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Term 1 (Feb- Apr) and Term 3( Jul - Sep) every year (pending sufficient enrolment).

Date & Time:

This class meets on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm during school terms, beginning on Thursday, 27 Jul 2023, with 8 consecutive weekly sessions. The final class of the Term will be held on Thursday, 14 Sep 2023.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually within 1-2 days.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Wed 3 May 2023, 8:30-10:00 pm

  • US Pacific: begins Wed 26 Jul 2023, 11:30 pm-1:00 am

  • US Eastern: begins Thu 27 Jul 2023, 2:30-4:00 am

  • London, UK: begins Thu 27 Jul 2023, 7:30-9:00 am

  • Paris, France: begins Thu 27 Jul 2023, 8:30 -10:00 am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Thu 27 Jul 2023, 12:00-1:30 pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Thu 27 Jul 2023, 1:30-3:00 pm

  • Singapore: begins Thu 27 Jul 2023, 2:30-4:00 pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Thu 27 Jul 2023, 4:30- 6:00 pm


The third term of our Introductory Japanese course (Japanese 103) continues its focus on learning hiragana and katakana scripts, writing and reading practice, and includes basic introductory grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Basic everyday vocabulary and expressions will be taught, always with a view to empowering learners so that they feel encouraged to build their own sentences and be able to make some simple conversation. This course is designed for beginners who want to continue learning basic pronunciation, greetings, simple conversation, and elementary reading and writing. Our Instructor will guide you through a foundation of the Japanese language with many visual and audio materials.

Meet our Instructor:

Japanese instructor Hidekazu Oka

Hidekazu Oka is a 25 year old originally born in Tokyo, Japan. Before he settled in New Zealand seven years ago, he lived in Singapore for two years, and Taiwan for five years. Hidekazu is currently a third year student at the University of Waikato, double-majoring in Mandarin and Mathematics as well as being a Mandarin class representative in his second year. At the moment, Hidekazu is planning to develop a career teaching Japanese and Mathematics at the secondary school level. In his spare time, Hidekazu enjoys watching motorcycle vlogs, while dreaming to own his own motorcycle again, as well as enjoying authentic Chinese foods.


This course is offered as a Zoom-only course and is available via the live-streamed sessions or the posted video-recordings of each live session posted 1-2 days after each class session. There is no in-person component.

The EarthDiverse Centre is located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton. However, your Japanese 102 class is offered as an on-line course only.

We're located just a couple of shops north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station on the same side of the Street. We're located on the first floor, above Copier Word. Our Entrance is on the left side of the building. 

Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options only and there is no in-person class component. Learners have two options to attend this course once they have registered:

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options

All prices in NZ dollars and includes GST. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    3. Japanese writing practice sheet

    1. 20230727 T3.1 Japanese 103 PDF

    2. 20230727 T3.1 Japanese 103 video

    1. 20230803 T3.2 Japanese 103 PDF

    2. 20230803 T3.2 Japanese 103 video

    1. 20230810 T3.3 Japanese 103 PDF

    2. 20230810 T3.3 Japanese 103 video

    1. 20230817 T3.4 Japanese 103 PDF

    2. 20230817 T3.4 Japanese 103 video

    1. 20230824 T3.5 Japanese 103 PDF

    2. 20230824 T3.5 Japanese 103 video

About this course

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboards notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Thu 27 Jul 2023
  • NZ time: Thursdays 6:30-8:00 pm


  • Those who cannot make the live Zoom session on the meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted 1-2 days after each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.


Prerequisites for this course are: completion of Japanese 102, or placement in this class from the instructor Please contact us if you think that you are eligible to take this course without first enrolling in Japanese 102.


Introductory Japanese materials will be used throughout the course and are included in the course fees. These will be distributed as PDF files and posted to the course web page each week, which you can print at home and add to your own loose-leaf notebook. These may be supplemented by additional materials. You will require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking notes, and perhaps a recording app on your phone to record yourself and your spoken progress. Any notes that your instructor writes on the class whiteboard will also be posted as a digital PDF file on the course web page so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.