The coronavirus brought an abrupt end to my Intro Japanese course, and as my Professor isn't comfortable using technology, I would like to write her a closing letter.
I'm still very new to Japanese, so I am keeping it short. I've found other answers such that I'm fairly confident about the accuracy of the rest, but this sentence, the third in the picture, still worries me as I've never used ざんねん before, nor applied any descriptor to a verb (I've never seen のは before).

Here is a picture of the whole letter draft in case context helps: enter image description here

  • Which sentence worries you? You didn't specify.
    – ajsmart
    Apr 1, 2020 at 21:18
  • Sorry, it's the third one. It's supposed to mean something to the effect of "It is unfortunate that the class can't meet."
    – Snorlax9
    Apr 1, 2020 at 21:30
  • Why do you not feel confident about what you have written? Would you mind editing your question to explain why you are a little worried about it?
    – ajsmart
    Apr 1, 2020 at 21:36
  • Thank you for the suggestion, I've edited the originial question. Basically, we haven't covered adverbs at all, so I want to make sure that it's placement within the sentence is correct, and that the "のは" particle is correct, as I've never seen that before.
    – Snorlax9
    Apr 1, 2020 at 22:13
  • You wouldn't use "meet" for a class in Japanese the way you would in English. Also, see Closed: 休〜 vs. 閉〜.
    – istrasci
    Apr 1, 2020 at 23:31

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"It is unfortunate that the class can't meet."

I can understand what you're trying to say, so I think you could leave it as is.

If you want it to sound more natural, you could say it like this:

[授業]{じゅぎょう}がなくなったのは[残念]{ざんねん}です。lit. It is unfortunate that the classes have been cancelled.
(なくなる "gone, disappear" → cancelled)
授業がないのは残念です。lit. It is unfortunate that there's no class.


授業がなくなって、残念です。lit. It is unfortunate that the classes are cancelled.
(て-form can indicate reason/cause)
授業がなくて、残念です。lit. It is unfortunate that there's no class.

"I will continue to do my best to learn Japanese."

I think you could say...

(それ)でも、これからも[日本語]{にほんご}を[一生懸命]{いっしょうけんめい}[勉強]{べんきょう}します。/ 勉強していきます。/ 勉強し[続]{つづ}けます。
(これからも "continue ~ in the future", していく・し続ける "continue doing")
(がんばる "try one's best, work hard")

You'd sound even more natural if you connect these two sentences with the conjunctive particle が ("although, but"):

(つもり means "am going to do, intend to do")

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