Taking Japanese Classes
Classes vs. studying by yourself
It's all about perspective, some say it's a waste of time because the teachers don't teach you correc Japanese since they think you can't understand it so they simplify it. But studying by yourself, you can advance with correct Japanese and eventually become fluent.
Though some classes do actually teach correct Japanese. It's extremely expensive; and studying by yourself, you can't tell which is which and you must have a lot of free time.
Can I sign up for other cultural Japanese lessons?
How do I apply?
Where can I take Japanese classes?
Some of the more popular places that have Japanese courses are The Japan America Society of Chicago (http://www.jaschicago.org/language-courses/japanese-classes/ ), The Japan-America Society of Georgia (http://jasgeorgia.org/eng/node/49), The Japan America Society of Washington D.C (http://www.jaswdc.org/page-1451140), and others.