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Old 23-11-2014, 02:51 PM   #8431
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Ikoma.......
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Old 23-11-2014, 03:04 PM   #8432
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thanks man.. any more inputs from others?
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Old 24-11-2014, 01:38 PM   #8433
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thanks man.. any more inputs from others?
IKOMA is better! If budget is of concern then I recommend:

IKOMA (N3~N1)!!

JCS (N5 ~ N4)
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Old 25-11-2014, 10:05 AM   #8434
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currently studying in ikoma, yes majority of sensei there are kawaii, though i'm not sure if the school was like this last time.

Anyway, most of the younger sensei teach basic-intermediate levels, but Ikoma is better for those who want to study at N2-N1 level, sensei at that level are usually more experienced.
You'll be fed with so much notes that you'll need a few ring files to categorize separately.
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Old 26-11-2014, 08:32 AM   #8435
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For those who wanna find out more or have dying questions to ask, i invite u to join this fb group (Learn Japanese in SG)

If u cant find this group, let me know. =)
There are currently 245 members and moving up day by day.
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Old 29-11-2014, 10:27 AM   #8436
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Ikoma or bunka better?

deciding between these two..
I haven't regretted joining Ikoma. Do note that the teachers do understand English even if they don't speak it in class. In the Basic levels, you can still ask them questions in English and they will reply in Japanese. In addition, the grammar and vocabulary notes have English and Chinese translation.

In any case, there should be minimal use of English as you progress so whether the teacher speaks English or not should not be an issue.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:13 AM   #8437
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I haven't regretted joining Ikoma. Do note that the teachers do understand English even if they don't speak it in class. In the Basic levels, you can still ask them questions in English and they will reply in Japanese. In addition, the grammar and vocabulary notes have English and Chinese translation.

In any case, there should be minimal use of English as you progress so whether the teacher speaks English or not should not be an issue.
Totally agree!

I would recommend beginners to have a first aim (N5 level) to be able to basically express yourself 10 ~ 20% of your first language capability.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:20 PM   #8438
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Anyone took jlpt today? The N3 listening comprehension is so difficult...
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:26 PM   #8439
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sigh n2 listening was quite difficult for me too.
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:18 PM   #8440
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@curry_puff, did u get it correct?

極端(きょくたん)
戻して(もどして)
継続(けいぞく)
除いて(のぞいて)
貿易(ぼうえき)
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:06 AM   #8441
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@curry_puff, did u get it correct?

極端(きょくたん)
戻して(もどして)
継続(けいぞく)
除いて(のぞいて)
貿易(ぼうえき)
All correct for me, most of them came out from sou matome vocab and shin kanzen.

It was the listening that was difficult, even for the 3 choices response questions.
but I haven't practice that much on the listening tbh. (never really touch shin kanzen listening book yet)

bloody hell, had the same problem in N4 for last year's dec, the listening again.

Might have to retake again.

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Old 08-12-2014, 10:52 AM   #8442
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I haven't regretted joining Ikoma. Do note that the teachers do understand English even if they don't speak it in class. In the Basic levels, you can still ask them questions in English and they will reply in Japanese. In addition, the grammar and vocabulary notes have English and Chinese translation.

In any case, there should be minimal use of English as you progress so whether the teacher speaks English or not should not be an issue.
The teachers are told to speak in Japanese even if they understand and can speak in English. its better for the students that way.
And the notes are good, especially N1/N2 notes, with good translation.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:53 AM   #8443
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@curry_puff, did u get it correct?

極端(きょくたん)
戻して(もどして)
継続(けいぞく)
除いて(のぞいて)
貿易(ぼうえき)
yeap thank you sensei for the answer!

二十日で合格 saved my ass for vocab/grammar, but unfortunately not for the other sections...
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:19 AM   #8444
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I just went to ikoma for placement check test after the closure of aoba and they had this new teacher to test my basic. Look quite kawaii to justify the extra premium ikoma charge over other schools
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:52 PM   #8445
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I just went to ikoma for placement check test after the closure of aoba and they had this new teacher to test my basic. Look quite kawaii to justify the extra premium ikoma charge over other schools
My placement test sensei is my N2 prep class sensei, kanai sensei.
On placement test = spoke to me like mother teaching a child, slow and steady.
In N2 prep class = 3hrs of non-stop GPMG.
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