Japanese in Chicago

According to Forbes, Japan is the third-largest economy in the world, with strong ties to the USA and the Illinois region, in particular. In 2020 only, the total imports from Japan to the state amounted to almost $12 million. Thus, learning Japanese for business/career purposes in Chicago is a smart move. But the benefits of studying this ancient language are not only limited to professional reasons. Today, an estimated 20,000 Japanese-Americans reside in the Chicago area, and most of them speak only Japanese, according to the 2010 census. So, if you would like to partner with international businesses of Japanese origin, enjoy traditional meals and cultural festivals around Chicago, and connect with the Japanese people living in the city on a whole new level, studying Japanese with Language Trainers are ready to help you. Contact us today to get started you’re your language lessons!

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Why Study Japanese in Chicago

Learn Japanese for Work: Learning Japanese will make you stand out when compared to other job candidates who only speak English. There are an estimated 150 Japanese companies with heardquarters in Chicago, like Aeon, Astellas, Bridgestone, INX, NEC, Ricoh, Seven & I, Sony, Sumitomo, and Sysmex, and most of them are always looking for bilingual candidates to add to their teams. However, if you are actively job-seeking, you can also contact the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago on Bryn Mawr Avenue. This is a business organization composed of mostly Chicago-based Japanese corporations that seek to develop relationships and advance understandings between Japan and America. To promote business exchanges between Chicago and Japan, this organization hosts talks and conferences that are attended by people of Japanese origin. For example, on the first Friday of every month, every member is invited to attend a gathering to socialize and network with other entrepreneurs. Make the most out of these events and broaden your professional horizons by impressing potential employers and partners with your Japanese skills!

Learn Japanese for Social: Learning Japanese in Chicago will also allow you to make new friends with similar interests. If you would like to meet like-minded people, you can join the Chicago Speaks Japanese! meet-up group. This collective gets together every Tuesday and welcomes people of all ages and levels of proficiency. Also, the Japanese Culture Center always organizes events where you can meet new people. One of them is the Chicago Japanese Matsuri at NEWCITY Plaza, the biggest Japanese summer festival in the city. You can experience authentic Japanese foods, cultural performances of taiko (drumming), large scale shodo (calligraphy), traditional martial arts, sumi-e (ink painting), cosplay contests and so much more! Impress the attendees with your Japanese skills while getting to know others who love this ancient language and culture as much as you!

Learn Japanese for Culture: You can also put your Japanese to use by joining different cultural events around the city. You can visit, for example, the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights, a beacon for Japanese-lovers from all over the region. Also, you can find a bookstore with a lot of titles in Japanese, a bakery, and many restaurants that offer traditional food, such as sushi, bowls of udon noodle soup, fried pork tonkatsu with shredded cabbage, or sashimi. It’s also possible to attend the events organized by the Japanese Culture Center on Belmont Avenue. Once a month, the club organizes an event that includes performances of shamisen, shurikenjutsu, indigo dyeing and mokume shibori, karate, sumi-e, aikido, iaido, large-scale shodo calligraphy, ikebana flower arrangement, and much more! Learn all these skills while practicing the vocabulary and pronunciation you learn with us at Language Trainers.


Where to Learn Japanese in and around Chicago

Whether you choose to study Japanese in Chicago to get a new job or to deepen your connection with another culture, Language Trainers can help you. We have Japanese language courses that will fit your learning schedule and goals. Get in touch with us today and we will arrange for a native Japanese teacher to go to your home or office. You can also take your lessons in a public place if you prefer, like the Harold Washington Library Center on S. State Street, Meli Cafe on S. Dearborn Street, or Pittsfield Cafe on Washington Street.

And if you are living on the outskirts of Chicago and would like to start a Japanese course, you should still get in touch with us. Our amazing instructors are waiting to start today in areas such as Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Peoria, Elgin, and Naperville. 

What are you waiting for? Let’s go, 行こう (Yuko)! And if you have studied Japanese before, try our free, online Japanese Level Test to assess your ability, so we can start your course at the right level. Either way, send us a quick inquiry to start your language course!


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Interesting Language Facts

Over 50% of company recruiters look for language skills on potential employee's resumes.

On average, bilingual pay differentials range between 5 and 20% per hour more than the position's base rate.

70% of job recruiters view bilingualism as an extremely impressive quality in job candidates.
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1-on-1 General Japanese Course in Chicago

Our general one-on-one courses in Chicago 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 Chicago

Our Japanese courses in Chicago 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.

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Japanese Courses in Chicago (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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