We Japanese Language School in Shibuya Tokyo Japanese Language School

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We provide a customized learning approach to fulfill business people’s needs and lessen the barrier of Japanese language while pursuing their career in Japan.

Client’s Stories

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Mr. Hendrik Aschermann (Germany)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?
A. I started learning Japanese because I felt that some knowledge in Japanese would the daily life in Tokyo a lot easier.

Q. Which aspect drove you choose ‘We?’
A. The system of lesson points plus the location in Shibuya.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’
A. Group lessons, plus private lessons.

Q. How do you make use of Japanese that you have learned with us?
A. Usually in daily life and while travelling in Japan.It’s very useful in Restaurants, Hotels and Car Rental Agencies.

Q. Please give your message to who plans to start learning Japanese!
A. Learning Japanese is hard, but rewarding. Keep going!

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Ms. Chris Rowley (United States of America)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?
A. Being on a three-year assignment here to Japan, it is important to me to be able to work effectively with my work colleagues, as well as live a full life here. When people don’t speak the same language, it can be an immense barrier to being able to fully contribute to life and work. Even if I can’t speak or communicate perfectly, learning as much as I can about the way Japanese view the world and interpret information helps me be able to be effective with my work and the recommendations that I make.

Q. Which aspect drove you choose ‘We?’
A. To me, flexibility was an important factor, as well as a need for a more customized learning approach. I have been learning Japanese for about 15 years now, and standard classes are no longer very effective for me. Combine that with having a demanding work schedule, and the We point system approach made sense for me.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’
A. Twice a week I have lessons with instructors on a 1:1 basis. One instructor focused on reading comprehension and grammar, and the other on listening comprehension. The end goal was to take the Level 1 BJT exam, so questions and lessons were focused on the kinds of questions that would appear in that exam.

Q. How do you make use of Japanese that you have learned with us?
A. I use Japanese every day – some days more than others, but I use it both privately and professionally. Keigo has always been a weakness for me, so I always try to implement the lessons on using Keigo right away in my daily communication and try to make sure that I use it regularly. Sometimes my level of Keigo might be a bit off, but the important thing is that I keep it fresh and use it until it becomes habit.

Q. Please give your message to who plans to start learning Japanese!
A. Don’t be afraid to try and make mistakes, and most of all don’t be impatient with yourself! I make thousands of mistakes – with grammar, word choice, clarity, etc. – every day, but the important things is that I keep trying to communicate and along the way learn and grow. There have been many times over the past year or so where I felt as though I hadn’t made any progress, but before I knew it, I realized that I had improved a lot.  If I hadn’t kept trying, despite my frustrations, I never would have made it this far. And I know that every day, little by little, I will continue to get better because I keep trying, listening carefully to those around me, and pushing myself to try to communicate new and different things.

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Mr. Fabio Tanaka (Brazil)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?
A. I have been working in Japan for over two years and started studying Japanese in order to be able to communicate with my customers. Since I work on Sales and Japan is one of our main markets in Asia Pacific, I have to understand their needs, expectations towards our products and how we can deliver the best solutions to them. Since my grandparents were Japanese, I also wanted to learn more about the culture, history and habits that defined my family’s values – and consequently my own values.

Q. Which aspect drove you choose ‘We?’
A. I chose We because We offers the option of private classes, customized to my own needs. In my case, first I studies Japanese business and email writing skills and techniques. After that, I decided to take the N2 and now I am studying to take the N1. I only succeeded because the classes could focus on my own needs (increasing vocabulary and emphasis on grammar rules).

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’
A. Nowadays, my classes are basically divided in two sessions: the first one with emphasis in grammar and the second one in vocabulary. I learn new vocabulary forms every class and then I practice at home writing small sentences using the forms learned that week. For the vocabulary class, I prestudy some chapters and check the meaning and utilization form of the new words with my teacher. I also read news articles indicated by the teacher before every class and discuss the topic with her, learning new words in order to express my own opinion about the topic.

Q. How do you make use of Japanese that you have learned with us?
A. Thanks to the improvement of my Japanese, I can currently participate in meetings with my customers and colleagues without using any words in English. Since my business partners can speak in their own native language, they are usually more comfortable and opened to discuss about their business with me so, consequently, I have access to more important information than when I arrived in Japan.

It also helps in me in my daily life in Japan, clearly understanding the news on the TV, on the internet and whenever I need to use a service by phone in Japanese.

Q. Please give your message to who plans to start learning Japanese!
As with any other language, your progress will depend 70% on the activities you do outside the class. You must practice as often as possible and every day. Watching the news, reading mangas (since the kanjis have hiraganas), talking about to your colleagues about your home country, you must the find opportunities to practice it. The advertisements inside the trains during your commute to work, the kanjis written in your utilities bills, the labels of the products you shop, anything can be an opportunity to practice your Japanese if you really want to.

Choosing the right school that understands your needs definitely accelerates the process. The We teachers always try to understand your needs and develop a study plan that suits your needs and preferences. The schools teachers, students partners and staff also have strong international background so they understand how challenging living in Japan could be due to the cultural differences and are very supportive very supportive since day one.

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Mr. Derek O’Neil (Australia)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?
A. My end intent is to be able to function in society without any language barrier, to be comfortable using Japanese both at work as well as in social settings.

Ultimately, I would like to become as fluent as best I can.   Japanese is a great language, its such a sophisticated, intricate, and complex language, making it a pleasure to study, so there is also an academic self-indulgence element to learning it.

Q. Which aspect drove you choose ‘We?’
A. Initially, I was first drawn to We due to the the Shibuya location, convenient to both my work and home. After the trial lesson, I decided I really like the We Team as well, so that made it an easy decision to start studying at We.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’
A. I take two classes a week in private tuition. The focus of the classes is a mixture of free format conversation, as well as some structured review of vocabulary and grammar. The intent of the unstructured conversation practice, where we are talking about whatever seems a good topic for the day, is to help me to talk in Japanese, which is what I find to be the hardest part of learning Japanese.

Q. How do you make use of Japanese that you have learned with us?
A. I am using Japanese more and more, every day, in work and around town, both to communicate on my own, and – even better – I actually understand what is going on around me! For me, Japanese has changed from being a series of sounds I could not understand, to being able to comprehend the meaning of what people are saying to me, and then being able to talk back! That progress with the language is very satisfying.

Q. Please give your message to who plans to start learning Japanese!
A. Japanese is a fantastic language to learn. Learning Japanese can seem daunting at first, but with practice and effort, and the rewards of succeeding, it becomes less daunting and a lot of fun. The team at We School have been fantastic in their efforts towards my Japanese study, they have helped me improve from a very basic level to being comfortable in Japanese.

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Ms. Poppy Calvert (United Kingdom)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?
A. I eventually want to take the JLPT level 1, and further my career in Japan.

Q. Which aspect drove you choose ‘We?’
A. Initially I chose We for its convenient central Tokyo location, but its excellent and diverse choice of teachers, tailored lesson plans and friendly atmosphere has kept me there for 3 years now.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’
A. The teachers have consistently worked hard to ensure that I have steadily improved, through a mixture of private lessons, and group language exchanges.

Q. How do you make use of Japanese that you have learned with us?
A. With thanks to my teachers at We, I passed the JLPT level 3 in 2014 and this year they are preparing me to take level 2. My teachers have given me the confidence to apply my language skills at work and in my personal life in Japan.

Q. Please give your message to who plans to start learning Japanese!
A. Learning Japanese has been the best thing I’ve ever done. It has given me valuable insight into a different culture and has revealed new things about my own culture. Have fun with it, practice using it as much as possible and don’t be scared to make mistakes.

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Mr. Andrew Walsh (United States of America)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?
A. My aims in learning Japanese are to become independent as possible, and to avoid preferential and differential treatment. I want to be treated like anyone else in Japan. In order to do so I need to speak properly and choose the right words, register, etc.

Q. Which aspect drove you choose ‘We?’
A. My answer to this question is somewhat connected to the first question. When in first contact with the school staff, I asked them to respond in Japanese. And, they did. Based on this, I made my decision to become a student here.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’
A. I take about 2 classes a week. I would say that about 80 percent of what I bring to the classroom comes from what I do outside the classroom. I, along with the other students, share these experiences in class and I can learn strategies on how to deal with these situation in Japanese.

Q. How do you make use of Japanese that you have learned with us?
A. I can’t really say how but nowadays I seem to have an easier time expressing myself and getting the things I want without offending people. I don’t work for a Japanese company so I have fewer speaking opportunities than someone who does. Therefore, I try to get into as many “adventures” as possible. The classroom prepares me for these adventures. And vice versa.

Q. Please give your message to who plans to start learning Japanese!
A. If you decide to take a class, make sure you are ready for that class. This involves having a life outside of the classroom. You should come to the classroom with questions and experiences in hand. Also, be prepared to feel foolish. You will make mistakes and say silly things. Make sure you correct these. This is the learning process.

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