FAQ about Japaneasy

About Japaneasy

Q0-0 Are our teachers Qualified?
Hai! (yes!) We believe hat having a qualification not only sounds great, but it also means our teachers have the necessary special knowledge for teaching Japanese.
Q0-1 Where is Japaneasy located?
Melbourne CBD. Level 4,126 Russel st( between Bourke st and little Collins st). All types of people such as business people,and students are choosing our school because the location is very handy. Also, when you enter our classrooms, you will feel like you are in Japan! Very comfortable (with air-con!). Relaxing Waiting room Entrance to Classroom.
Q0-2 What are advantages of learning at Japaneasy Japanese Language School?
A lot! Fun, friendly people, hard working teachers and good connections and friends (Watch this short video to know Japaneasy more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEcETnJgmmM&feature=player_embedded

About Courses

Q1-0 What kind of course / lessons do you have?
Small group (beginner to advanced), private, conversation, intensive, VCE, Travel and Meeting family(if you have Japanese partner), Homestay conversation , and JLPT course for all levels.
Q1-1 Which course should I take?
Most popular course seems general small group courses according to our statistics. However, You can always email us or visit us to ask for advice, we are happy to help find the most suitable course for you. All our lessons are tailor-made to suite, so please feel free to make specific request about anything you want to learn.
Q1-2 What will I learn in lessons? Is there any course syllabus?
Yes, we have each 6 levels of beginner,intermediate and advancedA classes and advancedB classes. Please have a look "Course&Fee / General group lesson syllabus and level"
Q1-3 What is the method of your lesson?
You will learn Japanese in 日本語 (Japanese). You will be amazed how effective this method is! Our lessons reflect Japanese social conditions and everyday life so your Japanese will quickly improve just as thought you were actually there. Our range of classes will help you to find the way you learn best.
Q1-4 Can I use English in lessons?
Japanese is a main language to be used in classes, however, we do not say that you should not use English in case you want to make sure something or if your questions come up in English. The lessons are all for you, if teachers and students think it is better to use English sometimes, it is ok tp use English, too. However, please please please use as much Japanese as you can in lessons! So make the most of the opportunity to speak to us in Japanese and build your confidence.
Q1-5 How long is each term?
8 weeks(16 hours) for group lessons. Private tuition is flexible so students just keep studying during the term break.
Q1-6 What are group lessons like?
Most popular course according to our statistics! It is fun to learn with others, you learn from others, you can speak a lot in classes, teacher can also give specific attention to everyone, atmosphere is cozy and helpful. 60minutes lesson twice a week, or 120 minutes lesson once a week.
Q1-7 I can not attend twice a week group lessons, Can I take only one of the lessons per week?
There are a few students who are in this situation, they take 1 another private lesson on the same day. If you can not take the private lesson either, you should expect to receive lots of homework to catch up with classmates!
Q1-8 What are private lessons like?
Learn your own pace. You can bring any material you like. Flexible for time (For changes, you need to inform it to us at least two working days prior to your lesson day).
Q1-9 What are conversation lessons like?
Situational conversation realted to life in Japan. This class is people who are not confident speaking Japanese, who want to brush on their speaking Japanese, people who are looking for opportunity to speak Japanese. Some students take this class as a combination with general group class where you can also learn grammar or private lesson.
Q1-10 Is there a Japanese business course / Syllabus for my company? Are you sending Japanese teachers to companies?
Hai(yes), there is a special syllabus for business course which we can send to you by request, and we will visit you a level check and lesson coodinates or just for counselling. We are currently sending some teachers to some companies over months.
Q1-11 Is there any JLPT(Japanese Language Proficiency Test) course?
Yes, We run JLPT N1, N2 & N3 courses whole year, you can join in anytime. For JLPT N4 and N5 students, our beginner level 1-5 is equivalent to JLPT level N5, intermediate up to level 5 is equivalent to JLPT level N4. There are the also intensive course before the test for JLPT N4 & N5. All levels have mock test at Japaneasy. **Please note that about 80% of our students passed JLPT exam every year. Also JAPANEASY staff started assisting JLPT exam in Melbourne since 2010. **
Q1-12 What is a summer intensive course?
2-5 weeks short course at any level. Just the term is shorter reduced to 2-5 weeks instead of 8 weeks(16 hours lessons). Also good for people who want to review their Japanese (Comprehensive course Beginner or Intermediate).
Q1-13 Do I have to learn Japanese writing and reading?
If you are in a group lesson, normally yes. Do not be afraid to learn them, because most students find it so much easier than they thought. But again, lessons are all for you, so if you do not want to learn them, we are not forcing you, or you can choose private lessons.
Q1-14 Is there homework and/or test?
Hehe... yes! Homework is good for your study process. Test is provided end of term to see how much progress you made. For formal certificate, students take JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) which is held first Sunday in Dec.
Q1-15 How long will it take to be able to speak to Japanese friends?
Speaking Japanese is not hard, so after 1st term, you can talk about you, you can say what you want etc after 2nd and 3rd term… Remember, on first day, you will be able to introduce your self already! The point is using what you learnt to your friends everyday!
Q1-16 Will I learn Japanese culture and customs in lessons?
Hai! (Yes!). We believe this is also important in lessons and in communication with Japanese people. We take every opportunity to introduce you to our culture and customs both in and outside of lessons. For specific culture lessons, we have "Culture Village" where culture demonstrators come and teach every 1st and 3rd wednesday of every month, details on website top page or ask Japaneasy staff.
Q1-17 Can you come to teach Japanese to our home?
Only in CBD. We normally ask to come to our school for the first lesson/resister to coodinate your lessons and also for safety reasons. Then we can start teaching at your home. Please refer to "Course&Fee / Home visit servise"
Q1-18 Can you come to teach Japanese to our company?
Yes. We will visit you a level check and lesson coodinates, or just for counselling. We are currently sending some teachers to some companies over months. If you want us to send you our special syllabus for business course for beginner people, please feel free to contact us.
Q1-19 I am a shift worker, can I have lessons at different times every week?
As long as you let us know earlier enough and the classroom and/or teachers are available, we can do that easily!

Enrolment & Fee

Q2-0 How can I enroll in Japaneasy language school? Is there any enrolment fee?
Feel free to contact us via email or call first, so we can find the most suitable course for you. After an interview or level check if necessary, your payment will confirm your seat. There is no enrolment fee at Japaneasy.
Q2-1 Can we enroll via email without meeting?
Yes, as long as you know which course you would like to take, that is fine. If you need our counsel, we are happy to advise you by the telephone or meeting. Then please pay your tuition fee into our bank and when we received the fee we will keep your seat . Please email us to get the bank details.
Q2-2 What is the schedule?
The schedule for each term is different. We will update it often so please keep your eyes on our Time table and fee. You can ask us to make your preferred timetable, we can sometimes be flexible!
Q2-3 When and how should I pay?
Please come to pay or make a bank transfer before your lesson starts, (earlier is better to get your preferred time table).
Q2-4 Is there any cancellation fee?
Group courses, if you cancel the course $55 administrative fee applies. However, it is not refundable for the cancellation within 4 working days before the term starts. Private lessons, usually you will keep your regular appointments (we can discuss when you register). If the cancellation notice is within 2 working days before the lesson, the lesson fee can not be refunded. Please note that our working hours are 11:00-7:00pm, Monday-Saturdays.
Q2-5 Can I have lessons on public holidays and Sundays? How much?
Normally no lesson on public holidays. Sunday is close,too… this is only our day off of the week!

After starting learning with us 

Q3-0 Can I change the course in the middle of term?
Normally you can not. However, on first lesson, if you have a special reason and if both you and your teacher agree with the idea, we will try.
Q3-1 Can I join in lessons in the middle of term?
Hai(Yes), as long as seats are available and your level is suitable for the group. You might need private lessons to catch up the group if you level is insufficient or if you need to refresh your memory..
Q3-2 Can I stop lessons in the middle of term?
you cannot cancel learning and it's non refundable if you are in group lessons. (please do not worry because no one has so far!) IF you are a private lesson student, that if fine as it doesn’t affect the term.
Q3-3 I am in group class but what should I do if I missed a lesson during term?
If you miss the lesson, we provide catch up lesson for $30+GST/hr! (*5:30pm- &Saturdays are $35+GST/hr)

Others

Q4-0 Is learning Japanese hard?
Iie!(No!) Japanese pronunciation is very simple and structure is also simple, so everyone thinks the language is easier than they expected. By finishing the first lesson, you will already be able to introduce yourself!
Q4-1 I have not learnt Japanese before, so I am worried if I can learn Japanese in Japanese?
That is noooooooooo problem! Teachers are using lots of pictures and gestures to help you understand and switch your brain in Japanese, and you will realize the method is very effective later. However, (refer to: Q2-5 Can I use English in lessons;) Japanese is a main language to be used in classes, however, we do not say that you should not use English in case you want to make sure something or if your questions come up in English. The lessons are all for you, if teachers and students think it is better to use English sometimes, it is ok tp use English, too. However, please please please use as much Japanese as you can in lessons! So make the most of the opportunity to speak to us in Japanese and build your confidence.
Q4-2 Can I get certificate when I finish the course?
You will get certificate by JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), official exam, which run once - first Sunday of every year. We will help you to study for the exam every year, about 80 percent of students who take the exam pass the test from Japaneasy.
Q4-3 How often do you have a party or event?
School party is held 3 or 4 times per year. All students are looking forward to making friends and seeing friends again at parties. Exchange night “Japanese Village” is held every Wednesday 7-9pm. No booking is required.
Q4-4 Is there any chance to meet Japanese people?
Hai!(Yes!) We make some opportunity to meet you and Japanese people through some evens and party such as “Japanese Village” exchange night - every Wed night (7-9pm) at Japaneasy. You can practice what you learnt in classes and learn something different from teachers, not only language but also cultures.
Q4-5 Can you help me to find a job in Japan?
We sometimes get offer jobs from Japan and we iadvertise through emailing or facebook. We can also introduce you to ways of finding jobs and write references for you about your Japanese. Also we have strong network between students and friends, so there are lots of opportunity for it.
Q4-6 My friend is into Japanese, is there any good gift?
Hai!(Yes!) We have a gift voucher for any lessons starting from $49.5~. It is good for birthday gift, christmas surprise and wedding present (if your friend is getting married Japanese partner!). Japanese lesson gift voucher with beautiful Japanese paper
Q4-7 What is JLPT?
It is a Japanese Language Proficiency Test by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services. It is held first Sunday of Dec every year. Good advantages for people who want to find jobs as well as entering universities in Japan. JAPANEASY Please note that about 80 percent of students who take the exam pass the test from Japaneasy. In addition, staff assists JLPT exam.