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Aozora Community Foundation is thrilled to be offering Japanese Language Education classes for adults. During the 2019-2020 school year, ACF will be offering 4 levels (Beginner - Intermediate). Join us to learn ‘real’ Japanese outside of the textbook - language learning is fun! Let’s relax, drink wine, and have a great time learning Japanese. Classes start the week of October 14th. Sign up now!

When you sign up for our beginner through intermediate classes (Ume, Take, Matsu) you will be signing up for an 8-week session. With each class being held twice a week, you will be sure to find one that fits your schedule. Classes will focus on building vocabulary and grammar as well as learning about key cultural components. Our intermediate-level class, Hinoki, is being offered as a drop-in class. Hinoki classes will be held twice a week with a different topic for each class - come to as many classes as you’d like! See below for more details and the check our calendar for the schedule for all classes.

Feel free to contact Sachiko Brioso (sachiko@aozoracommunity.org), our Japanese Language Education Director, if you have any questions or are unsure of which level you should take. 


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Ume is our beginner class and will cover an introduction to the language and culture, including Japanese writing system, greetings and bowing, and Japanese currency.  After taking this course, you will be able to: introduce yourself; ask simple questions; go shopping; invite your friends to activities; describe where things are, talk about your habits; and share what you did and what you used to do.  This course covers Chapter 1 through 4 of Genki I textbook.

No prior Japanese language knowledge required.

Class Day & Time: Mondays or Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $300 (8-week course)

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Take is our intermediate beginner class and will cover topics such as travel and family. After taking this course, you will be able to: talk about what you like and dislike; talk about your trip; ask favors; give permission; offer help, describe your family members; talk casually with your friends; share your opinions; and report what others said. This course covers Chapter 5 through 8 of Genki I textbook.

Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable identifying most hiragana and katakana.

Class Day & Time: Tuesdays or Fridays 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $300 (8-week course)

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Matsu is our advanced beginner class and will cover topics such as vacation, transportations in Japan, and hospital visit. After taking this course, you will be able to: compare items; share your plans; talk about what you want to do; tell your preference; give advice; and share your prediction. This course covers Chapter 9 through 12 of Genki I textbook.

Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable identifying all hiragana and katakana and familiar with verb conjugations.

Class Day & Time: Monday or Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $300 (8-week course)

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Hinoki is our intermediate-level class and will be drop-in style with two conversation- and topic-based classes each week. Topics include but are not limited to: shopping, eating out, travel, going to movies, taking a train, going to a party, and family. See PDF for details on topics. This course is intended for those who have basic grammar knowledge and conversational skill who want to advance their proficiency to the next level. Students can purchase class cards in 5 or 10 class increments.

Pre-requisite: Must have completed the Matsu class or have equivalent proficiency.

Class Day & Time: Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm or Saturday 2:00–3:30pm

Cost: Class Cards Available for 1 Class ($40), 5 Classes ($190) and 10 Classes ($350)

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