GenkiJACS is Preferred Japanese School for Interac!

Posted on September 23, 2010 | evankirby

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Genki Japanese School is proud to announce that Interac, the premier provider of assistant language teachers in Japan, has chosen GenkiJACS as the preferred Japanese school for its employees! This means all Interac employees have access to specially priced courses arranged during school holidays. Interac as an organization is very focused on employee training, and provides incentives for staff to improve their Japanese ability, among other skills. We’re very happy to be working with them to provide study programs for them. If you work for Interac and want more details, see our Interac Japanese study page!

Volunteer Work Opportunities in Japan with GenkiJACS

Posted on September 15, 2010 | evankirby

We recently renewed our partnership with WWOOF Japan, the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms organization, so we thought we’d take a moment to fill you in. WWOOF offers more than 400 volunteer work locations around the country, from Okinawa to Hokkaido, and most of those hosts offer multiple opportunities. So there’s lots of choices!
We ask students who want to volunteer in Japan to study with us for at least 4-12 weeks, depending on your ability level when you arrive, because you’ll of course need some Japanese ability to be able to work in Japan. But most hosts speak at least a little bit of English, so you won’t be totally lost!
We think WWOOF offers great opportunities, and is a wonderful way to travel around Japan cheaply, and see a variety of different parts of the country. When you go to volunteer at a host, they let you stay and eat there for free. And you can volunteer at as many different places as you want!
GenkiJACS is an official WWOOF agent, so we can help to arrange your volunteer opportunity, and maybe help you find your new life in Japan! Our website has more information about volunteer work opportunities.

Mentai Wide Interviews Graduating Genki JACS Students

Posted on September 14, 2010 | genkijacs

Last Friday, local street interview show (Mentai Wide) came to Genki JACS to film our graduation ceremony and interview some of the graduating students. They asked a couple questions such as, "Is there something you wanted to try in Japan, but didn't have the time to?" and "What do you want to eat in Fukuoka?"
The students had a blast and we'll soon see it airing on television ★:)
Until next time, Mentai Wide!!

2010 LTM Star Awards final results

Posted on September 12, 2010 | evankirby

Well, the results are in for the 2010 Language Travel Magazine Star Awards, and unfortunately we didn’t win in the World Language School category this year either! But we wanted to take a moment to congratulate the other nominees:

Mandarin House, in Shanghai and Peking, has had a meteoric rise to fame, and is now the most prominent Chinese language school around. Owner Jasmine Bien is a great representative of both the school and China itself. They shared the World’s Best World Language School prize last year with Liden-Denz. Which brings us to:
Liden & Denz Russian Language School in St. Petersburg and Moscow is run by Walter Denz, a man of great leadership and well, nobility, for want of a better word. As the current president of IALC, the International Association of Language Centres, he obviously has a lot of demands on his time, but he still manages to find time to run two branches of an obviously great school.
Kai Japanese Language School in Tokyo has been a great role model for us as we grow, and also a great source of advice. The president, Hiroko Yamamoto, has been ably running her school for more than 22 years now, and it shows! They are a cornerstone of Tokyo, and the only other Japanese school in IALC.
Unfortunately we don’t know too much about the final nominee, CIAL – Centro de Linguas in Portugal. But we look forward to finding out more about them!
It’s probably worth noting that all of the nominees this year are members of IALC. We really believe that IALC membership is a sign of quality in schools, and we are very grateful to IALC too for all of the support and direction they have provided us, as well as for providing us the opportunity to meet all of the people above.

And the final winner is… Liden & Denz Russian Language School! They really deserved it. Here's looking forward to the 2011 Star Awards!

Go Fry a Kite!

Posted on September 07, 2010 | genkijacs

Fly an Octopus, Go Fry a Kite


The issue many non-native Asian speakers of English have with pronouncing the L and R sounds found in many western languages are well known and frequently the subject of comics’ and their audience’s amusement. Two of the most famously difficult to pronounce words for Asian non-native speakers are “fly” and “fry.” In a fantastic twist of irony, I learned in class today that at least one of the words for fly and fry are exactly the same. Not only do they have the pronunciation, but the kanji as well is exactly the same. Ageru (揚げる)means both to fly (in the sense of flying a flag or a kite) and to fry in oil. In a wonderful twist of fate, the example given was a different homonym, tako, meaning both octopus and kite. Consequently, the sentence たこをあげて!Could mean not only, “Go fly a kite!” or “Fry an octopus!” but also “Fry a kite!” and “Fly an Octopus!” I personally find the last the most amusing option. Perhaps this explains a bit why Japanese English learners are so often confused by fly and fry. ; ) I know for a fact that there are many Japanese homonyms we Japanese learners struggle to master. (ie. The pronunciation of hasshi and hasshi)

Here are some pictures of flying octopus to stare at as you ponder the intricacies of human language.




FILE Club's Nokonoshima treasure hunt

Posted on September 05, 2010 | genkijacs

Last weekend, Genki JACS students were invited along to a fantastic FILE Club get together at Nokonoshima where we played games and had delicious grilled food. FILE Club even sent a member to pick us up at the school Sunday morning, and escort us to the ferry port where we sailed to Noko island.
Sam led us all in a few name games to get to know each other, then we were split into teams and sent off to find 7 mystery locations on the island and capture them on film. Finding the exact same shot captured in film on our list of tasks was interesting, but by using the clues and friendly residents on the island, we all made it back in time for BBQ near the port, and burgers, sausages, and vegetables were grilled with fresh fruit and potato crisps.
FILE Club members come from all over the world, and after lunch we spent a few hours chatting and talking with people from various locations, getting to know each other before we played a few last games and did a bit of mental magic. Fabien, Ginie and myself were there from Genki, along with 15 or so members from FILE Club. FILE Club will have another outing in a few weeks time teaching outdoor cooking. Inquire with Sam at File Fukuoka on Facebook, or their website.
Thanks to John from FILE Club for all the pictures

John captured an action shot of the name games.

null Ginie's team plans strategy before hunt begins
Fabien and I looking a bit lost with our team.

and the victors look like they are having fun!
20100906-45060_420446116190_702706190_5247018_5347053_n-150x150.jpgThe Ferry from Nokonoshima