Interested in learning Nihongo? The Japanese Language School provides prospective students the opportunity to learn hiragana, katakana, kanji and practice reading, writing, and conversational speaking.

Find more information below, including curriculum, textbooks, costs, registration, schedule, and more. 

Basic Information | Schedule

Fall Quarter: Starts September 25th & September 26th and ends December 4th & 5th.

Registration: From August 25th to September 20th

Time: Classes are from 6:45 to 8:45 PM, Wednesday or Thursday

Age: You must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

Duration: 10 weeks, once a week. 

Tuition: $225 or $210 for JCCCW members.
There will be $25 late fee for the late registration.

Location: Seattle Japanese Language School classes are held at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW). The JCCCW is located at 1414 South Weller Street, Seattle, WA. Classes are conducted in the upstairs classrooms in the west building. Street parking.

Textbooks: You must have textbook; they are not included in tuition. Textbooks are published by The Japan Times and can be found for purchase online or Kinokuniya in Seattle’s International District. 

Refund Policy: To withdraw from a class, you must submit a written request to our school office via email: or mail a letter.

100% refund prior to the 1st day of the class. No refund will be issued after that.

Some exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances. Please contact the SJL school office for inquiries and assistance.

Genki 1 textbook.

Genki 1 textbook.

Course Information

Beginning 1:
Wednesdays & Thursdays

  • Textbook:
    Genki 1 (second edition) and Genki 1 Workbook (second edition)
    Publisher: The Japan Times

  • Chapters: 1-3

You do not need prior knowledge of the Japanese language. Students will learn commonly used words, daily expressions, numbers, time related expressions and various counters. Some simple sentence patterns, verb conjugation (-masu, -masen), and hiragana (writing) are introduced. Speaking and listening skills are emphasized.

Beginning 3: Wednesdays

  • Textbook:
    Genki 1 (second edition) and Genki 1 Workbook (second edition)
    Publisher: The Japan Times

  • Chapters: 7-9

Short forms of verbs and adjectives are introduced. The short forms are used in casual conversation, complex sentences, etc. Comparative and superlative expressions, -tsumori, adjective +naru are also taught in this class. Speaking and listening skills are emphasized.

Beginning 2:
Wednesdays & Thursdays

  • Textbook:
    Genki 1 (second edition) and Genki 1 Workbook (second edition)
    Publisher: The Japan Times

  • Chapters: 4-6

Students will learn new sentence patterns, verb and adjective conjugations (present and past, positive and negative forms, -te form), as well as particles. Speaking and listening skills are emphasized.

You must be able to read Hiragana from Beginning 2 and above.

Beginning 4: Wednesdays

  • Textbook:
    Genki 1 (second edition) and Genki 1 Workbook (second edition)
    Publisher: The Japan Times

  • Chapters: 10-12

This course covers creating more advanced sentences: how to grant and ask for permission, particles で&や for the method or tools, reporting your daily schedule and expressing your opinion.

Intermediate: Thursdays

  • Textbook: Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture Beginner 2(A2). ISBN: 978-4-384-05756-0

  • Learning Materials will be provided by teacher.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of Genki 1 Textbook

This course emphasizes developing advanced speaking and listening skills. Students will learn how to describe experiences, events, plans and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Through study of the language, students will deepen their understanding of the Japanese people and culture.

Advanced Conversational Japanese: Wednesdays

  • Textbook: Intermediate Japanese  [Revised Edition],  Publisher:The Japan Times. ISBN:978-4-7890-1307-9

Prerequisite: Students should have knowledge of all conjugation forms (verbs and adjectives), hiragana, katakana and some kanji. Verb (plain form) bakari, verb (plain form) yoo ni naru, verb (plain form) tokoro, verb (plain) koto ni naru, verb (plain) koto ni suru, sentence wake desu, verb te (causative) itadakenai deshoo ka, -ba, -hodo, etc. are introduced. Four language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) are emphasized in this class.

2019 - 2020 Calendar is as follows

Summer Quarter (Beg 1 Classes only): June 19th & 20th — August 28th & 29th
July 3rd & July 4th - No school

Fall Quarter: September 25th & September 26th — December 4th & 5th
November 27th & November 28th - No school
Registration opens on August 25th

Winter Quarter: January 8th & January 9th - March 11th & March 12th
Registration opens on December 8th

Spring Quarter: April 1st & April 2nd — June 3rd and June 4th
Registration opens on March 1st

Registration for the Fall Quarter has been closed.