About our school
- Are our teachers qualified?
Yes, all our teachers have completed at least 420 hours of training or degree in teaching Japanese, and most bring years of teaching experience. We believe that having a qualification means our teachers have the necessary special knowledge for teaching Japanese.
- Where is Japaneasy located?
We are located in the Melbourne CBD, at Level 1, 152 Little Lonsdale St. The location is super convenient and we also have a library and waiting/study area where you can relax and hangout before and after lessons. You can find a map here.
- What are advantages of learning at Japaneasy?
We pride ourselves on the fun and friendly atmosphere, hard working teachers and the good support network. Checkout this short video to find out more.
About our courses
- What kind of course / lessons do you have?
We offer 3 types of group lessons (focussing on general language, JLPT or conversation), as well as private lessons and Tuition. We also offer kids lessons and a teachers training course.
- Which course should I take?
The general group course is our most popular course, but it really depends on your individual needs. Our courses page provides a breakdown of the different lesson types. You can always get in touch to ask for advice, we are happy to help find the most suitable course for you. All our lessons can be tailored, so let us know of requests you may have.
- What will I learn in lessons? Is there a course syllabus?
Each section, from beginners to advanced, is split into 6 levels. You can the syllabus and more information on each specific level here.
- What teaching method(s) do you use?
You will learn Japanese in 日本語 (Japanese). We believe that for most this is the most effective and quickest way to learn. Our lessons reflect Japanese social conditions and everyday life, as if you were actually living in Japan. As with all our lessons we will cater to any specific requests you may have.
- Can I use English in lessons?
We encourage that Japanese be the main language used in classes, however we not enforce any rules stating that you cannot ask questions or confirm things in English. We understand that there are situations where it is necessary or appropriate to use English. We encourage students to make the most of the opportunity to speak in Japanese and build their confidence.
- How long is each term?
8 weeks (16 hours) for group lessons. Private lessons are flexible so students may choose to continue studying during the term break.
- What are group lessons like?
It is fun to learn with others, you learn from your classmates, and you get the opportunity to speak a lot in classes. The atmosphere is generally relaxed, cozy and friendly.
- What are private lessons like?
You can earn your own pace, bring any material you like and customise your lesson schedule (For changes, you only need to inform us at least two working days prior to the lesson).
- What are conversation lessons like?
We focus on situational conversation related to work and life in Japan. This class is for people who are not confident in speaking, want to brush up, or are looking for opportunities to speak Japanese. Some students take this class as a combination with the general group class or private lessons.
- Is there a Japanese business course?
Yes, please contact us as each syllabus is tailored according to your needs. You can find more information here.
- Do you teach offsite or corporate lessons?
Yes, our teachers can conduct group or private lessons at your school, workplace or home. You can find more information here or contact us for a quote.
- Is there a JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) course?
Yes, check out our group lessons. We also conduct mock tests for all levels. About 80% of our students pass the JLPT exam every year.
- What is a summer intensive course?
Courses range from 2-3 weeks and cater to various levels. They are also good for people who want to review courses they have taken in the past.
- Do I have to learn Japanese reading and writing?
In our general and JLPT group lessons, reading and writing is part of the curriculum. Conversation lessons do not focus on reading or writing but a certain amount of reading ability is necessary to understand the course materials. For private lessons it is completely up to you.
- Is there homework or tests?
Unfortunately, yes! We believe homework is an essential part of the course and helps with information retention. Tests are conducted at the end of each term to determine your progress. For formal certification, students take the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) which is held on the first Sunday of December every year.
- How long will it take to be able to speak to Japanese friends?
Usually after one term, you will be able to talk about yourself and ask basic questions about others. After the 2nd and 3rd term you will be able express opinions, needs and desires.
- Will I learn Japanese culture and customs in lessons?
Of course! We believe this an important aspect in lessons and being able to effectively communicate with Japanese people. We take every opportunity to introduce you to our culture and customs both in and outside of lessons. We also have a great range of culture workshops to supplement your lessons.
- Do you do home tutoring?
Yes! We normally ask that you come to our school to register, create a lesson plan and also for the first lesson. Checkout this page for more information.
- I work shifts, can I take lessons at different times every week?
If you cannot commit to a fixed schedule, private lessons are our most flexible option for you. If you prefer to take group lessons, you may be able to switch to other time slots depending on vacancies.
About enrolment & fees
- How can I enrol in Japaneasy language school? Is there any enrolment fee?
Each course page will have an option to enrol. If you are unsure of your level or cannot find a time slot that works for you please get in touch with us. There is no enrolment fee for any of our Japanese language courses.
- When and how should I pay?
You can pay in person, via bank transfer, or credit card using our secure payment form.
- Is there any cancellation fee?
For group courses, your course fees will be refunded minus a $55 administrative fee. We cannot issue a refund if you cancel within 4 working days before the term starts. For private lessons, if you cancel at least 2 working days in advanced, you will be able to reschedule the lesson to a future date. If the cancellation is within 1 working day before the lesson, the lesson fee cannot be refunded. Please note that our working hours are 11:00-7:00pm, Mondays to Saturdays.
- Can I have lessons on public holidays and Sundays?
Closed on public holidays, but you could have lessons on Sun if a teacher is available.
Once your lessons start
- Can I change my course in the middle of term?
We will try to accomodate changes if you notify us after your first lesson. Generally we do not accept changes in the middle of a term.
- Can I join lessons in the middle of term?
Yes, as long as there is a vacancy and your level is suitable for the group. You may need private lessons to catch up with the group (to cover certain areas or chapters).
- Can I stop lessons in the middle of term?
For group lessons, your fees are non refundable once the term has started. For private lessons you may defer your lessons to a later date.
- What should I do if I miss a lesson during term?
If you miss the lesson, we provide catch up lessons at a rate of $33.00 per hour. Weekdays after 5:30pm as well as Saturdays are $38.50 per hour. All prices include GST.
- Is learning Japanese hard?
No! Japanese has much fewer phonetics than most other languages and it is a highly structured language, making it easier to pick up just by knowing a few rules. Most find it easier than they initially expected. After your first lesson, you will already be able to introduce yourself!
- I have not learnt Japanese before, so I am worried if I can learn Japanese IN Japanese?
That is no problem! Teachers use many visual aids and gestures to help you slowly adjust to a 100% Japanese environment.
- Can I get a certificate when I finish the course?
In order to receive formal certification, you will need to take the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
- How often do you have parties or events?
Season parties are held 3 or 4 times per year. Language exchanges are held weekly on Fridays. Our biggest event of the year is the Japan Art and Culture Festival.
- Are there any chances to meet Japanese people?
Our selection of cultural workshops as well as school events provide plenty of opportunities for you to meet and practice with native speakers.
- Can you help me to find a job in Japan?
We can teach you methods for finding jobs and write references for you about your linguistic abilities. We have strong network with many people in Japan, so there may be an opportunity perfect for you!
- My friend is into Japanese, is there any good gift?
We have gift vouchers valid for any course starting from $50. It is great birthday gift, Christmas surprise and even a wedding present (if your friend is getting married to a Japanese partner!).
- What is the JLPT?
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is run by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services. In Melbourne it is held on the first Sunday of December every year. There are 5 levels with N1 being the highest and N5 being the lowest, and is the most highly regarded test of language ability in Japan. University entrance generally requires an N3 or N2, and companies often require anything up to N1. We offer specialised group lessons for each level.