language & lessons

Are you learning Japanese?  Here’s a brief guide to the conversation clubs in the London.   Do you want to chat in English and Japanese?  A conversation evening can be brilliant to informally practice your conversation skills and make interesting, international friends. This is London – so you’ll meet all sorts of different types of people Read more

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

English & Japanese Meetup Party!

We are happy to announce that we are presenting an English and Japanese Meetup party in collaboration with ZOOM JAPAN Free Monthly Magazine and Sozai Cooking School. This is a unique event made up of one-to-one language exchanges with different partners! Any level of English & Japanese speakers will be welcome. As the second part of Read more

Why Should I Get a Private Japanese Tutor?

There are so many reasons why we believe that private tutoring with a native Japanese language tutor is the best way to meet your learning goals. Want to be able to actually speak the language? It’s certainly best to practise tailored speaking with an individual rather than in a group lesson with lots of other Read more

Learning Japanese?  I really think so! It is so important to create your own opportunities to practice speaking, that is, natural conversation and small talk! After all, language is essentially just about communication and relationships.  Enjoying chatting, as well as more meaningful conversation with others is absolutely key to functional fluency. Here are our top Read more

Paul Woodhead: Meetup Leader, Musician

You’ll often find Paul Woodhead at Japan-related gigs, events and otherwise in London (and sometimes Japan!).  An inspiring and active member of the community here in London, Paul will welcomes you to join the London Japanese Meetup group here, or on facebook here. Upcoming events – the group meets at the Slug and Lettuce on Read more

1. Conversation exchange evenings By far the largest is ‘The London Japanese Language Meetup Group’ which regularly attracts a diverse crowd of up to 100 on the second Tuesday of each month.  It’s a sprawling, free event held in a pub off Leicester Square. You can find out more on the website. For a Read more

We all know that the ubiquitous phrase “use it or lose it” applies perhaps most accurately to the learning and retention of a new language.  Whatever your motivation for learning a language – be it for your career, to progress in studies, or for travel – it is crucial to have a strong motivation to Read more