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Learn Japanese in College in Houston
As you can imagine, learning Spanish is far more popular than Japanese in American schools. In fact, Spanish is the most popular language currently with French and German also standing on the podium. Japanese, on the other hand, is only the tenth most taught language in the country.
You’re more likely to learn Latin in school than you are Japanese.
Don’t let that put you off, though. While the numbers of students taking Japanese classes in middle schools and high schools are dropping,
the number of students opting to study the language at college has increased in recent years. Learning Japanese in “Space City” is no problem. (Source: pixabay.com)
While you mightn’t think studying Japanese at college is worth it, you should remember that the language belongs to one of the world’s top 5 economies and there are very few Americans who speak the language; it would look fantastic on your resume and could really help push your career. If you’ve decided that it’s time to take the plunge and study Japanese at college, here are some of the places in Houston where you can.
As part of
Rice University’s foreign language program, students can study Japanese. While you can’t major in Japanese, you can take beginner and intermediate classes in the subject alongside your other studies. The four classes for beginners cover the main grammatical structures in Japanese and students who finish these classes should be able to have basic conversations using the language. Students will also learn the hiragana and katakana syllabaries.
The intermediate classes introduce students to kanji and and
students should have enough Japanese to live comfortably in Japan by the end of the course. University of Houston
The Japanese courses at the
University of Houston also cover the elementary and intermediate levels. By the end of the intermediate levels, students should have the necessary linguistic skills to communicate comfortably with Japanese speakers. University of Saint Thomas
Students at the
University of Saint Thomas can major or minor in Japanese. However, they will have to do so through a special arrangement with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Macelester College. The Japanese courses offered will give students comprehensive knowledge of Japanese and Japanese characters (kanji) and the kana syllabary systems (hiragana, katakana). The program also aims to encourage students to nurture an interest in Japanese culture and history. It should provide students with the foundations necessary for majoring or minoring in Japanese. Japanese Associations and Institutes in Houston Japan America Society of Houston
For nearly 50 years, the
Japan America Society of Houston (JASH), has been building bridges between Houston’s Japanese and American communities as well as promoting programs. The Japanese associations and organizations in Houston can bring you much closer to the Land of the Rising Sun. (Source: ArtisticOperations)
For over twenty years, the JASH has operated its Japanese Language Program. The courses are divided into classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced speakers. Every class starts at $175.
The classes take place either on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings. Depending on your level, you’ll need the following textbooks:
Japanese for Busy People I – Textbook. This is arguably one of the most popular Japanese textbooks of all time and comes with a CD for listening activities. It’s available for around $25. In addition to the textbook, there’s also an accompanying workbook that you’ll need for reading and writing activities. At around $15, the workbook is cheaper than the textbook. However, you can’t really get one without the other. In later classes, you’ll move onto Japanese for Busy People II – Textbook as well as the workbook that goes with it. The classes also make use of the Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese textbooks and workbooks.
In addition to the group classes offered by the JASH, there are also
private lessons available from $41 (for members) and $45 (for non-members). These private lessons are useful for those who work in Japanese companies, are planning to take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), are traveling to Japan for work or vacation, or just need some extra help with their Japanese studies. In addition to all the classes and courses organized by the JASH, there are also a number of cultural events that might be of interest to you.
After all, if you’re learning a foreign language,
you should learn as much as you can about the accompanying culture and history of the countries where the language is spoken. Houston also hosts a number of interesting Japanese cultural events throughout the calendar year. (Source: 12019)
You should also consider checking out the
Japan Festival Houston when it happens. The 2017 edition included merchants selling Japanese products, Japanese cuisine, and a number of performances. These performances included music, dance, and martial arts performances and a cosplay contest.
If you’re learning Japanese and looking for someone to practice with, you should consider checking out the
Houston Japanese Language Meetup. While these aren’t Japanese lessons or classes, it can be a useful way to complement classes or private tutorials. If you’d like to participate, you should be able to speak Japanese to a conversational level. You’ll also need to be able to ask and answer questions in Japanese. Hiring a Private Japanese Tutor in Houston
As the home of the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston is no stranger to technology. As you probably know, Japan is also country that prides itself on being at the forefront of technology and draws in young tech-minded students from all over the world. This is one reason why so many people in Houston are interested in going to Japan in order to immerse themselves in Japanese culture.
What’s one of the best things about private Japanese tutorials? The fact you can have them almost anywhere, of course! (Source: pixabay.com)
However, if you can’t afford to go to Japan or it just isn’t the right time,
why not consider getting your Japanese immersion from a private Japanese tutor? If you’re looking for someone to help you learn Japanese from the comfort of your own home, you should consider checking out the tutors available on Superprof. The choice is yours.
By using Superprof’s search engine, you can compare a number of different Japanese tutors’ profiles and
choose the right one for you. Firstly, work out what your needs are, when you’re available, and your available budget for private Japanese tutorials. Keep in mind that the rates for private tutors can vary wildly depending on their location, experience, qualifications, availability, teaching methods, etc.
Whether you’re learning Japanese because you’re going to study abroad, get a job, or talk to Japanese business partners, you can find your tutor in just a few clicks. You can learn the basics of the language as well as more about Japanese culture and history outside of the traditional classroom environment.
If you’re thinking about giving tutorials yourself, you should know that Japanese is the 4th biggest language on the Internet and is used by 5.3% of “internauts”. In terms of articles published on Wikipedia, Japanese is the world’s 7th biggest language with 778,000 articles. Finally, Japanese is the world’s 6th biggest language in terms of publishing. You can join Superprof and start providing Japanese tutorials today!
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