Japanese in Vancouver

More than 130 million people speak Japanese in the world, according to Ethnologue, making it one of the top ten most-spoken languages in the world. Of these speakers, 50,000 live in Canada, and 56% of the Japanese community live in Vancouver, which amounts to 27,000 people of Japanese origin living in the city. With its peaceful gardens, blossoming cherry trees and abundance of classic and contemporary traditional restaurants, Vancouver incorporates authentic Japanese culture into the local lifestyle. Learning this ancient language, then, will allow you to enjoy unique customs, cuisine and cultural events around the city on a whole different level. Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Vancouver’s Japanese-Canadian population and integrate with this community more smoothly by taking Japanese classes with us at Language Trainers! Our lessons are tailored to your skills and schedule, so contact us today and we will start designing an appropriate language course for you!


Why Study Japanese in Vancouver

Learn Japanese for Social: If you are looking to make new friends using your newly-acquired Japanese, you can join the Japanese Meetup, a group that aims to share Japanese culture, food and music while people meet in a friendly environment. You can also take your new friends to one of the many sushi and izakaya-style restaurants in the city. For example, you can go to Tojo’s on Broadway Street or Minami on Mainland Street to sample the chefs’ daily choices of fresh sashimi and expertly crafted specialties. And if you prefer a more natural location, you can visit the Nitobe Memorial Garden (named for the renowned agriculturist and educator, Dr. Inazo Nitobe), home to carefully manicured greenery, cherry blossoms, waterfalls and Asian sculptures. Attend a traditional tea ceremony in the garden’s Ichibo-an, and feel as if you were in the heart of Japan without ever leaving Vancouver!

Learn Japanese for Culture: There are many instances where you can experience Japanese culture around Vancouver. For example, to celebrate the spring with the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes a lineup of events and activities that pay homage to Japanese culture, such as tea ceremonies, kimono demonstrations, geisha dancing and taiko drumming. Impress the attendees with your Japanese! You can also enjoy the Powell Street Festival, the largest celebration of Japanese-Canadian heritage in Vancouver. Every July, it takes place at Oppenheimer Park and features visual arts, dance, music, martial arts and films screened in Japanese. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy these movies in their original language and put your new language skills into play!

Learn Japanese for Work: If you are actively job-seeking, you will be glad to know that many companies of Japanese origin are always looking to hire bilingual speakers in Vancouver. Some of these companies include Listel, Pacific Coach Lines and AvCorp Institutes, and learning Japanese can help you stand out when applying for a position at any of them. And if you are looking to network with Japanese businesses, you should get in contact with the Japan-Canada Chamber of Commerce on Georgia Street. Established in 2003, the mission of this institution is to facilitate and promote business relations between Japanese and Canadian companies. For that to happen, it organizes various workshops, trade shows and seminars where you will be able to network with Japanese entrepreneurs and businesses. Take advantage of these opportunities and impress them with your flawless pronunciation!


Where to Learn Japanese in and around Vancouver

Let’s get started with learning Japanese today! Just get in touch with us and we will arrange for an instructor to come to your home or workplace. You can also take your lessons at a public locale, such as the Vancouver Public Library on Georgia St., Kafka’s Coffee and Tea on Main St. or Nemesis Coffee on Hastings St.

If you are not based in downtown Vancouver and would like to study with us, you should still contact us. We have language tutors ready to start teaching in Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond and Burnaby.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go, 行こう (Yuko)! And if you have studied Japanese before, you can take one of our free Japanese Level Tests so we can assess your abilities and then design a course that truly adapts to your requirements and skills!

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WHY people learn JAPANESE?
Work abroad in Japanese-speaking countries
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1-on-1 General Japanese Course in Vancouver

Our general one-on-one courses in Vancouver 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 Vancouver

Our Japanese courses in Vancouver 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 Vancouver (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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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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”The Japanase lessons with Mie have been going well. I think that I have learned to speak much better over the past couple of months.”

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