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Discover a world of opportunities with online Japanese classes. Learn to speak, read, and write in Japanese and gain the skills to connect with a new culture and open doors to exciting career prospects.

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Japanese - Level 2

Cricket eLearning, Formerly Fluent City @ Virtual Classroom

Alright, we know you can introduce yourself and make a damn good impression. In Japanese 2, we’ll teach you how to take the conversation further. This class is for you if you're familiar with the basics of grammar and have Hiragana down. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Take this class if you have studied some Japanese before, are familiar with Hiragana, and can say a few basic things about yourself in the present tense. You should also be able to recognize...

Wednesday Jan 10th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)


10 sessions

Japanese - Level 1

Cricket eLearning, Formerly Fluent City @ Virtual Classroom

Ready to take your first step in learning conversational Japanese? Join our beginner-friendly course at Cricket eLearning and start speaking with confidence. Say goodbye to just knowing "sushi" and "tempura" and hello to a whole new world of language.

Monday Jan 8th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

 (12 sessions)


12 sessions

Japanese - Total Beginner

ABC Languages @ Online

Embark on an exciting journey to learn the Japanese language from scratch. Join our introductory group classes designed for total beginners and dive into basic vocabulary, conversation skills, and even Japanese scripts. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and language of Japan with ABC Languages.

Tuesday Jan 23rd, 6–7:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

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Japanese | Total Beginner

ABC Languages SF @ Online Classroom

You will be guided to speak from the very first lesson while our instructors arm you with the tools you need to understand and absorb the language.  Student goals range from wanting to learn some basics in preparation for a trip abroad to long-term language learners. Our Total Beginner classes are designed for students with little or no background in the language. At the end of any enrollment, you always have the option of adding additional...

Tuesday Jan 16th, 7–8:30pm Pacific Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Online Private Japanese Lessons

ABC Languages @ Online

Learn Japanese at ABC Languages and experience personalized instruction from professional instructors. Whether you prefer one-on-one lessons or studying with a group, our customized program will help you reach your language goals. Start your Japanese learning journey today!

Monday Dec 11th, 12–12pm Eastern Time

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Japanese High Intermediate 2

International School of Languages @ Live Virtual

A great course for those who have completed Japanese High Intermediate 1 level or similar. Here is a summary of what students will learn by the end of the High Intermediate 2 level: COMMUNICATION: Eating out, finding restaurants, comunicating politely with your waiter. Inviting people to do something, declining politely, accepting invitations. This is the FIRST part of the three-course long Japanese High Intermediate 2 sequence. An all-adults...

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7 sessions

Japanese Child with Caregiver Level M

Sponge @ Virtual Classroom

From the time they’re born, babies are learning language–naturally! The youngest brains are primed to learn, and our native-speaking teachers immerse them in their language and culture. The great news for parents–our curriculum is based on the communicative approach, so you’ll be taking home language and expressions, and learning more about culture, too. Classes are 55 minutes long. We play, sing, dance and explore all in language for...

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18 sessions

Portuguese Language - Beginner (Online)

Discovery Center

Portuguese is the language of one of the largest countries in the world, Brazil, as well as Portugal. This course offers an introduction for tourists as well as those interested in the culture and music of Brazil. There is an additional $25 Materials Fee

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4 sessions

Italian Language - Intermediate (Online)

Discovery Center

Elevate your Italian fluency with an immersive online course that focuses on conversation, vocabulary, and grammar. Take your language skills to the next level with this intermediate-level class, perfect for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have similar experience. Materials fee applies.

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6 sessions

Portuguese Language - Intermediate (Online)

Discovery Center

Expand your vocabulary, grammar & conversation in Portuguese. Gain more knowledge of the Brazilian culture. Begin to become fluent while improving your conversational skills. There is an additional $25 Materials Fee 

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4 sessions

Russian Language - Beginner (Online)

Discovery Center

This introduction to the Russian language is perfect for future tourists, students, businessmen, or just anyone who's ever been intrigued by the culture and people of Russia. The class will stress a conversational approach. An array of new nations are emerging in the former territory of the U.S.S.R.and a knowledge of the Russian language continues to be useful in all of them.  $25 Materials Fee

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Discover the Best Japanese Classes Online

With nearly 130 million speakers worldwide, the Japanese language is used in millions of businesses, homes, and cultural organizations every day. Whether you hope to bolster your communication skills in these establishments or to be able to read manga, listen to J-pop, or watch anime in Japanese, learning the language is an endeavor worth the hard work. The language differs vastly from English: Japanese boasts three different writing systems (kanji, hiragana, and katakana), a subject-object-verb grammatical structure, and a complex politeness system known as keigo. These features can make learning Japanese a daunting task for any English speaker, but many find the logic and consistency of the language make basic Japanese skills surprisingly easy to master. If your goal is high-level fluency in Japanese, keep in mind that it ranks among the Foreign Service Institute’s “super-hard” languages, but dedication, hard work, and the right resources will help you achieve conversational, writing, and reading skills comparable to native speakers.

Why You Should Learn Japanese Online

Learning Japanese offers a wide variety of benefits, not the least of which is the boost it gives to brain health, memory, and mental acuity. Scientists have observed measurable increases in brain activity after just a few months of studying Japanese. But learning Japanese is far from a boring intellectual exercise: students often report learning the language to be a fun hobby that enriches their enjoyment of popular Japanese cultural exports like manga and anime. And many Japanese learners find fluency in the language beneficial to their careers: knowledge of the language is a standout skill to list on your resume for a wide range of jobs.

Learning Japanese in an online setting provides even more benefits to studying the language. When you sign up for online courses, you have the opportunity to meet and network with a community of fellow Japanese students with similar interests, hobbies, and goals. Discussion with your language-learning peers and friends may even help you plug into local, national, or global Japanese and Japanese culture clubs and other related organizations.

Virtual Japanese Classes 

Online Japanese classes offer nearly all of the same perks as in-person classes, with the additional benefits of no commute and being able to work from your home or office. Virtual classes may be more likely than in-person classes to require you to purchase your own textbooks or other materials needed for your Japanese classes, but the benefit of more course options than are available in your locality is likely to outweigh that one con to choosing to pursue your Japanese education online.

If you’re searching for online beginner-level Japanese courses, you will find more than one option to begin your journey of language learning. ABC Languages’ online Japanese - Total Beginner class is an excellent option for those 16 and older hoping to learn all three of the language’s writing systems. Meanwhile, for those 17 and up who prefer to focus on the hiragana writing system, Fluent City’s beginner-level online Japanese - Level 1 class is a winner.

And once you’ve finished Fluent City’s foundational course—or if you already have your basics down and are looking for a class to take you to the next level—the language school offers a virtual Japanese - Level 2 class for beginners who have already mastered hiragana and the basic grammar rules.

For those more advanced in their Japanese language journey, the International School of Languages offers an online Japanese High Intermediate 2 class. The class is open to students 18 and up and focuses on conversational skills needed when dining out and making plans with friends.

When you need a beginner-level online Japanese class for kids, the International School of Languages also has you covered with a unique Japanese Beginner 3 for Kids Ages 11-14. The program teaches conversational skills in classes led by native-fluency teachers and is the third in the school’s sequence of three classes for young beginners.

Private Online Group Japanese Classes

Online private group Japanese classes are a smart investment in your organization’s skill set, team spirit, and global reach. If you want to schedule a Japanese class for your team, CourseHorse offers private online group Japanese classes for businesses, clubs, cultural institutions, and even families planning a trip to Japan.

Online sushi-making classes for your private group can be a fun part of your team’s Japanese education. With the guidance of a professional chef, your team will learn all about ingredients like sushi rice and sushi-grade fish and how to make hand rolls, cut rolls, nigiri, and other classic Japanese treats.

However you may envision online Japanese private group lessons for your team, CourseHorse experts are on-call to help you turn your Japanese education dreams into reality. You can reach out to the CourseHorse team through the contact form on their website, or schedule a phone call, if you prefer, to discuss your group’s Japanese learning goals.

When you contact CourseHorse, a team member will walk you step-by-step through the creation of your ideal private Japanese class. From discovering the perfect instructor for your team to shipping any needed textbooks or other materials to your individual participants, CourseHorse will design your online group Japanese class and send you confirmation within 24 hours of your reservation. You can even book your private group Japanese class if you don’t know the exact number of attendees. With CourseHorse, you are free to change your group size until a week before your first class.

CourseHorse recommends Zoom for your course’s video conferencing software, but if you have a preferred platform, they can accommodate Google Meets, WebEx, or Microsoft Teams. And if you prefer in-person Japanese classes, depending on your location and the availability of instructors, CourseHorse may be able to schedule your private group Japanese classes in your space of choice.

CourseHorse will never charge you a booking fee, but for just $150, you can customize your curriculum to include on-topic games, specific questions for your team, or other unique requests.

Online vs. In-Person Japanese Classes

In-person and online Japanese classes can offer very similar experiences and benefits. Both offer a significant boost in accountability over self-led learning approaches such as apps, books, and online tutorials. Set schedules, live classes, and interactions with teachers and students in real-time are all features of classes, whether they are hosted in-person or online. And nothing beats the perk of being able to interact with a teacher by asking questions and getting immediate feedback on your pronunciation and grammar, a feature of both online and in-person Japanese classes.

Online classes differ from in-person classes, however, in the additional benefit of no commute time and allowing you to participate in class from your most comfortable environment and in your most comfortable pants. Some students may prefer the sensory immersion of traditional in-person classes, but many communities—particularly those in less populous cities—offer few in-person Japanese classes to choose from. Online classes expand your options of Japanese classes, instructors, schools, and methodologies. If you prioritize minimal time commitments (that don’t include the hassle of commuting) and comfort, online classes may be the obvious choice for you. And if you live in a place with few or no Japanese in-person class options, online classes may be the only option for you.

Can I Learn Japanese for Free Online?

With plenty of motivation, research, and time, you can find free online tutorials, YouTube videos, blogs, and other resources to help you get started on your Japanese learning journey. However, few people will be able to progress beyond a beginner’s knowledge of the language without some kind of formal training from a skilled instructor. Private tutoring and classes may work best for some, but many will also enjoy learning alongside a community of like-minded students who can offer each other support and plenty of opportunities to practice conversation. Online classes are one of the most accessible ways to benefit from the expertise of a Japanese teacher and a peer group of fellow learners.

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