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Why Learn Japanese?

Japanese is spoken by more than 130 million people, mainly in Japan, but also by Japanese emigrant communities around the world. It is distinguished by a complex system of honorifics reflecting the hierarchical nature of Japanese society, with verb forms and particular vocabulary to indicate the relative status of speaker, listener, and the person mentioned in conversation. The earliest record of Japanese is in a Chinese document from 252 A.D. A vast number of words were borrowed from Chinese or created from Chinese models over at least 1,500 years. Since the late 19th century, Japanese has borrowed a considerable number of words from Indo-European languages, primarily English.

Mt. SAC offers beginning and intermediate, university-transferable Japanese language courses that include both verbal and written learning, taught by native speakers in both English and Japanese.

Course Offerings

Japanese (JAPN)


Name Phone Email
Keiko Tsurumi (Program coordinator) 909-274-4581
Don Lee 909-274-6344
Natsuyo Higuchi
Emi Okubo
Saori Tauchi
Keiko Appel
Yuki Minekawa
Ken Shima


Spring 2023 Japanese Tutoring Schedule

 February 22 - June 1, 2023  All sessions are walk-in tutoring; appointments are not needed 

 Classroom assignments updated on 3/8/2023 - please note the location changes

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Tutor  Wolf Wolf Takenaka (Canceled)  Wolf
Time 12-1pm 12-1pm 2:15-3:15pm (Canceled)  2:15-3:15pm
Location 26D-2421 26D-G421 26D-2421 (Canceled) 26A-2620
Tutor Wolf Uyeki   Uyeki
Time 2:15-3:15pm 4-6pm   4-6pm
Location 77-1040 Online: Zoom link available via instructor    Online: Zoom like available via instructor
Tutor Safavi (canceled)       
Time 4:30-5:30pm (canceled)      
Location 26D-3471 (canceled)