Learn Japanese with
The Well-Trained Mind Academy!

Registration Open for 2023 - 2024 School Year

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Why Japanese?

Students may come to Japanese because of an interest in Anime or Manga, but they will find that Japanese opens doors. Not only is Japan the third largest economy in the world, playing a vital role in both regional and international trade, but it’s also a leader in design and innovation. We see this in the brands we encounter every day, from Sony to Final Fantasy to Honda. Studying Japanese means students quickly learn not only how to read and write a new writing system, but also the non-verbal cues and the cultural context for interaction with others. By learning Japanese, students develop key skills that translate to other avenues of their lives as well. Students who learn Japanese learn to pick up on verbal and non-verbal cues and also to pay attention to the situation speakers.

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Why Learn a Language with Well-Trained Mind Academy?

Language classes at the Well-Trained Mind Academy focus on acquiring the language—making the language your own and using it to communicate with others—rather than just learning grammar and vocabulary. This goes back to the classical roots of learning a second language, where Latin speakers learned a language like Greek through a combination of grammar and vocabulary lists, but also through reading stories and engaging with other learners and speakers. Our classical, acquisition-based approach means class time is spent using the language to encounter the world, particularly at the higher levels. Students might compare housing in the country they are learning about and their home country, read and interpret graphs related to recycling, and discuss favorite films and books. Whether a student communicates effectively can be gauged in real time, and students have an opportunity to negotiate for meaning, just as they would if they were communicating in a community where that language is spoken. It’s then that the students realize a need for correction and better understand the tools at their disposal.

Our small, live classes feature student-instructor interaction that makes it possible for students to see that they’re communicating in real time. And our support for learning grammar and vocabulary outside of class help students succeed in the more traditional classrooms they might encounter in college and beyond, as well as better understand their own language.

Registration for 2023-24 Courses is Now Open!

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