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Foreign Languages | Japanese


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

  • JAPN 1 — Elementary Japanese
  • JAPN 2 — Elementary Japanese
  • JAPN 3 — Intermediate Japanese
  • JAPN 4 — Intermediate Japanese
  • JAPN 53 — Conversational Japanese



Click on the professor's name to visit his or her bio page.

Yuka Brown 909-274-3277   ybrown@mtsac.edu
Jun Fukushima 909-274-3198   nfukushima@mtsac.edu
Grace Kiang 909-274-3434   gkiang@mtsac.edu
Yuki McPhail 909-274-4581  


Grigor Ketenchian    


Mihoko Luther 909-274-3708   mluther@mtsac.edu
Yumi Parks 909-274-3709   yparks@mtsac.edu
 Emi Okubo      eokubo@mtsac.edu
Saito Saeko 909-274-3559   ssaito@mtsac.edu
Saori Tauchi 909-274-3440   stauchi@mtsac.edu