For group classes, our classes usually follow a textbook or curriculum written by our own teachers. This is to ensure that every student is “on the same page” either through self-study or by attending make-up lessons if he/she misses a lesson or two. For private classes, if the student is an adult, we usually discuss with him/her during the initial trial session to decide on a bespoke lesson plan, and the most appropriate learning aids to achieve agreed objectives. These could be textbooks, customised material or a mixture of both.
Yes. In this case, private lessons are best for you. Your teacher will work out a study plan with you and create a bespoke curriculum to suit your requirements. Semi-private lessons might be possible if other students can agree on a shared curriculum. All our group courses utilise a fixed curriculum which cannot be changed.
All our teachers are either native or highly fluent in the language they are teaching. In some cases, we assign teachers who may not be native, but are highly fluent in the target language with an excellent command of English, in order to better help beginner students learn.
All our group courses will start as planned when we have a minimum of three students. If not, enrolled students will have to wait for further notice on the start date.
All our group courses are conducted once a week at the moment. However, scheduling for private and semi-private lessons can be relatively flexible. Please approach your language teacher with any requests regarding your class frequency.
Except for kids holiday program, we don’t have group intensive courses. However, you can arrange intensive training with your teacher based on your requirements and goals when you select our private lessons.
Conversational courses are designed mainly for everyday language use. With a bit of extra training, you can still take exams after studying these courses. However, if you have a clear goal on passing HSK/JLPT, we suggest that you take our exam-focused courses (i.e. HSK / JLPT courses)
Yes, all our level 1 courses are suitable for absolute beginners.
Choose our level 2 trial class. Your teacher will help you determine which level to enroll in after the trial.
Your teacher will administer a placement test if he/she thinks it is necessary.
For beginners courses, yes! For intermediate courses, much less! For advanced courses, No!
Yes, we currently offer kids courses for all the languages we teach.
You have to be at least 5 years old.
Terrace House is a hit Japanese reality TV show series (which is available on Netflix at the time of writing). The show follows the lives of six strangers, three men and three women from different walks of life, who live under the same roof while getting to know and date each other. Almost by accident, we found that following this popular series was in fact an excellent way to learn “real” Japanese because of the show’s premise and themes – e.g. strangers getting to know each other, undertaking everyday tasks, romance/dating, sharing hopes, dreams & desires. This is precisely the kind of Japanese that most students are looking to learn, rather than the “proper” Japanese that most textbooks teach (unless you’re looking to score job interviews, read news articles or debate about politics)! In our opinion, being able to confidently communicate with Japanese people and having daily conversations should be your first milestone. So if your primary goal is not just to pass exams, but to really understand the culture and language, our Learn Japanese with Terrace House course is for you.
You have 5 options to be part of our online community. The first option is $2 per month membership – you will get lifetime access to 4 video lessons per month plus all the original slides used in the lessons. These slides are definitely necessary, so keep them handy when you are taking any of my video lessons. Refer to the slides and lesson notes repeatedly after each lesson, until you memorize how to say all the sentences. Please follow the link below and check out our Patreon page for more details. https://www.patreon.com/JanusAcademyJapanese