what is the most effective way to learn Japanese I’ve only ever studied through teaching myself and having conversations with friends and colleagues but I often wonder what life would have been like an alternate reality had I’d gone to a Japanese language school or today we’re gonna find out language skills are one of the most popular pathways into living and working in Japan and yet I’ve never set foot in one today though we’re gonna go into a school join the classes and understand how the environment and the techniques lead the students towards language proficiency and hopefully along the way I’ll try not to embarrass myself that’s optimistic now obviously one of the most daunting aspects of doing anything in Japan is the paperwork and this video is a collaboration with Japan’s largest language school a granade Xin gogo Nihon a fantastic free service that helps you decide which school is perfect for you and assist you on every step of the journey from choosing a school and filling in the nightmarish visa documents to sorting out your accommodation from the moment you arrive in the country normally this is the bit where I’m supposed to offer you some kind of 20% discount calm because it’s free Gogarty Han is actually supported by the language skills themselves across the country as it means they get more students and gogo Nihon can focus on encouraging people to come to Japan and fulfill their dreams of mastering the language you can find the link to their site in the description box below and a special thanks to gogo Nihon for gaining us access inside of school today right then let’s go and see what a Japanese language school is like [Music] so this is the language school that go only Han set me up with is either a big language school chain across all Japan I chose this one because it’s conveniently in the middle of Tokyo I’m here for the whole day they’re gonna be teaching me Japanese I’m gonna sit in on the classes and be one of the students so wish me luck here it goes first time for me with 1,300 students from 50 countries this is one of the largest Japanese language skills in all of Tokyo students are separated into 40 classes of varying proficiency from beginner and intermediate through to advanced learners because I’m so brilliant and sneekly I’ve decided to jump in on a beginners class I’ve been very clever I’ve chosen the beginner class so hopefully I can look like the best kid the kid that’s learned everything the kid that knows what they’re doing something I never was when I was at school myself this is the library traditional Japanese book antiques and their prices all in English don’t know why that’s there it’s pretty cool selection obviously one of the best ways to learn Japanese nice to do it myself is just reading manga comics this is detective conan one of those popular ones oh yeah we’ve hit the mother lode Harry Potter in Japanese javi Papa how do you our wizard avail but how do we do our Samoyed it’s now he’s dying no miss this is probably be quite difficult Peter II [Music] some of my class is starting okay get going Japanese language skills use the full immersion study method whereby the teacher only ever uses Japanese in the classroom in the early stages they communicate using simple expressions and phrases and gradually raise their level as the students progress as many students come to study with the hope of landing a job in Japan this method helps to accelerate proficiency in the language and enable them to hit the ground running when they find work in a Japanese company and as the new kid in the class it’s a good excuse for everyone to introduce themselves with the standard Chico next it was my turn the suffice to say my nerd send a YouTube thank you it was the perfect self introduction except I’ve begun to say my name [Music] hi the way nobody must attend the Marcel human a kimono ananda stop cute on you [Music] this is this is Brian there’s no bit nervous could we just turn up with loads of cameras and start filming his day day so we’re doing we’re doing like a bit of role play at the moment practicing for a speech contest roleplay what textbook yeah this is the second this is pretty popular quite daunting I remember when I started that in Japanese six years ago I got this I couldn’t understand anything his relays of kanji characters right and no enough pictures some talk I need some Christmas fun yeah mother came at him I said most coming up sir Timothy dis yo hi very much done in a moment that reminds me of why I was always such a bad student it turned out we’d actually read the wrong bit as I hadn’t been listening to the teacher I had completely blown it fortunately though I was able to blame it all on brother some take I need sample pseudocode oka you master huh yeah like you might be myself what’s coming well something like this you must my attempts to shine failed once again when I was asked to define ever heard of it turned out the phrase I’m if you did she cut the model menu what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger but in my case it felt more like what I didn’t know made me feel more stupid the next stage was listening in comprehension by now you can probably guess who got to read it all cheering constant similar how to write a masquerade to see more urea so do steamers get COV Tomoki obeah go me no-hitters go me write small watashiwa steamers since you know kids gob no bands Amara go me auntie kya come in no heat attack 20 master oku ha kya is so good kara kimi stated to a hill yeah you wanna cut what is your kick not eat give anakata dr. dr. Ramo diplomatist oh my master similar sorry collar attached to her she knows him but there’s no calm or my sin and I put our sincere advice you can cast a misled or second caste Mosca goomy ah so there could be some my story there kenka to master net having failed to impress my classmates with my lackluster skills I sneak into a neighboring beginner class for some listening and writing practice we’re doing some writing – now and actually struggling order I’d like these days right I don’t even ball I just write on my phone it’s up nicely daffodil de Conde tried learning Japanese is if you stop writing my easily need to start to just forget everything so you really need to practice think that’s why in Japan people still use a lot of paper as opposed to using computers and things because otherwise they’re going to forget their 2,200 kanji characters that you need to use in everyday life in Japan [Music] so closer the skill of about 15 students they’re all from different countries around the world it’s quite multicultural which is pretty cool I know people I know that comes language skills end up having friends from all around the world but I’m there does tuition fees can often put a lot of potential students off going to language skills so I asked one of the teachers if there’s more to the skill than just being in the classroom what else can a student actually expect we know Katya got me got to do good to you koto God Tiffany who Monica curry till you know DeCordova math nanny you so Canada’s net so not that yo it show Nico fixing dinner study sohcahtoa you in this name so she God cannot teach gonna be on choc ice no City no the sole custody Tina got a massive heave economist carried away by Johanna could today is a carotid deductive attacks an immersive yes-mo mnemonic staticky Nene home with a key because you’re sad about history Katara not yogic Sega turista time this Gator mo na dou by dou desuka I thought you know not oka xoconostle photos ya know hon tony is shiva told media they didn’t see photosystem what you must see so the course is over went pretty well went pretty well and didn’t both go according to plan there was one phrase I didn’t know which was something to do with the calm after the storm I’ve never heard that and that made me look bad my knowledge has got those of gaps in it because I was just not the greatest teacher when it came to teaching myself how to do Japanese better not gonna lie I’m a little bit envious people begin to study in this environment to study Japanese one thing that really stood out to me there was the atmosphere of the classroom I remember when I was a teacher there’s always classes he dreaded going it’s um you’re really excited about the class I was it was really fun everyone seemed to be friends everyone got on really well it’s we being the glass we’ve seen how it works I’d like to hear a bit more about the stories of the students themselves so let’s go and ask them what led them to come to study Japanese ever since I was a little kid I’ve always wanted to live here and be here I have always kind of wanted to come back to Japan when I was younger I actually did live in Japan and on a military base I was a kid though and then I wanted to come back and be here as an adult the speed at which I’ve learned Japanese in this period of time I think I would not have I would not be at this level trying to teach myself further on my own just kind of take the chance cuz I feel like if you don’t your little look back at it later in life and wish you could have done it I’ve done things I would never thought I would do in my life before for about the last 10 years I’ve been traveling back and forth to Japan just as a tourist and during that time I’ve met a lot of people I’ve become good friends or some of them I wanted to be able to talk to them in their language I knew I wanted to come to Tokyo with your own you can sort it up by the city and I go whoo anyone had a bunch of options at first and I applied to one and then they they actually said yeah you know these are these are better for your options because you want to live in Japan and and so then they recommended three other schools and I might chose out of those after arriving in Japan actually did help me a lot I would say especially with setting up a SIM card and as far as getting like bank cards in Japan because that can be really difficult so I think it really helps with me getting settled in my speaking and listening has improved a lot since coming here I think it’s definitely coming to a little bit north did the whole version you definitely feel like you pick up more of the language because they’re constantly using it all the time the stuff I’ve learned in class I’ve been able to literally go out and use it right away and a lot of instances sometimes it can be a bit fast you really need to keep on the bowl like with your studies when your homework if you fall behind or you decide that you don’t want to don’t want to do for the next two days like it really makes you struggle in class if this is something that you’ve been wanting to do like just go for it go for six months if you don’t like it come back do something different but if you do like it you can keep continuing with it best advice is just go for it I would recommend it to anybody get out of your comfort zone and just go for it do it yeah only have so much time to do so much stuff and if you really want to do something just go and do it or else you end up putting it off and putting it off and putting it off and up telling you thirty so that was it that was my daily life at a Japanese language school went pretty well I think I think I held my own the weight we felt was the beginners class so set the bar pretty low for myself but if you’re somebody who is interested in coming to Japan and learning Japanese hopefully this video helped push you over the edge you know just list into the students that was the message they all had do check out gogo Nihon they are the biggest website for language schools in Japan hopefully you can find exactly what you’re looking for whether it’s Tokyo Kyoto Osaka Fukuoka no matter where you want to be there is a school out there just for you they even help you find accommodation and settle in after your arrival and given accommodation will be scarce in the coming year due to the 2020 Olympics that support will be just as invaluable as choosing your school be sure to take advantage of gogo knee Hans fantastic services on the first step of your journey towards mastering the language if anything today reminded me that I’ve got a lot of work to do with my Japanese the last few years I haven’t been studying and I should have been because I enjoy it I really do enjoy it just don’t make the time for it for some reason anyway for now though guys that’s all as always may be thanks for watching and I’ll see you right back here on the borne Japan shouts do it all over again next time have a good 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