Free Japanese lessons in Durham for all!

Our students offer FREE Japanese lessons which are open to all abilities – total beginner to advanced.

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Classes usually run in spring (May - July) and in autumn (October – December), on Wednesday afternoons, 2–3pm at our teaching centre: Lafcadio Hearn Cultural Centre, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3YB.

Japanese Class will not run this year. We will review this in 2025. If you are still keen to learn Japanese, contact Helen ( and we may be able to assign you a Japanese language partner from our current intake of students. This is very limited and will be first come first served basis. If you are interested in having a Cultural/Language Exchange Partner, we will still run this small programme. We have a very limited number of places and it will be first come first served basis. Please email Helen for more information:

If you are interested in studying Japanese online, our colleagues at Durham University Centre for Foreign Language Study are offering online programmes for all levels and abilities for a fee. Please check this link if you’re interested and contact them directly if you have any queries:

For more information, contact Helen McAree (EFL Coordinator) on

Free ‘Language Encounter’ at St Aidan’s College, Durham

You can practice speaking Japanese with native speakers and other learners - any level welcomed and this is open to all Durham University students, staff and  members of the local community. The Language Encounter event is open for many languages, not just Japanese so if you are keen go along! The event takes place a couples of times a term usually on an evening. Dates TBC.

If you have any queries, please contact Helen:

Are you learning Japanese or interested in Japanese Culture?

We have just purchased a new selection of self-study Japanese books and language guides in English. They are perfect if you want to learn some basic phrases or start your language learning journey. Most of the books are accompanied with a CD too. They are now available for loan from our Library at LHCC.

We also offer a Language Partner Scheme, if you would prefer more one-to-one practice or cannot make the class time. This scheme operates throughout the Japanese academic year (April to February).

Please note that under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Helen McAree (EFL Coordinator) on