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Japanese Language - Hiragana Chart

Japanese Language

More information about Fall 2021 Session will be available – please check our website under Upcoming JCCC Events.

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.


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 for $55 (Members can receive 10% discount)


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


Q. How many students are there in a class?
A. 20 students maximum.

Q. Can I request to be placed in the same class as my friend?
A. Yes, please write down your request on the registration form.

Q. Where do I get the text book?
A. The text book can be purchased from the JCCC Gift Shop either at the time of registration, or before/after the first two weeks of class.

Q. I am not sure whether I registered for the appropriate level. Can I change classes after the session has started?
A. The instructor will evaluate you during the first two weeks, and adjust your level if necessary.

Q. How do I know which room to go to on the first day?
A. There will be an information board set up by the entrance for the first 2 weeks. Please look for your own name to see which classroom you’ve been assigned.

Q. I am not able to attend the first class. Can I join from the second class?
A. Yes, you can join from the second class. We will inform the instructor. You will still be charged the full rate.

Q. Do I receive a certification after completing the course?
A. Students who complete Beginner III or Intermediate III will receive a certificate.


$130 (+HST)