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The Japanese Language

No definite link has been established between Japanese and any other language, living or dead. Though it adopted the Chinese pictographic characters in the 3rd century AD, Japanese is not in any way related to Chinese. It does resemble Korean in grammatical structure, and some have argued that they are distantly related. But this remains to be proven.

The Japanese ideographs, known as kanji, number in the thousands. An educated person can read as many as 5,000 of them; school children are expected to know close to 1,000 by the time they complete elementary school. After World War II the government published a list of 1,850 that it considered basic; this was expanded to 1,945 in 1981.
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Japanese instruction goes beyond the language to include the colorful Japanese culture and etiquettes, giving you a taste of the Japanese charm. With over a century of experience in language teaching, Berlitz offers you professional, native-speaking Japanese instructors who have been strictly trained in the Berlitz Method®. Our personalized courses simulate a variety of real-world situations and foster your sense of Japanese language and your ability to think directly in the target language. You will be placed in a real-world environment of Japanese culture and language, and will become a successful Japanese learner easily!

 

Sample program we offer for beginners

Focusing on “Survival Japanese” for immediate use. Each lesson trains students in the use of set expressions as well as important sentence patterns frequently used in practical Japanese conversational situations, such as “at a restaurant”, “in a taxi”, “shopping”, “introductions”, “at the post office”, “asking directions”, “making a phone call”, “ordering a pizza”, “buying a ticket”, “at the office”, “at the station”, “at a party”, etc.

 

Berlitz provides all levels of language lessons, from beginner through professional. Highly trained, native-fluent instructors give your employees confidence to speak and understand the new language.

 

What is the Berlitz Method?

When you study with Berlitz, you learn a new language the same way you learned your native language—naturally. Our highly effective, conversational style of instruction immerses you in your new language and makes learning fast and easy. Our instructors are native-fluent speakers who focus on the practical grammar and vocabulary you’ll use in real-life situations.

Why choose Berlitz?

Because it’s personalized language learning that works! We place the focus where it belongs – on you. Our highly trained, native-fluent instructors are dedicated to your success and will always consider your personal learning style, interests, and goals.

 

Face-to-Face Instruction

Available at Language Centers

Online Instruction

Accessible anywhere via a web connection

Total Immersion®—Intensive program to learn or improve a language in as little as one to three weeks.
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Berlitz Virtual Classroom—Berlitz Virtual Classroom is available for more than 50 languages, for beginners through advanced learners.
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Private Language Instruction—Custom-designed program to meet the language learning objective of each individual.
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CyberTeachers—CyberTeachers by Berlitz is an award-winning, web-based online platform that provides customized language instruction.
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Small Group Language Instruction—Custom-designed program to meet your language learning objectives in small groups of up to six people.
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