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Up for some Japanese lessons? QCPL is offering them for free

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to learn a new language. Many want to wade through foreign movies (and/or series) without relying on the “one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles,” others aim to arm themselves with social skills (that go beyond polite nods) for their international travels, while a few are simply looking to exhaust their free time.

Whatever the motive, though, there’s a universal dilemma that often lurks in the background: Would you willingly allot a fraction of your budget for some language classes?

If you’re not too keen on the idea but still craving some linguistic adventure, the Quezon City Public Library (QCPL) has officially opened the registration for its free basic Japanese online classes throughout 2024.

Even better news? The requirements aren’t too demanding. You only need to be at least 18 years old and prepare these: a stable internet connection, a Zoom account, and your chosen device—be it a laptop, desktop, or even just a smartphone.

Although the registration runs until Feb. 24, it also operates on a first-come, first-served basis—with only 500 students to be accommodated per class. So, it might be best to register as soon as you can, especially if you want to up your chances of securing a slot.

“All successful registrants will receive a confirmation [through] email,” wrote QCPL in a Facebook post. “Participants must confirm their attendance via email within 24 hours. Failure to comply will be automatically removed from the official list of attendees, and the slot will be given to other registrants.”

Once you’ve officially secured your spot, here are some reminders to keep in mind: First, the classes will start from Feb. 19 to Dec. 9 from (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) via Zoom. You may visit QCPL’s Facebook page for the full schedule.

Second, use your government name in your Zoom account. (You would not want the moderator to call you out as “SushiLover080” during class, would you?)

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And third, a digital certificate of participation awaits those who complete the class. “[It] will be emailed upon submission of duly accomplished evaluation form,” wrote QCPL. “The link for the evaluation form will be provided at the end of the class.”

FYI: The QCPL has been doing this program since 2019 in partnership with Jellyfish Education Philippines, Inc. So, in case you (unfortunately) miss the registration or end up on the waitlist, there’s a high chance that they will roll out a new set of sessions next year.

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