Japanese Language Classes

At the Japan Foundation, Toronto we offer several types of classes for people who want to learn more about the Japanese language and culture:

The levels of all our classes are based on the Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education (JF Standard), so if you want to know if a certain class is right for you, please click here for more information.

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For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact Barbara Carter at bcarter@jftor.org.



Marugoto A1 KatudooJapanese Together

These term-based courses run for two hours a week over three 13 week terms (fall, winter, spring). While it is possible to register for each term individually, for the best experience we recommend taking all three terms.

These courses use Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture, which is a textbook designed by the Japan Foundation.

For more information or to register in one of this year’s Japanese Together courses please click here.

If you are interested in learning Japanese using Marugoto but not ready to commit to a full-year course, in the summer we offer a two-week introductory-level Marugoto Summer Sampler, where you can gain the knowledge to start talking about yourself and your world in Japanese.


Topic-Based Japanese Classes

These classes are designed to supplement your Japanese studies, or prepare you for entering courses such as Japanese Together. Some of the classes we have held in the past include “Japanese for Business” (JF Standard B1) and “Let’s Make a Toronto Guide!” (JF Standard A2).

We also have classes that we offer on a regular basis, including:

  • Let’s Learn Hiragana! (JF Standard A1): a 3-week class in October, for those who want to start learning how to read and write in Japanese
  • Let’s Learn Katakana! (JF Standard A1): a 3-week class in November, for those who want to learn how to read and write the second of the basic Japanese alphabets
  • Let’s Learn Keigo! (JF Standard B1+): a 2-week class in the summer, for those who want to learn about formal Japanese


Japanese Cultural Classes

Join us twice a year for Travel Japanese classes!

Join us for our Travel Japanese class!

A staple of the Japan Foundation, Toronto’s Japanese language classes are our one-off classes looking at various aspects of Japan, Japanese culture, Japanese society, and the language associated with them. These classes are perfect for people who want to start learning the Japanese language but don’t know where to start.

For example, in January we often have a Japanese New Year’s class, to celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the Japanese calendar. We also have our Japanese Through Films series where you can watch movies and learn language at the same time. In the past, we have also had classes looking at Japanese food, Japanese gift-giving culture, various holidays such as Tanabata and Children’s Day, and more!

We also have a Travel Japanese (JF Standard A1) class that we offer  twice a year in February/March and May/June, for people who are planning to visit Japan and want to learn some essentials before they go!


JLPT Information Sessions

Šî–{ RGBEvery September we have information sessions for people who are interested in taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) but are not quite sure what is involved. (Please note that we do not cover test-taking/study strategies, but instead give a general overview of the exam and different levels.)

This year, the Japan Foundation will be hosting a JLPT Information Session in Toronto on Monday, September 18th!

Details: http://jftor.org/event/toronto-jlpt-2017/