Japanese Language Information

Foreign Minister's Commendation Ceremony

Foreign Minister's Commendation to Dr Yushi Ito, the former Japanese programme director of Victoria University of Wellington (26 July 2018)

Ambassador Commendation Ceremony

On January 23 2018, Ambassador Toshihisa Takata presented Certificates of Commendation. Click this for the details.

Ambassador Commendation Creremony 2018

Speech Competitions

School Visits

Ambassador's prizes

For the details of our ambassador's prize information, click here.

  2017 Ambassador's prize

Japanese Language Advisor

Ms. Kyoko Mikami has been appointed as the new Japanese Language Advisor.

Ms. Mikami works at ILEP (International Languages Exchanges and Pathways), the project set up by Auckland UniServices on behalf of the Ministry of Education to support New Zealand schools and teachers in implementing a successful Learning Languages curriculum area in years 7-13. Her roles are as follows:

  • Offering workshops, courses and meetings focusing on teaching materials, resources and pedagogy that promote intercultural communicative language teaching in Japanese;
  • Supporting schools with advice and guidance on establishing and sustaining Japanese language programmes;
  • Providing information on  networking opportunities for teachers of Japanese;
  • Providing advice and guidance on immersion opportunities, scholarships and professional learning opportunities both in New Zealand and abroad.

She can be contacted by email at japanese@ilep.ac.nz, or by phone on (09) 623 8899.

Japan Foundation's Japanese Language Support link

'Minato' (literally meaning 'Harbor') is a place where you can study the Japanese language with online courses, and interact with people from all over the world via online communities. From this 'Minato', or 'Harbor', each person can embark on a voyage of study that suits their own personal needs, later returning to port and repeating the journey as often as they wish. In this way, 'Minato' provides a place of learning and a place for meeting new, like-minded friends.

marugotoMarugoto まるごと

From this portal page, you can access websites providing various resources, learning support and purchase information.

Challenge with Erin ! - The Japan Foundation has released this mobile app for young people to study Japanese and test their ability more easily and in a more engaging way. You can use it to study beginner-level vocabulary and expressions through card games, manga and quizzes, and to check how much you retained. The app teaches Japanese from complete beginner up to early intermediate level, and there is no need to be able to read Japanese to use it! Click HERE for more information.

Erin's Challeng! I Can Speak JapaneseI Can Speak Japanese - An innovative free website offering both Japanese-Language study and cultural understanding. This website gives the opportunity to study Japanese through extensive videos and audio, as well as giving the opportunity to experience modern Japanese culture and scenes. Website https://www.erin.ne.jp/en

"Japanese in Anime & Manga" Website“Japanese in Anime & Manga” Website - An e-learning site that offers a fun way to learn a number of character/genre-based Japanese expressions that appear in anime and manga.

The aim of the website is to give Japanese learners and anime/manga fans from all over the world an opportunity to learn Japanese in an enjoyable way, using the anime/manga they enjoy as a gateway to their studies. They hope to deepen learners' understanding of the Japanese language and culture, and to give an added incentive to study. Website: http://anime-manga.jp

NHK World

"Easy Japanese" is a program of Japanese language lessons produced by Japan's public broadcaster, NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN. You can learn basic grammar and useful expressions through lessons designed in audio-drama style. You can download audio and texts for the lessons free of charge.


Or Watch the live NHK TV programmes online at https://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/live !

Support for Teachers of Japanese

Wellington Association of Japanese Language Teachers

President: Hidemi Fuke

Queen Margaret College
PO Box 12-274
Wellington 6144

Tel: (04) 473 7160

New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers (NZAJLT)

President: Jacky Yoshioka-Braid

Website: http://www.nzajlt.org.nz

Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand (JSANZ)
Penny Shino
Massey University
Website: http://www.jsanz.org

Japanese Language Useful Links

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