Our native-speaking qualified Japanese teachers can guide you and your group at your work or at home, at a time convenient to you. Classes can take place on any day of the week - even weekends - morning, afternoon or evening. If needs be, if meeting at your office or home is not suitable, you can take your lessons at the trainer's office. Study materials are supplied for you.
This set of Japanese tutorials are less specific and more targeted at those who want to get a range of different things from learning Japanese. Even though all novice students will cover survival Japanese: enough Japanese to make a visit to the country or make good contacts with the locals, but what do you do from there? It depends on your needs. Those who have benefitted from these lessons have been those moving or investing overseas, spouses of overseas nationals, people who love to travel all over the world, those interested in Japanese culture, and those who just want to pass a specific examination in Japanese.
These lessons in Japanese are meant for those that feel that learning Japanese would make a change in their work. For starters, it is expedient to learn how to say hello/goodbye, as well as basic business protocol; once the basics have been mastered, reading and writing come to the fore. Students who have greatly benefitted have been involved in import/export, international negotiations and acquisitions, jobseekers in multinational companies where another language is required, and those working in the international academia and government circuits. Even on our most fundamental beginner's lesson, students can anticipate ending the lesson with basic telephone Japanese and e-mail Japanese skills for communicating, as well as survival Japanese if a short visit to the country is needed.
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 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
The subject or object of a sentence in Japanese does not need to be announced if it is clear from the context - this is called being a 'pro-drop' language
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."
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