Online Japanese FAQs
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Enrollment for online lessons is free.
If you are having a problem or question, please review these FAQs for learning Japanese online at Nihongo-Pro. If you cannot find an answer here, please contact Nihongo-Pro support.
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Professional, native-speaking Japanese teachers
Nihongo-Pro teaching staff includes government-certified Japanese teachers with advanced teaching experience, including experience with online Japanese lessons. All teachers complete two months of paid training and participate in our continuing teacher education sessions.
Private lessons customized to your goals
Other schools may force you into their curriculum, but at Nihongo-Pro you get private lessons tailored specifically to your Japanese goals.
Learn more about private lessons.
Earn free lessons with ProPoints
You earn points for every paid Nihongo-Pro lesson you take. Then, you can redeem your points for free online Japanese lessons!
Learn more about ProPoints program.
Classroom custom built for online Japanese lessons
No other online Japanese school offers a better learning environment, custom built for online Japanese lessons. A Skype chat session cannot match these learning features:
Learn how to write Japanese with ProPad™
ProPad lets you and your teacher share a real-time whiteboard where you can practice Japanese writing, learn kanji stroke orders, even play Japanese games! ProPad is fun and effective, and no other online Japanese school has it.
Get to know other Japanese learners in our Hiroba™ social forum
Hiroba is our community for Japanese learners and fans. You can meet new friends, set up chats with other Japanese students, get tips for learning Japanese, ask questions, talk with Nihongo-Pro teachers, and more. 100% free!
24-hour-a-day chat room—free to everyone
Nihongo-Pro offers a 24-hour-a-day video chat room, free to everyone. Practice speaking Japanese with other students and Japanese learners, or simply meet up for free chat.
Reserve lessons up to 30 days in advance
Fit online Japanese lessons into your busy schedule up to 30 days in advance. Other schools may allow reservations only 7 days in advance, or charge extra for 30-day advance booking.
Trial lesson at no charge
If you’re considering private online Japanese lessons, try before you buy. Meet your new Japanese teacher, discuss what you want to focus on during your online lessons, and then get a taste of your teacher’s lesson content and style.
Triple protection against missing your lessons
Only Nihongo-Pro makes sure you don't forget a lesson with triple protection:
Email privately with your teacher
Nihongo-Pro respects your privacy: No one but your teacher sees your email. All we ask is that you respect your teacher's time.
Lesson tickets good for a year (more if you need it)
All lesson tickets are good for one full year.
If you need more time, Nihongo-Pro offers low-cost ticket extensions. Other schools require you to buy more tickets, just to avoid losing the expiring ones.
Free Japanese quizzes—100% free to everyone!
Try free Japanese language quizzes every day at Nihongo-Pro. Nihongo-Pro quizzes work on any PC, smartphone, or tablet, so you can try our free quizzes anywhere.
Try free Japanese quizzes.
Free kanji and kana games
Practice hiragana and katakana, or test your kanji knowledge with free games. Look up animated stroke order, sample words, and other details of over 6,000 kanji with KanjiPal.
Learn more about free kanji games and kana games.
No entry fee
Never pay an introductory or entry fee at Nihongo-Pro.
Up to $90
Private lessons at Nihongo-Pro are fully customized to your needs and goals, ensuring that you will learn Japanese online as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Whether you are studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), learning business Japanese, focusing on written Japanese, or learning Japanese for fun, Nihongo-Pro teachers tailor your private online Japanese lessons to make your learning fast, efficient, and fun.
The student or teacher reads from the textbook.
With no whiteboard for lesson materials, the teacher relies on verbal instruction to direct the student.
Your Nihongo-Pro teacher presents textbook and custom lesson materials on the whiteboard, guiding you just as if you were in a real classroom.
Enrollment is free. Enroll for online Japanese lessons.
Our students are our greatest supporters. Many of our students have studied Japanese for years with their Nihongo-Pro teacher, progressing step by step in their Japanese language skill.
Our students give Nihongo-Pro high marks in these areas:
But don't just take our word for it: Read student testimonials.
Message from a Nihongo-Pro Student
I can't believe how much my Japanese has improved in such a short time...
Nagata-sensei is the most wonderful Japanese teacher ever in my many years of studying Japanese. She has helped me remember long-forgotten language skills after a 10-year break, and has designed a curriculum just for me that works really well and adjusts for my different needs.
(student of Nagata-sensei)
The Nihongo-Pro classroom works on any Windows, Macintosh, or Linux computer, with these requirements:
Check your Internet speed (see note)
Check your connection quality (ping test) (see note)
Note: Choose the server located in Dallas, TX (south central U.S.) for the speed and ping tests.
No, web cams are optional for students. All Nihongo-Pro teachers use a web cam.
Nihongo-Pro accepts PayPal payments, wire transfers, Western Union transfers, checks drawn on a U.S. bank, and money orders.
For quickest service, we recommend PayPal, where a variety of options are available:
In the case of wire transfers outside of PayPal, you are responsible for transaction fees. To pay by check, checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank. Money orders must be in U.S. dollars.
For wire transfer, Western Union transfers, or checks, please contact Nihongo-Pro support for payment details.
Yes. If you have a preferred teacher, let us know when you complete the enrollment form for private lessons.
Or, let us do the work for you. We will match you with one of our experienced Japanese teachers based on your level, goals, and desired lesson times. Your assigned teacher will prepare a customized curriculum for your online lessons, and will instruct all of your private lessons.
If you need more flexibility in private lessons, you can take lessons from two or more teachers, who will work together to prepare a coordinated lesson plan to meet your Japanese language goals.
We recommend Amazon.co.jp if you live outside Japan.
Amazon.co.jp is Japan’s version of Amazon. It offers virtually any Japanese book at reasonable prices, and ships books worldwide at low rates. Points to keep in mind:
If you live outside Japan, here’s how to order a book from Amazon.co.jp:
If you need help finding or ordering a textbook, please contact Nihongo-Pro support.
Each teacher has his or her own classroom. All lessons (except trial lessons) are held in that classroom.
At your lesson time, login to Nihongo-Pro as usual (click "Login" on the menu, or login here). A link to your teacher's classroom will appear five minutes before your lesson starts. Click the link to enter the classroom.
If the link does not appear, please login as usual, choose "All Classrooms" from the "Classrooms" menu, and click your teacher's classroom link.
Most computers can display Japanese without any special setup. Follow these instructions to set up your computer so you can enter Japanese text, too. No special equipment (Japanese keyboard, etc.) is needed.
To make the scrollbar visible, follow these steps:
The problem is likely your microphone.