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 5 - Day 1 - Request and permission

    • 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 - Explanation of the differences between expression of request and permit

    • Day 1 Lesson 6 - Quiz - Who takes action?

    • Day 1 Lesson 7 - Reviewing of how to make causative verbs

    • Day 1 Lesson 8 - Verb conjugation practice

    • Day 1 Lesson 9 - Quiz!

    • Day 1 Lesson 10 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 3

    Week 5 - Day 2 - Inquiries

    • 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 - Explanation of the flow when asking questions

    • Day 2 Lesson 6 - Practice - Frequently used expressions

    • Day 2 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice

    • Day 2 - Lesson 8 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 2 Lesson 9 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 4

    Week 5 - Day 3 - Asking for permission

    • Day 3 Lesson 1 - Video - Common mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 2 - Video - Fixing mistakes

    • Day 3 Lesson 3 - Explanation of the flow when asking permission

    • Day 3 Lesson 4 - Video - Correct version

    • Day 3 Lesson 5 - Practice with video repetition

    • Day 3 Lesson 5.1 - Practice with role-play

    • Day 3 Lesson 6 - Practice the expression of asking permission

    • Day 3 Lesson 7 - Practice the expression of asking permission with reasons

    • Day 3 Lesson 8 - Advanced practice

    • Day 3 Lesson 9 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 3 Lesson 10 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 5

    Week 5 - Day 4 - Asking confirmation

    • 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 - Practice the expressions of starting conversation

    • Day 4 Lesson 6 - Practice the expressions of confirmation

    • Day 4 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice

    • Day 4 Lesson 8 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 4 Lesson 9 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 6

    Week 5 - Day 5 - Requesting

    • 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 - Explanation of the flow when requesting

    • Day 5 Lesson 6 - Practice the expression of requesting

    • Day 5 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice

    • Day 5 Lesson 8 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 5 Lesson 9 - Homework!

    • Day 5 Lesson 10 - Homework solution

  • 7

    Week 6 - Day 1 - Accepting requests

    • 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 - Explanation of the flow when accepting a request

    • Day 1 Lesson 6 - Practice the useful expressions of confirmation

    • Day 1 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice - Listening comprehension

    • Day 1 Lesson 7.1 - Advanced practice 2 - Listening comprehension

    • Day 1 Lesson 7.2 - Advanced practice 3 - Role-play

    • Day 1 Lesson 8 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 8

    Week 6 - Day 2 - Declining/Refusing a request

    • 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 - Explanation of the flow when refusing a request

    • Day 2 Lesson 6 - Practice the useful expressions of refusing-1

    • Day 2 Lesson 6.1 - Practice the useful expressions of refusing-2

    • Day 2 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice

    • Day 2 Lesson 7.1 - Advanced Practice 2

    • Day 2 Lesson 7 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 9

    Week 6 - Day 3 - Adjusting to a request

    • 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 - Practice the expressions of adjusting a request 1

    • Day 3 Lesson 5.1 - Practice the expressions of adjusting a request 2

    • Day 3 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice

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

    • Day 3 Lesson 8 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 10

    Week 6 - Day 4 - Apologizing

    • 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 - Explanation of the flow when apologizing

    • Day 4 Lesson 6 - Practice the expressions when apologizing for what you have done

    • Day 4 Lesson 7 - Other expressions when apologizing

    • Day 4 Lesson 8 - Advanced practice

    • Day 4 Lesson 8.1 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 4 Lesson 6 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 11

    Week 6 - Day 5 - Practice and review

    • 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 - Practice the expressions of confirmation

    • Day 5 Lesson 6 - Practice the expressions of immediate response

    • Day 5 Lesson 7 - Advanced practice

    • Day 5 Lesson 7.1 - Advanced practice 2

    • Day 5 Lesson 8 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 12

    Week 7 - Day 1 - Business Katakana

    • 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 - Roleplay

    • Day 1 lesson 4.1 - Roleplay 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 7 - Day 2 - Summarizing content of business phone calls

    • 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 - Roleplay

    • Day 2 Lesson 5 - Advanced practice

    • Day 2 Lesson 6 - Advanced practice - Roleplay

    • Day 2 Lesson 7 - Homework! - Flipgrid

  • 14

    Week 7 - Day 3 - Confirming and taking notes

    • 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 7 - Day 4 - Make a report about emails and other notifications' content

    • 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 7 - Day 5 - Report, contact, consult

    • 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 8 - Day 1 - Job interview process

    • 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 8 - Day 2 - Japanese resume

    • 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 8 - Day 3 - How to write a cover letter

    • 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 8 - Day 4 - Industry research and self-analysis

    • 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 8 - Day 5 - Business Japanese Test

    • 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!