Our native-speaking, qualified Japanese teachers will tailor your individual or group language course to suit your personal learning aims and Japanese level. They are available to conduct classes in your home or office in Galway, on a day and at a time that suits you. Course books are included, and timetables can often be as flexible as you need. Your personalised course will be built around one of the following options:
Our general Japanese language courses are suitable for learners of any level. They aim to enable communication in everyday situations and are an ideal way to improve your knowledge of Japanese, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned speaker. A general course focuses predominantly on grammar and vocabulary, supported by development of speaking, reading, and listening skills. General courses are ideal if you want to attain or improve on an all-round level of Japanese, or build a strong foundation before moving on to business Japanese training.
Our Japanese group courses are targeted for sets of 2-12 people, all of whom have the same requirements from learning Japanese. Everybody should be at about the same level at the start of the course, and the entire group should be able to meet at the same time and place each week. Grammar and vocabulary form the backbone of the general course, helping the student gain fluency in conversational topics whilst increasing their overall working Japanese knowledge. For groups who wish to engage in further Japanese study, the general course is an excellent starting point.
Our one-to-one business Japanese courses are intended for those learners who already have a basic grounding in Japanese, but need to develop specific language skills to aid effective business communication. These courses can be tailored to address the requirements of your particular field, and can include development of any necessary skills, such as public speaking or professional correspondence. Business Japanese courses are a perfect option for people working in import/export, international negotiations and acquisitions, and multinational companies where some knowledge of Japanese is required. They are also ideal for jobseekers, people transferring to a foreign country, and those working with international colleagues, academia and government.
Intended for learners who already have a basic grasp of Japanese and wish to extend it to apply to their working lives, group business Japanese courses are a great way to enable employees within a multinational corporation to be productive in both their native tongue and their newly-acquired Japanese. Group courses cater for up to 12 people (minimum of 2 students), and should be scheduled to take place at the same time and location each week. The tutor will develop the group's vocabulary to suit the related industry, as well as improve competence for day to day tasks performed in Japanese.
Specific purposes Japanese courses are a great boon to people who have already studied Japanese and wish to develop certain facets of their Japanese skills. This can include an array of helpful guidance, including the following:
• Vocabulary related to the industry (legal, HR, engineering, accounting, medical etc.)
• Accent softening and elocution
• Expanding upon existing aspects (writing, speaking, listening, reading etc.)
• Language for travelling
• Communication skills in business (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Writing skills in business (e.g. reports, business correspondence, proposals)
• Historical and cultural sensitivity
While your group may be improving their Japanese skills with each lesson, there are many elements of Japanese that go beyond simply knowing the right word, or the right way to phrase something. Our specific purposes Japanese group courses can help you gain skills that increase other facets of your group’s Japanese abilities, including:
• Accent softening / pronunciation
Developing existing aptitude for writing, reading, listening, speaking, etc.
• Language for international travel
• Business communication skills (e.g. training, negotiation, telephony, presentation)
• Business writing skills (e.g. proposals, reports, formal correspondence)
• Vocabulary for particular industry (e.g. medical, legal, HR, engineering, accounting)
• Understanding historical and cultural context
"I took some Japanese classes back at college but never learned to read and write. I picked up where I left off with my teacher from Listen & Learn and I can now read basic Japanese pretty well - I've got a long way to go is great and lessons are always really helpful."