Course Syllabus/ Description

Drawing on over 15 years of teaching experience and the best research in education and neuroscience, this communication-centric course is designed to get you speaking the language immediately and store what you’ve learned in long-term memory. Whether your goal is to travel to Japan, understand Japanese shows without subtitles, or to volunteer with your local Japanese community, this course will build your core skills and help you to construct your own intuitive understanding of the language.
The beginner class is a 70-minute class designed to take students from zero to fluency in two years. Students are welcome to take classes for less or more time than that, but the goal is that by the end of two years, you will be comfortable and fluent in daily conversation.
The intermediate class is for students who are already able to converse at a basic level and who want to refine their skills and knowledge. Much of the class time is spent in discussion and conversation practice which we use to clarify grammatical structures and learn new vocabulary.
Private tutoring is also available, but spots are limited. Please inquire for details regarding availability and to be added to the waitlist.
Current class times:

Private tutoring for all ages and levels is available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please inquire for details regarding availability and to be added to the waitlist.

Introduction to Reading and Writing Japanese (5 weeks): Thursday 10:00AM-11:10AM Pacific Time / 1:00PM-2:10PM Eastern Time / 6:00PM-7:10PM UK Time (Currently enrolling; restarts every five weeks)

Introduction to Reading and Writing Japanese (5 weeks): Friday 11:00AM-12:10AM Pacific Time / 2:00PM-3:10PM Eastern Time / 7:00PM-8:10PM UK Time (Currently enrolling; restarts every five weeks)

Beginner Japanese Class: Friday 3:00PM-4:10PM Pacific Time / 6:00PM-7:10PM Eastern Time (Currently enrolling; starts December 1, 2023)

Requirements for group classes:

  • 14 years of age and older
  • Having a working knowledge of hiragana and katakana, the fundamental writing system. Students are invited to enroll in the five-week Intro to Reading and Writing course to prepare for the Beginner Japanese classes. 


Group classes – $30 per student per class

Private tutoring ages 14 & up – $60 per one-hour session, $30 per 30-minute session

Private tutoring ages 14 & under – $40 per one-hour session, $20 per 30-minute session

Family discount:

Students from the same household may enroll together for both private tutoring and group classes. Each additional student will receive a 50% discount off the usual price.

Billing and cancellation policy:

Class fees are billed monthly in advance. Cancellation is free with 24 hours’ notice and your credits will carry over.


Our Instructors


Rachel Lei Bishop

Instructor Bio

Hello! My name is Rachel, or Lei-Sensei.

I’m here to help you speak Japanese fluently and confidently, and to answer your questions like “How can I be consistent with my studying?” “How can I build my vocabulary?” and “What actually IS the difference between wa and ga?”

I was born and raised in Japan, and as a bilingual I have a lifelong fascination with seeing the language through two lenses: as a native Japanese speaker, and as an English speaker.
My teaching approach draws on both these perspectives to help you understand Japanese as natives do, explained in ways that make sense to you as a non-native.

I also love sharing the unique culture and history of Japan, and could spend all day talking about the great ramen debate, the role of nature in the Japanese mentality and language, and what exactly the samurai were doing that one time they visited the Spinx.

I currently live in Seattle with an ever-growing number of plants and my coworker who is a cat.


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