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Last 2 slots for upcoming Japanese Beginner Class!

Good afternoon all,

We have 2 open slots left for our upcoming Beginner Japanese: Foundation Studies Class held on Wednesday evening.

If you are reading this, this is a sign for you to join us. Don’t hesitate any longer, contact us now via this form!

Starting Date: 16th June 2021 (Wed)
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Fees: $220 for the 1st term of 10 lessons, subsequent terms $330 for 10 lessons
Slots: 6 (2 slots left)
Teacher: Teo-sensei/Can-sensei

Food

Partnership Announcement with Ootoya Singapore

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with 大戸屋 Ootoya Singapore!

Ootoya is a famous Japanese restaurant chain from Japan that has been serving traditional Japanese home-cooked food for 60 years. Using only the freshest ingredients, Ootoya whips up delicious yet healthy Japanese food, replicating an authentic experience of Japanese home-cooked meals!

Tsubasa Language Services has been a regular patron of the Ootoya brand, integrating meals at the restaurant as part of our Japanese curriculum to allow students to experience authentic Japanese meals in Singapore. Accordingly, Ootoya has been the #1 choice due to the remarkably close resemblance of the food in Japan!

From 31 May, students studying at Tsubasa Language Services will be entitled to enjoy discounts when dining at 大戸屋 Ootoya Singapore (excluding JEM outlet). Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting development!

For the public, you can also enjoy Ootoya’s food online from this link . They have a promotion every Tuesday where you can enjoy 20% off their food. Key in TUE20OFF at checkout to enjoy the discount.

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Lunch at Ootoya

Today, I brought my students to Ootoya and tried different kinds of food. I strongly recommend to try their pork belly and beef.

In case you don’t know, Ootoya started its history from a small Japanese restaurant focusing on “Teishoku” (定食, set meal) in Ikebukuro Tokyo in 1950’s. The restaurant chain aims to provides “heartful homemade dishes”, like what Japanese local people have at home everyday, which can never tire diners. So they may be different from what you know as Japanese food, Sushi, Kaiseki, Shabu-shabu etc. The plates at Ootoya are instead similar to meals hand-made by mothers at home.

We also managed to secure some good deals for our students. If you wish to find out more, join us!

They are located at Level 8, Orchard Central. Take the lift up to Level 8. After exiting the lift, turn right and walk straight. They are located opposite Kiseki Japanese Buffet.

181 Orchard Road
#08-012 (Verandah)
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6884 8901

Travel

Planning to travel to Japan after COVID-19? Learning Japanese is a huge must!

Did you know? Every year, the top student of Tsubasa Language Services gets rewarded with a return trip to Japan! *shameless promotion*

But before we get to that, I’d like to tell you why learning Japanese is so important, especially if you intend to travel ✈️

Getting around

More Than a Tokyo Crosswalk: 10 Secrets of Japan's “Scramble” Crossing! |  LIVE JAPAN travel guide

One thing I learnt from my travels to Japan: it is not an easy place to navigate! Deeply complexed pedestrian networks are rooted in place to fulfil the demand of workers travelling to and fro their workplaces. It is a system that works, and works very well for the Japanese I must say. But for us casual travellers… it can get quite frightening!

Tokyo Train Map: The Complete Guide to Tokyo Subways & Railways | LIVE  JAPAN travel guide
Copyright belongs to JR East Railway Company

POV: You just touched down from a long 6 hour flight from Singapore to Haneda Airport. Your accommodation is just beside Ueno station. Unfortunately, your phone ran out of battery from watching too much J-dramas on the plane, all the English maps ran out and this was the only map you could procure. Check-in closes in 1 hour, can you find your way?

Okay I may have exaggerated a little, but just from seeing this map, you get what I mean. A single station can have over 4 different lines overlapping, even Google Maps won’t be of much help. I experienced this myself first-hand, and thank god I knew basic Japanese to ask around for directions or follow signs in Japanese, otherwise I would be spending hours staring at the map!

Food

HASEGAWA, Kyoto Menu

Not all restaurants would have the privilege of possessing an English menu. Sure, Google Translate is amazing, you can use your camera to translate any readable word. But how long are you going to take to translate each menu item line by line? 😉

Not to mention, even if restaurants do have English menus, in my experience, they are highly likely to exclude certain menu items! If you don’t want to miss out on the gastronomy Japan has to offer, knowing how to read basic Japanese is a must.

Connecting with the Japanese

Kappa, Kurashiki

Trust me, there is nothing the Japanese love more than a traveller speaking their language. Countless times, I was met with a special type of hospitality from my hosts, all because I could speak basic Japanese!

All things considered, the true benefit of conversing in Japanese is the ability to peer into the lives of the Japanese. It is widely known that the Japanese live very distinct lives from us, and there is a lot we can learn from them. Conversely, there is also a lot they’d like to learn about us! And that is the beauty of language, bridging the gap of two human beings from different countries.

About that return trip to Japan… We’re not joking about it. If you are planning to travel to Japan but have not started learning yet, it is not too late to start! Everyone started as a beginner. With hard work and determination, winning the top student award is certainly not impossible.

By: L. Tan
Current student of TLS (private student)
Temp admin of TLS

Beginner Japanese

Beginner Japanese: Foundation Studies (pushed to 16th June/Wed)

Hi all,

We have received some requests to have the lessons in the classroom.

As such, we have pushed the class backwards to 16th June. This will allow the classroom to be freed up.

Please see the updated details

Date: 16th June 2021 (Wed)
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Fees: $220 for 1st 10 lessons, $330 for subsequent 10 lessons (total of 60 lessons)
Textbook: $70 for 2 books (to be used from 11th-60th lesson)
Slots: 8 (5 left)
Teacher: Teo-sensei/Can-sensei

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Best regards,
Can

N3

New Pre-Advanced Japanese class (N4 to N2 in 1.5 years)

Hi all,

We will be having our new Pre-Advanced Japanese class on Saturday afternoon.

While we wait for the class to start, students will be put into a holding class to revise N4 concepts at a discounted price.

After 1.5 years of studying with us, you would be able to take the JLPT N2 exam. We are the only place that guarantees you a JLPT N2 pass. =)

Starting Date: July 2021
Time: 3:15pm-5:15pm
Slots: 6 (2 left)
Fees: $350 for 10 lessons/1 term
Textbook: $60 (to be used for 15 months)
Teacher: Can-sensei

Why wait? Contact us now via this form!

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New classes

Dear readers, potential students,

Thank you for your support towards Tsubasa Language Services.

As we only have 1 classroom, we are not opening too many classes as of now.

However, we will try our best to accomodate to every request that comes in.

Please feel free to email us if you are looking for Japanese lessons.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
Can