JCCC Cultural and Heritage Programming is generously sponsored in part by the Toyota Foundation

Hiragana alphabet

Japanese Language Classes for Adults

Students learn the language of modern Japan. Structured classes, in an informal setting, provide the opportunity for active participation and practice.


BEGINNER I provides learners with the basic functional conversation strategies and essential vocabulary. The Hiragana writing system will be introduced. This class is for students who are studying Japanese for the first time.

BEGINNER II builds on the foundation established in Beginner I. The focus remains on practical communication in every day life, as well as a study of basic grammar and Hiragana. The Katakana system will be introduced.

BEGINNER III focuses on practical communication such as asking permission, refusal and expressing preferences. Students are required to finish Beginner II or have basic knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana writing systems. Study will focus on exercising Hiragana and Katakana.

INTERMEDIATE I balances the need to actively communicate with a further deepening of the learner’s mastery of reading, writing and grammar. Students need the knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana. Some Kanji will be introduced.

INTERMEDIATE II is a continuation of Intermediate I focusing on developing more fluency in everyday communications.

INTERMEDIATE III is a continuation of Intermediate II focusing on developing more fluency in everyday communications.

CONVERSATIONAL JAPANESE is a class that maintains and improves your knowledge through a variety of oral communication skills. Everyone is welcome if you have completed the Intermediate III or equivalent level.

Total Classes

10 Classes


$110 (plus HST)


Beginner I, II, III - Japanese for Busy People (Japanese Kana Version) Vol. 1
Intermediate I, II, III - Japanese for Busy People Vol. 2
Conversational Japanese - no textbook required
Textbooks can be purchased at the JCCC Gift shop.


Akiko Maruoka (Coordinator), Taiko Feldkamp, Noriko Furuya, Hiroko Morris, Natsuko Mayers, Namiki Mochizuki, Kosuke Shimizu, Osamu Shinya, Sachiko Suzuki.

Winter 2020

Start Date Time Level
Tue. Jan. 14 7:00 - 9:00pm All
Beginner 1&2: FULL

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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5
(416) 441-2345