Japanese in Calgary

Japanese is the language of more than 130 million people around the world, according to Ethnologue in 2020, and many of them live in Calgary. According to the 2016 census, almost 2,500 Japanese speakers are based in the city. The ties between Japan and Canada have a long history. The first known Japanese settled in Canada around 1877, and by just 1907, there were over 18,000 Japanese living in the country. Most found employment in logging, fishing and mining, or otherwise started their own businesses. While the Second World War was hard on this community, it persisted and continues to exist to this day, celebrating its Asian heritage in Calgary by hosting festivals, conferences and language exchange groups. Take advantage of all these local opportunities and start learning Japanese with Language Trainers today!


Why Study Japanese in Calgary

Learn Japanese for Work: Studying Japanese in Calgary will look great on your CV and definitely help you get a new job. If you are starting your search, why not contact the Japan-Canada Chambers Council on 8 Avenue? Launched in 2014, this organization is a platform to build relationships, share knowledge and advocate policies to support bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Japan. It does this through joint events, delegations, research, public statements and meetings. For example, every year the board hosts the Canada Arbitration Conference, which gathers Canadians and other entrepreneurs to share practical insights on key issues in international business. Also, with entrepreneurial globalization increasing, more and more businesses based in Calgary, like Shimizu Corporation, Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited and Edo Japan, need bilingual speakers to communicate with their offices in Japan. Start studying today to get a competitive edge over other monolingual applicants applying for positions at these companies!

Learn Japanese for Culture: If you would like to get to know the ancient Japanese culture in a more profound way, join the events organized by the Asian Heritage Foundation on 17 Avenue. One of the most important events is Asian Heritage Month, established in 2001 by the Senate of Canada in recognition of the important contributions of Asian Canadians to the settlement, growth and social and cultural developments of the country. During this month, you can enjoy different presentations and performances, such as taiko concerts or taekwondo shows. You can also follow the events hosted by the Calgary Japanese Community Association on 29 Street, like Mahjong evening, morning exercise classes delivered in Japanese and even karaoke nights on Fridays. Sing along to the beautiful Japanese songs using the flawless pronunciation you learn with us!

Learn Japanese for Social: Learning Japanese will allow you to expand your social circle in a very short time. For example, you can join the Calgary Japanese Language Meetup, a group that gathers at least 5 times a month to practise their Japanese. They mostly meet in coffee shops but occasionally have special events at restaurants and bars. This group has every level of proficiency, from pure beginners to native speakers, so do not be shy and join them even if you are just starting your lessons with Language Trainers! And if all that conversation leaves you hungry, why not go with your new friends to taste delicious Japanese dishes at restaurants like Ramen and Sushi Bar on 17 Avenue SW! Order ramen noodle bowls, fresh ocean-wise poke bowls, sushi and sashimi in Japanese and impress your friends and the personnel with your language skills.


Where to Learn Japanese in and around Calgary

Let’s start with Japanese today! At Language Trainers, we focus on your convenience so you get to choose when, where and how you take your lessons. Contact us today and we can arrange for one of our native Japanese teachers to go to your home or office, or you can meet in a public place of your choice. Some options are the Calgary Public Library on 3 Street, Deville Cafe on 1 Street and Monogram Cafe on 2 Street SW.

And if you live outside Calgary but want to learn with us, do still contact us. We can provide you with an amazing Japanese tutor in places like Chestermere, Conrich, Pirmez Creek, Bearspaw and Balzac.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go, 行こう (Yuko)! If you are not an absolute beginner, please take our free online Japanese Level Test so we can assess your current skills and then offer you a language package that suits your needs and preferences. 

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1-on-1 General Japanese Course in Calgary

Our general one-on-one courses in Calgary will help students improve their Japanese level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our Japanese classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

1-on-1 Business Japanese Course in Calgary

Our Japanese courses in Calgary are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone Japanese and email skills, as well as a level of survival Japanese, granting them the ability to work in a country where Japanese is the native tongue.

2-to-1 and Small Group
Japanese Courses in Calgary (closed group)

Our Japanese courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One Japanese Course or In-Company Small Group Japanese Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster Japanese Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.

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Norie is a native Japanese speaker who is equipped to teach Japanese to learners for a variety of purposes, including business, travel, and general conversation. She is officially certified to teach the language, and has completed a 60-hour training course. She is passionate about teaching, and always ensures that each lesson is unique, fun, and engaging.


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How to Book

Take our Japanese Language Level Test.

Let us know why you need to learn Japanese and include the time and location that best suit you.

Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.

Sign our Agreement form and submit a deposit* for the course.

Receive confirmation from our team with your Japanese tutor’s details.

Begin your Japanese training and receive your Japanese course book.

Throughout your Japanese course, the Language Trainers Academic Team will be on hand to help you with any queries.
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After the first lesson or two, our team will contact you to ensure you are happy with your trainer. If necessary, we will change the focus of the course to better suit your needs.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate.
Our team will provide you with follow-up learning opportunities, including: self-study material, language courses in Slovak-speaking countries, and more advanced courses with Language Trainers.
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