language & lessons

Wondering which is a better fit for you – a private Japanese tutor or group Japanese lessons? I know that you don’t have time to mess about so I’d like to briefly summarise the pros and cons. Everyone’s situation is different, so you’ll need to carefully consider cost, how many students are in the class Read more

I totally get it. For the beginner, learning the Japanese language can seem totally overwhelming. There are 2 phonetic syllabaries (alphabets) of 46 base characters? Thousands of kanji (Chinese characters)? Urgh. ‘I’m just going on a 10 day trip to Japan. It’s not even worth trying.’ Slow down there a moment. You don’t need to Read more

Sometimes potential Japanese students ask: ‘Why can’t I pay lesson-by-lesson?’. After all, a block booking of 10 lessons of 90 minutes (see the prices page here) can seem like a large initial outlay of money (not to mention the commitment of time). I totally understand why people ask to pay lesson-by-lesson, and that’s why I’d Read more

Concerned about being able to understand and converse with the locals when they head to the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan this September, students have been asking me ‘How long will it take me to learn Japanese?’ and ‘Is it worth learning Japanese for a short trip?’. I know what you are expecting me Read more

Are you thinking about learning Japanese this year? Studying the language and culture is an enriching experience which will absolutely open your mind and heart to different ways of thinking and doing things. However, January isn’t always the right time to start. Even though you might be feeling pressure to act on your 2019 resolutions Read more

Japanese is commonly regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world by pretty much everyone – from native speakers of Japanese themselves – to those completely unfamiliar with the language. However, here are three significant things which make learning Japanese considerably easier than you’d expect! It’s Simple to Learn the Read more

It is said that to learn a language is to learn a culture Not only can learning Japanese language unlock your favourite Japanese interest, from anime films to zen meditation, but the language naturally reveals the cultural thinking that underpins it. The philosophies, the ways of doing and being that are deeply rooted in the Read more

Sushi and Smalltalk: Event Review

A winning combination! Enjoyed by all, our unique event on Friday, November 11th brought together 30 English and Japanese speakers. The most important thing about learning a language is using it to connect with people. But so often, it can be tricky to simply go ahead and speak to strangers. That’s why ZOOM Japan, Read more