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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I book (register for ) a class?
Q: Do you offer a trail lesson?
Q: Can you refund a tuition fee?
Q: Do you think I can study the Japanese language by myself (with online course, etc.)?
Q: Do you offer the online Japanese course?
Q: Is a teacher a native speaker?
Q: Is the class taught in English or Mandarin?
Q: How long will it take to complete the classes from Beginner1 to Advance1?
Q: When I have missed the lesson, do you offer a makeup lesson?
Q: How is the size of the class?
Q: Does the school fee include GST?
Q: Can I get a certificate after completing one course?
Q: How do I apply for J.L.P.T.?
Q: How much should I pay to take J.L.P.T.?
Q: Why is the school fee so reasonable?
Q: I cannot find any classes that are suitable for my schedule.
Q: Do you offer a one-to one tutorial?
Q: My house is very far from your school. How?



Q: How do I book (register for) a class?
A: To book (register for) a class, please call us at 62827590 (Hougang School) or 62738434 (Alexandra School) during registration hours. Our receptionist will help you to enroll in the class.

REGISTRATION HOURS:
Mon to Fri 1:30pm - 8:00pm
Sat 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Sun 11:00am - 3:30pm
We will be closed on public holidays.

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Q: Do you offer a trial lesson?
A: No. We are very sorry that we don't offer a trial lesson. Because we need a certain number of students to maintain the whole course.

In the case that quite a number of students don't wish to join the class after we offer a trail lesson, we cannot continue to teach the whole course and cannot keep our school eventually.

What?fs more, we cannot afford such a reasonable price (S$210 for 40 hours) as well.

We have prepared the handout for the students who would like to attend our class as a trial. The handout is made based on what our teachers actually talk in the class. So, by reading it, you may be able to know how our teachers teach in the class and you would feel as if you were in the class.

Please look at the handout here (PDF) :
Handout for the student who wish to attend our school?fs class as a trail

Please forgive us that we don't offer a trail lesson by offering the handout which is especially made for the students who wish to attend our class as a trial.

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Q: Can you refund a tuition fee?
A: Regarding a refund, please discuss with our receptionist. When you would like us to refund a tuition fee after attending the first lesson, we charge you 80 dollars for two-hours-class and 60 dollars for one-and-half-hours-class. This fee is the same as our school's one-to-one tuition fee (60 dollars for 1.5 hours). So, it is reasonable.

When you woud like us to refund a tutuon fee after attending two lessons, we charge 160 dollars for two-hours-class and 120 dollars for one-and-half-hours-class.

If you have already attended three lessons and more, we are sorry that we don’t refund the tuition fee.

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Q:.Do you think I can study the Japanese language by myself (with online course, etc.)?
A: It is very hard to answer. If you know how to study, I can say 'Yes'. From my experience, those who study by themselves also can speak Japanese well. However, there are a lot of grammatical mistakes and pronunciation mistakes in their talks. I can say that they can speak much better Japanese if they study at school. I believe that you can get a lot of benefits by studying at school.

* Your teacher can correct your mistakes: a grammatical mistake or a usage mistake or a vocabulary-related mistake or a pronunciation mistake on the spot.
* You can get many friends who are interested in the Japanese language and Japan.
* By coming to school to study, you can force yourself to concentrate on studying (For self-study, it is rather difficult.).
* How Japanese people pronounce the Japanese language is very important. At class, you can hear a live voice of your teacher and can learn how he uses his tongue and mouth, etc. (The voices of CD and cassette are slightly different from a live voice.)

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Q: Don you offer the online Japanese course?
A: We are sorry that we don't offer any online Japanese course at this moment. However, we will do in the near future.

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Q: Is a teacher a native speaker?
A: Most teachers in our school are native speakers of the Japanese language and are recognized by the Singapore Ministry of Education. For more details about teachers, please call us. Some students prefer to learn from local teachers, so we have both.

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Q: Is the class taught in English or Mandarin?
A: We use both languages to teach the Japanese language.

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Q: How long will it take to complete the classes from Beginner1 to Advance1?
A: It depends on how fast you study. Refer to the chart below.

ONCE A WEEK
Course
Study Hours
1.5 Hours Class
2 Hours Class
Elementary 1
40 hours
24 weeks
20 weeks
Elementary 2
44 hours
26 weeks
22 weeks
Intermediate 1
32 hours
20 weeks
16 weeks
Intermediate 2
44 hours
26 weeks
22 weeks
Advance 1
36 hours
22 weeks
18 weeks
Total
198 hours
118 weeks
(2 years and 3 months)
98weeks
(1 year and 10 months)

TWICE A WEEK
Course
Study Hours
1.5 Hours Class
2 Hours Class
Elementary 1
40 hours
12 weeks
10 weeks
Elementary 2
44 hours
13 weeks
11 weeks
Intermediate 1
32 hours
10 weeks
8 weeks
Intermediate 2
44 hours
13 weeks
11 weeks
Advance 1
36 hours
11 weeks
9 weeks
Total
198 hours
58 weeks
(1 year and 1 month)
49 weeks
(1 year)

Full Time (Mon to Fri, 2 Hours Class only)
Course
Study Hours
2 Hours Class
Elementary 1
40 hours
4 weeks
Elementary 2
44 hours
4 weeks
Intermediate 1
32 hours
3 weeks
Intermediate 2
44 hours
4 weeks
Advance 1
36 hours
4 weeks
Total
198 hours
19 weeks
(4 months)

You may notice that the amount of study hours of 1.5 Hours Class is a bit lesser than that of 2 Hours Class. During 2 Hours Class, we rest for about 15 minutes (We let you listen to J-Pops or Japanese radio program at recess. You ask a teacher any questions as well. Our recess is like a chitchat session.), so we shorten the study hours of 1.5 Hours Class slightly to make the study hours fair. (There is no recess during 1.5 Hours Class.)

Even if you study once a week at Elementary 1, you can take twice a week course at Elementary 1. So, the actual length of study may vary.

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Q: When I have missed the lesson, do you offer a make-up lesson?
A: Yes, we offer a make-up lesson subject to availability. Please let your teacher know which lesson you have missed or will miss. Then, our receptionist will help you to find the suitable class for you.

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Q: How is the size of the class?
A: The number of the students is between 10 and 20.

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Q: Does the school fee include GST?
A: Yes, the school fee includes GST, the price of the textbook and the subsidiary notes.

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Q: Can I get a certificate after completing one course?
A: Yes, you can get it if you pass the examination that is conducted at the end of the course.

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Q: How do I apply for J.L.P.T.?
A: You can apply for it at our school around September (The test is conducted on December.). The result of J.L.P.T. will be released at the beginning of March. To know more about J.L.P.T., visit Association of International Education, Japan.

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Q: How much should I pay to take J.L.P.T.?
A: The exam fee is Level4-S$35, Level3-S$35, Level2-S$45 and Level1-S$45 (Year2008).

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Q: Why is the school fee so reasonable?
A: Because we primarily think of our students.

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Q: I cannot find any classes that are suitable for my schedule.
A: You should wait until the classes that are suitable for your schedule are confirmed. Remember to check the schedule every month.

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Q: Do you offer a tutorial class?
A: Yes. However, the fee is expensive (S$60 per hour).

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Q: My house is very far from your school. How?
A: Can I say something? Singapore is a very small country (^-^;) and the transportation is so convenient. Anyway, I believe that you have a good chance to study Japanese on the way to school and home. You can concentrate to listen to Japanese CD or can memorize new words or can review what you have studied. Use your time wisely (*^-^*).

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