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

Winter Quarter: Started January 9 & 10 and ends March 14 & 15, 2019
Spring Quarter: Starts April 3 & 4 and ends June 5 & 6, 2019

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: $200 or $190 for JCCCW member’s.
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.

Refunds for Adult Classes will be issued per the schedule below:
-14 days before the class start date: 100% refund of tuition only
-13-7 days before the class start date: 50% refund of tuition only
-6 days before the first day of class and after: No refunds will be issued

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

Left, Genki 1 textbook and Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture Beginner textbook.

Left, Genki 1 textbook and Marugoto Japanese Language and Culture Beginner textbook.

Course Information

Beginning 1: Wednesdays & Thursdays (Classes Full)

  • Textbook: Genki 1

  • 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 (Class Full)

  • Textbook: Genki 1

  • 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 (Wednesdays Full) & Thursdays

  • Textbook: Genki 1

  • 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.

Beginning 4: Wednesdays

  • Textbook: Genki 1

  • 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 (Class full)

  • 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.

2018 - 2019 Calendar is as follows

Session 4 (Winter): January 9 & 10, 2019

*Wednesday: Beginning, Intermediate, & Advanced Conversational Japanese

*Thursday: Beginning & Intermediate

*Note: Class offerings for Winter quarter are tentative and will be confirmed when registration opens in December.

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