Japanese In Context is a unique introductory level course. You will learn to speak, read, write and understand modern, authentic Japanese -- and maybe have some fun along the way.
110 Instructional Video Lessons in 9 Jam-Packed Sections With Over 7 Hours of Content
This course is designed to be self-paced but the ambitious student can finish it in 9-10 weeks. Each section is divided into video demonstrations explaining core Japanese concepts in plain English, followed by supplementary vocabulary, activities, audio files and even more video demonstrations carefully showing how to properly write Japanese characters.
All material has been thoroughly reviewed and verified by a professional Japanese language instructor and native speaker.
If you are interested in learning Japanese to boost your career or just for fun, and appreciate a good challenge, this course is for you.
For our first lesson, we will be discussing the basic sounds you will find in the Japanese language.
Learn how to place some emotion or strength into our speech as well as express both certainty and possibility.
Learn about how we can use verb and adjective stems to create more complex and interesting ideas.
Learn about tendency for native Japanese to drop particles in speech and when writing each other in friendly or casual situations.
Learn about onomatopoeia -- the use of sounds to imitate actions, states, and thoughts that are hard to express in standard vocabulary.
My name is Chris and I have been living in Japan for the past ten years working as both a Japanese to English translator and a language instructor.
After studying academic Japanese in university I decided to move to Japan and become a professional translator. My experience includes working for several years in-house at a major Japanese corporation where I was responsible for the translation of documents ranging from the highly technical sphere (machine manuals, factory inspections, scientific papers), to business letters and meetings, all the way to website localization (newsletters, blogs). I was also occasionally called upon for interpretation when it was necessary.
Additionally I have and occasionally work as a freelance translator while not teaching Business English around Tokyo.
I have received training and certification from the SIMUL (language) Academy in the art of translation with a specific focus on Japanese to English, and have successfully passed the second level Japanese proficiency exam which certified and granted me access to work in a Japanese language environment where I was expected to perform at a near native level of comprehension.
With experience working both as a language instructor and as a translator I believe I have a unique insight into the subtleties of and common difficulties of attempting to learn Japanese, and can help you reach your goals in a painless and fun manner.
I also maintain the educational Japanese In Context study group on Facebook. Please join!