Meet the course instructors

先生 Takahashi

As well as teaching Japanese for 15 years, I also have a specialization in teaching the Japanese Language for Foreign Workers. With our course, you won't learn only words and expressions, but also the aspects of Japanese business culture that will allow you to get fruitful relationships with clients, coworkers and business partners.

先生 Asada

I have been teaching Japanese for 14 years, during my career I also spent time running a cram school to help people find employment in Japan. Our course is great for anyone who wants to improve their professional Japanese level both for those currently using Japanese for work, and for those who want to work in Japan in the future.

先生 Tamura

I’ve been working at Intercultural Institute of Japan for 10 years and I’m in charge of the Japanese courses for corporate and business partners, we created this course to help more people improve their Business Japanese. I look after the Business Japanese student community and I hope by taking this course and connecting with other students you will be confident to realize your dreams of living and working in Japan and to achieve your career goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will I learn on this course?

    With practical interactive lessons on topics that will improve your Japanese language skills for the workplace and teach you important etiquette including how to correctly use Keigo, Japanese Business manners for business meetings, effective communication for emails and phone conversations. This course is best for those who are already comfortable with Japanese at approximately JLPT N3 level. We will show you how to avoid the most common mistakes, give etiquette tips, and also give you a chance to practice your new skills with repetition exercises and homework. We also have a student community where you can interact with other students and your teachers.

  • Can anyone take this course?

    As much of the course content is written in Japanese, with some explanations in English to help you understand the course structure, we recommend that to get the most out of this course you should be able to understand JLPT N3 Japanese.

  • How much does the course cost?

    The four-week course costs 45,000¥.

  • Will there be live classes on this course?

    The lessons are pre-recorded and created to help you learn as quickly as possible using our online platform but allows you to complete lessons at your own pace. However, you will be able to communicate with teachers from the Intercultural Institute of Japan through interactive lessons and in the community.

  • Will I get a certificate for finishing a course?

    You will get a certificate from the school once you have finished 100% of all the lessons and content in the course.

  • What is included in this course?

    See below for the details of the course lessons

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Intro

    • Course introduction

    • Course Overview

    • Join the Student Community!

    • We'd like to know a few things about you, before you begin...

    • Working in Japan: a student experience

    • Introduce yourself on Flipgrid!

    • How to use the course

  • 2

    Week 1 - Day 1 - How to use Keigo

    • Week 1 - Introduction

    • Day 1 Lesson 1 - Video (How to use Keigo) - Common mistakes

    • Day 1 Lesson 2 - Video (How to use Keigo) - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 1 Lesson 3 - Video (How to use Keigo) - Correct version

    • Day 1 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 1 Lesson 4.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 1 Lesson 5 - Explanation of Japanese Business customs

    • Day 1 Lesson 6 - Advanced practice 1

    • Day 1 Lesson 6 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 1 Lesson 7- Homework! - Flipgrid

    • Day 1 Lesson 8 - Homework!

    • Day 1 Lesson 8- Homework solution

  • 3

    Week 1 - Day 2 - Sonkeigo

    • Day 2 Lesson 1 - Video (Sonkeigo) - Common mistakes

    • Day 2 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 2 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct Version

    • Day 2 Lesson 4 - Explanation about Respectful Language (Sonkeigo)

    • Day 2 Lesson 5 - Special uses of respectful language

    • Day 2 Lesson 5.1 - Video - Correct Version 2nd

    • Day 2 Lesson 6 - Practice respectful language

    • Day 2 Lesson 7 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 2 Lesson 7.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 2 Lesson 8 - Advanced practice

    • Day 2 Lesson 9 - Homework! - Flipgrid

    • Day 2 Lesson 10 - Homework!

    • Day 2 Lesson 10.1 - Homework solution

  • 4

    Week 1 - Day 3 - Kenjogo

    • Day 3 Lesson 1 - Video (Kenjogo) - Common mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 3 Lesson 4 - Explanation of humble language (Kenjogo)

    • Day 3 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 3 Lesson 5 - Special uses of humble language

    • Day 3 Lesson 6 - Practice humble language

    • Day 3 Lesson 7 - Video - Correct version 2nd

    • Day 3 Lesson 8 - Practice with video repetition 2

    • Day 3 Lesson 8.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 3 Lesson 9 - Advanced practice

    • Day 3 Lesson 10 - Homework! - Flipgrid

    • Day 3 Lesson 11 - Homework!

    • Day 3 Lesson 11.1 - Homework solution

  • 5

    Week 1 - Day 4 - Teineigo and Bikago

    • Day 4 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 4 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 4 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 4 Lesson 4 - Explanation of polite language (Teineigo) and refined language (Bikago)

    • Day 4 Lesson 5 - Practice polite language and refined language

    • Day 4 Lesson 6 - Advanced practice

    • Day 4 Lesson 7 - Homework! - Flipgrid

    • Day 4 Lesson 8 - Homework!

    • Day 4 Lesson 8.1 - Homework solution

  • 6

    Week 1 - Day 5 - Business vocabulary

    • Day 5 Lesson 1 - Quiz with multiple choices

    • Day 5 Lesson 2 - Review

    • Day 5 Lesson 3 - Practice with repetition

    • Day 5 Lesson 4 - Homework! - Flipgrid

    • Day 5 Lesson 5 - Homework!

    • Day 5 Lesson 5.1 - Homework solution

  • 7

    Week 2 - Day 1 - Business manners and general concepts

    • Day 1 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 1 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 1 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 1 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 1 Lesson 4.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 1 Lesson 5 - Quiz!

    • Day 1 Lesson 6 - Explanation of 3 types of bow

    • Day 1 Lesson 7 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 8

    Week 2 - Day 2 - Uchi and Soto

    • Day 2 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 2 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 2 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 2 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 2 Lesson 4.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 2 Lesson 5 - Concept of “Uchi" (my company) and “Soto" (your company)

    • Day 2 Lesson 6 - Quiz!

    • Day 2 Lesson 6 - Advanced practice

    • Day 2 Lesson 6.1 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 2 Lesson 6.2 - Advanced Practice 3

    • Day 2 Lesson 7 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 9

    Week 2 - Day 3 - Exchanging Business Cards

    • Day 3 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 3 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 3 Lesson 5 - Tips for exchanging business cards

    • Day 3 Lesson 6 - Quiz!

    • Day 3 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice

    • Day 3 Lesson 7.1 - Advanced practice 2 - Role-play

    • Day 3 Lesson 8 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 10

    Week 2 - Day 4 - Manners when visiting

    • Day 4 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 4 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 4 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 4 Lesson 4 - Quiz!

    • Day 4 Lesson 5 - Advanced practice

    • Day 4 Lesson 5.1 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 4 Lesson 6 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 11

    Week 2 - Day 5 - Review

    • Day 5 Lesson 1 - Review introduction

    • Day 5 Lesson 2 - Review - Building entrance and reception

    • Day 5 Lesson 3 - Review - Exchange of business cards

    • Day 5 Lesson 4 - Review - Reception room and end of a meeting

    • Conclusion Week 2

  • 12

    Week 3 - Day 1 - Intra-company greetings

    • Day 1 Lesson 1 - Greetings quiz!

    • Day 1 Lesson 2 - How to use the greetings

    • Day 1 Lesson 3 - How Japanese people use greetings

    • Day 1 Lesson 4 - Role-play

    • Day 1 lesson 4.1 - Role-play 2

    • Day 1 Lesson 5 - Advanced practice

    • Day 1 Lesson 6 - Advanced practice 2 - Roleplay

    • Day 1 Lesson 7 - Homework!

    • Day 1 Lesson 7.1 - Homework solution

    • Day 1 Lesson 8- Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 13

    Week 3 - Day 2 - Inter-company greetings

    • Day 2 Lesson 1 - Greetings quiz!

    • Day 2 Lesson 2 - How to use greetings

    • Day 2 Lesson 3 - How Japanese people use greetings

    • Day 2 Lesson 4 - Role-play

    • Day 2 Lesson 5 - Advanced practice

    • Day 2 Lesson 6 - Advanced practice 2 - Role-play

    • Day 2 Lesson 7 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 14

    Week 3 - Day 3 - Special greetings expressions

    • Day 3 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 3 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 3 Lesson 4.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 3 Lesson 5 - Quiz!

    • Day 3 Lesson 6 - Advanced practice

    • Day 3 Lesson 6.1 - Advanced practice - Solution

    • Day 3 Lesson 7 - Homework!

    • Day 3 Lesson 8- Homework solution

  • 15

    Week 3 - Day 4 - Aizuchi

    • Day 4 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 4 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 4 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 4 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 4 Lesson 4.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 4 Lesson 5 - Quiz!

    • Day 4 Lesson 6 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 16

    Week 3 - Day 5 - Cushion words

    • Day 5 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 5 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 5 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 5 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 5 Lesson 4.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 5 Lesson 5 - Introduction and practice

    • Day 5 Lesson 6 - Homework!

    • Day 5 Lesson 6.1 - Homework solution

  • 17

    Week 4 - Day 1 - Business email basics

    • Day 1 Lesson 1 - Business email format

    • Day 1 Lesson 2 - Quiz!

    • Day 1 Lesson 3 - Introduction of useful phrases

    • Day 1 Lesson 4 - Quiz!

    • Day 1 Lesson 5 - Business email practice

    • Day 1 Lesson 5.1 - Solutions

  • 18

    Week 4 - Day 2 - Email manners

    • Day 2 Lesson 1 - Find the differences

    • Day 2 Lesson 2 - Explaining the difference

    • Day 2 Lesson 3 - Practice

    • Day 2 lesson 3.1 - Solution 1 (Intra-company emails)

    • Day 2 Lesson 3.2 - Solution 2 (Inter-company emails)

    • Day 2 Lesson 4 - Advanced practice

    • Day 2 Lesson 4 - Advanced practice solution

  • 19

    Week 4 - Day 3 - Phone manners

    • Day 3 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 3 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 3 Lesson 5 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 3 Lesson 6 - Video explanation

    • Day 3 Lesson 7 - Useful phrases

    • Day 3 Lesson 8 - Advanced practice

    • Day 3 Lesson 9 - Advanced practice solution

    • Day 3 Lesson 10 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 20

    Week 4 - Day 4 - Phone communication

    • Day 4 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 4 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 4 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 4 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 4 Lesson 5 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 4 Lesson 6 - Vocabulary

    • Day 4 Lesson 7 - Flow of transferring the line

    • Day 4 Lesson 8 - Useful phrases when transferring the line

    • Day 4 Lesson 9 - Advanced practice

    • Day 4 Lesson 10 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 4 Lesson 11 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 21

    Week 4 - Day 5 - Phone conversation flow

    • Day 5 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 5 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 5 Lesson 3 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 5 Lesson 4 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 5 Lesson 4.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 5 Lesson 5 - Flow of taking a message

    • Day 5 Lesson 6 - Useful phrases when a taking a message

    • Day 5 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice

    • Day 5 Lesson 8 - Advanced practice 2 - Role-play

    • Day 5 Lesson 9 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 22

    Next steps

    • What's next?

    • Before you go... we have a few more questions!

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