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 Session: Semester starts Oct.10 , 2018 and ends Dec. 20, 2018

Time: Classes are from 6:45 to 8:45 PM, Wednesday or Thursday
Age: You must be at least 18 to participate.
Duration: 10 weeks, once a week. 
Tuition: $200 or $190 for JCCCW member.
Location: Classes are held at our historical buildings located at 1414 South Weller Street, Seattle, WA, in the west building. Street parking.

Textbooks: You must have textbook, not included in tuition. Textbooks are published by The Japan Times. Genki 1 may be available for purchase at the Seattle Japanese Language School. 

Refund Policy: To withdraw from a class, you must make a written request to our office via email: or mail a letter. Refunds for Adult Classes will be issued per the schedule below:
-14 days before the course start date: 100% refund of tuition only
-13-7 days before the course start date: 50% refund of tuition only
-6 days before the starting day and after: No refund will be issued


Course Information

Beginning 1 - FULL

  • Textbook: Genki 1

  • Chapters: 1-3, may be subject to change

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays

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

  • Textbook: Genki 1

  • Lesson (chapter): 7-9, may be subject to change

  • Thursdays

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 - FULL

  • Textbook: Genki 1

  • Lesson (chapter): 4-6, may be subject to change

  • Wednesdays

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

  • Textbook: Genki 1

  • Lesson (chapter): 10-12, subject to change.

  • Thursdays

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 - FULL

  • Learning Materials will be provided by teacher.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of Genki 1 Textbook

  • Wednesdays

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 the study of the language, students will deepen their understanding of the Japanese people and the variety of Japanese culture.

Advanced Conversational Japanese - FULL

  • Textbook: Intermediate Japanese Revised edition 2008

  • Wednesdays

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 Calendar is as follows

Session 3 (Fall): October 10, 2018

Wednesday: Beginning, Beginning 2, Intermediate, Advanced Conversational Japanese

Thursday: Beginning, Beginning 3, Beginning 4

There will be four (A-D) Beginning 1 level classes offered this semester.  Beginning 1 through Beginning 4 utilizes the same textbook: GENKIi: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese.  Curriculum and textbooks for Intermediate and Advanced classes have not yet been finalized.  Please check back for updates and information.

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