How To Find The Best Japanese Language Classes Near Me

September 21, 2023
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How To Find The Best Japanese Language Classes Near Me

There are countless Japanese Language Schools that offer Japanese Language Classes. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, more schools and institutions offering online Japanese classes have sprung out, thus increasing available options. The important thing is knowing how to choose the perfect one for you.

Are you looking for the best Japanese language classes near you but don't know where to begin? Don't worry because we got you! In this article, we will provide you with useful steps on how to find the best Japanese Language Classes near you. 

Steps to find the best Japanese classes near you

Step 1: Search in Google Maps 

Searching for "Japanese language classes near me" in Google Maps
Searching for "Japanese language classes near me" in Google Maps

The very first step in finding the best Japanese Language Classes near you is through searching in Google Maps for the words “japanese language school near me” and seeing what results you will get. If the Japanese schools that were shown on Google Maps are not anywhere near you, then you know that you have to explore for online options. 

There are many Japanese Language Schools that offer Japanese online classes. Japademy Japanese Language School is one option for you. We offer Online Group Lessons and Online Private Lessons. Japanese Online Group Lessons are perfect for you if you're located anywhere in the USA, Canada, and other countries. On the other hand, Japanese Online Private Lessons are perfect for you if you want a unique learning experience that fits your learning style and schedule.

In case you have found one or more Japanese Language Schools located at a good distance from where you are located, the next step is to check to determine how good these schools are.

Step 2: Check locations and Google Reviews 

Japademy's location and Google Reviews shown on Google Maps 
Japademy's location and Google Reviews shown on Google Maps 

If Google Maps have shown you some local Japanese schools near you, the next thing that you should do is choose the three that have the most convenient locations. The school's location is one of the most important factors that you should consider so that you will not have a hard time commuting to the school. In our experience, an inconvenient location is one of the reasons why students quickly give up on attending their lessons.

Another factor that you should consider is their Google Reviews. Check the Google Reviews for the three schools that you have chosen. If the school has few reviews it can mean that either the school is too new or is actually not a real school but rather a Japanese person offering tutoring. Also, if the school has very  old reviews, it might be a sign that the school is no longer in business. 

Step 3: Visit the Japanese school’s website

A photo of a native Japanese teacher and students on Japademy's website 
A photo of a native Japanese teacher and students on Japademy's website 

From the three best school options that Google Maps shows, we recommend you to visit each of their websites and check whether they have photos of real lessons with students. You also have to check if they have photos of their native Japanese teachers. Doing these will help you to assess if the schools have high quality lessons and experienced Japanese teachers

Here's a bonus tip: if the design and quality of the school's websites look very old, it is very likely that the school is also very traditional with an aged and tedious teaching style. We recommend you to choose a school that seems to be putting an effort into being modern. Japanese old-fashioned teaching style can be a challenge for people in their 30’s or younger.

Step 4: Check their Japanese learning programs 

Japanese learning programs offered at Japademy 
Japanese learning programs offered at Japademy 

After assessing the schools' websites, you have to check what kind of learning programs they offer. Ideally, the best school should offer a program structured in 8 to 12 weeks. Japanese schools offering programs structured in less than 8 weeks are not recommended because students are unlikely to learn much in such a short period. On the other hand, schools offering programs structured in more than 12 weeks are also not recommended. More than 12 weeks of continuous learning is a big commitment for students and some of them may get very exhausted by the end of the course or even worse, may not even finish it. 

In addition, it is a great sign when the Japanese language school mentions what topics the student will learn throughout the course. Knowing what topics you will learn will help you to know what to expect from the lessons and if these topics will truly help you in learning Japanese. Stating the topics that will be discussed throughout the course is also a good sign that the school has very well-prepared teaching material. 

Step 5: Check program prices

Lastly, after checking what kind of programs the schools offer, you also have to check their prices. Another important factor in choosing the best Japanese Language Classes for you is assessing the price of the program the schools offer. You have to check whether the price of the courses fits your budget. It is common practice for schools to promote a certain price for the course. However, on top of that charge are extra fees such as enrolment fees and learning material fees. We recommend you to be careful in assessing the prices of the programs of different schools to avoid hidden fees. Most importantly, you have to make sure that what you are paying for is worth your money and time. 

Final words

Finding the best Japanese language classes near you does not have to be difficult. Above, we have shared with you 5 simple steps that you can follow and definitely will help you find the right Japanese language class that is tailored to your specific needs as a student. 

Furthermore, there are many resources available out there that will help you find the school that best suits your needs. You can do research online to find Japanese schools in your area, ask your friends and family who have studied Japanese for recommendations, and even consult with a language tutor to get tailored advice. With a little effort, you can find a great school near you that will help you reach your Japanese language goals!

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