Free Japanese language classes and easy Katakana
Today we went to a volunteer language class – which is led by Japanese native speakers – to improve our meager Japanese. Despite two teachers missing, one sweet sensei took us in and adjusted the level of rather advanced students, so that we could participate. The hospitality and eagerness to help in Japan always amazes me.
The best thing is that there are many places like these in the city and they are mostly free, or you pay a truly symbolic monthly fee. Japanese classes are usually once a week and based on professional Japanese teaching materials, some offer conversation classes.
You can pick up a free brochure (‘Japanese Language Classes by Volunteers in Fukuoka- Class Map‘) which lists ALL available language classes/times/contacts in Fukuoka.
Booklets are available at Kansen Nihongo Kyoshitsu, 1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, across Fukuoka 3F Kokusaihiroba (5 min walk from Tenjin subway station). This booklet is a real money saver!
If you are going to Japan for just few weeks, it is worthwhile to be able to read Katakana, the Japanese script for mainly foreign (English) terms. So let me show you some cute examples. Katakana is a lot of fun to decipher because you can readily understand Japanese!
Let’s do it.
Ro-shi-a-re-su-to-ra-n? Yes, it means Russian restaurant!
Do-ri-n-ku-yo-gu-ru-to? Yes, drink joghurt! Bu-ru-be-ri? Blueberry!
Mi-ru-ku-ka-fu-e-o-re? That is milk café au lait!
(Reading the bottom line on both sweets.) Su-i-to-po-te-to? Yes, sweet potato! Ku-ri-mu-chi-zu? Cream cheese! Yummy!
The left katakana (this time read top to bottom!) is for you to guess: Ze Pu-re-mi-a-mu Mo-ru-tsu?
Yes, ‘The Premium Malt’s’ it is! Well done! Japanese is easy, right ;)
We had such a great time and felt immensely motivated to learn more – 先生ありがとうございました! (Sensei arigatōgozaimasu – Thank you teacher!)