I took a Japanese option at university but the level is not very high, so I took advantage of my trip to Japan to take lessons directly on site. I saw that some of the staff were European so it gave me confidence. And I think that I did well to trust them because they immediately understood my needs. The director and the other foreigners of this school are also people who have gone through the learning of Japanese, and they clearly know what they are doing. The teachers are all Japanese and it's really great to learn quickly. We are not dealing with a single teacher, but several, which is great for getting used to different accents and different ways of speaking. In addition the majority of them are rather young (in their thirties) so it was very easy to talk about pop culture with them. I had an absolutely magical stay in Fukuoka and made incredible friends from all over the world. I was able to practice Japanese with native speakers during the activities and language exchanges, and that is what helped me most to speak with confidence.