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Confident Travel Conversing for Beginners

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

にほんご for Travel!

Planning a trip to Japan but worried about communication? Have you taken beginner Japanese language courses but are still not comfortable speaking Japanese? You may be worried about making mistakes, so you hesitate to use your acquired language skills. Let’s prepare for you to travel around Japan confidently.

We are now accepting students for a 12-week workshop on beginner conversations. Under the steady guidance of Sakamoto-sensei, 6 students will have the opportunity to flex their Japanese capabilities over Zoom for 1.5 hours at a time. In this intimate group setting, Sakamoto-sensei will be able to gauge the needs of each student and adjust the subject matter to meet those needs. This is a great way to grow comfortable using Japanese in unscripted and genuine conversations, and to prepare you for your next adventure to Japan!

Examples of topics that will be covered:

  • Self-Introduction/Greetings
  • Asking for Directions
  • Ordering Food
  • Shopping
  • Aspects of Daily Life
  • And More!

*This workshop is meant for those who already have a foundation in Japanese, preferably having participated in JSNC’s Beginning 1-4.

*Workshops with low enrollment may be canceled. 



Date: Tuesdays, starting on May 9 at 18:30-20:00 (Pacific Time) – 12 sessions!
(No class 7/4)

Fee: $275 (Membership is required for this booking. Join and support the Japan Society! Membership can also be applied to sign up for group lessons and workshops in the future!)

Class format: Zoom. We want to see your happy faces, so we ask that all students turn their videos on.


Register Here Button*Please click on the link HERE to assess your level BEFORE you register for the workshop.


Our Amazing Teacher


Kumiko Sakamoto has been teaching Japanese for 24 years, and will continue teaching students from diverse backgrounds. She earned her master’s degree in Japanese Pedagogy from SFSU and admires two teaching philosophies: Natural Approach by Dr. Stephen Krashen and Depth and Complexity by Dr. Sandra Kaplan. Her teaching mission acknowledges equity in mind awareness and supports Diversity and Inclusivity. Kumiko is one of the creators of an online reading book, “日本語で読書”, which is supported by the Japan Foundation. Her philosophy is based on human equality and the values of lifelong education. Kumiko’s hobbies are writing movie reviews and doing community service.


May 9
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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