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Learn Japanese in NYC :: Williamsburg

Level 1

More about Level 1

Level 1 is taught in English and is for those who want to start at the very beginning with Japanese. If you’ve never taken a language class before, don’t worry – we will walk you through the basics and explain sentence structure, the writing systems, vocab learning tips, etc.

If you can struggle through saying things in Japanese like: I am American, I study Japanese, I ran yesterday, or I have a dog, then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you. In level 1, you will be introduced to Hiragana and will learn to make basic sentences in the present and past tense.

Not totally ready for Level 2 but don’t want to start at the beginning? We recommend taking a few hours of private lessons and/or a Bridge Workshop to review Level 1 material.

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Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is taught in English and is for those who have studied Japanese before, even if it's been a while. Level 2 is right for you if you can say a few things about yourself in Japanese, even if only at a basic level in the present tense with a limited vocabulary, as well as are able to recognize past tense forms. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases such as:

I live in Brooklyn.
My friend does not live in Brooklyn. (Or “my brother does not live in Brooklyn” or “my sister does not live in Brooklyn” if you don’t know the word for friend.)
I am American.
I speak English.

2) You should be able to understand these phrases in the past tense.

わたしはみせにいきました。
ほんをかいました。
きのう、べんきょうしました

3) You should be able to read and write basic sentences in the present and past using Hiragana.

In general, if you are fairly comfortable with the above concepts, then you would be able to keep up with a Level 2 class. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 3 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are starting to feel comfortable speaking in the present tense and past tense, as well as reading and writing in both Hiragana and Katakana. Level 3 students should also understand and be able to use the many functions of Te-form. Here is a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 3 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases in Japanese in the present tense such as:

I speak Japanese.
He listens to the radio.
We go to the beach every weekend.
I run vs. I am running.

2) You can say things in the past tense such as:

I bought a car last week.
He ate a sandwich yesterday.
We saw a friend at the bar last night.

3) You can read and write in both Hiragana and Katakana.

4) The following Te-form transformations make sense to you:

う、つ、るーー> って
む、ぶ、ぬーー> んで
くーー> いて
ぐーー> いで
すーー> して
するーー> して
くるーー> きて
いくーー> いって

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 3 class. Level 3 will help you review the above material as well as introduce you to informal speech, potential forms and about 50 kanji characters.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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