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Learn Japanese with the Best: Study Abroad in Japan!

Genki Japanese & Culture School (GenkiJACS) is a Japanese language school that offers students the opportunity to study Japanese language and culture at either of our schools...

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Genki Japanese and Culture School Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

3 week Japanese language vacation in Tokyo

Overall, I enjoyed the experience. They set me up with a great host family and their traditional cultural events were surprisingly enjoyable. Dying fabric indigo and having a tour guide take us through the Zojoji temple were interesting and fun outings.

The classes were well executed, with a focus on internalizing a grammar lesson and vocabulary before progressing to the next lesson. This shows in the use of pictures of situations to illustrate a concept rather than relying on direct English translations. There was a distinct effort to avoid speaking English by the teacher, but the students tended to chat in English. Hard to enforce rules with 30 year old students...

The frequent switching of teachers was an interesting quirk of their teaching style. The teachers seemed to transition fairly well between classes, however, the scheduling was a bit in flux and made it difficult to plan activities outside of school. Essentially there was no syllabus given, so each day's activities were mostly a surprise and one received the schedule the Friday before class. Likely, this is due to their flexible handling of short stays like my own.

As for intensity, the classes were fairly intense but there was basically little to no homework given. Overall, I probably would of enjoyed more course work, but the schedule allowed me to visit a tourist attraction each day after/before school. If you are looking for a more intense option, you might opt for some of the private lessons in addition to the courses.

Program: Learn Japanese with the Best: Study Abroad in Japan!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

Altogether an excellent time: for improving language abilities as well as a personal experience!

Zuerst einmal ist es wichtig, sich bewusst zu machen, dass zwischen Deutschland und Japan große kulturelle Unterschiede bestehen. Vor diesem Hintergrund ist es natürlich nachvollziehbar, dass auch der Unterricht und die Art und Weise der Vermittlung von Wissen in Japan anders abläuft, als ich das aus Deutschland bzw. Europa bisher gewohnt war. Auch wenn dies natürlich nicht den überwiegenden Teil des Unterrichts ausgemacht hat, fand ich es zunächst gewöhnungsbedürftig, teilweise einfach dem Lehrer zusammen mit der Klasse nachzusprechen oder Schriftzeichen mitzuschreiben, während diese an die Tafel gemalt werden. Darüber hinaus empfand ich die Erwartungshaltung an die Disziplin der Schüler doch deutlich größer, als ich es aus Deutschland gewohnt war... Dies war mir zu Beginn für einen in meinem Urlaub absolvierten Sprachkurs teilweise etwas zu viel. Nach einer kurzen Eingewöhnungszeit habe ich mich dann aber von Tag zu Tag immer wohler in der Sprachschule gefühlt. Das Miteinander und die Atmosphäre zwischen Schülern, Angestellten und Lehrern war fantastisch und effektiv. Jeder hat sich bei Rückfragen Zeit genommen, umfänglich auf diese einzugehen und unter den Schülern war es sehr einfach, neue Kontakte zu knüpfen. Ich war zunächst nicht zufrieden mit der mir zugewiesenen Unterkunft, aber auch dieses Problem konnte nach meinen Anmerkungen über die Schule zu meiner Zufriedenheit gelöst werden. Das Nachsprechen hat sich im Nachhinein für das korrekte Erlernen der Aussprache als sinnvoll erwiesen und das Nachzeichnen der Schriftzeichen war und ist wichtig, um die korrekte Rangfolge der Striche zu erlernen und auf Feinheiten und Unsauberkeiten des eigenen Schriftbildes aufmerksam gemacht werden zu können. Nach dem Unterricht besteht fast jeden Nachmittag/Abend die Möglichkeit, sich an kleineren Unternehmungen zu beteiligen, sei es beispielsweise mit japanischen Studenten Okonomiyaki (japanische Pfannkuchen) essen zu gehen oder Nintendo Wii zu spielen. An einem Nationalfeiertag der in meine Unterrichtszeit gefallen war und an dem die Schule deswegen geschlossen blieb, wurde ein schöner Tagesausflug auf den Tokioter Hausberg Takao angeboten. Hier wurden alle Kosten von der Sprachschule übernommen - ein sehr faires Vorgehen für den ausgefallenen Unterricht! In meinen zusätzlich belegten Popkultur-Stunden haben wir u.a. ein Eulencafe sowie ein Katastrophencenter mit Erdbebensimulator besucht, Mangas zeichnen gelernt und eine Einführung in den Schaukampf mit einem Katana erhalten. Insgesamt waren die drei Wochen eine fantastische Erfahrung, die ich nicht missen möchte. Ich komme nächstes Jahr definitiv wieder!

Program: Learn Japanese with the Best: Study Abroad in Japan!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

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  • Cultural Immersion

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  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

Awesome language experience

I attended the one week standard course in July 2017. I was able to take the placement test online before arriving in Japan, which was very convenient for me. The school is very convenient to where I stayed; its central and close to the Metro. The staff were very skillful at placing me at the correct level. One of the best things about my course was the small number of students in the class. The advantage of this was a lot of one-to-one time and small group work. The class moved at a good pace and I never felt overwhelmed by new information and vocabulary because the teachers were very supportive.
I didn't do any of the other activities, but one of the students brought in a glass wind chime she’d made at one of the cultural activities. It was really beautiful, so next time I think it would be worthwhile to enroll for some of these activities as well.
I would like to go back and do another course at GenkiJACS and would recommend this school to my friends.

Program: Learn Japanese with the Best: Study Abroad in Japan!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

A magical experience

I studied at the Genki JACS school in Fukuoka and it was absolutely wonderful. The school is located a few minutes away from Hakata Station and many malls, so there is quick and easy access to many restaurants, shops, and arcades. The classes were taught purely in Japanese, which I found extremely effective because it forced me to figure things out myself and thus make more mental connections to the new things I learned. Genki JACS also offered many different cultural activities, which were very funny and interesting. There were also many opportunities to meet Japanese people and practice my new skills. In fact, I made several friends while I was there.

Program: Learn Japanese with the Best: Study Abroad in Japan!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great language school in Tokyo, Japan

It was my first experience of studying Japanese, but studying foreign languages abroad took the most part of my childhood and early 20's :). Because of my busy schedule I could take only two weeks basic course. Of course 2 weeks is a pretty short time, so I didn't expect much in the beginning. From my previous experience I thought it would be a big classroom with about 30 students, but I was nicely surprised when I saw a small room with only 6 people inside. Lessons are everyday monday-friday 4 hours a day, schedule changes every week, sometimes you start at 9:30 am and finish about 1 pm, so you have a lot of time for shopping, sightseeing and etc. Sometimes you start around 2 pm and finish at 6 , which is nice ( can sleep a little in morning :). As I already said there are only 6-7 people in one class, so each lesson you get a lot of teacher attention ( pretty similar with private lesson). Most of the teachers are cute and skilled ladies with their oqn interstion style of teaching, which makes lessons pretty fun and effective at same time.
As for me, I felt the progress even after 2 weeks :) now I can have a simple conversation with my Japanese friends and business partners .
I will continue study Japanese and for sure I will go back to GENKI JACS :)
P.S. sorry for mistakes, english is not my native language and I forgot pretty much

Program: Learn Japanese with the Best: Study Abroad in Japan!

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