanese lessons can also be made available for Two-to-One Japanese Lessons or Small Group In-Company Japanese Lessons. Listen & Learn do not generally recommend classes of more than 6-8 people, although Taster lessons in Japanese can run with up to 12 people. Bookings must be made for all participants at the same time.
Japanese vocabulary is scattered with loan words, mainly from English, Chinese and Dutch
Japanese uses three different alphabets simultaneously - 'Hiragana' and 'Katakana' are syllabic writing systems for Japanese and non-Japanese words respectively; then there is 'Kanji' - Chinese characters that simply have to be learnt to be understood
Japanese lacks 'phonemes' (sounds) that are present in most other languages - for example, Japanese have no 'L' sound, and use their own sound to replace it, which sounds more like an 'R'
"I took some Japanese classes back at college but never learned to read and write. I picked up where I left off with my teacher from Listen & Learn and I can now read basic Japanese pretty well - I've got a long way to go is great and lessons are always really helpful."
HonoluluThe commerce capital of the Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu may look, at first glance, like any other bustling American city. But closer inspection reveals a place that has both accepted its relatively new American status, but stayed true to the native roots that have helped the islands thrive and survive for generations. The primary industry in Honolulu is tourism, with millions of people flying in every year to enjoy the tropical climate. The number one tourist attraction in the city is the Pearl Harbor Memorial, which commemorates the bombing of American troops there (and led to America's entrance into WWII). There are hundreds of foreign languages that can benefit you in Honolulu, but Japanese is a great place to start. Japanese tourists and businesspeople make up a significant percentage of the community on any given day, so speaking the language is a potential benefit.