Please find below the most frequently asked questions from people interested in learning Japanese language.
The first section is specifically about private 1-1 Japanese lessons with a tutor, and the second is generally about learning Japanese.
About Private Japanese Lessons
Where do private Japanese lessons take place?
It’s completely your choice (although we are happy to suggest a variety of lesson locations that we have found work out well for lessons). Tutors can come to your home, office, or meet you in a quiet café or hotel lobby.
Are the Japanese lessons 1-1?
Yes, all lessons are between you and the tutor only. The one exception is beginner level students only, who may opt for 2-1 lessons with their own, selected partner (i.e. husband and wife, business partner, friend), for a top up fee of 30%.
Are private Japanese lessons expensive?
Our students find that 1-1 private tuition is a surprisingly economical & undoubtedly the most efficient way to learn Japanese. No more paying for inflexible group lessons (even when you can’t attend).
Many students start with a block booking of 10 x 90 minute lessons, which costs £675.00, plus travel expenses when applicable of £6.00 return, a total of £735.00. See our Prices page here.
For more discussion on prices, read How Much Do Japanese Lessons Cost? here.
How many lessons should I take?
Lessons are available in block bookings of 10 x 90 minutes, or more. I don’t believe that it is in the best interest of Japanese learners or tutors to make shorter block bookings. To learn more, please read: This is Why You Need to Book 10 Japanese Lessons (At Least)
What if I need to cancel a Japanese lesson at the last minute?
A lesson can be cancelled or rearranged without incurring a fee as long as you give 24 hours’ notice. If you need to cancel in less than 24 hours, we will charge you 50% of the original lesson fee. This fee is to reimburse your Japanese tutor (who has reserved their time especially for you).
How long is each Japanese private lesson?
Lessons last for a minimum of 90 minutes, although longer lessons are also available. We may be able to arrange lessons of 60 minutes for children under 12, or if the student travels to the home of the tutor.
What is the content of the lesson?
The lesson content is tailor-made for your own goals – whether this is business speaking skills, survival Japanese for a holiday, or to pass a Japanese exam such as the JLPT.
The tutor will likely use a Japanese textbook as a springboard. Students find works well to use lesson time to focus on speaking and listening with your tutor, and then focus on reading and writing as self-study (homework).
Are the tutors native speakers of Japanese?
Yes, your tutor will be a friendly, native Japanese speaker, personally matched by Vanessa to your situation & requests. Living in London means our tutors can also speak English!
How do you match learners to tutors?
We carefully consider: lesson location, timing & day of the week, your goals & interests, the tutor’s qualifications & experience, and – importantly – your personalities too.
The lessons should be a fun, meaningful & sustainable relationship for both the student and the tutor.
About Learning Japanese
Is learning Japanese difficult?
Japanese is perceived as being one of the world’s most difficult languages to learn. Of course, it is certain a challenge to learn any language, and for English speakers, learning a different writing script can be daunting.
However, even beginner level Japanese can be extremely satisfying, and the language is not tonal, like Chinese, for example. To learn more, please do check out: Three Suprisingly Easy Things About Learning Japanese
Is it worth learning Japanese for a holiday?
Even just a smattering of key Japanese phrases is a very good idea for a trip, after all, Japan is a monolingual country – like the UK. To find out more, read: Is it Worth Learning Japanese? Why A Little Japanese is a Whole Lot Better Than None
Which is better for me? Group lessons or a private Japanese tutor?
It depends on your goals and lifestyle. There are benefits to each style of learning, and in fact, many of our students take group lessons and have a private Japanese tutor too.
One of the main benefits of private tuition is that you can learn to speak Japanese by speaking Japanese with a Japanese person. This is deceptively simple, and undoubtedly effective.
For a full exploration of pros & cons, read Japanese Language Group Lessons vs. Private Japanese Tutors
I’d love to answer any other questions you may have.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, Vanessa, to arrange a consultation call. Contact me here.