Let’s learn Japanese  with JF Nihongo!

We offer unique and exciting language courses, the JF Nihongo (Nihongo=Japanese), which are based on the Japan Foundation’s JF Standard.  These courses focus on how well learners can do things in practical settings. Using materials from Japanese daily life, you will enjoy these friendly, interactive, and above all, fun courses!

Spring term Registration started!

If you are having problems registering, please contact us at jpcourse@jflalc.org.

Spring term april 19 - June 12

The courses are designed for new Japanese-language learners, as well as those who are interested in improving their existing language skills.  Each course focuses on specific themes and learning goals, such as inviting friends or business e-mail.  Each course is offered once a week for 8 weeks.

Course Listing

FULL Summer Camp for Teens, July 21-25

Fun and interactive language day camp for teens!  Campers will learn Katakana and easy expressions in Japanese through fun activities while exploring Little Tokyo. This program is for 14 -18 years old with no Japanese language learning experience necessary. 

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Japanese through manga, august 6

Japanese comic books (manga) are a rich source of living Japanese!  In this workshop, you will learn Japanese as it’s used in daily life and entertainment, especially casual conversations.  Using characteristic expressions and patterns, you too can become a manga hero or heroine!

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Summer Reveiw Sessions "TERAKoya"
July 12- august 28

Brush-up your Japanese for the fall term!  We invite you to study at the JFLA classroom during the summer.  A JF Nihongo instructor will be there to help you study!  Bring your own class materials for review and prepare for the next course you would like to take.  This review session will be offered exclusively for JF Nihongo students.

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about JF Nihongo

We offer regular courses during the winter (Jan- March), spring (April-June), and fall terms (Sep-Nov). During the summer term (July and Aug), special workshops and courses are offered for youth and adults through a year.  Fun workshops and events are offered throughout a year.  You can learn practical Japanese and culture from our experienced and passionate instructors!

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How to Register

To select a course, read each course description, and answer the self-check list and assessment test to see if the course fits you.  Once you choose a course, go to the registration page, fill out and submit it online.  Within a week after the form submitted, mail a check, your self-check list and assessment test.  Students are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Don't miss the opportunity to receive a dicount through the early bird registration and past students discount!

How to Register


Classes are held at two locations, Little Tokyo and Miracle Mile. 
The Little Tokyo class is located at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.  As a bonus, before and/or after your class at JF Nihongo, you can also experience Japanese culture in Little Tokyo--the heart of Japanese culture and immigration in the US. 
The Miracle Mile class is located at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles office where you can take advantage of our resourceful Information Library.


Voices from students

We are receiving wonderful comments from our students.  Please refer to the testimonials our students provided to us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is JF Standard?  Which course should I take?   Before you contact us, please read the Frequently Asked Questions section.