GenkiJACS chosen as one of world's Star language schools 2016!

Posted on July 28, 2016 | evankirby

Top Japanese language school

Genki Japanese School is proud to announce that our Japanese schools have been officially shortlisted in the top 5 world language schools for 2016!

Just as movies have the Oscars, the language travel industry has the Star Awards. Each year people vote on their picks for the best language schools and companies. The five schools that receive the most votes in each category are "shortlisted". Major languages such as English have their own category, whereas all less major languages such as Japanese are included together in the very competitive "World Language Schools" category. GenkiJACS has been shortlisted by popular vote as one of the world's top 5 language schools every year since 2009!

The actual winner will be announced at the awards ceremony, held each year at the start of September in London. While GenkiJACS would be very surprised to win in this tough category, we will be keeping our fingers crossed. Wish us luck, everyone!

Student Interview - Marie-Laure Schnieringer (Fukuoka school)

Posted on July 27, 2016 | genkijacs

Marie-san is a medical student who lives in Düsseldorf, Germany. She can speak Italian, French, German, and English. Her mother is Italian and her father is French.

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~When did you start studying Japanese?~
When I was 17. I studied for a year at college, and again later, after taking a break. I have studied for 2 and a half years in total.

~What made you decide to study Japanese?~

I have been around my father’s Japanese co-workers since I was a child. Also, because my friends were listening J-Pop and J-Rock (for example Gackt, Miyavi, Tacky & Tsubasa) and watching Anime (like Sailor Moon, Conan, One Piece), I felt that it would be good if I could learn to speak Japanese.

~There's such a big difference between Japanese and Western languages. Did that make it hard to study Japanese?~

It didn't feel too different from studying other languages, so I didn't really find it difficult.

~What made you decide to study at GenkiJACS?~

I applied via an agency. They had schools in Tokyo and Kobe, but recommended Fukuoka because it's located on the Southern island, and it would be pleasant Spring weather when I came over. So that's why I chose Fukuoka. I could only study at GenkiJACS over my Spring break at University.

~How was your study?~
Sometimes I felt that the lessons moved a bit too slowly, and other times that the pace was a bit too fast. However, because we we were able to talk about so many different themes in Japanese in the lessons, we were able to naturally pick up a lot of new vocabulary.

~How is study of Kanji?~
I love kanji. They can be difficult to memorize, but once you know them, reading things in Japanese becomes a lot easier. I especially like the kanji 「秋」 (autumn) and 「桜」 (sakura).
The 「秋」 kanji contains the radical 「火」 (fire), which makes you imagine hues of orange.
「桜」 contains the radical 「木」 (tree), next to which a woman 「女」 stands under the falling petals.
「楽」 (enjoyable, comfortable) inspires the image of a person dancing.
It's really interesting once you become able to recognize all the different parts that make up kanji.

~Are there any restaurants or hot springs you recommend in Fukuoka, or places that you really enjoyed going to?~
I went to Tenpaizan, the hot springs at Bayside Place, and Sumiyoshi shrine, and climbed Homanzan. I ate at yatai, had sushi, udon, hot pots and yakitori. Everything was very delicious.

~Please share your favorite memories at GenkiJACS~
The school went on a day trip to the beautiful little town of Akizuki, which was great. I also got to meet so many Japanese people at the English school run alongside GenkiJACS, and through their volunteer program. It was nice to be able to exchange language with them.

Japanese government to get stricter with Japanese language schools

Posted on July 25, 2016 | evankirby

After the owner of a Japanese language school in Fukuoka was arrested last year for allowing students to work more than legally allowed, the government has decided to update the rules for Japanese language schools a bit, to give them more options for dealing with badly run schools. Nothing has been officially published yet, but according to the Japan Times' source, "under the new rules, an average student attendance rate of below 50 percent or immigration violations by more than half of a school’s students could result in revocation of its operational license".

These aren't particularly tough restrictions - an average attendance rate below 50 percent literally means that on average, all students come to less than half of their Japanese classes, which would be an incredibly bad situation for a language school - but they're a good start. For Japanese language schools, receiving government accreditation is an extremely difficult process (which GenkiJACS finally managed to complete last year, after more than 10 years in business!), but once a language school is accredited, there seem to be very few continuing checks on school quality. We are happy to hear about any further measures to ensure that bad language schools are pushed out of the industry, and good schools supported. The future of the Japanese language school industry in Japan is bright!

Student Interview - Kajornvut Ounjai (Fukuoka school)

Posted on July 20, 2016 | genkijacs

Ou-san is from Thailand and has been studying neuroscience at Kyusyu University Graduate School since April. He is an excellent student, so he received scholarships from Thailand to study both at university, and at GenkiJACS.

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~Why were you interested in learning Japanese?~
Because I used to watch Doraemon and Ikkyu-san when I was growing up, and it make me interested in the Japanese language.

~How is Fukuoka?~
I had lived in Chiba for a month 3 years ago, and often visited Tokyo, but they didn’t agree with me because of how many people there are. On the other hand, Fukuoka is quieter and people in here are kind. Additionally, the food is so good, especially ramen. I recommend trying the ramen shops in Canal City’s Ramen Stadium.

~What made you decide to study at GenkiJACS?~

I inquired at a lot of Japanese language school about whether they had classes that would satisfy the requirements of my scholarship from Thailand, but didn’t receive any replies. However, Ms. Kei (GenkiJACS staff) immediately responded to my requests and even went so far as to adjust the schedule five times for me. That’s the reason why I chose GenkiJACS.

~How were your Japanese lessons?~
Support from the school staff and teachers was great. My favorite lessons were the additional conversation classes. because you get to practice a lot of Japanese conversation. After two weeks of taking those lessons, I was able to talk to [shop attendants] in Japanese while shopping at a department store.

~Is there anything you would like GenkiJACS to change?~

I took some culture classes such as art of wielding swords, Zen meditation, tea ceremony, and they were all very professional and enjoyable. However, I felt like there could have been more explanation about the history of Hakata ningyo in that particular class.

~Message to other students~
If you want to become a Japanese speaker, I recommend studying at GenkiJACS!

~Lastly, what’s your favorite Japanese word?~

夢 “Dream”

Summer in Tokyo: Beer gardens near school

Posted on July 01, 2016 | evankirby

One of the summer all-time favorite activity is to visit a beer garden. Put your Japanese to good use and start chilling at these rooftop restaurants after classes!

Lumine Beer Garden
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Open from: 4pm to 11pm (last order at 10:30pm)
At: 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
More information here: http://lafesta-beergarden.com/


Jingisukan Beer Terrace (Odakyu Mall)
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Open from 12pm to 10:30pm (Last entry at 8:30pm)
At: 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/shinjuku/beerterrace/jingisukan.html

Sky Paradise Beer Garden (Isetan Mal)
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Open from: 4pm to 10pm (last order at 9:00pm)
At: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
More information here: http://www.salvatore.jp/beergarden/isetan-shinjuku/


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