The course was outstanding!! The approach and method of teaching was completely appropriate ...The instructor's pleasing personality was very evident in each lesson... In addition, her pride in being a guide to her native language and customs embellished the lessons with an exceptionally pleasant atmosphere and authenticity... I look forward to enrolling in her future courses."
I absolutely loved this instructor. She was the best I've had in a very long time. She obviously went above and beyond when preparing this course. She had a great way of incorporating stories into the lesson to keep it fun and interesting. This instructor fascinated me with the subject matter and I am eager to learn more. I will continue my studies on my own but hope she will offer an advanced course in the future! She is an asset to your school!"
Ririko has done an outstanding job of putting this course together. It offered a real life experience of learning the Japanese language and visiting Japan. I was first concerned this wouldn't be face-to-face learning, but after going through the course, I felt it exceeded my expectations beyond what I could have imagined."
I really enjoyed this course and the way the lessons were designed. I thought the instructor was very helpful and I found her approach made the material easy to learn. I would be interested in taking another course like this from this instructor."
This course was so much fun! I hope to travel to Japan in a few years. What I have learned makes me feel confident in interacting with Japanese people and understanding their culture. Thank you!"
Ririko-sensei was an excellent teacher:). I learned very very much in what I believe to be in a very short time. The way in which Ririko-sensei spoke Japanese to teach how to pronounce the words and letters was very clear and understandable, and I would highly recommend her to other who are looking for online Japanese classes. The extra information given really helped in me getting a better understanding of Japanese language and culture."
Excellent course! It was an optimal mix of useful language, basic sentence structure, understanding of Japanese culture, people, and country. The course made me want to return to Japan as soon as possible. The instructor's style was very amicable, rendering learning enjoyable, and making me regret not having met her. I wish there was a follow-on course. Wonderful -- and thank you."
This course was more than I had hoped. I entered the course desiring to learn a few words and phrases of Japanese and came away wanting to really learn the language and actually visit Japan! The "Quick Reviews" were extremely useful to me. I don't know if more could be added, but that would be great. Also, it would be nice and helpful to "hear", as well as see written, the proper answers when the student is asked to translate sentences from English to Japanese. Overall, this was a very enjoyable course and I am very glad I took it. The instructor, Ririko Hayashi, was very accessible and knowledgeable. Arigatou gozaimasu, Ririko-sama."
The instructor was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and I enjoyed this class immensely. In order to continue in our Japanese studies, please have a part 2 of Japanese available for instruction. Thank you!"
This course was an excellent resource for anyone wishing to visit Japan. I would love to see a series of follow on courses to further develop reading, writing, and listening skills."
Course Code: jpn
Get know the graceful sounds of Japanese letters and syllables. You will explore Japanese through Roomaji, a handy system that uses the English alphabet. Then, discover how to use Japanese greetings and introductions, and understand the traditions and customs that go along with them.
Learn all about Japanese respect and humility, as well as how to address others politely in conversation. You will also discover how to ask and answer simple questions. Then, learn how to speak about your nationality and occupation so you can talk a little about yourself as well as ask about others.
Learn how to order coffee and take a relaxing break in Tokyo. You'll also learn one of the single most useful expressions - onegaishimasu - which you'll use to politely ask for nearly anything you need. Then, learn the yen's value and how to say large numbers up to 100,000 yen. You will also learn some must-use phrases for shopping.
Learn the right language for navigating your own way around the city. You will identify some words for places that you'll likely want to find during your own travels, like the ATM machine, the train station, the restroom, and more! Then, learn about Japanese diet and food etiquette.
Become acquainted with the different types of hotels in Japan, including traditional Japanese-style inns and more Western-style hotels. You will learn how to say months and dates in Japanese for making a hotel reservation. Then, examine Japan's railway system and some useful train-related travel expressions. You'll also learn how to tell time so you won't miss your train!
Learn how to ask about inn amenities. You will get to know all about Japan's national affinities for bathing and karaoke - all part of relaxing Japanese-style. Finally, learn how to prepare for any unexpected situations while traveling in Japan. You'll see how to ask for help and handle medical emergencies.
Ririko Hayashi has successfully taught people of all ages for over 30 years. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Ririko received her Bachelor's degree in Japan and then moved to the United States, where she obtained her Master's degree. Her professional experience includes working as a Japanese-English interpreter in several fields, including business, law, and education. She teaches Japanese to private students and is a longtime music teacher at the college level.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.