Welcome to Smile Nihongo Academy

My courses are self-paced. You decide when to start the course. You can get this new course now when it's cheapest and start it later in the future.

Do any of these apply to you?

"I do not have time to attend a language class regularly."

"I cannot afford to pay $40-$50/hour for a private tutor."

"I want to learn at my own pace in my spare time because I'm busy!"

"I've tried a course before but no one was there to answer my questions."

"I want to learn from a native teacher who can explain things clearly. Japanese is difficult!"

Then, I must say...

At the end of each course, you can submit an assignment and get feedback from your sensei!

Japanese 1: Start from ZERO!
Learn Japanese Pronunciation and how to introduce yourself

Japanese 2: Ask Daily-life Questions!
What time? How much? Where is it? When is your birthday?

Japanese 3: Learn to say things you do and don't do!
All about Japanese Verbs, Particles, and sentence structure.

Japanese 4: Improve your communication skills drastically!
TE Forms and useful daily phrases to take your Japanese to the next level


Why Learn Japanese Online?

Every learner has his/her own comfortable pace to digest new information. With online courses, you have the freedom to learn in your spare time at your own pace.

However, it's tough to stay motivated to learn when no-one is there to guide you through or answer your questions, isn't it?

That's why an online course taught by a real teacher is a perfect choice. It allows you the flexibility to go at your own pace and have your questions answered.

Courses at Smile Nihongo Academy are yours forever once enrolled. They are quite affordable too. You don't need to spend a few hundred dollars for a language school or paying a private tutor $50/hour

Complete beginner? No worries!

We are a Japanese online school that teaches the skills to communicate in Japanese in culturally appropriate manners.

You don't need to know Japanese letters to start a course with us. Let's begin from Week 1: Pronunciation, and learn how to pronounce Japanese sounds. After that you can gradually move on to simple phrases and sentences.

Lessons are carefully designed by a professional teacher for learners who want to develop Japanese skills step-by-step. At Smile Nihongo Academy, you can learn Japanese at your own pace free from a set schedule.


I have really enjoyed my Japanese lessons with Smile Nihongo Academy. I've always wanted to learn Japanese, but taking a language class has always been challenging with my schedule. Smile Nihongo has changed that. I am a busy stay-at-home mom and I like that the program is self-guided and accessible 24/7. I am able to go at my own pace and repeat lessons as needed to ensure my comprehension before moving to another course. Yuko-sensei's lessons are engaging and fun! The cultural lessons provided enhance the learning experience, and you can feel the warmth and love that Yuko-sensei has for her home country. Smile Nihongo Academy is the perfect solution to learning Japanese for busy people!

I was so thankful to find Yuko Sensei's beginner's course. I have tried a lot of short courses online to learn Japanese but they all seems to be so difficult and monotonous in each subject. Not easy and boring to learn. But, with Yuko Sensei's beginner's course, you'll immediately know it's easy and fun to learn. She is also very supportive to her students, just email her and she will respond back with lots of tips and encouragements! Plus, I got her beginner's course for free! Where else can you get a Japanese basic course free with a Sensei who is there to support you to learn!

I highly recommend her courses! You will never regret taking it!

I’ve tried learning from other types of Japanese programs but found the instructor intimidating, the lessons presented poorly, the cost of the program expensive, and the support from the instructor lacking. I felt very frustrated and thought I would never find a program that I could really embrace and enjoy.

When I cam upon Yuko sensei's Smile Nihongo Academy online, not only was the cost of the course very reasonable, but I found her presentation of the lessons to be clear and easy to follow. Yuko sensei presents her lessons in a very pleasant and friendly manner; she makes you feel comfortable. I have been enjoying the lessons thoroughly and I am able to retain much of the lessons. She is very responsive to your questions and I do not feel intimidated to reach out to her, even if the questions have nothing to do directly with the course. She makes supporting materials available as well and these materials are well constructed.

It's easy to get motivated learning the Japanese language from Yuko sensei. I look forward to her continued lessons. I recommend Smile NIhongo Academy highly!

To anyone that is even remotely interested in learning Japanese I highly recommend Yuko-Sensei and Smile Nihongo for the best in Japanese language instruction. You will find the course enjoyable and a teacher that is very passionate and caring! I have studied with several courses on CD’s and books but this is by far the best way to learn. Yuko-Sensei is very willing to work with students one on one to answer questions and at times provide insight into Japanese lifestyle that can only come from someone native to the country. I am not only married to a Japanese lady but live in Kobe Japan on a limited basis and Yuko-Sensei has helped me tremendously in my quest to learn the language!

I started studying Japanese on my own to later enroll in classes at a school. All was well in the beginning. However, as the courses went on, it started to get confusing. I searched for online sites where they could explain things in a simpler manner and I suddenly stumbled upon Yuko-sensei's site. I can't say enough how easy it is now to understand those things I was so confused about. I now understand things I couldn't before in my classes at the school! I highly, highly recommend Yuko-sensei's Japanese courses. They are worth it! Not only are they easy to understand, Sensei herself is very compassionate, patient, and understanding. She will respond to you almost immediately. She's the best Sensei so far I've come across who truly cares about her online students and seeks ways to make the language learning easy for us newbies. :)

Yuko-sensei is the best language teacher I've ever had the pleasure of studying under! She is passionate about her subject, and makes it easy to understand. She has a talent for making even the most complicated grammatical concepts simple, and for keeping the subject fun and engaging. I highly recommend Yuko-sensei to anyone looking to learn Japanese - you'll be speaking fluently in no time!


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