Category Archives: Others


Hi everyone,

I am going to start to reduce my classes to focus my next 10 years on helping more underprivileged individuals out there. I plan to retire from teaching in 2021.

Meanwhile, there will be one more teacher who will be coming on board.

Please continue to support our Japanese classes.


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).


Attending lessons due to COVID-19

Dear all,

We have advised our students to opt to
1) Attend the lesson online while the actual lesson is conducted in the classroom.
2) Ask for a video recording of the lesson
3) Come for the actual class (should the student wish to do so)
We have prepared for this kind of situation since a few years ago when our PSI index in Singapore reached 400.
For those who are viewing online, the whiteboard and PC screen will be shown to them.


コロナウイルスとus (Coronavirus & Us)



今日は敏感なトピックを話したいと思います。それはコロナウイルス (coronavirus)です。

コロナウイルスは皆さんの生活に影響を与えてしまったと思います。僕もそうです。毎日、マスクをつけて、出かけています。教室に入る前に、消毒剤で手を塗ります。シンガポールでは、1枚のマスクは1ドルで、相当高いです。僕が買ったのは日本から (1枚約1.25ドル) のです。今、Amazon日本から見て、マスクはもっと高くなりました。


心理学の場からみると、人は危険な場面に陥ったら、脳は反応します。人の感情を制御することで知られている扁桃体 (amygdala) は
脳の認知システム (cortex /cognitive system)は作動されます。不安かストレスがある時、脳の認知システムは扁桃体によって、パニックと集団思考 (groupthink)が発生します。サバイバルモード (survival mode) みたいの状態です。

Singapore Psychological SocietyのFacebookから
𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗗𝗼 𝗣𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗗𝗼?

In modern society, numerous risks (e.g., terrorism, catastrophes, and pandemic outbreaks) lurk around every corner. Whenever people witness an emergency situation or see someone getting harmed, our brains are hardwired to react in a certain way. The amygdala of the brain (emotional system) gets activated together with regions of the cortex (cognitive system) that analyze and interpret behavior. In times of stress and uncertainty, this thinking part of our brain gets hijacked by the emotional system, resulting in 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 and 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗯𝗲𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗿. This translates into a phenomenon more commonly known as survival mode or fight-or-flight, which is driven by the need for self-preservation, protection, and safety. Such primal instincts date back to prehistoric times, where we needed to be on the constant lookout for danger in order to survive. The same primal instincts are activated in our present-day crises. We are hyper-focusing on the virus.