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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: May I know the details of a class?
Q: How do I book (register for ) a class?
Q: Do you offer a trial 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 online Japanese course?
Q: Is the teacher a native speaker?
Q: Is the class taught in English or Mandarin?
Q: How long will it take to complete the classes from Elementary 1 to Advance 1?
Q: Do you offer makeup lessons?
Q: What is the size of the class?
Q: Does the school fee include GST?
Q: Do I get a certificate after completing each course?
Q: How do I apply for J.L.P.T.?
Q: How much should I pay to register for J.L.P.T.?
Q: Why is the school fee so reasonable?
Q: Do you offer one-to-one tutorial?
Q: My house is very far from your school. How?




Q: May I know the details of a class?
A: Most of our classes are conducted in English, however we also have classes taught in Chinese.

The number of students in the class is less than 20.

Registration fee and material cost cannot claim Skillsfuture Credit. Material cost is for Elementary 1 course only. From Elementary 2 to Advance 1 is free.

Notes for Japanese Elementary 1 course:
1. $230 (Total Fee Payable) =
$210 (course fee) + $20 (Material Cost) + $0 (Registration fee) +$0 (GST)
2. Material cost is not allowed to claim Skillsfuture Credit.

Study Hours of '2-Hours-Class' include recess (Normally 10 minutes at each lesson). We have no break for '1.5- Hours-Class'. Thus, the total amount of study hours of '1.5-Hours-Class' is a bit lesser than that of '2-Hours-Class'.

To book a class, please contact us during registration hours. Our receptionist will help you to enroll in the class.

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Q: How do I book (register for) a class?
A: To book (register for) a class, please contact us during registration hours. Our receptionist will help you to enroll in the class.

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

If students don't wish to join the class after we offer trial lessons, we will not able to run the whole course and eventually we cannot keep our school going.

Furthermore, we cannot afford to charge the students at a reasonable price of S$210 for 40 hours.

We have prepared a handout, By reading it, you will know how our teachers teach in the class.

Please look at the handout here (PDF) :
Handout for the student who wishes to attend a trial lesson.

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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 tuition 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 speeches. 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 to know 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: Do 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 it in the near future.

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Q: Is the 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. And some students prefer to learn from local teachers, so we have both. For more details about teachers, please call us.

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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 Elementary 1 to Advance 1?
A: It depends on how fast you study.
To complete each course, you need;

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As for '2-Hours-Class',
Elementary 1 - 40 hours (20 sessions)
Elementary 2 - 44 hours (22 sessions)
Intermediate 1 - 32 hours (16 sessions)
Intermediate 2 - 44 hours (22 sessions)
Advance 1 - 36 hours (18 sessions)
* The above-mentioned hours include '10 minutes' resess at each lesson (at one session)'.

So, you need 196 hours to complete all courses. This means;
when you study in the '2-Hours-Once-A-Week-Class' all the way,
you need 1 year and 10 months (98 weeks) to complete all courses.

If you study in the '2-Hours-Twice-A-Week Class' all the way,
you need 11 months (49 weeks) to complete all courses.

As for '1.5-Hours-Class',
Elementary 1 - 36 hours (24 sessions)
Elementary 2 - 39 hours (26 sessions)
Intermediate 1 - 30 hours (20 sessions)
Intermediate 2 - 39 hours (26 sessions)
Advance 1 - 33 hours (22 sessions)
* There is no recess during '1.5-Hours-Class'. So, the total study hours of '1.5-Hours-Class' are shorter than that of '2-Hours-Class'.

So, you need 177 hours to complete all courses. This means;
when you study in the '1.5-Hours-Once-A-Week-Class' all the way,
you need 2 years and 2 months (118 weeks) to complete all courses.

If you study in the '1.5-Hours-Twice-A-Week class' all the way,
you need 1 year and 1 month (58 weeks) to complete all courses.

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Q: Do you offer make-up lessons?
A: Make-up lessons are subjected to availability. Please let your teacher know which lesson you have missed or will miss.

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Q: What 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: No, the school fee does not include GST because we are not GST registered.

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Q: Do I get a certificate after completing each 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 online at: The Japanese Cultural Society, Singapore in March and September.
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 register for J.L.P.T.?
A: The fee is;
N5 : S$58
N4 : S$60
N3 : S$66
N2 : S$68
N1 : S$70
(2017)

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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: Do you offer one-to-one tutorial?
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 listen to Japanese CD or can memorize new words or can review what you have studied. Use your time wisely (*^-^*).

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