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New Beginner Japanese class

Hi all,

We have changed our Beginner Japanese class originally scheduled for morning to afternoon.

Date: July 2020 (to be confirmed near the date)
Time: 12:15pm-2:15pm
Fees: $320 for 10 lessons/1 term (Early bird discount: $200 for 10 lessons)
Textbook: $70 (Term 2 onwards)
Slots: 6

Do drop us an email via the contact form if you are interested to learn.


どんな親になりたいですか (Part 1: 迎合型)




最近、ずっとコースの宣伝について、投稿させていただきました。今日は発達心理学 (Developmental Psychology)について、話したいと思います。

「Tell that teacher don’t mess with me, else I ask my parents find lawyer sue him ah!」



Diana Baumrind (臨床発達心理士 (Clinical/Development Psychology)はこう提唱しました。子育ての方法は3つに分けれて、そのあと、Maccoby and MartinはBaumrindの3つのタイプに、4つ目のタイプである放任型を加えた。

今日は 迎合型 (Indulgent)について、お話したいと思います。

迎合型 (Indulgent)
親の特徴 (Characteristics of parent)

  • ルール・行動基準が少ない (Have few rules or standards of behavior)
  • ルールがあっても、矛盾する (When there are rules, they are often very inconsistent)
  • よく子供の世話をしている/子供を愛している (Are usually very nurturing and loving towards their kids)
  • 親より、友達として見られている (Often seem more like a friend, rather than a parent)
  • 子供の行儀をよくさせるため、おもちゃ、ギフト、食べ物を使うかもしれない (May use bribery such as toys, gifts, and food as a means to get a child to behave)
  • 子供の責任感より、子供の自由を優先する (Emphasize their children’s freedom rather than responsibility)
  • 大きい決定をするとき、子供の意見をきく (Ask their children’s opinions on major decisions)

子供はどうなるか (予想) (What will happen to the child?/prediction)

  • 沢山の地域にある達成度は低い (Display low achievement in many areas) Because their parents have little to no expectations of them, these kids have nothing to strive toward. Studies have linked permissive parenting to lower academic achievement.
  • 決意はよくない (Make poor decisions) Since their parents to not set or enforce any type of rules or guidelines, these kids struggle to learn good problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • 攻撃性は高い/感情を理解しにくい (Display more aggression and less emotional understanding) Because they do not learn to deal with their emotions effectively, particularly in situations where they do not get what they want, children with permissive parents may struggle when faced with stressful or emotionally difficult situations.
  • 犯罪をしてしまいやすい/薬物を使ってしまやすい (May be more prone to delinquency and substance use)
    Studies suggest that children raised by permissive parents are more likely to engage in misconduct and alcohol or substance use.
  • 時間を使いこなせられない (Unable to manage their time or habits)
    Because of the lack of structure and rules in the home, these kids never learn limits. This might lead to watching too much television, playing too many computer games, and eating too much. These children never learn to limit their screen time or eating habits, which can lead to unhealthy habits and obesity.あなたか周りの友達は迎合型の親でしょうか?


New testimonial from student

Hi all,

Received a new testimonial from a student.

When I first started learning Japanese, it was not at Can sensei’s class. I originally started taking lessons elsewhere in a dedicated language school. However, due to personal and financial reasons, I decided to make a switch to Can sensei’s class due to recommendations from my relatives. I must state that the decision to make the change was an excellent one. He is a very dedicated teacher who really cares for his students and more.

When I first started off with an interview with Can sensei, he immediately got a sensing of my proficiency in Japanese. He understood that my basics, especially in particles, were not that strong. He then went through the process of solidifying my basics in a manner that I can easily understand. After which, he made sure that anything that I did not understand up to my level was clearly explained. To explain things in a way that we can easily understand, he sometimes uses language that we can very easily relate to, such as Singlish. That helped a lot in understanding certain usage of different forms.

Can sensei will often tweak the lessons and teachings based on the class and towards each student. He is very patient and attentive to our strengths and weaknesses. He not only teaches the grammar or vocabulary of the language, but he also strongly emphasizes on the way we pronounce the words. This is especially understandable as different intonations carry different meanings in Japanese. If one is familiar with mandarin, one would see it as being similar to the difference in intonation between the different tones.

Not only is Can sensei an exceptional teacher, he is also a caring one. He ensures that each student is comfortable in his class and even purchases expensive and comfortable chairs for his students so that they can enjoy class in comfort. He also enhances the learning process and makes it easy for students to be able to access the lesson from elsewhere by using a digital whiteboard supplementing the traditional whiteboard.

Can sensei not only cares for us during lessons but outside as well, and often tries to help others to the best of his abilities. With regards to personal issues outside of class, one can definitely look up to Can sensei for advice. Personally, Can sensei has helped me get through an extremely tough period of my time. I am very appreciative of him being there for me during this tough time and looking out for me and caring for my well-being.

Can sensei often encourage his students by giving them rewards and gifts from time to time and does his best to motivate his students to pursue their interest in mastering Japanese. He will often share his experiences of going to Japan and introduce shows that we can watch so that we can pursue our interest in advancing our proficiency in the Japanese language.

All in all, I must say that Can sensei is a very dedicated, exceptional and caring teacher that one should have. His care and attentiveness is one to yearn for and you will find that studying under him is definitely a magnificent choice.

Study trip with Japanese lessons program

Hi all,
As mentioned previously, we will be launching this study trip in our upcoming Beginner/Intermediate/Pre-Advanced programs w.e.f June 2020. This does not apply to existing students, as they are eligible for best student award.
1) Complete minimum 5 terms of study (i.e 50 lessons) with us
2) Achieve a minimum score of 75% in 2 out of 3 term tests
(In the event if the student fails a test, there will be a re-test)
3) After the term, you will buy the ticket and get reimbursement from us (either ANA/JAL with max subsidy of $700)
4) Complete the trip and share a trip report with the class.
If this is something that you are looking for, please email us via the Contact form here

Helping the young children

Hi all,

Amidst the COVID-19 situation, we are working hard to help the needy children get laptops. For now, We are committed to sponsor 4 laptops.

Not a lot but hope we can do more to help the underprivileged.

If you think you are able to help, please contact SGBono to donate.
Recommended laptop to get is about $239 (X240).


Mock Exam for N1-N5

Dear all,

I know a lot of you might be disappointed that JLPT is not happening for July. I will be giving a mock test for those who wish to try their luck and get some advice after paper has been marked.

If you are interested, please email me at with the following information.
Further details will be shared once you have email me.

Contact number:
Current School:
Level that you wish to attempt:

Slot (choose either of the below):
1) 20th June (Sat) 930am -1230pm (N4/N5)
2) 20th June (Sat) 230pm-530pm (N1-N3)

3) 27th June (Sat) 930am -1230pm (N4/N5)
4) 27th June (Sat) 230pm-530pm (N1-N3)

Contribution for printing the mock test paper:
$1.50 (N1-N3) / $1 (N4/N5)