Japanese Online Classes and Japanese Language Textbooks

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Your Level Flex Lessons (Small group lessons)  One-on-One Lessons
Conversation Grammar and JLPT JLPT Extra Study *JLPT Preparation Course Tensaku writing service
Introductory Introductory         Private lessons
Low Beginner Beginner 1     JLPT N5 Writing Practice and Correction
High Beginner Beginner 2 Beginner 2 Grammar (incl. JLPT N4) JLPT N4 Kanji and Vocabulary JLPT N4
Pre Intermediate Low Intermediate Low Intermediate Grammar(JLPTN3) JLPT N3 Kanji and Vocabulary JLPT N3
Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate Grammar(JLPTN2) JLPT N2 Kanji JLPT N2
Advanced Advanced Advanced Grammar (JLPTN1) JLPT N1 Kanji JLPT N1

*JLPT Preparation Course can be reserved from September ( starting dates vary )

Survival Japanese Course Starts In January 2017 !

JOI class levels and lesson contents

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Introductory

FlexLesson level for absolute beginners, you can start to learn Japanese with these lessons.

Learn how to read and write Japanese and the hiragana and katakana alphabets, starter vocabulary and basic sentence patterns.All lessons have English alphabet support.After only a few lessons, you will confidently be able to speak simple Japanese sentences and start basic conversations. FlexLessons use a modular system, you can start lessons anytime and take lessons at your own pace.

Teachers use this text's material as well as other self-created text materials. For the Trial lessons, textbooks are not necessary.

recommend-iconRecommended Textbook   You can use either the 1st edition or 2nd edition for classes.

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"Minna-no Nihongo-Shokyu 1 Honsatsu"
This book is written in hiragana and katakana, not romaji. Introductory class  uses sections 1 to 3.

"Minna-no Nihongo Shokyu 1 Honyaku The Translation & Grammatical Notes"
This book provides a translation of the sentence patterns, conversations etc. in Minna no Nihongo .Can be used in conjunction with the Main Textbook.

*To buy the textbook, click country link for shipping from - USAEurope, UKJapan

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"Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Dai 2-Han Honsatsu"
This book is written in hiragana and katakana, not romaji. Introductory class  uses sections 1 to 3.

"Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Dai 2-Han Honyaku・Bunpo Kaisetsu in English"
This book provides a translation of the sentence patterns, conversations etc. in Minna no Nihongo .Can be used in conjunction with the Main Textbook.

*To buy the textbook, click link for shipping from Amazon  Or from Amazon Japan

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Beginner 1

FlexLesson level for those who have learned a little Japanese, but need more practice.

Learn to use Japanese vocabulary and grammar in daily conversation, make long and complete sentences.

All lessons have English alphabet support – you do not need to know how to read hiragana etc.Need to travel to Japan ? Talk to friends and family ? These classes will help you achieve your goal.
FlexLessons use a modular system, you can start lessons anytime and take lessons at your own pace.

Teachers use this text's material as well as other self-created text materials. For the Trial lessons, textbooks are not necessary.

recommend-iconRecommended Textbook   You can use either the 1st edition or 2nd edition for classes.

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"Minna-no Nihongo-Shokyu 1 Honsatsu"
This book is written in hiragana and katakana, not romaji. Beginner1 class  uses sections 4 to 25.

"Minna-no Nihongo Shokyu 1 Honyaku The Translation & Grammatical Notes"
This book provides a translation of the sentence patterns, conversations etc. in Minna no Nihongo .Can be used in conjunction with the Main Textbook.

*To buy the textbook, click country link for shipping from - USAEurope, UKJapan

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"Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Dai 2-Han Honsatsu"
This book is written in hiragana and katakana, not romaji. Beginner1 class  uses sections 4 to 25.

"Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Dai 2-Han Honyaku・Bunpo Kaisetsu in English"
This book provides a translation of the sentence patterns, conversations etc. in Minna no Nihongo .Can be used in conjunction with the Main Textbook.

*To buy the textbook, click link for shipping from Amazon  Or from Amazon Japan

★Imitation Exercises (Listening practice for Beginner 1 level)

Explanation from YATABE Kumiko

"Listen and Say!"
Listening is one of the most important skills in learning a new language. In this class, I read 20 simple sentences. We repeat them sentence by sentence. Some students find repeating sentences without seeing the written words to be quite difficult. But it is a very good way of improving your listening skills. Don't worry, I will continue to repeat each sentence until you can say them correctly.

The class will allow you to check how much spoken Japanese you understand. Also, the class will help to continue to grow your vocabulary. Many students have found this class to be useful. Ganbatte! (Go for it!)

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Beginner 2

FlexLesson level for those who can speak  basic Japanese but need to learn more complex structures.

Building on your skills from Beginner 1, you'll strengthen your daily conversation skills in Japanese.This level is the best one for you if you have studied Japanese before, but feel a little rusty. Start here and progress fast ! We recommend you take these classes along with and the grammar-focused Beginner 2 Grammar (incl. JLPT N4) course .

You can freely mix and match the FlexLesson class types as your schedule allows. FlexLessons use a modular system, you can start lessons anytime and take lessons at your own pace.

Teachers use this text's material as well as other self-created text materials. For the Trial lessons, textbooks are not necessary.

recommend-iconRecommended Textbook   You can use either the 1st edition or 2nd edition for classes.

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"Minna-no Nihongo---Shokyu 2 Honsatsu"
This book is written in hiragana and katakana, not romaji.

"Minna-no Nihongo Shokyu 2 Honyaku The Translation & Grammatical Notes"
This book provides a translation of the sentence patterns, conversations etc. in Minna no Nihongo .Can be used in conjunction with the Main Textbook.

*To buy the textbook, click country link for shipping from - USA Europe, Japan

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"Minna-no Nihongo---Shokyu 2 Honsatsu"
This book is written in hiragana and katakana, not romaji

*To buy the textbook, click country link for shipping from - Japan

★Listening Class (Listening practice for Beginner 2 level)

Explanation from YATABE Kumiko

"Listen and Say!"
Listening is one of the most important skills in learning a new language. In this class, I read a short story in Japanese. Then we repeat the story sentence by sentence. Some students find repeating sentences without seeing the written words to be quite difficult. But it is a very good way of improving your listening skills. Don't worry, I will continue to repeat each sentence until you can say them correctly.

The class will allow you to check how much spoken Japanese you understand. Also, the class will help to continue to grow your vocabulary. Many students have found this class to be useful. Ganbatte!

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Low Intermediate (Conversation)

FlexLesson level for those students at the Low Intermediate level, who are looking to have more discussion practice.

We focus on how to express our thoughts and opinions in Japanese!
Here you can develop your speaking skills and move to Intermediate Japanese conversation with ease and confidence.

No textbook is used this is purely a conversation class.
FlexLessons use a modular system, you can start lessons anytime and take lessons at your own pace.

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Intermediate

FlexLesson for those who can speak Japanese well, but need to learn better sentence structure and grammar.

JOI teachers use the Intermediate Japanese grammar list as the basis for improvement in vocabulary and conversation skills. You'll learn how to express yourself freely in Japanese in a variety of business and everyday situations, master keigo(honorific language). This level the goal of many language speakers, practice grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary in these classes.
Whether you are quite advanced, or just getting good – here is where you can really learn to soar.
Kanji are used, but furigana (readings of Kanji in hiragana) are provided in most cases.

No textbook is required.
FlexLessons use a modular system, you can start lessons anytime and take lessons at your own pace.

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Advanced

FlexLesson for Japanese learners aiming for advanced grammar, cultural understanding and business and situational Japanese.

The ultimate level at JOI ! These lessons with the Advanced teachers teach you much more than just language.
If there is no limit to the amount you can learn, and the JOI Advanced level classes know no limits.

Advanced FlexLessons include :

  • Speech and debate practice
  • Reading newspapers
  • University lecture understanding

Approximately 2,000 kanji are included in the instruction. No textbook purchase is required. Teachers prepare the materials for the classes at this level.

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Beginner 2 Grammar (incl. JLPT N4)

This FlexLesson level  focuses on Japanese grammar at the beginner 2 level,including the grammar forms covered on the JLPT N4 test.

You'll also improve your Kanji and vocabulary skills through this course. This level is recommended for all beginner 2 students, even if you do not plan to take the JLPT.

Of course with all classes at JOI, you get to speak and use the grammar in situational role plays and conversations.

We recommend you take this level and the conversation-focused Beginner 2 level at the same time. You can freely mix and match the FlexLesson class types as your schedule allows.

Teachers use this text's material as well as other self-created text materials. For the Trial lessons, textbooks are not necessary.

recommend-iconRecommended Textbook

"Do-it-Yourself; Beginner -Level Japanese Grammar Review"
「ひとりでできる初級日本語文法の復習 英語版」
This text is intended for JLPT N4 preparation, but it is an excellent study guide for all beginner 2 grammar learners.

*To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from -  USA,  Europe, Japan

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JLPT N4 Kanji and Vocabulary

This course is being taught by ITAYA Sayuri No textbook is used in this course - Itaya sensei will create the text for the classes.
Just have a pen and paper ready for the class !

Explanation from Itaya sensei
Each and every Kanji has a separate meaning.And if you know the meanings, even without knowing the reading for it, you can guess the meaning of the sentence.
But there are so many of Kanji, so remembering them all is a tough task.
And so many of them look alike, so its difficult to memorize them by just by looking at them.

We'll learn them together with the words associated with them - So those of you JLPT N4 takers that can speak Japanese but find reading Kanji difficult, remember this adage:-

"Even an a thousand mile journey begins with a single step !" or as we say in Japanese [Senri no michi mo ippo kara]. - So let's get started on this journey !

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Low Intermediate Grammar (incl. JLPT N3)

FlexLesson for students who are stepping up from beginning-level Japanese, or for students who plan to take the JLPT N3 test.

If you have completed a beginning course in Japanese, this course can help you make strong progress toward intermediate.The goal is to understand fairly well Japanese used in everyday situations and learn the Japanese vocabulary, expressions,and grammar you'll need to advance to the intermediate level.

Studying for JLPT N3 ? Or need to step up from Beginner Japanese ? Get ready to improve quickly in these classes !

Teachers use this text's material as well as other self-created text materials.
The textbook for this level is not necessary but optional.

recommend-iconRecommended Textbook

"Minna no Nihongo Chuuyuu I Main Text" (CD included)
"Minna no Nihongo Chuuyuu I Translation & Grammatical Notes" (English)

*To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from - USA, Europe, Japan

"New Complete Master Series - The Japanese Language Proficiency Test: N3 Grammar"
「新完全マスター文法3級」

*To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from Amazon Japan

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JLPT N3 Kanji and Vocabulary

This course is being taught by ITAYA Sayuri. No textbook is used in this course - Itaya sensei will create the text for the classes.
Just have a pen and paper ready for the class !

Explanation from Itaya sensei
You cannot separate the Japanese language from Kanji.
It might seem difficult to remember all the different Kanji, but once you get the basics learned, you will no doubt start to see as not "difficult" at all, but as "quite interesting".
And you will be able to understand words that are made up of combination of different Kanji characters.
Lets study the meaning of each Kanji character and while doing so, re-learn the words that you already know using Kanji and remember them over.

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Intermediate Grammar (incl. JLPT N2)

FlexLessson for those planning to take the Japanese Language Proficency Test (JLPT) N2 or N3 or want to master intermediate level grammar and vocabulary,But its more than learning a textbook ! Like with all classes at JOI, you get to speak and use the grammar in situational role plays and conversations. You will learn to use the grammar and language in real-life situations too !

You'll study the essential skills for passing the test grammar, vocabulary, Kanji, and reading comprehension using textbooks and other materials specifically designed for the JLPT.
FlexLessons use a modular system, you can start lessons anytime and take lessons at your own pace.
Various additional instructional materials are used in this class. Please try out the classes first, before deciding whether to purchase texts

recommend-iconRecommended Textbook

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"Kanzen Master Level 2 Grammar"
「完全マスター2級 日本語能力試験文法問題対策」

*To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from - AmazonJapan

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"New Complete Master Series -The Japanese Language Proficiency Test: N2 Grammar"
「新完全マスター2級 日本語能力試験文法問題対策」

To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from - Amazon

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JLPT N2 Kanji

This course is being taught by SUZUKI Ayako.

Explanation from Suzuki sensei
This course deals with the roughly 1000 Kanji characters needed for the JLPT N2.By studying Kanji better, you will be able to increase your vocabulary and further understand the Japanese language at a deeper level.
And learning these characters will aid in you making your thoughts and ideas clearer to other people.

Kanji is not “difficult and boring” but in fact its “interesting and useful”.Come on ! Lets enjoy studying the world of Kanji.

Various additional instructional materials are used in this class. Please try out the classes first, before deciding whether to purchase texts.

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"Kanzen Master Level 2 Kanji"
「完全マスター漢字 日本語能力 試験2級レベル」

*To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from - Amazon,Japan

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"New Kanzen Master Kanji Comprehension Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2"
「新完全マスター、日本語能力試験N2、漢字」

To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from - Amazon

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Advanced Grammar (incl. JLPT N1)

FlexLesson for those planning to take the Japanese Language Proficency Test JLPT N1 or want to master advanced grammar and vocabulary.

These classes are the best way to prepare for the JLPT N1 test and an excellent way to get your business and communication Japanese up to an extremely professional standard.

You'll study the essential skills for passing the test grammar, vocabulary, Kanji, and reading comprehension using textbooks and other materials specifically designed for the JLPT.
FlexLessons use a modular system, you can start and take lessons at your own pace.

Various additional instructional materials are used in this class. Please try out the classes first, before deciding whether to purchase texts.

recommend-iconRecommended Textbook

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"Kanzen Master JLPT N1 grammar textbookKanzen Master Level 1 Grammar"
「完全マスター1級 日本語能力試験文法問題対策」

*To buy the textbook,click country link for Shipping from - USA,Europe,Japan

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"New Complete Master Series -The Japanese Language Proficiency Test: N1 Grammar"
「新完全マスター1級 日本語能力試験文法問題対策」

To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from - Amazon

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JLPT N1 Kanji

This course is being taught by YOKOZUKA Noriko.

Explanation from Yokozuka sensei

You have probably wondered how best to go about studying Kanji when there are so many of them, or found that you couldn't answer a question on a test just because you couldn't read one of the Kanji in a sentence. Studying Kanji is essential for all fiends of Japanese language study. And by improving your Kanji ability, you raise your basic ability in all areas as well.

In the JLPT N1 Kanji Preparation Course we learn Kanji, memorize Kanji, and do exercises on how to use it in practical situations. OK ! Let's get to it !!

recommend-iconRecommended Textbook

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"Kanzen Master Level 1 Kanji"
「完全マスター漢字 日本語能力 試験1級レベル」

*To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from - Amazon,Japan

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"New Kanzen Master Kanji Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1"
「新完全マスター漢字 日本語 能力試験1級レベル」

To buy the textbook, click country link for Shipping from - Amazon

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privatePrivate Lessons

Private lessons are JOI's one-on-one customized Japanese lessons. Our excellent teachers and JOI support staff will help you get the best man-to-man tutoring available.

  • There are 2 types of Private lessons - Private Silver and Private Gold
  • Both Gold and Silver Private lessons are 50 minutes long
  • Both are designed with your specific needs in mind

How to start with Private lessons

  1. FirstThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know your schedule times, Japanese learning background and goals.
  2. After hearing your needs in detail, we will match you up with the most suitable teacher for you.
  3. You can try a Trial Lesson with your teacher ( or if you need to start right away, you can skip this step).
  4. Once satisfied with the teacher and curriculum, you can go ahead and purchase the lessons.
  5. You are ready to start your tailor-made private Japanese lessons !

JOI also offers team-teaching

You can have 2 or more Japanese teachers coordinate your curriculum and work together to meet your requirements!

Private Gold lessons have 3 special features

  • You can reserve classes up to 30 days in advance.
  • After each lesson, the teacher sends you Follow-Up Emails for review.
  • Once a month you receive a Monthly Progress Report.

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Tensaku Essay Correction (FlexLessons service)

Tensaku is our writing review and correction service. A variety of tensaku topics are published every month at several skill levels. You can choose one of the topics and practice writing your Japanese in an essay.

How to use the Tensaku service

  1. You choose a topic, write your Japanese text,and submit it to us via the reservation system.
  2. A professional JOI Japanese teacher will review and correct your submitted text.
  3. You'll receive a corrected document, detailing suggestions for wording, grammar, and usage changes.

Writing is an effective add-on to the Japanese language instruction presented in classes at JOI.
By bringing together your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, kana and kanji, the challenge of writing in Japanese puts your language skill to the test and vastly improves Japanese learning.

*Cost of one submission is 1 FlexLesson

Please note: Tensaku is not available for students who have purchased only the 3-lesson trial package.

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