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Japanese Tip 6: Recommended Websites for Online Japanese Courses

By Tony Tao Nov 20, 2020

If you live and work in Japan, you’ll eventually want to know the language. Self-study is essential, but the right language school or tutor can put you on the fast track to success. Unfortunately, our language learning process have been slowed down during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Recommended Websites for Online Japanese Courses

This article on “Recommended Japanese Websites” is one of Guidable’s series of guideline articles on “Tips For Studying Japanese” Learning a new language may be challenging at first, but persevere. The results of all your hard work will be worth it!

Thus, the Guidable team has listed six sites that would be perfect for you to have a great Japanese course. 

1. Shoko Japanese School

With classes taught by experienced instructors, Shoko’s Japanese School is a gateway to a new career in just 1 month. They are offering different types of the curriculum to customize your classes according to your preference.

Recommended for: Japanese learners want to pass JLPT, prepare for job interviews, improve speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Price: Beginner course & Intermediate course: 5000 yen per month


2. Italki

Italki is one of the largest language learning websites out there. You can choose from over 10,000 teachers for 1-on-1 lessons based on your goals and interests. The tutors have fixed their prices, and they may differ greatly. It’s good to have a lot of choices, particularly if you’re on a budget.

Recommended for: Anyone looking for a straightforward experience or conversation only

Price: From about ¥800 to ¥6,000 for a one-hour lesson

Website: www.italki.com

3. Preply

With Preply, you will learn more than just Japanese. Preply has a database of qualified Japanese instructors. Preply’s tutors need to make a video presentation introducing themselves. It gives you a chance to see a little of their personality and their style of teaching. They can also be from anywhere in the world, which could be useful if you’re not in Japan and want a mentor in the same time zone. After a trial lesson with your preferred instructor, you must purchase a learning plan of at least six lessons. Preply’s teachers set a price from 500 yen to 4,000 yen per hour. 

Recommended for: Anyone looking for a laidback Japanese lesson but is prepared to lead the conversation

Price: ¥500 to ¥4,000 for a one-hour lesson


4. JapaTalk

JapaTalk is perfect for seeking Japanese conversational tutors. The system is based on points. For instance, you can purchase 2,000 points for 2,000 yen (or more). Or you can sign up for a plan and earn points monthly. Just like Preply, you can then conduct a comprehensive search through hundreds of Japanese teachers in the JapaTalk database and select a lesson by date and time that suits you. An average of 500 points lesson is about 25 minutes. Thus, a 50-minute lesson would cost 1,000 points or 1,000 yen.

Recommended for: Anyone looking for real conversational Japanese with real Japanese people

Price: From ¥390 for one 25-minute lesson


5. Sensei Shokai

Sensei Shokai is perfect for finding professional Japanese tutors online or in person. Once you finish creating your personal learning profile and customized lesson request, it will be posted on the Sensei Shokai Notice Board. Your lesson request contains your objectives, current Japanese level, and your desired schedule. Soon after that, you will receive offers from certified teachers listing their prices and experience.

Recommended for: Anyone looking for tailored lessons from highly qualified teachers

Price: From ¥2,000 for one online lesson (normal in-person lessons start from ¥3,000)


6. Nihongo Online School

With Nihongo Online School, you can develop your personalized lessons to meet your goals. Nihongo Online School offers online 1:1 Japanese lessons with English support to anyone, anywhere in the world via Skype. Nihongo Online School private Skype lessons are perfect for anyone who wants a personalized and effective remote studying experience. Learn from qualified teachers, who can also communicate with you in English, and use original course material to improve your Japanese language level all from the comfort of your home.

Recommended for: Anyone, Nihongo Online will send you a study plan according to your profile and requests.

Price: Total cost 225,000 JPY for a course includes 50hrs online 1:1 lessons plus 100hrs of study materials and homework.


Recommended Websites for Online Japanese Courses

There are tons of online tutors as well as online Japanese courses out there. Do you know any other good online Japanese courses? Let us know in the comments!

The Guidable team does hope that you found this article a helpful piece of information! After all, all of our activities are aiming for a better life for foreigners in Japan! So, stay tuned and follow us!