Part 1: Attitude towards learning Japanese

(3rd May 2022: Amended with inputs from friends)

Hi all,

I am writing a series of posts on how to succeed in Japanese language learning. Part 1 is on our attitude towards learning Japanese. As some of you may know, this is my 15th year teaching Japanese. I have seen many students, those who are really serious in learning Japanese and those who treats Japanese language learning like a visit to the cinema once every month.

To succeed in learning Japanese, I strongly believe in putting in at least 8 hours a week to study, just like how I am studying psychology. The experts suggest that 100 hours of revision to be put in for each level of Japanese. My take is the following:

Beginner/JLPT N5 level: 250-300 hours
Intermediate/JLPT N4 level: 250-300 hours
Pre-Advanced/JLPT N3 level: 200-250 hours
Advanced 1/JLPT N2 level: 200-250 hours
Advanced 2/JLPT N1 level: 200-250 hours

Take my recommendations with a pinch of salt. I am merely stating a fact based on past experiences of my students and Japanese learners that I have encountered.

Here are some other recommendations by other writers: here , here, and here

Personally, I have seen students who revise at least 8 hours of study time and students who revise 1-2 hours a week. The difference is very big. Those who revise 1-2 hours of study time a week will usually get about 50-60 marks for their in house tests or JLPT exam, whereas those who revise at least 8 hours will get around 80-90 marks.

We also conducted a survey in our classes, asking students, how much time they are revising per week and in their opinion, what is the recommended amount of time to study per week. The results are listed below:

The level of understanding would also differ a lot for these 2 groups of students. In psychology, psychologists always run experiments to see differences between 2 groups of people. Although I don’t run them, through my observations over the years, those that put in 8 hours of study time are likely to understand passages and conversations better.

Apart from learning the language, I also recommend you to expose yourself to various Japanese culture. The following is a good book to understand more about Japanese people.

English version

Japanese version

It is regrettable that I only found out how to study properly after I started learning Japanese. My advice for all: if you wish to learn Japanese, please do it with a right attitude and be willing to put in the effort.

For those who find it hard to commit 8 hours to study, perhaps a good way is to get yourself exposed to some Japanese dramas, TV shows or music. You can find a lot of them on Youtube or Netflix. You can set some realistic goals to achieve 8 hours of study time a week.

Good luck to all who are learning Japanese.


New Beginner Japanese classes (Wed/Sun)

Hi all,

We are recruiting students for our weekday and weekend Japanese classes. It’s a good way to prepare yourself when Japan opens up. Please contact us via this link if you are interested to join.

Wed class
Starting date: 8th June 2022 (Wed)
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Fees: $200 for 8 sessions (subsequent lessons: $340 for 10 lessons)
Slots: 6
Teacher: Jasper-sensei

Sun class
Starting date: 5th June 2022 (Sun)
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Fees: $200 for 8 sessions (subsequent lessons: $340 for 10 lessons)
Slots: 6
Teacher: Teo-sensei

Please send us a message via the Contact Us link if you are interested.


Beginner Japanese: Foundation Studies (Last slot left)

Hi all,

Our upcoming Beginner class in April has only 1 slot left. It’s a good way to prepare yourself when Japan opens up. Please contact us via this link if you are interested to join.

Starting date: 3rd April (Sun)
Time: 10am to 12pm
Fees: $200 for 8 sessions (subsequent lessons: $340 for 10 lessons)
Slots: 6 (1 left)


JLPT N2 Prep class with 100% passing rate from N4 (July 2022)

Hi all,

We are starting a new class for JLPT N2 prep, after N4. Details are as follows:

Date: 10th July 2022 (Sun)
Time: 2:20pm-4:20pm
Slots: 6
Fees: $370 for 10 lessons
Textbook: $20
Method of instruction: Online/In-person (our lessons run in a dual mode)

If you are interested, please drop us a message here.


Beginner Japanese (Foundation Studies)

Hi all,

We are waiting for more students to join us for our Beginner Japanese (Foundation Studies) course. It’s a very good introduction to help you to understand the basics of Japanese language and we pride ourselves for this course, as no other Japanese schools are offering this course. Following are the course details.

Starting Date: 1st Mar 2022
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Fees: $200 for 8 lessons (subsequent terms: $340 for 10 lessons)
Teacher: Jasper-sensei

To register and to find out more details, please contact us via here.

Beginner Class (Foundation Studies)
This course is specifically aimed at helping you achieve the following:

Core topics:
-What is Japanese all about?
-Why learn Japanese?
-An Introduction to the writing systems: Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji
-Japanese greetings
-Telling the time
-Everyday expressions : eat, drink, sleep, etc.
-An Introduction to Japanese adjectives

-An Introduction to the Psychology of Japanese people
-Watching Japanese dramas
-An Introduction to Japanese prefectures and what they are famous for
-An Introduction to understanding Japanese songs

Foundation Studies Textbook written by us and reviewed by native Japanese speakers
Duration of program: 8 lessons (2 months)