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The Best Places to Learn Japanese in and around Dallas

By , published on 01/12/2017 Blog > Languages > Japanese > Where to Learn Japanese in Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Dallas and Japan, Closer than Ever
  • Learning Japanese in College in Dallas: How do you do it?
  • Japanese Associations and Institutes in Dallas and the Surrounding Area
  • What About Hiring a Japanese Private Tutor in Dallas?

Are you thinking about learning Japanese in Dallas or Fort Worth? There are plenty of great reasons to do so:

Firstly, Japanese is spoken by one of the world’s top 5 economies. Secondly, very few Americans speak Japanese. This means that anyone who can speak it is going to open a lot of doors in terms of their career. And finally, it’s a language that belongs to a fascinating culture and a country with a rich and diverse history. Put simply, if you learn Japanese, you get to learn more about Japanese culture and history.

With over 5 million inhabitants, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the whole of the United States. While you probably wouldn’t associate the area with learning Japanese, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are plenty of different places where you can learn the language and more about Japanese culture and history.

Whether you want to study Japanese for work, academic, or personal reasons, there are language schools, colleges, cultural centers, and Japanese associations that would be happy to help you master the language of the Land of the Rising Sun and learn to speak Japanese.


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Dallas and Japan, Closer than Ever

While there’s 6,000 miles between Dallas and Tokyo, Japan’s actually closer than you think. Have you ever been to the Japanese Garden in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden? Don’t forget that there are also plenty of Japanese restaurants around the metro area you can visit if you’d like a taste of Japanese culture.

There’s also the Samurai Collection. This includes over 1,000 pieces of Japanese history and culture under one roof. In fact, this is the only museum outside of Japan with such a collection, too. This is definitely worth seeing if you’re interested in Japanese history and is another sign that Japanese culture is alive and well in the area.

Learning Japanese in College in Dallas: How do you do it?

If you’re looking to study Japanese at college, you’re in luck. There are a number of options for students looking to major or minor in Japanese as part of their undergraduate degree. While there aren’t many options for studying Japanese at middle school or high school, the language is becoming increasingly popular at college.

Which are the best colleges in Dallas for Japanese? If you want to study Japanese at college, Dallas might be the place to go. (Source: pixabay.com)

Southern Methodist University

While you can’t major in Japanese at Southern Methodist University, you do have the option of minoring in Japanese. If you’re really into languages, there’s also the option to Major in World Languages and options to study abroad in Japan. Immersion in a foreign language is arguably the best way to learn and a period of study abroad is also an often unforgettable experience that will teach you more than just the language spoken there.

The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas was founded in 1969 and has since grown into one of the top 100 colleges in the US. They offer beginners, intermediate, and advanced Japanese classes. These classes are operated under the School of Arts and Humanities’ Literature and Languages departments.

The beginners classes will introduce students to the four main aspects of the language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. By the time students reach the advanced classes, they’ll be broadening their understanding of the language as well as Japanese culture and history.

The University of North Texas

The University of North Texas offers students the opportunity to both major and minor in Japanese as well as the opportunity to study abroad during May and June. These courses are operated as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences which can be found on the school’s Denton Campus.

Richland College

There are also Japanese courses available at Richland College. These courses can be used towards foreign language college credit and are available for beginners and intermediate students. There are no advanced classes on offer.

The Beginning Japanese I class is designed for students starting with very little knowledge of the Japanese language. Students will be shown the four main language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and all the vocabulary they’ll need for basic communication.

Beginning Japanese II will have students continuing on from their last class. They’re expected to pick up a lot of new Japanese vocabulary during this stage and use it to develop their communication skills in the language.

By the time the students reach the intermediate levels, they’ll be delving into more advanced grammar points and developing a better understanding of both Japanese culture and history.

The second intermediate class focuses on reading, composition, grammatical complexities, and intense oral practice. This is when your Japanese studies will start to get serious. Once you finish the intermediate class, you’ll have to go elsewhere to continue your studies in Japanese.

Have you considered maybe hiring a private tutor to continue practicing?

Tip: Since most Japanese courses start in the fall, you should consider signing up for them as soon as you can. If you miss registration, you’ll have to wait a whole year before you can enroll!

Japanese Associations and Institutes in Dallas and the Surrounding Area

Japan America Society Dallas Fort Worth

The Japan America Society Dallas Fort Worth aims to promote cultural exchanges between Americans and the Japanese through education, business, politics, history, and culture.

How long does it take to learn Japanese? Japanese societies and associations can bring you closer to the Land of the Rising Sun. (Source: trestletech)

The society was founded in 1970 and has spent nearly 50 years organizing events, programs, and classes in order to bring DFW closer to the Land of the Rising Sun. The society organizes a number of cultural and social events including a New Year’s Celebration, a Japan America Friendship Night (with baseball!), and the Otsukimi Moon-Viewing Festival.

You should also consider visiting the Dallas Japanese Association which offers Japanese language classes for anyone over 16 years of age. The course includes forty lessons and runs on Saturdays from August to June.

There are a variety of levels and most of the classes follow the syllabus set out in the Japanese for Busy People. The course costs $320 or $340 if you wish to pay in two installments. There’s also a $30 registration fee for new students.

Fort Worth Japanese Society

The Fort Worth Japanese Society has promoted Japanese culture in the Fort Worth area since 1985. In addition to the language classes offered by the society, there are also calligraphy, origami, folk dancing, taiko drum, tea ceremony programs. The Forth Worth Japanese Language School run by the society offers classes for both adults and children. There are seven different levels for adult students covering beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.

Students just starting out will be shown basic Japanese conversational skills as well as two of the three Japanese writing systems: hiragana and katakana. They won’t see kanji until they reach level 2.

How much do private Japanese tutorials cost in Dallas? Dallas has more links with the Land of the Rising Sun that you’d first think. (Source: skeeze)

Students won’t be able to move onto the intermediate classes until they can comfortably use both the kana (hiragana and katakana) syllabaries and at least half of their class will be presented in Japanese. They’ll need to master between 100 and 150 kanji before moving to pre-advanced classes.

The pre-advanced classes use textbooks that are fully in Japanese so students need to have a good understanding of the writing systems by the time they reach this level. Japanese is used for about 80% of these classes.

What About Hiring a Japanese Private Tutor in Dallas?

If you’re not interested in learning Japanese in a traditional classroom environment, you should consider enlisting the help of a Japanese private tutor.

Where are the best places to get private Japanese tutorials? You can choose to have your private Japanese tutorials wherever you like! (Source: skeeze)

Private tutors can provide academic support for students who are struggling at school as well as teach Japanese to beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.

You should consider looking for Japanese native speakers with teaching qualifications and experience giving private tutorials. However, you should also take your budget into account since the better the tutor, the more money they’ll probably charge you.

If you’re an advanced student, you might benefit from regular practice with a private tutor in order to work on your vocabulary, pronunciation, or even getting ready for college exams or the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test.

Whether you opt for in-home private tutorials or online tutorials over Skype, make sure you’ve chosen the right tutor for you. You mightn’t need a university professor if you’re just going through the basics of Japanese for a trip to Japan. However, you’ll probably need an experienced professor if you’re working on a Japanese paper for college.

In terms of budget, the rates of private tutors can vary wildly with so many factors to consider. We recommend shopping around before contacting anyone.

Tip: Look for private tutors offering free tutoring for the first hour so that you can see whether or not they’re the right fit for you and your preferred learning styles.

If you hadn’t gathered, we highly recommend browsing Superprof in order to find the ideal private Japanese tutor for you. Take your time and think carefully about the reasons you’re learning Japanese and your budget.


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