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Learning Japanese

Study Resources

Links on this page will open in a new window/tab. Popular Textbooks Minna no Nihongo starts the Japanese learner off right away using kana, so it can be challenging for beginners. Used by many Japanese language schools and private tutors in the area. Genki is a popular textbook series that introduces the language through Romanized …

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Understanding Your School Calendar

Every school has an annual calendar. This is distributed in April (the beginning of Japan’s academic year) and covers the school year from April to March. If you do not already have a copy of this, you should ask for it. Bear in mind that it is considered a plan, and is not always up to …

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Japanese Proficiency Tests

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Nihongo noryoku shiken 日本語能力試験 What is the JLPT? The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an exam held both in Japan and abroad to evaluate and certify the proficiency in Japanese of non-native speakers. It’s an internationally recognized qualification, often used to gauge a Japanese learner’s ability by potential educators and employers. It provides an effective way …

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Classes

It goes without saying that learning Japanese will enhance your JET experience. There are many different kinds of classes offered throughout the prefecture, and international organizations have updated lists of what is available. Usually terms begin in September and April, and applications should be made in August or March. Also check with your contracting organization, …

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