From Basic 1 to Intermediate 6, and more

Basic Japanese Courses

Provides detailed coverage of topics in preparation for JLPT N5 and N4. Students will study basic to complex grammatical patterns and will be able to engage in simple, day-to-day conversation after completion of Basic Japanese courses.

Within one year since I started Basic Japanese 1 at NCF, I was able to meet new friends, experience Japanese culture at the annual Open House, and participate in a Japanese speech contest. Because of these experiences, what was initially a hobby soon became a life-changing passion. To this day, my mentors at NCF continue to be my source of inspiration and motivation in my studies. I hope that aspiring Japanese language learners who will also be joining NCF get to experience the same fulfilling journey that I have had.

Francesca Galve

MBA Candidate, Hitotsubashi University

I started learning nihongo in 2000 simply because I married a Japanese and had to deal with the school requirements of my son.

I never thought of this as a career. But my teachers in NCF inspired me to be one because of their holistic approach. They just don’t teach but they also personally attend to your needs by motivating you to get better and generously share how to deal with different situations using the language. My teachers from Basic, Intermediate 1-4, even the Teacher Training Course have that passion to make the nihongo learning journey of each student meaningful and productive.

Bernadette Jen Hieida

Assistant Professorial Lecturer, International Studies Department DLSU-Manila; President, Association of Filipino Nihongo Teachers; Lecturer, Japan Foundation Manila High School Program

Intermediate Japanese Courses

Provides approximate coverage of topics in preparation for JLPT N3 and N2. Students will study practical techniques in reading, writing and speaking Japanese and will be exposed to more training in the usage of higher-level Nihongo expressions.

I know that through NCF, I will be provided the appropriate resources I need to enhance my Japanese language skills, I will be made accountable for my learning progress, and I will have the chance to rediscover my passion for the Japanese language. After attending several courses at NCF, I gained not only the knowledge but also the confidence to once again take the JLPT, and this time, pass the test that I was aiming for.

Kristine Cambay

Admin Officer, ILWOOTEC E&C Philippines, Inc.

My time studying at the Nihongo Center Foundation was vital in achieving my goal of living in Japan. It was here that I was finally able to seriously study Nihongo. There were other language schools that I had tried, but none were as good. NCF is a place not only to study the Japanese language but also a place to appreciate the Japanese culture. They also provide information on scholarship and job opportunities related to Japan. Through the kindness and help of the sensei and staff at NCF, I was able to successfully apply for the MEXT scholarship. I will always be grateful for that.

Monica Castillo

Visual Artist, Graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts MFA; Education and Research Assistant, Tokyo University of the Arts

Conversational Japanese

Simple everyday situations such as buying at a store or ordering at restaurant and their staff speaking to me in keigo (polite form); had I not studied basic keigo back at NCF, I would’ve just stared at the staff politely with a puzzled look on my face. But I was able to comprehend it perfectly, and only in the first few months of moving here. That is the advantage of having a good amount proficiency and a solid foundation of the language.

Janella Silvestre

国際人材コーディネーター主任 Chief Coordinator of International Human Resources

I have been fascinated by anything related to Japan since I was a child. Thanks to Nihongo Center Foundation, I was able to not only learn about the Japanese language but also about the culture of Japan. I have been a student of NCF since my grade school days, so the teachers and staff members have all become like family to me. Even until now that I am in my second undergraduate studies, they are still looking after me by helping me achieve one of my dreams in life through one of their scholarship offers – to study at a university in Japan.

Yula Beatriz T. Ferma

Nanzan University, Policy Studies Student

Special Courses

After passing N2, go even higher. Aim to pass the highest level N1. To prepare you for the N1 test, we offer N1 review course and one-on-one tutorials.

Through the discipline I learned from their full-time Japanese Language and Culture program, I realized my dream of attaining a master’s degree in Japan and developed a plentiful number of personal and professional relationships along the way. Their lessons, mentoring and wisdom have certainly enriched my life and I will forever be grateful for the trust and guidance they have extended to me.

Rommel G. Roque

President, Prime Manpower Resources Development Inc.


PIJLC paved a solid growth path for my future. The institution not only taught me the Japanese language and culture, but my senseis and founders (daisempais) instilled discipline and unleashed my inner strengths to pass JLPT Level 2 (later on Level 1), place 3rd at Nihongo Speech Contest, and gain scholarship and pursue advanced studies in engineering in Japan. After graduating at Tokyo Metropolitan University, I was interviewed and offered jobs at local Japanese companies. Today, in conducting business and building E-commerce innovations in Japan and around the world, I continue to leverage the Japanese language skills and cultural competence the way PIJLC have educated me.

Stephen S. Dy

Amazon.com, Head of Software and Former Technical Advisor for Japan Country Manager


NCF provides tuition fee scholarships for outstanding students. It also facilitates applications for scholarships offered by correspondent universities in Japan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours are required to complete a course?
  • Until otherwise revised, the classroom hours prescribed by Course is as follows:

Basic Japanese 1 (76 Hours In-Person Classes or 66 Hours Online Classes)
Basic Japanese 2 (64 Hours In-Person Classes or 54 Hours Online Classes)
Basic Japanese 3 (64 Hours In-Person Classes or 54 Hours Online Classes)
Basic Japanese 4 (64 Hours In-Person Classes or 54 Hours Online Classes)
Basic Japanese 5 (64 Hours In-Person Classes or 54 Hours Online Classes)

Intermediate Japanese 1 (64 Hours In-Person Classes)
Intermediate Japanese 2 (64 Hours In-Person Classes)
Intermediate Japanese 3 (64 Hours In-Person Classes)
Intermediate Japanese 4 (64 Hours In-Person Classes)
Intermediate Japanese 5 (64 Hours In-Person Classes)
Intermediate Japanese 6 (64 Hours In-Person Classes)

Conversational Japanese 1 (26 Hours Online)
Conversational Japanese 1 (26 Hours Online)


  • In-Person Classes are usually held Mondays to Saturdays at various times, such as: 09:00 AM to 12:00 noon; 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM; 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Online Class schedules are more flexible. Inquire now.
  • Typically, regular classes are scheduled on either three sessions, two sessions, or one session per week.
  • Based on the foregoing schedule, sessions configured on thrice weekly basis can be completed in three (3) months, while those scheduled twice or once weekly can be completed in four (4) and five (5) months respectively.
What aspects of the Japanese language are taught in NCF?
  • Reading (hiragana, katakana, kanji)
  • Writing (hiragana, katakana, kanji)
  • Listening comprehension
  • Conversation
How many kanji characters are taught at NCF/PIJLC
  • Approximately 20 or 30 Kanji characters are expected to be memorized for each course level.
  • There are over 2,000 Kanji for general use. Obviously, writing and reading these Kanji will require much time for practice and memorization.
  • For JLPT N5 and N4, listening and reading competencies are described, as follows:


Reading – Typical expressions and sentences written in hiragana, katakana and basic kanji
Listening – Conversations about topics encountered in daily life and classroom situations


Reading – Passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and kanji
Listening – Conversations about topics encountered in daily life and generally follow their contents


How do I practice what I learn in class?

You can practice what you learn in class by having conversations in Nihongo with other Nihongo-speaking people, maybe your classmates or some Japanese friends.

You can also further enhance your Nihongo skills by watching Japanese movies, shows, dramas, and anime, listening to Japanese music, translating lyrics or articles from Japanese to English (and vice-versa), etc.

What is the NCF grading system?
  • The final grade is the sum of a student’s
    i) Midterm Examination Score = 40%; and
    ii) Final Examination Score = 60%
  • Examination Scores are broken down as follows:
    Grammar (Bunpou 文法) 100
    Reading (Dokkai 読解) 30
    Writing (Moji 文字) 30
    Listening (Choukai 聴解) 40
    TOTAL: 200
  • Students who obtain a final grade of 120 may enroll in the next level.
  • Students who fail to take the midterm exams must obtain a grade of 150 in the final exams to qualify for enrollment in the next level.
  • No make-up or late tests will be allowed.