Learn a Language

Upcoming In Person Classes

Beginner Classes in Honolulu
French, German, Japanese, Korean & Spanish
January 25, March 3, 2022
Tuesday & Thursday
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Japanese Conversation
January 25 - March 3, 2022
Tuesday & Thursday
Morning Session:10am-12:00 noon
Evening Session: 6:00pm-8:00pm

In Person Classes in Honolulu

1311 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 200
5 Languages; 6 Courses

Beginner 1 Classes

These classes are for those with little to no experience in the language.

Starting at the beginning, in each class meeting, you will practice using the language as you learn its vocabulary, grammar and structure.

Students completing Beginner 1 can continue to higher levels with their class or through 1:1 lessons.

Japanese Conversation

These classes are for those who have had experience in the Japanese language from having taken classes in Japanese or from having lived in Japan.

Conversation will be led by an experienced instructor who will help you develop a natural voice using Japanese grammar patterns and descriptive vocabulary.

For more on In Person Classes

For information on courses including textbooks and content, click below.

For information on levels, scroll down. If you are uncertain of your level we can assess it to be sure the class is right for your level.

Online and In Person Lessons

One Instructor : One Student
Many Languages; Many courses

Beginner 1 to Advanced Lessons

With one to one instruction you can enter your course at your level and progress at your own rate. You can determine the balance of time spent on the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Conversation

If you are at the intermediate or higher level, your class can be devoted to speaking. Your instructor can gear the content to your anticipated use of the language. Your fluency will improve as you gain confidence in using a more nuanced vocabulary and more precise grammar patterns.   

More on 1 to 1 Lessons

All levels for Beginner to Intermediate & Conversation are available online and in person with the exception of Arabic which is available online only.    

Lessons are taken in 20 hour sessions after which students can register to continue.  

Scroll down for a description of levels and their content.    

For more information on 1:1 lessons:
https://aspirelanguage.com/pages/language-lessons-1-1

Information and Registration

More languages are available online. Let us know your needs.

For questions or about courses or languages that are not listed

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Learn a Language Courses at Aspire

  • All Learn a Language Courses (exception: Arabic, online only) can be taken online or in person. 
  • Currently, there are 5 in person Beginner classes. Minimum class size 4; Maximum 8
  • Every language has a Beginner and an Intermediate level.
  • Some languages have High Intermediate and Advanced levels.
  • Each level has 6 or 7 courses, depending on the language.
  • After completing a course, you can continue by taking the next course in the series.

Learning Levels

Beginner: Students learn the structure of the language, and communication for everyday life. The writing system is introduced.

Intermediate: Students develop fluency such that they can travel unassisted.

High Intermediate: Students become sufficiently fluent to work in some capacities in the country where the language is spoken.

Advanced: Students can participate freely in at a near native speaker level in work and social life in a country where the language is spoken.

Beginner 1 level are for those with limited exposure to the language.

Beginner 1 prepares students to meet basic needs in a country where the target language is spoken. Content varies depending on the language, but the learning outcomes below show what can be accomplished in 20 hours of private lessons or 24 hours in the classroom format.

  • Introduction of self and response to introductory questions (i.e. name, home town, work, family) in simple sentences.
  • Speaking about food for shopping and ordering in a restaurant.
  • Numbers, prices, local current, time, phone numbers, numbers on signs.
  • Shop for everyday needs - naming items, quantities and prices using local money.
  • Make an appointment (dates, times, addresses)
  • Identify colors and give general descriptions of people and places.
  • Understand the structure of the language.

After completing  Beginner 1, students can continue with Beginner 2 which builds on the skills learned in Beginner 1. Depending on the language the Beginner series is 6-7 courses.
Languages that are character based or have a non-Roman alphabet will have different curriculum, but will cover the basics as above.

Intermediate level Builds fluency and the ability to converse on more everyday topics.

Students have experience with the language through other courses, such as Aspire's beginner series, or from living where this language is spoken. Intermediate courses build on beginner skills to develop the fluency needed for sustained independent travel or for living in a country where the language is spoken. Depending on the language the intermediate series is 6-7 courses.

  • Use and understand the common expressions of nuance, intensity and certainty.
  • Accurately use simple verb tenses and other expressions of time with some degree of accuracy.
  • Express preferences, differences of opinion, with courtesy and interpret and use basic gestures and body languages.
  • Express reasons and purpose.
  • Make an appointment (dates, times, addresses)
  • Make complaints, politely decline, deliver bad or disturbing or unpleasant news.

High Intermediate level helps students speak in most social and professional situations.

This level covers less commonly used vocabulary and grammar that enable the student to maintain fluency while adding accuracy, nuance and personality into their speech. There will be practice in a wide range of unfamiliar topics meaning.

Advanced level builds near native speaker abilities.

These classes give the student more practice in using nuance, being accurate in word choice and reducing accent. Emphasis is in helping the student to show his or her unique personality in speech to enable deeper communication and friendship with native speakers.