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Japanese ranks as one of the world’s most important languages with over 126 million speakers. Of these, the vast majority, about 124 million, reside within Japan and the island group of Okinawa. Another two million or so live in the United States and Canada. There has been a great surge of interest in the study of Japanese as a second language throughout the past 30 years, due to the Western world’s fascination with Japanese culture, as well as to Japan’s status as a world economic power.

Take Japanese lessons at your location or in our office.  And, when the famous Chicago weather allows, we conduct classes on our beautiful rooftop. Language Loop gives you a unique opportunity to learn your new language in a private, professional, and relaxed environment.

Since land is a scarce resource in Japan, the Kanasai International Airport in Osaka was built on a manmade island just 3 miles offshore. (Source: Popular Mechanics and Wikipedia)

Since land is a scarce resource in Japan, the Kanasai International Airport in Osaka was built on a man made island just 3 miles offshore. (Source: Popular Mechanics and Wikipedia)


Live Instruction (Face-to-Face) Japanese lessons are offered for all proficiency levels. If you have background in Japanese, please contact us to schedule a time for a free level evaluation.


Dive & Survive in Japanese-an Immersion Program:  Language Loop’s most intensive private course, Dive & Survive is the ideal program for frequent travelers. This course requires from students 7 hours per day, for 5 consecutive days. Complimentary lunch is included for every day of the program.

Group Intensive Japanese Programs (2-5 students): These classes meet every day from Monday to Friday, 3 hours per lesson for the duration of: 

2 weeks (30 hours of instruction)

3 weeks (45 hours of instruction)

4 weeks (60 hours of instruction)



Private Japanese Instruction: These lessons are one-on-one. Students enjoy flexible schedules. Each class meets for a minimum two hours.  Enroll in a customized program or take advantage of one of our packages designed with your language needs in mind.

Tutoring:  Tutoring includes private lessons and a flexible schedule. Class content is focused on particular aspects of the Japanese language and the student’s needs.

Skype Lessons: If you prefer distance learning, we offer lessons via Skype.  Contact us for details.



Busy Loop Group (2-5 students):  Meet once a week, two hours per lesson, for 10 weeks or accelerate your progress: meet twice a week for 5 weeks to complete 20 hours of instruction. (Schedule updates)

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Semi-Private Japanese Lessons: This course comprises of 2-3 students who wish to learn together, and who share the same proficiency level. This course features a flexible schedule.



Corporate Japanese Private and Group Programs onsite or in our language center:  This program offers a flexible schedule. However, there is a minimum of two hours per class. Lessons are completely customized.

Japanese Literature Courses:  Classes are private or in a small class setting.

Translation Services: Our team of experienced translators will be happy to assist you with the translation of documents in Japanese.

Cross Cultural Training: Cultural understanding is a key component in today’s global business efforts. Our trainers bring all their experience and knowledge in cultural awareness to ensure success in your company’s assignments abroad. Seminars and training are offered on-site or in our training center.



Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the largest metropolitan area in the world and it holds the busiest intersection located in Shibuya. It’s population reached 13.22 million in 2013. (Source: beauty-places.com/tokyo/)

Facts About The Japanese Language:

  •  An interesting fact about Japanese is that there is very little evidence of an indigenous writing system until the Chinese characters were brought over to Japan in the 5th century AD. A truly distinct form of written Japanese was not developed until the 8th century. (Source: BBC)
  • Japanese is the official language of Japan and is spoken by 123 million people around the world. International interest in the language increased with the opening of Japan’s economic bubble in the 1980s and the growing popularity of the culture, such as video games. (Source: BBC and Ethnologue)
  •  Many believe that the world’s very first novel was written by a Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century. “The Tale of Genji” is sometimes called the first modern or psychological novel that is still considered a classic. The novel illustrates a depiction of the livelihoods of high courtiers during the Heian Period. (Source: Birmingham Museum of Art)
  • For the past two centuries, Japanese has seen the flow of loanwords from European languages. Although they do not share the same language family, Japanese uses some Chinese vocabulary as well as characters, known as Kanji. (Source: BBC)
  •  Along with Kanji, the Japanese writing system primarily uses two syllabic scripts, Hiragana and Katakana. Hiragana is used for native Japanese words, while Katakana is commonly used for foreign loan words like Makudonarudo (McDonald’s). Both of these Kana scripts (syllibac Japanese scripts) can be learned in a few weeks. Kanji, on the other hand, typically takes several years. It is important to become more versed with Japanese before mastering Kanji. (Source: Wikipedia)
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