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Old 21-11-2017, 07:58 PM   #196
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is ikoma the best place to take Japanese in Singapore?
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Old 21-11-2017, 11:19 PM   #197
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is ikoma the best place to take Japanese in Singapore?
For me, the pace of the syllabus in Ikoma is just right in a sense that you can keep up with the class as long as you are reasonably intelligent/dilligent.

But there are other factors such as:
1) Whether you can learn well with your Sensei
2) How much effort you put into doing homework and revision

Although Bunka for Basic classes is also a good idea because they expose you to many forms right from the start. Japanese is an agglutinative language so learning all the forms earlier is better than learning one form first and then branching out later.
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Old 22-11-2017, 11:03 AM   #198
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I find Ikoma's approach well balanced (or classical) while covering many aspects of the Japanese language.

Bunka's approach is also good as they focus more on the grammar aspect at the beginning stages. The interest level is held high for students and motivation is kept high.

However, elementary students at Bunka is advised to do self study on other aspects like Vocabulary, Speech, Listening, etc and also self motivate.

Self motivation, self discipline and effort is key to studying 3rd language.
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Old 29-05-2018, 03:28 PM   #199
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Hello, come in here because I am interested in picking up this language... hope i am not late.

is level 1 very difficult?
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Old 29-05-2018, 04:56 PM   #200
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Was at ikoma. Not bad!
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Old 30-05-2018, 05:26 PM   #201
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Hello, come in here because I am interested in picking up this language... hope i am not late.

is level 1 very difficult?
Learning a 3rd language is difficult!~
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:28 AM   #202
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Learning a 3rd language is difficult!~
yes it is difficult... i tried Korean before and failed miserably. should have taken Jap since i always like Jap culture.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:57 AM   #203
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haha.

I would say Korean is difficult to learn at first but get easier as time goes by.
Japanese is easier at first but get difficult as time goes by.

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Old 12-06-2018, 11:05 PM   #204
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Hello, wow this thread started since 2009 and still on-going. I wanted to learn Japanese but what should be the correct route to take?

Basic -> JLPT5 -> Intermediate -> JLPT4 -> Pre-Advanced -> JLPT3 -> Advanced -> JLPT2 then JLPT1?
Is this Skillsfuture claimable?

To certified for JLPT5 at least needs to include $430 + $220 (Basic + JLPT5) = $650? Isn't too expensive compared to those under Skillsfuture claimable courses listed in their website?

Thanks for answering my queries!
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Old 13-06-2018, 05:19 PM   #205
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Hello, wow this thread started since 2009 and still on-going. I wanted to learn Japanese but what should be the correct route to take?

Basic -> JLPT5 -> Intermediate -> JLPT4 -> Pre-Advanced -> JLPT3 -> Advanced -> JLPT2 then JLPT1?
Is this Skillsfuture claimable?

To certified for JLPT5 at least needs to include $430 + $220 (Basic + JLPT5) = $650? Isn't too expensive compared to those under Skillsfuture claimable courses listed in their website?

Thanks for answering my queries!
I believe there is a certain age for skillfuture claim, you need to check if you can do so.

I do self studying on my own, and have a sensei teaching me privately near my home. subject to what i want to learn.

don't take the test first , find out you weak points while learning and ask if someone is available for help. I failed before and that's how i am actually correcting myself.

i dont recommend you to take JLPT N5 honestly, just keep studying till level N4. because level N5 is just half of N4.

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Old 13-06-2018, 06:22 PM   #206
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you can apply for N5 and then N4 after completion of intermediate studies.
Meanwhile you can apply for JLPT prep classes during the application of N5 and N4....
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Old 14-06-2018, 12:59 PM   #207
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Hi all,

About to start PA1 with Ikoma, anyone has experience with Sato-sensei would be able to provide some comments?
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Old 14-06-2018, 03:45 PM   #208
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you can apply for N5 and then N4 after completion of intermediate studies.
Meanwhile you can apply for JLPT prep classes during the application of N5 and N4....
I didn't see any intermediate classes in Ikoma right now, perhaps they will open a new one soon. For now my goal is to aim for N4 asap but it seems I have to complete Basic term 1 and 2, which takes about 40 sessions(?) then intermediate...

What's the experience at JCS and Bunka?
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What's the experience at JCS and Bunka?
Bunka is more grammar-centric at the start
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Old 16-06-2018, 06:28 PM   #210
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About to start PA1 with Ikoma, anyone has experience with Sato-sensei would be able to provide some comments?
The short answer is "it doesn't matter." if you don't like her then you can just switch to any other sensei / class throughout the week as you like.

First few weeks just jump around trying out different teachers then only settle down on one ba.

Having said that, personally I don't like Sato sensei so much. My favorites are Kobori, Motobayashi, Fukui and Nishina.

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