Genki Japanese School in Fukuoka, Japan

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Travel to Fukuoka to learn Japanese! Genki's Fukuoka school offers programs that help improve language skills and understand the Japanese culture. Students can choose courses in conversation, pop culture, traditional culture, and more. In between classes, Fukuoka provides opportunities to explore the city's art, architecture, shopping and cuisine. Immerse yourself in Japan's culture and deepen your language skills today! Student visas are available for long-term programs.

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Carlos
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Yes, I recommend this program

1 Year Course; My experience

If you want to satisfy that wish you've always had to travel, that want to connect with people other than your own, and that desire to leave behind all worries and focus on developing something lasting and useful for yourself and your future, then this is the 1 year experience for you. GenkiJACS's 1 year course made all this possible. The support and teaching that they offer is intimate, personalized and always innovative, making sure that you have the time and experience of your life. The school's small size makes everything feel connected and family-like; you get to know everyone! The teachers and classes are so fun, I always looked forward to school, always excited to learn. The field trips, movie days, eat outs and language exchanges we had before Covid19 were an amazing part too and I'm sure they'll be back once the pandemic is over.
And to be honest, I miss school already hahaha.
GenkiJacs will forever be a wonderful memory.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to develop a good plan and self study methods to supplement your program.
Things I wish I'd known about studying since the very beginning and would advice:
1. Podcasts. Begin listening to podcasts since the very beginning for listening practice (Nihongo con Teppei Beginners Level and Intermediate Levels are good available podcasts). It is a really underrated form of practice and study. Don't worry if you can't make out the words. Listen to it multiple times, look up new words, ask Japanese friends for help.
2. Wanikani. Begin Kanji practice with WaniKani app. Knowing were or how to start learning and practicing Kanji can be frustrating, I get it. I would switch methods, do books, etc. I found about this app through a friend, and will never look back. Do yourself a favor and simplify your life by just sticking to one thing for Kanji practice. This is all you need to learning to read Kanji. (And for writing, I kept a Japanese diary.)
3. For speaking, just speak it everywhere you can. Your classmates might want to slack during breaktime. Screw them, keep speaking. Attend language exchanges. Hang out with Japanese speaking friends. Stay at a sharehouse. Speak it!
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