Yokohama is the one of attractive urban areas in Japan. There are a lot of new things going on, and for Japanese people, Yokohama is fashionable and stylish city. The city has a port which has been used for many years, so there are many international business based on there. Therefore, you might be able to find a job and if you are from Western countries, you also might feel comfortable from the city looking like your hometown.
Once, you think about settling down in Japan, you will be needed to learn Japanese more and use it in your job. So I will introduce some NPOs or institutions and their language school activities to help your understanding towards Japanese, so you might find any places you can join in.
Firstly, I would like to present the helpful place to get to know about NGO helping foreigners to learn Japanese.
鶴見国際ラウンジ (Tsurumi International Lounge)
I would like to present the helpful place to get to know about NGO helping foreigners to learn Japanese. The place is a lounge prepared up in Tsurumi distrit in Yokohama. This is a lounge represented by Tsurumi district to promote the district aim “Creating Multicultural Society”. This lounge gives you any assistants to live and settle down in Tsurumi district by your language chosen English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, and Spanish. Also, you can expect to have a cultural exchange with not only Japanese people, but also people from other nationalities. And of course, don’t forget learning Japanese!
In this lounge, you will get a support from many NPO. Each NPO has different characters, so you might be able to try some and then you might be able to decide which class you will attend. From Tuesday to Friday, different NPOs come to visit to this lounge in each day.
Non-profit Organization Intercultural Exchange Group “Konnichiwa”
This is NPO providing you Japanese language class through a year to accomplish their aim to make foreigners feel comfortable to stay in Tsurumi district and let them end up to think that they made a good choice to come to this city. You will feel relieved from the volunteer’s warm support and interaction with them. There is an autumn semester started from 8th September in 2017. And it will end in in the middle of November. There are four courses which is the beginner class A, B, the middle level class, and the one focused on reading. No matter what class you take, they all are opened on Friday and Saturday. You need 2,500 yen per semester. “Konnichiwa” also has a private lesson, so if you feel learning more, you might apply for an extra class.
YOKOHAMA ASSOCIATION FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND EXCHANGES
They are the association is based on Yokohama City, and they intend to create the diverse society to respect and understand the other cultures while it keeps Yokohama’s tradition and its history. This association, YOKOHAMA ASSOCIATION FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND EXCHANGES, have a Japanese language course that everybody can attend to keep up the Japanese language skill. The lesson they provide in a class will be helpful to understand Japanese more and also attendees. You can join 20 classes in one semester, and it allows you to take three terms. You need pay 10,000 yen for its fee. You will learn through a small group composed only 6 people, but for each group 2 Japanese people attend to support you. Each Japanese supporter attends earthier Monday or Wednesday, and the other Japanese supporter covers the day which the first supporter does not attend. So basically, you will have a different supporter each day. Students will not be demanded to talk about themselves to practice, but also learn useful phrases in a daily life.
Yokohama Janan-China Friendship Association Nihongo Volunteer no Kai
If you are the native Chinese speaker, “Yokohama Janan-China Friendship Association Nihongo Volunteer no Kai” will be your first choice. You will get a maximum 2 hours private lesson for Chinese speakers per week. This will be a great opportunity for Chinese speaker who are struggle with lessons held in English. And the great point of this lesson is free for everybody. This lesson for Chinese speaker is opened at Kanagawa Kenmin Centre, which is 5 min walk away from Yokohama station. You can enrol anytime of a year, so it is so free when you start to have a lesson. Additionally, you can decide which day you want to have a lesson. So if you have no ideas what your schedule would be, you can get contact with them first, and make a lesson plan together!
If you are doubtful which lesson or school is suitable for you, you might ask the school directly. I hope you will improve your Japanese and enjoy Yokohama life!
nottie / Japan