Q: What will I learn in Course 1?
A: By the end of Course 1, you will be able to do the following:
– read and write hiragana, katakana and 200 kanji
– introduce yourself and give background information
– express feelings and emotions
– describe places and object locations
– ask questions about life experience and opinions
– invite people to events
– ask for directions
– give directions to taxi drivers
– hold conversations about daily life
– pass the JLPT N5 (Course 1)
– pass the JLPT N4 (Course 2)
Q: How many hours of instruction do I need to pass the JLPT N5? What about the N4?
A: Students should be able to pass the JLPT N5 after completing 80% (135 hours) of Course 1. After completing Course 2 (168 hours), students should be able to pass the JLPT N4 exam. Naturally, students are encouraged to study and practice outside of class as well.
Q: Do teachers speak English?
A: Yes, all of our teachers are either native Japanese or English speakers and have at minimum a fundamental understanding of the English language.
Q: If I take a 2-hour course, is it possible to only take the class once a week?
A: Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer 2-hour classes once a week. We feel that language acquisition requires at least 4 hours of training per week to see improvements. Currently, we only offer accelerated courses to help students on their journey to obtain their goals.
Q: Are there lessons on Japanese holidays?
A: Typically, there are classes even during holidays for all courses. Naturally, you may take any day off from class, but missed days are non-refundable. We ask that you still study what will be covered during missed classes. It is also possible for students who take intensive courses to drop-in to an evening class at an additional cost. Please ask our staff if there are any available seats in a drop-in class before you miss the class.
Q: Is there any scheduled break time during 4-hour intensive courses?
A: The class is broken into 3 70-minute segments, so students will have about 10 minutes in-between each segment to use however they choose.
Q: Is there any scheduled break time during 2-hour courses?
A: The class is broken into 2 55-minute segments, so students will have about 5 minutes at the end of each segment to ask additional questions.
Q: What should I do if I’ll be late for a class/segment?
A: Don’t worry, there is no need to notify us beforehand. Please come in whenever you can, but try not to disrupt others when entering the classroom.
Q: Do you have any suggestions for accommodations in Tokyo?
A: Yes, please take a look at our blog post on finding accommodations in Tokyo.
Q: I’ve filled out the online form to register for a class. Now how do I pay?
A: After we receive your submission, we will send you a confirmation email with a total amount that must be paid in full before your registration is confirmed. Payments can be made via bank deposit or PayPal.
Q: I’ve already signed up for Course 1 and now have decided to take Course 2 as well. How should I register for Course 2?
A: Please check with us and register as soon as possible to guarantee your seat.
Q: I have already paid for the course. Is it possible to cancel?
A: Yes, you are able to cancel your reservation for the course as long as it’s within 30 days of payment and before the course has started.
Q: If I pay and cannot attend the course I registered for, is it possible to postpone my enrollment?
A: Yes, it is possible to delay enrollment if you notify us that you will not be able to attend the course within 30 days before the course starts.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions that were not answered here.