N4, Vocabulary


Hi all,

I am back for another post on the differences between 「結構/けっこう」and 「かなり」.

We went through in class today. Let’s take a look at the meanings in Japanese.

1) 予想した以上であるさま。極端ではないが、かなりの程度であるさま
State of more than expected. Not extreme, but state of a considerable level (明鏡国語辞典)

2) ある程度予想していたがそれ以上だったこと。 基本的に良い意味で使います
Expected up to a level, but was more than that. Basically used in a good meaning (Meaning-difference.com)

1) 思いのほか程度が大きいさま。相当 (明鏡国語辞典)
Unexpected state where the extent/degree is big. Considerable.

2) 予想以上に程度が大きいこと。良い意味・悪い意味両方に使います
Matter where extent/degree is more than expected. Can be both used in good and bad meaning. (Meaning-difference.com)

3) Compared to 「結構」, has a strong volition and affirmation (oshiete.ne.jp)

Using 2 sentences, I will try my best to explain the difference.

1) この本は 結構高いです。
(For example, to me, $30 is considered expensive, but actual book price is $50
予想した以上であるさま。極端ではないが、かなりの程度であるさま/State of more than expected. Not extreme, but state of a considerable level)

2) この本は かなり高いです。
(For example, to me, $30 is considered expensive, but actual book price is $200!
思いのほか程度が大きいさま/ Unexpected state where the extent/degree is big)

1) https://oshiete.goo.ne.jp/qa/9446556.html2) https://ameblo.jp/kuroracco/entry-12206516540.html
3) https://japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/64421/difference-between-%E3%81%8B%E3%81%AA%E3%82%8A%EF%BD%9E-and-%E7%B5%90%E6%A7%8B%EF%BD%9E-as-adverbs
4) https://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1164954986

Others, Testimonials

New testimonial

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A very welcoming place for beginners to learn Japanese language. I started with them since Foundation Studies and it helped to set the foundation needed before moving on to the main textbook. There are opportunities for individual and paired projects and these help to increase your understanding of the nuances and the culture itself. It is definitely not a place where drill and practice is being practised. We usually start off the lesson with 30 minutes of conversation where we are paired with our peers in the class to listen and converse. This makes learning the language more meaningful as we are learning to apply our knowledge in authentic contexts. I do not know much about how typical language schools will deliver their content, but at Tsubasa Language Services, we do not rush to finish the chapters in the main textbook. I love the parts when we have the opportunity to watch snippets of Japanese dramas during lessons to see how the phrases are used in context. I’m glad I chose here to start my journey of learning the language. I don’t think you can find this form of dedication demonstrated by Can-sensei in other Japanese language schools.

By: Christine Lee
Currently in Beginner class
(after 30 weeks of lessons)

Beginner Japanese

New Textbook writing in progress

Hi all,

I have started to write the textbook for our new course. I am excited to share this book. Drop us an email via the contact us form and tell us your name and why you want to get a copy of the new textbook. If you are the correct person, we will contact you to send you a hard copy of the textbook when it is out (for participants located in Singapore only).

Good luck!


Beginner, Beginner Japanese

New Beginner Conversation class

Hi all,

We will be starting a new conversation class (from zero)
This is a new course that we are running.
I will be the one running the course.

Starting Date: 19th February 2021 (Friday)
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Slots: 6
Fees: $500 for 20 lessons (Full commitment for the whole course)

What will you learn?
1. Hiragana
2. Greetings/Simple Expressions
3. Self-Introduction
4. Numbers
5. Verbs
6. Adjectives
7. Verb/Adjectives conjugation
8. Psychology of Japanese natives
9. Appreciation of Japanese morals/drama
10. Lots of chances to practise conversations in Japanese

This course is fairly similar to the Foundation Studies. The 2 main differences is that upon completion, you would not be able to progress to the Beginner course and have to do a bridging course to cover the remaining topics taught in the full Beginner course to move on to our Intermediate programme.



Teaching Philosophy

Hi all,

With help from 2 of my students, we have managed to come up with our teaching philosophy.

Our teaching philosophy

1) Create an engaging environment in which the students and the teacher grow together as a group; learn the Japanese language, Japanese culture, and the mindsets of Japanese people; and to develop their character and moral values.

2) Teachers act as guides and make the effort to engage students in a fun and safe environment.

3) As the student learns more with each passing lesson, Japanese grammar and vocabulary will become the feathers that form the wings of skill progression necessary for the student to fly independently in life. Throughout the course of the program, students will fly along with us to learn the morals of Japanese people, which will guide them to soar higher into the next stage of life and touch others’ hearts along the way.

I hope this will give potential students who are thinking of signing up with us more confidence.