Japanese Course

JSGH Japanese Courses

Japanese for Beginners Level 1, 2, & 3 Fall Class Starts in September 2021

*The registration for the Fall Classes (all levels) is now closed. We’ll post the next classes schedule when it’s available.

Japan Society of Greater Hartford is happy to announce that we will offer the Beginners Japanese classes this Fall. The level (3) class starts on September 7, 2021, the level (2) class on September 8, and the level (1) class on September 9. We are also happy to welcome Garrett Groesbeck as our Level (1) instructor. He lived in Japan for 8 and a half years. Mas Hongoh and Kumiko Watanabe will teach Level (2) and (3) Classes respectively.

These online courses are designed for high school students and adults with no prior exposure to the Japanese language. Registration Form

In Level (1), you will learn:

  • How to read and write Hiragana
  • Greetings
  • Use basic everyday phrases
  • Ask and answer simple questions including self-introduction, favorite foods, and personal interests and hobbies

You will also learn some of the Japanese cultures throughout the course.

In Level (2), you will learn:

  • How to read and write Katakana
  • Extensive Grammar
  • The pattern of sentences commonly used in daily conversation
  • Basic Kanji

You will also learn some of Japanese culture throughout

In Level (3), you will learn:

  • Read and write Kanji
  • Extensive Grammar
  • Progressive practice and reinforce
  • Easy to understand the dialogue
  • Over 1000 new words and expressions

The teaching material is included in the fee and will be sent to the student after the registration is confirmed with the payment.

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact us at contact@jsofgh.org

Fee: $80.00 for each Level.

Course schedule:

  • Level (1): Seven Thursdays from September 9 to October 21, 2021
  • Level (2): Seven Wednesdays from September 8 to October 20, 2021
  • Level (3): Seven Tuesdays from September 7 to October 19, 2021

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm including 10 min. break

Place: Zoom meeting (The link with a password will be provided to each student.)

Class size: Up to 20 students


Level (1) Garrett Groesbeck (CV is available upon request.)

Graduated from Vanderbilt University, lived in Japan for several years as a Japanese Ministry of Education scholar to study Japanese Music. Holds N1 Japanese proficiency certificate and speaks excellent Japanese. Currently studies at Wesleyan University for Ph. D.

Level (2) Mas Hongoh (CV is available upon request)

Graduated from the University of Tokyo. Holds Ph. D. and three Master degrees. Worked number of years as principal engineer at Pratt & Whitney. Currently retired and teaches math and Japanese at the Japanese Language School of Greater Hartford in West Hartford, CT as a volunteer.

Level (3) Kumiko Watanabe(CV is available upon request.)

After graduating from Kyorin University in Tokyo, Kumiko worked in the science and medical research industry for more than 10 years. Currently, she teaches math and Japanese at the Japanese Language School of Greater Hartford in West Hartford, CT.

Use this Registration Form. You’ll receive the details via email before the class begins.