one of our regular student

Posted on October 31, 2012 | Aiko

This week we had a lot of students who had studied Japanese with GenkiJACS before.
We are very glad to know that they continue studying Japanese after they went back to their countries.

There is one student who studied 6 times with us, came back, too.

He always brings his friends with him and this time wasn't exception.

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The bigger one is called "Knuddel" and the smaller one is called "Moppel'cheu".
This is also their 7th time back in GenkiJACS.

こんかいも、GenkiJACSで楽しくべんきょうしてくだいね。


Working in Fukuoka

Posted on October 24, 2012 | Aiko

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This is Jon-san who studies with us last year and came back to Genki for the second time this year.
He started learning from hiragana, which means he didn't speak a word of Japanese.

After having studied Japanese for a little more than 6 months at GenkiJACS, his Japanese improved so much that he got the job in Fukuoka!!

It is very nice to see the students not only studying but also working in Fukuoka.

Jon-san, 仕事がんばってね。





Interview with Genki Japanese School students

Posted on October 22, 2012 | evankirby

We have an interview today with two current Genki Japanese School students. The interview is in Japanese, so do your best!

Genki Japanese school students

私:今日は、まゆみ先生と何を勉強しましたか。
インゴ:「~てよかった」と「~てくれてありがとう」。
シャルロット:それに「敬語」も勉強しています。
私:そうですか。じゃあ、「「~てよかった」を使って文を作ってみて。
インゴ:GenkiJACSに来てよかったです。
シャルロット:笑。もちろん!!
        私は、ここで友達がたくさんできてよかったです。

私:まゆみ先生はどんな先生ですか。
シャルロット:とても優しくておもしろい先生です。一緒にたくさん笑いますよ。

私:敬語の勉強はどうですか。
インゴ:敬語は難しいけど、とても大切だし、便利だと思います。

「2人だからクラスの中でたくさん話すチャンスがあっていい!」
と言っていました。

Work+Baby=possible!

Posted on October 21, 2012 | evankirby

We'll be having lots of blog posts from other staff at Genki Japanese School in the near future. To start it off, here's one from our office manager, Mai-san:

Maddie and Mai at Genki Japanese

It has been 6 months since I came back to work after taking 10 months of maternity leave!
Wow, time flies so fast! My boss and co-workers welcomed me back to work with love and care!
My bosses let me bring my daughter Madison to work with me every day. Teachers, staff and students
play with her and take care of her. She is so lucky to be around so many wonderful people.

Going back to work with A BABY was a big concern, but Genki Japanese School made me feel less worried and better.

Many thanks to GenkiJACS for giving me this great opportunity to work full-time with my baby daughter.
Thank you to my boss, teachers, and Japanese students for your support.
I am blessed to meet and help people from all over the world. I look forward to meeting more people
and helping their study at Genki Japanese Language School and their stay in Fukuoka memorable!

Online Japanese lessons from the US government

Posted on October 15, 2012 | evankirby

The US government has a large database of practical Japanese lessons online that can be useful for all Japanese learners. These are offered through the Defense Language Institute's Foreign Language Center. These free Japanese classes all focus on understanding real-world materials, including text, audio and video. They can be a great way to practice your Japanese language skills before you visit a Japanese language school!
95 Japanese lessons are available here for free.
To access them, select "Japanese", then choose the level. A warning, though: as these classes are all based on real-world materials, they're not suitable for beginners. Even the Japanese lessons listed as level 1 are quite advanced, using intermediate-level vocabulary.

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Use US financial aid to study Japanese with GenkiJACS

Posted on October 11, 2012 | evankirby

Genki Japanese School is affiliated with a major university in the US, and any eligible Americans can receive academic credit towards a degree by studying with us. But even better: if you are eligible for US financial aid, you can use this financial aid to pay for your study! Details are on our Japanese study for US University Students page.

You don't have to be currently studying at a US university to apply - even if you have just graduated high school and not yet applied for a university, you might be eligible! You would enroll in our partner university for a single semester, and they will send your academic credit to you after you finish studying Japanese with us. You of course don't need to actually go to our partner university - we arrange all of the details. It's very easy!
The cost of studying Japanese in Japan is often about the same as studying at a university, although of course it has the advantage of being in Japan! And being able to apply for financial aid to study Japanese makes the whole process a lot more affordable. This might be your chance to come to your new favorite Japanese school!

GenkiJACS intro videos from the US air force

Posted on October 09, 2012 | evankirby

We're privileged to have personnel from the US armed forces study Japanese with us as part of their language proficiency programs. The US government places students in only programs of the highest quality, so being selected for those programs is a great mark of pride for us.

The most recent students to visit Genki Japanese School had part of their study filmed for internal promotion videos, which have now been posted to Youtube for all to see. These videos are a great way to get to know what life at GenkiJACS is like, and especially what it's like learning Japanese language with us!

Video 1:


Video 2:


Come see what the US government has already found out: Genki Japanese School is the best place to learn Japanese!

New Japanese Cultural Experience classes

Posted on October 01, 2012 | evankirby

We're always improving our Japanese Plus Traditional Culture course, to try to introduce students to the best of Japanese culture while they learn Japanese. From this month, we're adding three new cultural activities to our lineup:

- Japanese sword-fighting. Yes, really! How cool is that??
- Japanese wrapping
- Japanese dance

We hope students will enjoy doing these as much as we enjoyed planning and arranging them, and we'll post pictures after they've been run. Hopefully we'll all survive the sword-fighting class...