The Tsukuba Cultural Foundation is offering language classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings beginning Oct. 1 and running through March 19. The only cost involved is 5000 yen plus the cost of the text and other materials. The hour and 40 minute classes begin at 6:30 pm and finish at 8:10 pm and will be held at the Ninomiya Public Hall (4-6-2 Ninomiya, just west of Nishi Odori and south of the Doho Park Road).
The classes will be divided into 4 levels, Introductory (for those with no previous study) and Beginner (for those who can read hiragana and katakana and communicate standard basic phrases), Intermediate I (for those who can write hiragana and katakana and understand easy sentences, and Intermediate II (for those who can speak basic everyday Japanese). Registration is from Sept 2 to 30 and is limited to 20 applicants for each class. If more than 20 persons apply for a particular class, applicants will be selected on the basis of their Japanese ability (or lack thereof!) and the length of time they have been in (or are planning on being in) Japan. To register, pick up an application form at the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation office (across from the exit of the multistory parking lot behind Jusco at the back of the building) on weekdays between 8:30 am and 5 pm. If space is still available, you can also register at the class at the Ninomiya Public Hall between 6 and 9 pm on the days that classes are scheduled.
For more information, contact the Tsukuba Cultural Foundation at 56-7007 (fax 56-7009) and ask for Ms. Yoshiba, Ms. Ohki, Mr. Ono or Ms. Miyamoto. Higher Level Classes For those of you who are a little more advanced, the Ibaraki YMCA offers higher level intermediate classes. A new class is being formed for Thursday evenings from October (6:30 to 8:10). Classes are small, with lots of individual attention. If you are interested, call the YMCA at 52-4128.
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