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Japanese Lessons in Sydney

In recent years, the Japanese language has grown in popularity in Australia, particularly in Sydney. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as mastering this captivating language is the perfect opportunity for learners to explore one of the most fascinating cultures in the world and access all sorts of interesting opportunities in the city. If you’re interested in anime or manga, for example, becoming a fluent speaker is a great idea, as it will allow you to enjoy your favourite shows and read any volume in their original language. On top of that, mastering the language will grant you with the perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Japanese culture, such as music, film and art, and truly get the nuances that are often lost in translation. Another reason why you should study Japanese in Sydney is to take advantage of the many cultural events that take place every city which celebrate this fascinating culture, where you’ll get to meet many foreign-born locals who’ll help you work on your skills and teach all sorts of interesting things about their traditions. In short, if you’re looking to expand your horizons, make new friends, and discover one of the most interesting cultures out there, the smartest thing you can do is become a Japanese speaker as fast as possible!

Why Study Japanese in Sydney?

Learn Japanese for Work and Travel

If you’re looking for ways to boost your CV and land better-paid jobs, learning Japanese is the best way to go. In addition to accessing a range of exciting job opportunities as translator or interpreter for Japanese companies that operate from the city, like Fujitsu, Hitachi and Toshiba, you’ll get to apply for positions in tourism, international trade, and education. What’s more, if your plan is to leave Sydney in the future, learning Japanese can prove very helpful, as it will allow you to search for jobs in the international market, and establish valuable connections with Japanese companies and clients all across the world.

Alternatively, if your goal is to visit Japan any time soon, then learning the language should become a priority for you, as this will allow you to navigate your way around the country with ease and connect with the locals in a way most monolingual tourist can’t. What’s more, being able to communicate proficiently will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the local culture, gain a deeper appreciation for the unique customs and traditions of the Japanese people, and discover some of the country’s hidden gems, so what are you waiting to get started?

Learn Japanese for Social

An additional advantage of learning Japanese in a multicultural city like Sydney is that you’ll get to attend plenty of fun events where you can immerse in the language and learn about its traditions. If you’re a cinema-lover, for example, you can’t miss the annual Japanese Film Festival, which takes place in June, where you’ll get to enjoy the works of some of the best Japanese directors. This event is organised by The Japan Foundation, and it’s the perfect opportunity to watch both classic and contemporary Japanese films in their original language, and expand your knowledge of Japanese culture at the same time. This festival is free, and it’s completely streamable, which means you can choose to enjoy all the featured films and documentaries from the comfort of your home during the two weeks it runs.

Another event you should not miss is the Matsuri Japan Festival, which is held every year in December at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. This festival celebrates Japanese culture by highlighting its music, food, martial arts, dance and traditions, and it’s also a great event for people who love cosplaying as their favourite anime characters. It’s completely family-friendly, so it’s ideal for learners who want to share their passion for Japanese culture with their kids in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.

Learn Japanese for Culture

As you might know, there are many events in Sydney which you can attend to expand your social circle, like the Sydney International Language Exchange group, which holds meetings once a month at different local bars to practice a vast variety of languages, including Japanese. If you attend, you’ll not only get to meet people from different backgrounds, but you’ll also get to help Japanese people with their English and show them around the city. Another popular event is "Let's Make Japanese Friends", which is specifically geared towards Japanese people living in Sydney and those interested in learning the language. The event is organised by a group of Japanese expats, and it offers a chance to practise Japanese conversation with native speakers, as well as learn more about Japanese culture and meet wonderful people who are getting used to living in the city. 

Where to learn Japanese in and around Sydney?

Ready to become a fluent Japanese speaker in Sydney? If so, you’ll be glad to know that there are several places where you can work on your skills. For example, if you are interested in learning the language in a more formal setting, and you want to follow a more structured curriculum, you can explore the courses offered by the University of Sydney. Another option is to visit some of the city’s public libraries, which are full of useful learning materials that you can use on your own to learn some basic vocabulary and become familiarised with the Japanese writing system.

However, at Listen & Learn, we believe the best place to learn Japanese is with a private tutor. We have many experienced, native-speaking Japanese teachers who know how to create customised lesson plans that can meet your individual needs and goals. On top of that, we offer flexible scheduling and can come to your home or office in Sydney to provide fun, engaging lessons that help you make progress quickly and efficiently. All you need to do is contact us today, and one of your representatives will get in touch to help you find a tutor who can meet all of your requirements!

The type of courses we offer:

Face-to-Face 1-to-1 (Individual) General Japanese

This set of Japanese tutorials are less specific and more targeted for those who want to get a range of different things from learning Japanese. Even though all novice students will cover survival Japanese: as well as Japanese to visit somewhere abroad to make solid contacts with the locals, what do you do from there? It depends on your needs. Those who have benefited from these lessons have been those moving or investing overseas, spouses of overseas nationals, people who love to travel all over the world, those interested in Japanese culture and those who just want to pass a specific examination in Japanese. Enquire now about our Japanese Courses or Take A Free Japanese Level Test

Face-to-Face 1-to-1 (Individual) Business Japanese

Japanese lessons of this type are aimed towards those that need to learn Japanese to aid them with their employment. For those just starting out, it is integral to learn basic greetings and business etiquette. Reading and writing can be adopted once the simple precepts are out of the way. Success has come from students who are involved in the import/export business, international negotiations and acquisitions, those seeking jobs in multinational companies and those working with foreign colleagues, academia and bureaucracy. Even our most basic lesson for beginners will have the student finishing the lesson with basic telephone/e-mail skills in Japanese, as well as survival Japanese should a short stay in the country is needed. Enquire now about our Japanese Courses or Take A Free Japanese Level Test

Face-to-Face Closed (Private) Group General or Business Japanese

If there are 2 or more of you with the same level of Japanese, the same goals sought for the language and be able to study at the same time and location, then you'll be happy to know that these Japanese lessons can also be made available with Two-to-One Japanese Lessons or Small Group In-Company Japanese Lessons. Listen & Learn does not generally recommend classes with more than 6-8 people, though Taster lessons in Japanese can run with up to 12 people. Bookings must be made for all participants at the same time. Enquire now about our Japanese Courses or Take A Free Japanese Level Test

Skype, Google Meet or Zoom Online 1-to-1 (Individual) General or Business Japanese

Our native speaker qualified Japanese language teachers can train you and your colleagues at your office or home at a time to suit you. Classes can be any day of the week (even weekends) in the morning, afternoon or evening. In certain circumstances, if your home or office is not available, you can take your classes at the trainer's office. Course books are provided. Enquire now about our Japanese Courses or Take A Free Japanese Level Test

Skype, Google Meet or Zoom Online Group (Closed or Open) General or Business Japanese

Those wishing to learn Japanese in groups of two or more together (Two-to-One Japanese Lessons or Small Group In-Company Japanese Lessons) can sign up for our group classes. All students must be at nearly the same level of Japanese proficiency, have the same needs from the language and be able to study at the same time and place as the others. Bookings must be made for all students simultaneously. Listen & Learn does not propose group sizes of more than 6-8 people, but In-Company Taster Japanese Lessons can occur with up to 12 people. Enquire now about our Japanese Courses or Take A Free Japanese Level Test

Top Tips For…

japanese Songs


Karate - Babymetal

Are you a fan of metal and rock and want to combine your musical preferences with improving your Japanese skills? Then, Karate by Babymetal is the song for you. The lyrics are about never giving up, no matter how hard a task may be, and always moving forwards. This piece is catchy and repetitive, so it’s a great option for beginner or intermediate students looking to take their listening skills to the next level. Besides, you’ll be learning some everyday vocabulary, like tears (namida), fight (tatakai) or heart (shinzo). Click here and listen to Babymetal!

japanese Songs

PonPonPon - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Songs are great ways to improve your language listening skills, your vocabulary and even your pronunciation if you’re brave enough to try karaoke! For example, PonPonPon is one of the most famous songs in the J-Pop scene and a nice option if you want to boost your Japanese. This piece is about moving forwards and enjoying life with your loved ones, ignoring negative advice and trying to make the most out of even the most difficult situations. With its easy-to-follow chorus and simple lyrics, you’ll only need a bit of practice before you can sing along to the song! Click here and listen to the song!

Heavy Rotation - AKB48

Heavy Rotation is a romantic song by AKB48, where the poetic persona describes how he feels about the girl of this dreams. This J-pop song has simple lyrics and even includes some phrases in English, which will make it easier to understand. Furthermore, many phrases and expressions repeat many times, so they are bound to stick in your head and be available when you need them to communicate. For instance, you’ll learn expressions for when you’re angry, sad, or heartbroken. Organize a karaoke night and impress your friends with your flawless Japanese pronunciation! Enjoy great music here!

japanese Apps


Anki Flashcards

If you are struggling to find a motivating, fun way to remember new words in Japanese, you should download Anki Flashcards. This app is free and works both on and offline. Create your own flashcards with new words and expressions you learn on your Japanese language journey. On the front side, you can include the Japanese character together with a picture. On the reverse side, you can write down a definition, include an example and even add an audio recording to remember the correct pronunciation. The interface is very intuitive, so you’ll find yourself making helpful flashcards in just a few minutes!

japanese Apps


If you are searching for a powerful Japanese-English dictionary, look no more: Imiwa is the best one available and its entirely free! You can look for words using Roman characters, kanji or kana. Plus, in addition to reading a definition, the app displays sample sentences, so you can see how to use the target word in context. Tap on the term and you’ll also hear an audio recording, so you know the correct pronunciation. In addition to the dictionary, the app includes a conjugation chart, a vocabulary notebook and the possibility of making your own flashcards, making it easier to remember the new words you have learned!


Download Hello Talk to your phone and connect with others who love the Japanese language as much as you do! You only need to create a profile, stating your native and target languages, and the app will help you connect with others interested in chatting in Japanese with you. You can find native and non-native speakers, alike, and decide if you would like to chat or use the video call feature to practise your communication skills. The app is completely free and you can connect with people from all over the world.


From our clients all over the world

"I am really enjoying the lessons so far. It is quite challenging but my teacher is great so I’m making good progress."
Edmund Whitmore

Japanese course in Online.

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Japanese course in Online.

"Yukari does a good job of taking information and compiling it into an easy-to-learn format for me. Yukari works hard to ensure I get the most from each lesson."
Ryan Wills

Japanese course in Bournemouth.

"My lesson went very well. We figured out which books to use and what to do next. I think Takako is going to be a great teacher."
Mark Kipling

Japanese course in Crawley.

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Japanese course in Online.

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