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Top 10 Places to Learn Japanese in Sydney

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Published November 27th 2020
Nihongo ga hanashimasu ka? (Do you speak Japanese?)
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Make her smile with a Japanese joke (kaybee07 / BY-SA 2.0)


Get set for the Olympic Games in Tokyo with a Japanese language course. In Sydney, choose from non-profit community colleges, cultural institutes, private training colleges, and university short courses.

Make Japanese language learning easy with these top picks:


Chippendale – The Japan Foundation
The Japanese Embassy may be a piece of the Land of the Rising Sun in Australia, but the Japan Foundation is the spiritual home of Japanese culture in Sydney.

The JF has fostered Japanese-Australian friendships and mutual trust for over 30 years through the annual Japanese Film Festival, grants for researchers and artists, exhibitions and workshops.
The Foundation's library has a collection of almost 20,000 Japanese-language items.

The JF language courses are the best way to make Japanese friends. Begin with a special 10-week taster course to learn the basics to enjoy a Japanese holiday. See a sneak peek of the course at Marugoto Plus.

Progress further with standard 1-year courses, from beginner and elementary, to intermediate and advanced. At the upper advanced level, you'll be able to read short stories, express your ideas and opinions in writing, and discuss current affairs and news.

The JF offers an online alternative, led by a Sydney-based tutor. The e-learning courses include live lessons, a test, and assignment feedback.

Enrol at the Japan Foundation.


Camperdown - University of Sydney: Centre for Continuing Education
The CCE has many exciting options to master Japanese inside Australia's first university.

Other Sydney schools offer language short courses but the Sydney University CCE has perhaps the most comprehensive range of courses and learning outcomes.

Your instructors are highly experienced language teachers, with postgraduate qualifications from Australian and Japanese universities.

The standard courses are a series of 10 sessions of 2 to 2.5-hours, to see you progress from level 0/beginner to level 18/Akira Kurosawa/Lady Murasaki status.

Handouts are provided and the recommended textbooks and audio aids are offered at a discount to students.

Courses start at each semester on weekday evenings or Saturday afternoon. Fast-track options and longer session times are available.

Enrol at CCE.


Sydney CBD – Japanese Sydney
The Japanese language school on Pitt St focuses on the most natural method to master a new language - conversation. Each lesson includes listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises to expand and memorise your new vocabulary, but the conversation with other students and your teacher ensures you'll leave each lesson with confidence.

If you already know some Japanese, take the free 15-minute assessment to choose the best course plan to achieve your goal.

Deepen your relationship with Japanese language, culture and people as you discuss, read and write about varied topics in each level of the course, from beginner to advanced.

Enrol in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test preparation course. When you're ready, you could take the test at the Japan Foundation in Sydney, but why not earn your certificate of proficiency in Japan, holidaying in the archipelago of over 6,000 islands as your reward for passing the test?

Enrol at Japanese Sydney.

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Sydney CBD – WEA
For over a century, the Workers Educational Association has been a hub for adult education in history, music, philosophy, and art. It is also one of Sydney's best value choices for Japanese language courses.

The non-profit community college offers beginner, intermediate, elementary, advanced classes with experienced tutors, passionate about Japanese language and culture.

Each class is 18 hours of instruction, in 9 2-hour sessions. Classes are provided via the Zoom online platform, for safe, convenient instruction.

Enrol at WEA.


CBD – Sydney Community College
The SCC has a Japanese Beginners course on Thursday evenings for 2.5 hours, delivered online for 8 weeks. You'll be tutored by a native Japanese speaker with hundreds of hours of teaching experience.

Enrol at SCC.


St Leonards - Nihong-Juku
The teachers at Nuhong-Juku focus on the situations you'll experience on a Japanese holiday, with engaging lessons led by qualified teachers. As your vocabulary builds, you'll naturally understand the correct grammar, ensuring real-life conversations will be enjoyable for you and for your fluent listener.

The children's program, "Playtime with Japanese", combines learning with playtime activities.

Nihong-Juku also offers HSC preparation, adult and child courses in your home or office, and online courses.

Enrol at Nihong-Juku.


CBD - Sydney Language Solutions
Professional linguists and language teachers manage SLS, offering dozens of different language courses, with a special focus on 14 Asian languages.

Choose from online courses at home or your office, or face-to-face courses in Pitt St. In-person sessions are limited to only 5 students per class, ensuring safety but also more time for personal instruction.

Your tutors are experienced in group and private instruction, teaching beginner, intermediate and JLPT courses in standard and intensive formats.

A bonus Japanese calligraphy workshop is available, and a Korean cooking workshop is included free in your enrolment.

Enrol at Sydney Language Solutions.

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Parramatta Community College
Non-profit colleges are the best value options for adult learning, and the PCC course costs less than $18 per hour of language tuition.

The College has a stage 1, 2, and 3 courses of 8 x 2-hour sessions in a virtual classroom.

Enrol at PCC.


Haymarket - La Lingua Language School
Booked your Japanese holiday? Immerse in the unique Asian culture with the Japanese for Travel 10-week course at La Lingua.

The HSC 30-week course prepares students to ace their exams, and the industry-standard 10-week beginner, intermediate, and advanced language courses are the best path to fluent Japanese.

Weekday evening and weekend morning sessions are available.

Join the online Japanese Conversation Club to practise your new vocab.

If you're madly in love with the language of the samurai, learn to teach others with the 420-hour Japanese Teacher Training Course.

Enrol at La Lingua Language School.


Throughout Sydney – Meetup
The Ezumee Language Group brings language-lovers and learners together for casual conversation at relaxed weekend events. The group also hosts speaking classes, movie reviews, and lessons in other foreign languages.

Enjoy the chatting about your passions in your new language without getting lost in translation.

Join them at Meetup or Ezumee.


Throughout Sydney – Local Libraries
Most local libraries have an excellent language learning section, including books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Use the resources for self-study courses at home at your own pace.

Membership to your library is free, simply provide a form of identification and you can begin borrowing these resources to speak Japanese.


Celebrate your new language with lunch at Sukiyabashi Jiro, served by "the greatest living sushi craftsman"


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