Join our Pilot Class - Business Japanese
Hi! I’m Ako. We are developing a new structure for the pilot class in March.
Date: Thursday, March 16th
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am, 14:00 - 15:00, 19:00 - 20:00 JST
Level: High Intermediate to Advanced
Lesson fee: Free!
Registration for the Pilot Class on March 16th
*We are excited to announce that due to popular demand, we are offering an additional business pilot class on Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 am and 19:00 JST. This class will have the same content as the previously scheduled classes on Thursday, March 16.
Homework to be done in advance
Please correct the sentences in the email written in casual Japanese into formal Japanese.
The 60-minute class will be divided into the following 4 sections.
1. Keigo for emails
Based on the emails you have written for homework, we will discuss together how to write them in natural and polite Japanese.
2. Useful keigo expressions
There are many expressions and grammar used in keigo. We will pick one and learn about it and practice using it.
A business-related topic will be presented, and you will discuss it. If there are many people, we will divide them into several groups. Use keigo when discussing!
4. Listening to keigo speech
Listen to the speech in honorifics and check the content. The speech lasts about one minute and is spoken at a natural speed. Take note of what you think you need to know. After you listen to the speech, we will do some quizzes to see if you got the information right!
When it comes to business Japanese, I think the content can be divided into two main categories.
Business manners and Japanese business customs
Keigo (honorific expressions)
In this pilot class, we will focus mainly on "keigo (honorific expression)".
In our future Business Japanese classes, we would like to deal with business manners and Japanese business customs, but it cannot be said that "all companies in Japan operate according to traditional Japanese business customs.”
There are many foreign-affiliated companies and startups these days, and business customs differ in many aspects depending on the company and industry. Therefore, We would like to make the class about business manners and customs, not to "teach" traditional Japanese things, but to "read and discuss" about them.
There is also a debate about the necessity of keigo itself. Personally, I don't think very formal honorifics are necessary. But in the real world, honorifics are used a lot, especially in business situations. I often hear students say, "I was told important information in honorific language so fast that I couldn't understand what was being said.” We believe that students can train their keigo skills by practicing not only role-plays using keigo, but also by practicing "listening and checking to see if you understood correctly" every week.
At Nihongo Picnic, we continue to improve the course design based on feedback from participants and teachers in all classes, not just the Business Japanese classes. This pilot class is not yet a confirmed class, but we would love to have your participation and feedback.
We have already received applications from current students, so seats are limited, but we look forward to seeing you there!