Language/言語 

Beginner level

Beginner

Japanese Fundamentals of Grammar and Basic Japanese Conversation

At Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute, students learn the daily fundamentals using an Integrated Grammar Notebook (binder) and “jyubako” cards (original grammar cards), making comprehension an easy process. Our course pushes students to learn Japanese expressions--which are very handy for greetings, dining out, shopping, speaking on the phone, and other practical situations. To help meet these purposes, this course focuses on the basic skills, which involve reading, writing, speaking, and listening. SNG's unique teaching method makes it easy to learn keigo (polite speech). Through role-play and pair work, students gain a strong grammatical foundation and can actively practice what they have learned. From this early stage, composition and speech classes are also provided.

General Course

Basic Beginner Level

Aimed at: students with no prior knowledge of Japanese

Goals

・Be able to introduce yourself.
・Be able to do some simple shopping and make simple orders at the restaurant.
・Have simple conversations using the honorific language.
・Read and write properly hiragana and katakana.
・Read and write properly 111 kanji.

Study time at home (recommended): 1 to 2 hours/day

Beginner I

Aimed at: students who have a level equivalent to N5 (JLPT)/A1 (CEFR) (those already familiar with the basics of Japanese)

Goals

・Listen to and understand a conversation about a familiar topic when spoken slowly.
・Understand information you are familiar with.
・Write sentences summarizing your own experiences in relation to a familiar topic.
・Be able to make simple exchanges about daily life.

Study time at home (recommended): 1 to 2 hours/day

Beginner II

Aimed at: students who successfully passed N5 (JLPT)/A1 (CEFR)

Goals

・Understand texts about familiar topics used in everyday’s life.
・Understand the meaning of information, ads, signboards, and such, found in everyday’s life.
・Be able to write about familiar topics using basic vocabulary and kanji, sticking to a typical writing style.
・Be able to post and make simple answers on SNS.
・Be to talk about a familiar topic in everyday’s life.
・Answer instantly.
・Communicate with Japanese people in a natural Japanese.
・Approximately understand an everyday life conversation spoken at a slow pace.

Study time at home (recommended): 1 to 2 hours/day

Intensive Course

Intensive Beginner 1

Aimed at: beginners

Goals

・Understand daily conversations in various situations.
・Approximately understand conversations inside the classroom.
・Understand announcements in public transports, even when they are fragmented.
・Be able to read a short dialogue (200 to 300 characters) both vertically and horizontally.
・Write short sentences using previously learned grammar and mixing kanji and kana.
・Be able to fill in necessary documents found in various daily life situations.
・Talk naturally using honorific language for greetings or various daily life situations.
・Be able to do a presentation in group or by yourself, if prepared in advance.

Study time at home (recommended): 1 to 2 hours/day

Intensive Beginner 2

Aimed at: students who successfully passed N5 (JLPT)/A1 (CEFR)

Goals

・Understand a text about a familiar topic used in daily life.
・Be able to write about familiar topics using a typical writing structure, basic vocabulary and kanji.
・Talk about familiar topics in your daily life and answer instantly.
・Approximately understand a daily life conversation spoken slowly.

Study time at home (recommended): 1 to 2 hours/day

Optional Classes

Kanji class
JLPT courses