Japanese Club

We help students learn and develop overall Japanese language skills along with cultural literacy that will provide students with the confidence to use Japanese in different settings. Language and culture go hand in hand, so learning more about the culture and how it inspires the language will bring it alive in a fun and meaningful way that benefits all learners at any level. We will work with you to set goals that meet your interests and needs!
By Arisa and Len Loving - Club Leaders

Club Experience

We meet weekly to learn and review both spoken and written Japanese at a level where everyone can have fun together. This means beginners! No Japanese language experience required! We introduce cultural themes that reinforce language and meaning so we can learn the language more from the “inside out”.

Schedule

Europe/Asia Meetup: Tuesdays at 12:00pm GMT America Meetup: Fridays at 5:00pm PST

Learning Goals

We help students learn and develop overall Japanese language skills along with cultural literacy that will provide students with the confidence to use Japanese in different settings. Language and culture go hand in hand, so learning more about the culture and how it inspires the language will bring it alive in a fun and meaningful way that benefits all learners at any level. We will work with you to set goals that meet your interests and needs!

About the Club Teacher

Arisa Loving and Len Loving are both language teachers and entrepreneurs in Japan.

About Arisa:

Konnichiwa! My name is Arisa, and I am super excited to be able to share and teach my own language with you. I am happy to hear your ideas about Japanese language and culture so this club can feel personal to everyone who participates. I love exchanging ideas so this club is going to be very fun!

My interest in foreign languages began with movies. Yup, movies in English! It was like another world, so I pursued my interest in English all the way through university. I then taught English to Japanese students. Now, Len and I both operate and teach at our own private school. What is very exciting to me is the unconventional and fun atmosphere we can share in Galileo’s Japanese Club.

I can’t wait to hear about your interests in Japanese language and culture when we meet!

About Len:

Hello! My interest in languages began at six years old when my grandmother gave me an encyclopedia that compared different languages. It was such a magical moment for me that I have been doing it ever since! Today, I can speak, read and write several languages including Japanese. What is your interest in Japanese? We are excited to hear about it!

My interest in Japanese began when I started practicing traditional Jujutsu many years ago. I had to use Japanese in the dojo, so my interest in the culture and language started in the world of martial arts, or budo.

Academically, I am an anthropologist with a focus on culture and language. My lifelong language pursuits have put me in a variety of classrooms as a student and a teacher, from charter to public schools, elementary to university as well as the government level where I had to adopt new thinking and techniques for acquiring and teaching language.

I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and as a registered Native American, learning and preserving our language is now my biggest personal language goal. So what is your personal language goal? Please tell us when you join our club!

Other Resources

Duolingo a free language learning resource you can use on any device. We have a class link that will allow you to connect to the teacher as you practice Japanese.

Tofugu a great website for Japanese culture and language. A wealth of inside information!

Wanikani an interactive and fun way to learn Japanese kanji using mnemonic learning. Japanese kanji is not the same as Chinese kanji.

Time Required

50 minutes a week in Japanese Club: participation is not only speaking, but turning on your ears and actively listening.

Your daily practice depends on your goals. Join our club, and together we will help you set a daily practice that will suit your learning goals.

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