Learn How to Speak Japanese in Christchurch

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Japan is one of the most influential nations in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of culture, diplomacy and economy. Thus, it is a key player in New Zealand's imports and exports, tourism and education markets. For decades, Japanese visitors to New Zealand were rare, and the Second World War damaged friendly relations. But new links were established after the war, and today, thousands of Japanese visit Christchurch, or live, work or study there. According to Statistics New Zealand, the Japanese population of Christchurch increased 4.4 times between 2011 and 2020, from 297 people to over 1,000. If you would like to communicate with this growing community on a whole new level and experience the Japanese culture within the city, contact us at Language Trainers and we will start designing the perfect course for you!

Why Study Japanese in Christchurch

For Work and Studies: Sign up for a Japanese course and broaden your professional horizons around the city. If you are looking to connect with Japanese entrepreneurs and business owners, for example, you can get in touch with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a network of comprehensive local economic organisations made up of representatives of businesses nationwide. Though their main offices are in Auckland, they send a delegation to Christchurch every 3 months and organise networking events and conferences with native speakers. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend and establish long-lasting business relations with your new Japanese skills. And if you are not looking for a job but would like to study instead, you will be glad to know the University of Canterbury offers a major and a minor in Japanese as part of their Bachelor of Arts programmes. The only requirement is for students to have a basic understanding of the language, so contact us right away and we will prepare a course to ensure you meet the minimum standard.

For Culture: Work aside, learning Japanese in Christchurch will be useful to experience this ancient culture without ever having to leave New Zealand. For example, you can participate in the annual Canterbury Japan Day. This is a festival where you can enjoy ramen and delicious Japanese food, learn to play taiko, buy books written in Japanese and much more! Christchurch also offers other activities and workshops where you can learn everything you need to feel like a true Japanese person. These include a Tea Ceremony workshop and a calligraphy class, where you can learn to master the Japanese symbols with ease. And those more interested in art can attend the many painting exhibitions in the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue. Their tours are delivered both in Japanese and in English, so make sure you polish your skills with us at Language Trainers to make the most of the experience!

For Social: It’s also possible for you to make new friends with a similar interest in the Japanese language and culture in Christchurch. For example, you can join the InterNations Space for the Japanese in Christchurch, a fantastic group that gets together every week to have some fun and speak in Japanese. Some of the places where they meet are traditional-style restaurants around the city, such as Kinji on Greers Road or Sakura on Riccarton Road. Order delicious sajimi in Japanese and impress your new friends and the personnel with your flawless pronunciation. Another option is to join the Christchurch Polyglots and Language Learners Meetup. Even though it’s not a group specific to Japanese, you will meet many members who are learning the language and want to practise it with you.


Where to Learn Japanese in and around Christchurch

Sign up for a Japanese course in Christchurch and take advantage of all the opportunities the city has to offer. At Language Trainers we work hard to design a course that allows you to reach your goals as efficiently and enjoyably as possible. Contact us and we will arrange for one of our tutors to teach you at your home, office or a public space of your choosing. Some nice places to study are Portershed Specialty Cafe on Lincoln Road, C1 Espresso on High Street or the South Christchurch Library on Colombo Street.

Those of you living on the outskirts of the city can still book courses with us, as our great tutors can teach in places live Rapaki, Lincoln, Lyttelton, Prebbleton and Merivale.

Start your language journey with us today! Let’s go, 行こう(Yukō)! If you have some knowledge of the language, take our free Japanese level test, so we can assess your current ability and ensure you begin at a suitable level!

Sign up for our Japanese lessons in Christchurch today! Schedule your lessons whenever you want them, so you can always find time to study, regardless of your timetable or location. You don’t even have to leave home to meet your teacher!

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1-on-1 General Japanese Course in Christchurch

Our general one-on-one courses in Christchurch 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 Christchurch

Our Japanese courses in Christchurch 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 Christchurch (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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