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Lesson1

[Casual Conversation]Inviting a friend to a Home Party

Casual Conversation

You would like to invite an acquaintance to a Home Party. You just met this person for the second time, yet you would like to get to know him/her better. How would you express your intention to him/her? Please pick the most suitable sentence from A to C below.

A.
週末(しゅうまつ)にパーティーをするんですが、もしよければいらっしゃいますか?」
B.
週末(しゅうまつ)にパーティーをするんですが、もしよければ()ますか?」
C.
週末(しゅうまつ)にパーティーをするんですが、もしよければ()ませんか?」
Lesson2

[Business Conversation]Asking a colleague for a favor at the
office

Business Conversation

How would you ask for some time to your Superior at the office, as you have some questions regarding work? Please pick the most suitable sentence from A to C below.

A.
部長(ぶちょう)質問(しつもん)があるのですが、(いま)、お時間(じかん)ちょっと大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)ですか?」
B.
部長(ぶちょう)質問(しつもん)があるのですが、(いま)、お時間(じかん)よろしいですか?」
C.
部長(ぶちょう)質問(しつもん)があるのですが、(いま)、お時間(じかん)もらえますか?」
Lesson3

[Business Conversation]Asking for some time to a Superior
at the office

Business Conversation

You would like to ask your colleague to prepare some documents for a meeting. You know him/her very well in private life too. How would you ask him/her for this favor? Please pick the most suitable sentence from A to C below.

A.
「〇〇さん、(もう)(わけ)ありませんが、来週(らいしゅう)会議(かいぎ)使(つか)資料(しりょう)(つく)っていただけないでしょうか?」
B.
「〇〇さん、(わる)いんだけど、来週(らいしゅう)会議(かいぎ)使(つか)資料(しりょう)(つく)ってよ。」
C.
「〇〇さん、来週(らいしゅう)会議(かいぎ)使(つか)資料(しりょう)(つく)ってもらえるとすごく(たす)かるんだけど。」

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answer
Lesson1 answer:C
Because the person you are talking to is neither a senior nor a person whom you have just met for the first time, it would be too polite to use A「いらっしゃる」. When we compare B the affirmative form 「()ますか?」and C negative forms 「()ませんか」、using the B affirmative form will give an impression that you are talking as a superior.
Lesson2 answer:B なるほど

The other person is your Superior. As you would like to ask some questions which means interrupting him/her from what he/she was doing, it would be better to do it politely.

In A 「(いま)、お時間(じかん)ちょっと大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)ですか?」, indeed 「お」has been put before 「時間(じかん)」which has made it more polite, yet the latter part 「ちょっと大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)ですか?」sounds rather rude.

The 「もらえますか」in C 「お時間(じかん)もらえますか?」is just a normal polite phrase. In this case, as you are talking to a Superior, B「時間(じかん)よろしいですか」would be the most suitable honorific form to use.

Lesson3 answer:C

Even though he/she is your colleague, you know him/her pretty well in private life too. Therefore, A would be too polite.

You might think that B is fine in this case, yet if compared to C, C will sound better to have the other person willingly do a favor for you.

explanation How was it?

As you see, when using words with similar meanings, considering the relationship with the other person and the situation, if we do not choose our words appropriately, what we truly mean will be perceived differently. In some cases, this will even trigger misunderstanding.

Yet, since people within the speaker`s surroundings usually will not point this out to them, most of the times the speaker will not be aware of their mistakes. (They thought it has been clearly implied…)

To be able to deliver your meaning is one thing, to have your thoughts understood by others is another. In Futaba, we will let you be aware about those mismatches. We will carefully guide you to master the nuances and senses of the Japanese Language so that you would be able to have your thoughts carefully understood by the other person.

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Let`s thoroughly improve your Japanese Language from `understandable` to `comprehensible`

  • Foreigners who reside or work in Japan
  • Those who might be able to express their opinion yet find out that being involved in conversations is not an enjoyable thing
  • Those who have been learning Japanese but have no confidence for a conversation in Japanese
  • Those who have no clue why people start laughing when they say any particular words.(due to lack of sensitivity in choosing words)
  • Being afraid to converse in Japanese at work
At Futaba, you will improve your Japanese conversation skill while you are having an enjoyable time with your fellow students.

point1

The thoroughness of improvement of communication in Japanese which pays much attention to GOKAN-The Sense of Language

We emphasize a methodology that promotes understanding the slight differences in words. The purpose is for you to have a better understanding on how the Japanese perceive different situations so that you will be able to naturally decide which word is more appropriate to choose to express your thoughts and feelings.

point2

A thorough practice guidance in private or semi-private classes (max.4 students)

Language-learning to the level that thoughts and feelings are well understood by others is hard to achieve by one-way communication teaching method. Therefore, to ensure that students are getting the chance for active conversations, we limit the maximum number of students to four.

point3

Making friends at the Futaba Café or events held by Futaba

Students are always welcome at school to practice conversations even on days when they have no lessons. Moreover, we have many activities related to Japanese Culture such as Japanese Calligraphy, and we also regularly hold many enjoyable events to give students a chance to get in touch with the other students and Japanese people.

point4

Taught by experienced Japanese Language Teachers

Lessons are conducted by experienced teachers who have passed strict examinations in “Teaching Japanese to Foreigners”.

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Lessons are mainly Private and Semi-Private.Therefore, they can be started any time.

We provide various levels from Introductory to Business Level. On each level we focus on Gokan so that you would be able to communicate in Japanese to the level that the other individual can understand your thoughts and feelings.

For those who would like to improve their conversation skill while having an enjoyable time with the other classmates

Semi-Private Lesson

Japanese Level: Introductory ~ Business Level

Semi-Private Lesson scene

A small group of 2-4 students. Because it is semi-private with a small group of students, you will have many chances to practice Japanese conversation. At the same time you will have a chance to make some friends who have about the same level of Japanese, so that you can improve your Japanese ability while having an enjoyable time with your classmates.

The advantages of a Semi-Private Lesson

  1. Low-cost Lesson Fee
  2. A chance of making some new friends
  3. You can always make comparisons about your Japanese with the other classmates while at the same time learn from each other; so that it is easier to keep your learning motivation.

The disadvantages of a Semi-Private Lesson

  1. The schedule is decided by the school
  2. The chance to speak is slightly less than in the Private Lessons.
Lesson Fee
Duration per lessonNumber of lessonsFeeExpiration
60 minutes1 lesson4,500 YenOn the day
10 lessons

35,000 Yen

(3,500Yen/lesson)

6 months
20 lessons

60,000 Yen

(3,000Yen/lesson)

12 months

For those who want to set their own goals in improving their Japanese ability

Private Lesson

Japanese Level: Introductory ~ Business level

Private Lesson scene

One-on-one classes. The lesson content can be adjusted according to your needs and your Japanese level and you can learn the Japanese language in your own pace. We can guide you in improving your Japanese level according to your goals through individual lessons.

The Advantages of a Private Lesson

  1. The lesson schedule is considerably flexible
  2. The content of the lessons can be order-made
  3. More chances to speak
  4. You may have up to two lessons in one day

The Disadvantages of a Private Lesson

  1. The lesson fee is rather high due to the three reasons above
  2. As there is no classmates, you have nobody to compare your Japanese ability with and there is a small possibility that you may lose your learning motivation.
Lesson Fee
Duration per lessonNumber of lessonsFeeExpiration
45 minutes1 lesson5,000 YenOn the day
10 lessons

45,000 Yen

(4,500Yen/lesson)

6 months
20 lessons

80,000 Yen

(4,000Yen/lesson)

12 months
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To master GOKAN or the Sense of the Japanese Language is not a piece of cake. Therefore, it is important to learn the nuances from the very start in the Introductory Level or Basic Level. By learning the Japanese Language, which puts attention on GOKAN from the very basic level, you will be able to master the Japanese Language more naturally just like the natives.

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