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Old 13-12-2018, 11:06 AM   #9601
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Thinking of signing up for beginners course at JSC. Any recommendation for good teachers at JCS?



Heard some of the teachers doesn't communication in English at all, in that case will be tough for the students.



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Old 13-12-2018, 12:50 PM   #9602
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Anyone here took classes at Tomo language school before? Any reviews? Thinking of jumping from Bunka to Tomo as Tomo claims to put more emphasis on conversational Japanese.

Also, i've tried sourcing the net for material which is purely in Hiragana for reading practice as i feel my reading is a little weak. I'd like to practice and get a good grip on it before i move to Katakana however there seems to be very limited material in Hiragana, a few paragraphs on kids stories and thats it. Any useful links or story books i can perhaps buy from Kinokuniya?

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Old 14-12-2018, 09:13 PM   #9603
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Thinking of signing up for beginners course at JSC. Any recommendation for good teachers at JCS?

Heard some of the teachers doesn't communication in English at all, in that case will be tough for the students.
Most teachers, whether JCS/Bunka/Ikoma will start the initial phase using English as the medium of instruction.

As to how long they continue using English, it varies by school.

Also, some teachers don't really have good English so ya...
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Old 15-12-2018, 09:04 PM   #9604
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Anyone here took classes at Tomo language school before? Any reviews? Thinking of jumping from Bunka to Tomo as Tomo claims to put more emphasis on conversational Japanese.

Also, i've tried sourcing the net for material which is purely in Hiragana for reading practice as i feel my reading is a little weak. I'd like to practice and get a good grip on it before i move to Katakana however there seems to be very limited material in Hiragana, a few paragraphs on kids stories and thats it. Any useful links or story books i can perhaps buy from Kinokuniya?
Tomo language school was set up by my ex-Japanese teacher. When I learned Japanese from him in Ikoma, he was quite good.

I didn't study at this school, but from the reviews and the comments in FB, it seems like it's not bad.

I believe that the students can eat some snacks, drink tea or coffee while attending the lessons.

BTW, they are not using "Minna no Nihongo" but another textbook.

P.S. I'm now learning Japanese through Chinese language. That's why I didn't study Japanese in Japanese language school.


For me, I would find a bit difficult to just read Japanese in Hiragana. It would be good if it can be a mixture of Hiragana + Kanji. Why?

Because, in Japanese, there can be words in same Hiragana characters, but different meaning. You won't be able to tell from Hiragana, but can tell from Kanji.

For example. はし. It can mean 橋 or 箸. Bridge or chopsticks.
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Old 18-12-2018, 05:36 AM   #9605
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Tomo language school was set up by my ex-Japanese teacher. When I learned Japanese from him in Ikoma, he was quite good.

I didn't study at this school, but from the reviews and the comments in FB, it seems like it's not bad.

I believe that the students can eat some snacks, drink tea or coffee while attending the lessons.

BTW, they are not using "Minna no Nihongo" but another textbook.

P.S. I'm now learning Japanese through Chinese language. That's why I didn't study Japanese in Japanese language school.


For me, I would find a bit difficult to just read Japanese in Hiragana. It would be good if it can be a mixture of Hiragana + Kanji. Why?

Because, in Japanese, there can be words in same Hiragana characters, but different meaning. You won't be able to tell from Hiragana, but can tell from Kanji.

For example. はし. It can mean 橋 or 箸. Bridge or chopsticks.
If you donít mind me asking, which sensei is this?
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Old 19-12-2018, 10:07 AM   #9606
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If you donít mind me asking, which sensei is this?
Moriyama Sensei
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Old 20-12-2018, 11:51 AM   #9607
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Tomoki Moriyama? Okay thanks. Their method looks interesting. Might give it a shot once my current term ends.
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Old 21-12-2018, 01:09 PM   #9608
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Tomoki Moriyama? Okay thanks. Their method looks interesting. Might give it a shot once my current term ends.
Yes.

He's quite good, and they don't use Minna no nihongo.
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Old 23-12-2018, 05:32 PM   #9609
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is it possible to learn japanese on your own via self study
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Old 24-12-2018, 12:09 PM   #9610
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is it possible to learn japanese on your own via self study
well, its possible, but if you dont have a sensei to guide you, ur pronunciation will sound funny.
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Old 24-12-2018, 08:04 PM   #9611
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which level to reach in order to read,write and communicate? is intermediate good enough?
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Old 25-12-2018, 01:01 PM   #9612
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ya. Intermediate
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Old 29-12-2018, 06:49 AM   #9613
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Most teachers, whether JCS/Bunka/Ikoma will start the initial phase using English as the medium of instruction.

As to how long they continue using English, it varies by school.

Also, some teachers don't really have good English so ya...
Not too sure about the other schools mentioned but the teachers at Ikoma only use Japanese to teach from day 1 of the lesson.

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Old 30-12-2018, 04:54 PM   #9614
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Hi all,

This is a good practice of whether you know your basics. Chapters are tagged to Minna no Nihongo marked in brackets. Feel free to pm me to get your answers checked. I will pm u the answers for those who have answered.

I work from 9 to 6pm every week (L4)
My lunch time is from 12-1pm (L4)
I am going to Japan with my friend via airplane on 12th December. (L5)
I ate dinner at Takashimaya at 6pm with my teacher. (L4/L6)
Won’t we watch a movie together? (L6)
Yesterday, I used fork and spoon to eat dinner. (L4/L7)
I learn Japanese from Can-sensei (L7)
I gave chocolates to Kim-san on Christmas (L4/L7)
I bought red flowers at Isetan at 7pm (L4/L6/L8)
I like delicious food (L8/L9)
Sensei is good in Japanese (L9)
Do you have a pair of scissors (L9)
I don’t understand difficult Japanese (L8/L9)
Because I didn’t have time, I didn’t eat breakfast this morning (L9/L4)
Where is Kinokuniya? (L10) It is between Citibank and SMBC. (L10)
What is there in Kinokuniya? (L10) There are lots of books (L11)
Please give me 2 sets of 50 yen stamps (L11)
There are 3 American students in this class. (L11)
I watch movie twice a month (L11)
I studied Japanese for 6 months in Singapore.
It takes 7 hours to reach Japan by plane. (L11)
Yesterday, it rained. (L12)
Tokyo is bigger than Osaka (L12)
Compared to Osaka, Tokyo is bigger (L12)
Between soccer and baseball, which is more difficult? (L12/L8) Soccer is more difficult.
Out of all the food, which is the most delicious (L12)
I don’t want a car. (L13)
I want to buy a black color camera. (L8/L13)
I want to go home to eat dinner (L13)
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Is Hougang a good school for learning N2?
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