visual japanese learning

Beginner Course

Start your Japanese language curriculum with our online course for complete beginners. No Japanese language experience necessary!

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What you will learn
  • Japanese fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary.
  • Beginner Japanese conversation (speaking and listening).
  • Japanese reading and writing skills (hiragana, katakana, basic kanji).

At the Shinjuku Japanese Language School, beginner students learn Japanese fundamentals using “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 online course focuses on the beginner japanese 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.

We offer two Beginner levels. We will evaluate your Japanese level upon enrollment and determine the appropriate Japanese beginner course for you.

Beginner I

Aimed at: Students with no prior knowledge of Japanese, and those already familiar with the basics of Japanese.


  • Be able to introduce yourself.
  • Have simple conversations using the honorific language.
  • Read and write properly hiragana and katakana.
  • Read and write properly 111 kanji.
  • 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.
  • Verb conjugation (short form/long form)
  • Particles
  • Self introduction
  • Greetings and everyday sentences
  • Adjectives (i)
  • Adjectives (na)
  • Demonstratives adjectives
  • Like/Dislike
  • Verbs in 「て」
  • Verbs: potential form
  • Making request
  • Making proposals
  • Existence and possession
  • Conditional
  • Reverse condition
  • Talk about past experience
  • Formal language
  • Expression of Ability
  • How to express reasons
  • Expressing change

4 classes (total: 120 hours)

1 Class [ 30 Hours ] = Cost: JPY 49,500

Beginner II

Aimed at: Students who successfully passed N5 (JLPT)/A1 (CEFR), or are at an equivalent level.


  • 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 able to talk about a familiar topic in everyday’s life.
  • Communicate with Japanese people in natural Japanese.
  • Approximately understand an everyday life conversation spoken at a slow pace.
  • Express desire
  • Giving and receiving
  • Formal language
  • Ask for permission
  • Expressing obligation and prohibition
  • Conjunctions
  • Giving suggestion and advice
  • Listing multiple verbs
  • Conditional
  • Similarity or hearsay
  • Verbs: passive form
  • How to express aims
  • Expressing amount
  • Making request
  • Time-specific action

4 classes (total: 120 hours)

1 Class [ 30 Hours ] = Cost: JPY 49,500

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time zone: JST (UTC+9)
Twice a week

Tuesday & Thursday 7pm-8:30pm

Starts July 13
Once a week A

Monday 10am-1pm

Starts July 19
Once a week B

Saturday 10am-1pm

Starts July 17

100% Online

Take classes from anywhere.

Certified teachers

Native instructors from Tokyo.

Shareable certificate

Certificate upon completion.

30-hour courses

Once or twice a week.

"Sasaki Sensei is the best Japanese teacher I have ever had! She is so passionate about teaching, very devoted and always cheerful. Her slides were brilliant to explain grammar through examples. I hope I can meet her one day to thank her for all her time preparing for our classes."


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Unique teaching method

We've developed a unique visual learning system, proven effective for teaching Japanese to foreigners.

Recognized Institute

100% certified and authorized by the Japanese Ministry of Education and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

More than 45 years of experience

Trusted by more than 10,000 students coming from more than 50 countries from around the world.

Classroom Requirements

Internet Access

Please make sure you have access to a strong enough internet connection that will allow you to see and hear a video stream.


PC, tablet or smartphone is necessary to attend online classes. Headphones are recommended for listening practice but are not mandatory.

Japanese level

Please check the course overview before applying to see if you meet the minimum Japanese language requirements for this class.


This course will be conducted using Zoom or Google Meet. Please download this software for class. No additional purchase necessary.

  • 30-hour course
  • Classes are offered once a week or twice a week. Click enroll for more information on dates and class times.

    Questions? Contact us

    Frequently asked questions

    The maximum number is 15 students per class.
    Yes, you can! For new students with no Japanese experience, we also offer a hiragana and katakana mini course that runs simultaneously with your regular beginner Japanese course.
    Yes, you can! If you already know some Japanese, you can enroll at any time during the semester. Contact us if you would like to enroll after the semester has begun.
    In order to fully immerse students in the language, our teachers generally only speak in Japanese during class time. We find that this is the most effective way to quickly and accurately learn Japanese. However, for students with no experience attending our beginner courses, our teachers may provide limited explanations in English and a few other languages. Some digital contents may be translated in English, French and Spanish as well. We're also working on adding additional languages to support each new term.
    Yes, we can issue an official certficate of completion with our school stamp.
    Yes, we're happy to help! We have an online placement test we can give you to determine which Japanese course is best for you. Please contact us to request a placement test.
    For group lessons, absences can not be made up at a later date or credited back to you. However, as a courtesy, we can record the lesson if you contact us at least 24 hours before the class starts.
    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Enrolled students are given emergency contact information for online issues, absences, billing, and all other technical support.

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