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Japanese in Edinburgh

They might be more than 5,600 miles apart, but the links between Scotland and Japan date back 150 years to a time when Scottish engineers helped the Pacific nation kickstart its own industrial revolution. Since then, the ties between these two nations have only increased. For instance, did you know that there are 1,200 people of Japanese origin living in Edinburgh, according to the 2011 census? Learning Japanese in Edinburgh, then, will allow you to find a job with businesses contributing to the 3rd largest economy in the world, watch and appreciate Japanese theatre, make the most out of your trips to Japan and even read mangas in their original language! Get in touch with us today and we will start designing a course tailored to your needs and schedule.

Why Study Japanese in Edinburgh

Learn Japanese for Work and Studies: Enhance your career opportunities in Edinburgh by learning Japanese! If you are looking for a new international job you can join the Japan Society of Scotland on Murrayfield Gardens, an institution founded in 1986 to promote friendship, goodwill and cooperation between Scotland and Japan. Today, they promote commercial and cultural relationships by organising congresses and talks, mostly delivered by Japanese native speakers. Make the most out of your Japanese classes and attend these events to put your newly-acquired listening skills to the test! And if you are not actively job seeking but would like to study instead, there are many higher education courses you can pursue in Japanese. For example, the University of Edinburgh offers an MA International Business with Japanese, a program that encompasses the study of public, private and not-for-profit organisations and the increasingly global environment in which they operate. The course also includes a stay in a Japanese university for 6 months, so you will be able to study in Japan and experience this ancient culture first hand. Get ready for this experience well in advance and contact us to get started learning Japanese!

Learn Japanese for Culture: There are many opportunities to experience Japanese culture in Edinburgh. If you like theatre, for example, you can go to the yearly Edinburgh Fringe Festival on North Bridge and watch Kabuki Theatre, a Japanese troupe committed to spreading this art to Western audiences. In 2019, for example, they performed a rendition of the 17th century Kabuki play entitled "Narukami". Even though the show is in English, the actors usually introduce many Japanese terms you will be able to identify after taking some lessons with us at Language Trainers! And the Scottish Government is looking to boost cultural ties between Scotland and Japan even further with a series of yearly events that include a “Scotland Day” in the Toshima ward of Tokyo, and several Japanese cultural workshops taught in Edinburgh. Take advantage of these opportunities and get to know more about this ancient culture without leaving the city!

Learn Japanese for Social: Those who want to meet others with a similar interest in the Japanese culture and language can join the Edinburgh Japanese Language & Culture Meetup Group. This group welcomes all ages and all Japanese language levels. The aim is to foster friendship and talk about Japan’s fascinating culture. Apart from the regular meetups, they usually organise events, like dining out at Japanese restaurants, Japanese film screenings, kimono fashion shows, origami workshops, Japanese music concerts and more! Some of the restaurants where they usually gather are Kenji on Stephen Street, where you can try miso soup and edamame, and Kanpai Sushi on Grindlay Street, where you can order all types of sushi with sake. Impress your new friends by ordering your meal and using your Japanese pronunciation!


Where to Learn Japanese in and around Edinburgh

Let’s get started with Japanese today! Just contact us at Language Trainers and we will arrange for a native teacher to come to your home or workplace. You can also study in a public place if you prefer, such as the Central Library on George IV Bridge, Levels Cafe and Lounge on Holyrood Rd or Lowdon Coffee on George St.

If you live outside Edinburgh but still want to learn Japanese, we can provide you with a tutor in Dundee, Glasgow, Dunfermline and Aberdeen.

Are you ready to start learning this ancient language? Let’s go, Yuko! If you are not a complete beginner, please take our free online Japanese Level Test so we can assess your current ability and then offer you a language package to suit your needs. 

Sign up for our Japanese lessons in Edinburgh today! Schedule your lessons whenever you want them, so you can always find time to study, regardless of your timetable or location. You don’t even have to leave home to meet your teacher!

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1-on-1 General Japanese Course in Edinburgh

Our general one-on-one courses in Edinburgh will help students improve their Japanese level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our Japanese classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

1-on-1 Business Japanese Course in Edinburgh

Our Japanese courses in Edinburgh are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone Japanese and email skills, as well as a level of survival Japanese, granting them the ability to work in a country where Japanese is the native tongue.

2-to-1 and Small Group
Japanese Courses in Edinburgh (closed group)

Our Japanese courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One Japanese Course or In-Company Small Group Japanese Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster Japanese Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.

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How to Book

Take our Japanese Language Level Test.

Let us know why you need to learn Japanese and include the time and location that best suit you.

Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.

Sign our Agreement form and submit a deposit* for the course.

Receive confirmation from our team with your Japanese tutor’s details.

Begin your Japanese training and receive your Japanese course book.

Throughout your Japanese course, the Language Trainers Academic Team will be on hand to help you with any queries.
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After the first lesson or two, our team will contact you to ensure you are happy with your trainer. If necessary, we will change the focus of the course to better suit your needs.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate..
Our team will provide you with follow-up learning opportunities, including: self study material, language courses in Japanese-speaking countries, and more advanced courses with Language Trainers.
*Deposit payable by check, credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal. Your quote will include the number of classes and cost. A typical course lasts 30 hours per level, with classes of 2 hours each.

Client testimonials

See some of the testimonials we have received from our clients.

”I have been very satisfied with my Japanese course so far. Midori my teacher has been and helped me with any topics that I would like to spend some time on..”

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”The lessons are going very well and I'm really enjoying my teacher.”

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