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Basic Japanese Starter Course

Build the Strong Foundation of Japanese

Every learner is different. Let's see if my teaching style matches your learning style.

Did you ever want to learn Japanese online in your spare time?

Do you learn better with visual aids such as PowerPoint or video?

Have you tried online courses but frustrated that you didn't have anyone to answer your questions?

Then, give this course a try!


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for beginners to get the basics of the Japanese language. A professional Japanese teacher walks you through in each lesson in a step-by-step manner. It is ideal for those who learn better visually via videos and also who wish to learn at their own pace.

Once enrolled, you have access to the course from any device (PC, tablets, smart phones, etc.) as long as you are connected to the internet. You can repeat each lesson or the entire course as many times as you want. You can leave comments or questions in each lesson.

No need to know Hiragana and Katakana to join this course.

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!

Your teacher (sensei) is Yuko-sensei. She specializes teaching Japanese as a foreign language to English-speaking learners and has many years of experience teaching Japanese at the college level. This course is developed and taught by her in the manner that is easy for people who are just starting out to build the strong foundation of Japanese.


Do I get supports?

Yes! Many courses on the internet do not have a real instructor to support you. At Smile Nihongo Academy, we do. You can ask questions, leave comments, and interact with your teacher within each lesson. Do not leave your questions unanswered. Clarifying things is an essential element in language learning. Also, other learners will benefit by reading your questions!

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Having studied under Yuko-sensei for 3 quarters at a college, I can highly recommend her teaching style to anyone who wishes to learn basic Japanese! She is very understanding and matches your pace, she makes it a point to know where her students are having difficulties in. On top of that, she is warm, fun, passionate and very comfortable to approach. You won't regret signing up with her!

- Erika

Yuko-sensei makes learning Japanese easy! I have tried to take Japanese before, but got so bored that I even couldn't accomplish the 50 particles. When I took Yuko-sensei's class, I found Japanese became much more attractive than before. I just finished my first-year studying with her and am hoping to continue to do so. In her class, you can not only learn the language, but also experience the authentic Japanese culture. She has a unique way of explaining grammar and enhance your memory. Once you've learned it, you won't forget it for your lifetime. She is professional, responsible, and patient with students. Stick with Yuko-sensei, and you'll enjoy learning Japanese!

- Wenqi

If you want to enjoy learning Japanese and understand Japanese culture, choose Yuko Sensei! Yuko Sensei teaches Japanese in a very organized way that makes you feel accomplished every time you learn more, and confident go further based on a solid foundation. Yuko Sensei meanwhile is passionate to share the Japanese culture, which not only makes the class interesting but helps the student realize the way Japanese conversation shapes. I highly recommend Yuko Sensei's class to anyone especially the beginners; Yuko Sensei will grow the passion of learning in your mind, and you will rejoice for your unbelievable progress in Japanese!

- Angelina

Yuko-sensei is a wonderful teacher. She teaches in a way that is easy to learn and also fun! She is incredibly kind and supportive. You can easily tell that she cares about her students and puts a lot of thought into the way she presents the material so that it'll be memorable and easy to follow. I enjoyed her course and learned so much! I would very much recommend Yuko-sensei to anyone who want to learn Japanese!

- Adriane

Your Instructor


Yuko Hanamure
Yuko Hanamure

Yuko-sensei is a native Japanese, who was born and raised in Kagoshima, Japan. She has an M.A. Degree in Japanese Pedagogy (Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language) and has over 18 years of teaching experience.

Her students describe her teaching style as fun, engaging, and very easy to follow. She is skilled at presenting the complicated parts of the Japanese language in a simple manners so that her students can fully digest new information. Her students say she is a kind, patient, and supportive teacher who genuinely cares about teaching.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Who is this course designed for?
This starter course is designed for absolute beginners to help them get the basics of the Japanese language. However, I created the course in the manner that anybody can enjoy learning. If you already know some Japanese, you can still use this course to check your knowledge and refresh your memory.
I don't read Japanese letters. Can I still take this course?
Absolutely! In all of the lessons, reading in alphabets are provided for Hiragana and Katakana. No need to be able to read Hiragana & Katakana to complete this course.