2017 JLPT Preparatory Course Schedules

Planning to take the JLPT Test this coming December? Bunka’s JLPT Prep Courses are here to help you!

JLPT Preparatory Course Schedules 

N4 
Day: Monday
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Commencement Date: 28 August 2017
Duration: 10 weeks
Price: $450

At the N4 level, students should have the ability to read and understand passages on familiar daily topics written in basic vocabulary and kanji, and also be able to listen and comprehend conversations encountered in daily life and generally follow their contents, provided that they are spoken slowly.

 

Try some sample questions here!

 

N3
Day: Tuesday
Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Commencement Date: 22 August 2017
Duration: 13 weeks
Price $590

At the N3 level, students should have the ability to read and understand slightly difficult written materials with specific contents concerning everyday topics, and also be able to listen and comprehend coherent conversations in everyday situations, spoken at near-natural speed, and is generally able to follow their contents as well as grasp the relationships among the people involved.

 

Try some sample questions here!

 

N2
Day: Friday
Time:  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Commencement Date: 4 August 2017
Duration: 13 weeks
Price: $605

At the N2 level, students are expected to read materials written clearly on a variety of topics and comprehend their contents, follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers. Students should also be able to comprehend orally presented materials such as coherent conversations and news reports, spoken at nearly natural speed in everyday situations.

 

 

Try some sample questions here!

 


 

Registration is now open and interested students may contact the school via email (course@bunkalang.com), phone call (67373601) or walk-in to sign up for the courses. taiyo jlpt

ANNOUNCEMENT : Changes to SkillsFuture Credit Claim Procedure

SkillsFuture has announced that from 19th May 2017, SkillsFuture Credit (SFC) will be disbursed directly to only the training provider.

SFCSource : http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit

With this change, please DO NOT make payment via paypal after you registered the course on Bunka’s website. Instead, please email to us at course@bunkalang.com indicating that you want to use your SFC.

Upon receiving the invoice from us, you may then proceed to submit the claim at www.skillsfuture.sg/credit

Please refer to this link for the user guide on skillsfuture credit (individuals)

Thank you.

The Bunka Team
24th May 2017

Online Payment Now Available for ALL Levels!

Dear Students,

Online payment is now available for all levels! Just follow these simple steps to register and make payment for your next level!

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Free free to call us at 67373601 if you have any questions.

The Bunka Team
26 April 2017

Interview with Ms Hasegawa

When we first met Hasegawa-sensei, we thought our hearts would die of an overdose of sweetness. Born in Tokyo, she majored in communication studies and speaks fluently in English. We cannot stop to admire this placid disposition of hers – Hasegawa-sensei, please teach us the ways of levelling up our joshiryoku (女子力 – girl power)!

Why did you choose to work at Bunka?

HS: Because Bunka is in Singapore. I have been wanting to work in Singapore because I wanted to use English to do something or for work. And I like to communicate with people from other countries. Also, Singapore has many races, so it is a good opportunity to work here.

 

What do you do on your day off?

HS: I mostly go to the library to do my work and plan my lessons.

 

What do you miss about Japan?

HS: My niece. My niece is turning 5 years old. She is still little. My mum sends me messages and videos of her and I miss her. (laughs) I don’t stay together with her but I often visit my sister to meet my niece.

 

Where is your current favourite hangout?

HS: I like Bishan. It’s near where I live. There are many shops and a big supermarket so it is a good place to go to forget about work. Just a short trip.

 

What are “Singlish” words you have learnt?

HS: I know “jom”. It’s Manglish. It means “let’s…” something. Jom makan (let’s eat).

 

But that’s not Singlish. (laughs)

HS: Lah, mah, okay lah.

What are your favourite and least favourite local foods?

HS: I like chicken rice. My least favourite… I don’t like durian.

 

Have you ever tried durian?

HS: Yeah, the first bite of fresh durian is good but it gets smelly. The smell isn’t good.

 

How about the texture?

HS: The texture is okay. It’s just like pudding.

 

Of all the countries you have visited, which is your favourite, and why?

HS: Every country was good but I especially like it in the northern part of America. I studied abroad in Oregon and the weather there was very cold. So even in summer, it’s still cool. I like cold weather.

 

What is/are your hobby(ies)?

HS: I like doodling, drawing pictures. Mostly things that look like Taiyou-kun (our school mascot) and other objects.

What will you recommend to people who are planning a visit to Tokyo?

HS: I recommend going to Asakusa. It’s near my house. There are very good souvenir shops. Asakusa is also Muslim-friendly. Muslims can eat ramen there. There’s halal ramen so everybody can enjoy it. It’s very good.

 

You must have experienced some culture shock when you first came to Singapore. Tell us about them!

HS: Not really. Singapore is just like Tokyo. But in the train, people tend to give their seats to old people or pregnant ladies in Singapore. So it’s very good. In Tokyo, people will focus on their phones or sleep; they do not really care about it. Some offer their seats but some elderly reject them. “I’m not so old” like that (laughs). So, people would firstly think, “is it okay to give up the seat or not?” and decide, “okay, I’ll sit”.

What message would you like to leave to students who are currently learning the Japanese language?

HS: People have various reasons to learn Japanese but I hope everybody enjoys themselves and that the lessons connect to their dreams.

Thank you, Hasegawa-sensei, for taking the time to sit down for an interview with us and this lovely drawing of the admin staff!

Interview with Ms Kato

The day before we sat down for an interview with Kato-sensei, we had a stroll in the vicinity of the school. Chancing upon an information board at the edge of a butterfly trail, there was a twinkle in Kato-sensei’s eyes as she asked, “where are the butterflies?” We both looked up and saw one with bright yellow wings fluttering by. “Quick! Take a picture!”

At the sound of her voice, we immediately chased after the butterfly with our camera lens. After we took a satisfactory shot, our heads tilted to the side in amused bewilderment. Weren’t we supposed to take photos of Kato-sensei instead? We turned, and there she was, patiently waiting with a beaming smile.

Why did you choose to work at Bunka?

KA: It’s not that I chose Bunka or Singapore. I was applying for a job abroad and Singapore was the first to reply. (laughs)

 

What do you do on your day off?

KA: I study at home and prepare for my lessons.

 

What do you miss about Japan?

KA: I’m currently doing my best to adapt to the working life here so I do not miss Japan. Adjusting adjusting…

 

Where is your current favourite hangout?

KA: I don’t have a favourite hangout but my favourite place is here at Bunka.

 

What about a cafe or the movies? A place to relax?

KA: I wanted to go to the movies but I have never gone there. But there is a place I want to go to relax: onsen! There’s one in Singapore, do you know where?

 

Could it be the one at Stadium?

KA: Sou sou sou sou! I saw it in a guidebook.

 

It’s expensive, though. (laughs)

KA: It’s probably $30 dollars? But I’d go there to relax. (laughs) It would be a problem if I went there every day. It’s okay if it’s just once.

 

We should think it’s alright to go once every month.

KA: Yes, on pay day!

 

What are “Singlish” words you have learnt so far?

KA: I don’t know any! Singlish? I don’t know Singlish. I only know Japanese.

 

What are your favourite and least favourite local foods?

KA: I am currently finding them. I try everything.

What is your hobby?

KA: I used to cook a lot in Japan but after coming to Singapore, I stopped doing that. A new hobby…

 

What about singing?

KA: Ah! We sang “Doraemon no Uta” in class today! It was a karaoke session. (softly exclaiming) takekoputaa! (laughs)

 

If I remember correctly, the lyrics goes like…

KA: (singing) Konna koto ii na… dekitara ii na… hai! Takekoputaa!

 

Of all the countries you have visited, which is your favourite?

KA: My favourite country? (points her index finger downwards)

 

Here?

KA: Yes.

 

Why is that so?

KA: Although difficult matters might arise at times, the people here are nice. And there’s no winter!

 

Ehhh! Wouldn’t it be nice to have winter in Singapore?

KA: You have to wear a lot of clothes during winter. You’d get tired because it’s heavy.

 

But winter fashion is pretty.

KA: It’s cute, isn’t it? Wearing a cap, a coat and a pair of mufflers. It’s cute, oh, I like boots! Boots are really cute.

 

She pushes her chair back and sticks her leg out to show an imaginary boot. We nod in agreement, feeling a little downcast because wearing boots in this tropical country would mean walking into hellfire. She settles back in her chair, her eyes glowing brightly. We cast away all thoughts of sadness.

Kato-sensei was born in Gifu Prefecture but she spent most of her time in Nagoya. Upon seeing our perturbed faces at the mention of “Gifu”, she explained that it shares borders with seven other prefectures such as Aichi.

 

What will you recommend to people who are planning a visit to Nagoya.

KA: Sightseeing? There’s nothing to see. Industrial. Nagoya is known for cars, so there’s nothing but cars there.

 

You must have experienced some culture shock when you first came to Singapore. Tell us about them!

KA: What is it? People giving up their seats to the elderly in the train. They don’t hesitate. They don’t go, “dōshiyo kana – what should I do?”. “Ojīsan and obāsan have come! Hai!” (stands up). It’s really fast.

 

Is it not like that in Japan?

KA: We would think first. It would take some time before we decide to offer up our seats. But Singaporeans are swift. The moment ojīsan and obāsan come in, (stands up) “hai dōzo!”

What message would you like to leave to students who are currently learning the Japanese language?

KA: (shows a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson from her phone) “That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that ability to perform it has improved.” Never give up! Ganbatte kudasai! I’m here to help!

 

We wind up the interview and exchanged bows. “It was fun,” she chuckled as we rose from our seats. Yes, indeed.

Ms. Nakashima: I visited Pompompurin Café!

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 みなさん、 ポムポムプリンというにほんのキャラクターをしっていますか。 

きいろのかわいい いぬです。 
オーチャードに ポムポムプリンのカフェが あります。 
このまえ そこへいってみました。

 

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ねだんは すこし たかかったけど、 りょうりやのみものが とても かわいかったですよ。 
 

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Q&A with Ms Namba

こんにちは、みなさん!

It’s Ms Namba’s turn! When we hear a classroom bursting out in laughter, we’ll somehow know that the class belongs to Ms Namba. We had a chatty interview with her – check it out below 😀


 

Why did you choose to work at Bunka?

I came to Singapore many years ago on my first overseas trip. I saw Bunka Language School when I was here and thought, “Oh! Kore da! (This is it)”. I wanted to work here.

When I was back in Japan, for a few years I kind of gave up my aspiration to become a Japanese language teacher as I was enjoying my job. Then, one day, while I was job-hunting online, I saw that Bunka was hiring. I decided to give it a try, and now here I am!

What do you do on your day off?

Sometimes I go out for picnics – Botanic Gardens, East Coast Park, Pasir Ris Park, and some reservoirs. Other times I watch movies. I like movies – it’s a good way to start conversations with my students.

What do you miss about Japan?

Sakura. I only really miss Japan during Spring because I have many memories with my friends and families during this season. Like picnics!

Where is your current favourite hangout?

Doko darou (Where could it be)… If I want to shop, it will be Orchard.

Otherwise, it will be Botanic Gardens and Marina Barrage.

What “Singlish” words have you learnt so far?

“Aiya”, “Aiyo”, “Alamak”, “Cincai”, “Die die must go”, “Bojio”, “Aberden”.

I use “bojio” on my students a lot! I like Singapore, so I want to learn more Singlish. Please teach me! When I learn new Singlish words, I will take notes. (haha)

What are your favourite and least favourite local foods?

I like everything. This question is muzukashii (difficult). Maybe… Satay , Bak Kut Teh and Teow Chew Porridge!

I cannot eat mutton though. The smell is too strong. Chilli crab too – it tastes good but is difficult to eat. I’m lazy (haha). The next time I eat Chilli crab, I will bring gloves.

Of all the countries you have visited, which is your favourite, and why?

United Kingdom. I like Beatles, Fish and Chips and beer. I stayed there for a month.

What is/are your hobby(ies)?

I like to eat and drink while being surrounded by nature – in the park, at the beach. I love to shop and cook too. I usually cook Japanese food, like Nikujaga (meat with potatoes), or Oden (something like Yong Tau Fu).

What will you recommend to people who are planning a visit to Himeji?

There’s a temple in the mountains called Shoshazan. It was where Tom Cruise filmed the movie, ‘Last Samurai’. Please visit! But it’s in the mountains, so you will have to climb… It’s a good hiking experience with nice views!

Tell us about some interesting incidents during your stay in Singapore.

Once, I bought a book shelf from Ikea. As the book shelf was quite heavy, I couldn’t carry it. I was contemplating whether or not I should take the taxi. When I was walking home halfway, it started to rain heavily. I was so lost. Then, a  guy asked me if I needed help. I told him my block number and he carried it back for me. It was raining! I was a bit worried because he’s a stranger, but when we were at the elevator, he asked if it was better for me to bring the book shelf up by myself. He was so kind!

Another time, it was raining heavily (again) and I was stuck at the station without an umbrella. A random stranger – a young man – gave me his umbrella. After giving me his umbrella, he turned and ran away. I shouted at him to ask for his address so that I can return him his umbrella, but he just said, “Never mind.” I wanted his number! (hahaha)

This is a culture shock to me because in Japan, the Japanese are quite shy to help strangers.

What message would you like to leave to students who are currently learning the Japanese language?

In my case, I’m still learning the English language everyday. When I first came to Singapore, I couldn’t speak or understand the language at all. I just said, “Yes!”, to everything. I was so frustrated because I am talkative. But now, I can strike conversations with people.

It’s a difficult journey, but please enjoy the progress. It will be part of your memories.

Ms Namba: Tanoshinde kudasai!

Q&A with Ms Saito

Ms Saito
Ms Saito

こんにちは、みなさん!

Ms Saito, who is from Tokyo, has been with us for 2 years. She is always smiling, and has a gently yet lively personality. Read on to find out more about her :)


Why did you choose to work at Bunka?

I wanted to have experience teaching Japanese in an English-speaking Asian country. Since Singapore is a multi-national country, it seems like an interesting place to do that. It was a good timing when I chanced upon Bunka’s advertisement, and I decided to seize the opportunity.

What do you do on your day off?

Recently, I started learning French. I have individual lessons at a coffee shop near my place. It’s an interesting language. I did French when I was in school but since I graduated, I stopped using the language. So, I wanted to start learning again. I want to be able to enjoy watching French movies and talk to my French friends. For the first one and a half years in Bunka, I was busy preparing lessons, but now that it’s getting better, I could start on French again :)

Ms Saito

What do you miss about Japan?

I miss Yakiniku. I also miss Japan’s scenery and the peaceful countryside. I’m from Tokyo, but after my father retired he moved to the countryside and started farming. I miss visiting him at the countryside.

Where is your current favourite hangout?

Raffles Place. It’s the center of Singapore’s economy – there are many office workers from all over the world and I am quite fascinated by that.

What “Singlish” words have you learnt so far?

I didn’t really pick up any Singlish, but the different intonations, the mixture of different languages and dialects are quite interesting to listen to.

Ms Saito

 

What is your favourite local food?

Char Siew Wanton Noodle. Twice or thrice a week, I will buy it from Isetan’s Food Republic. The chef remembers my order and gives me extra spring onions ^^
If you have any good recommendations, please tell me!

How about your least favourite food?

I don’t like Laksa. I don’t like coconut mixed with spices. To me, coconut should be sweet.

Do you have any hobby(ies)?

I love musicals, ballets, movies, etc. Sometimes I attend concerts and shows at MBS and Esplanade. I also like learning about the French culture.

What will you recommend to people who are planning a visit to Tokyo?

Walk around Kagurazaka – it is near Iidabashi. There are many nice restaurants and cafes. It also has a few geishas, and a famous shrine.

Ms Saito

Tell us about one interesting incident during your stay in Singapore.

I went to a local wedding for the first time earlier this month! It was at Fullerton Hotel. I had Bird’s Nest soup for the first time and it was delicious. I felt really happy for my student, and it was a nice surprise when he gave his speech in Japanese. It really touched me.

What message would you like to leave to students who are currently learning the Japanese language?

Try writing about your own stories and experiences in a diary in Japanese. Also, it is good to use more Japanese when speaking even outside of lessons. 

Ms Saito

Ms Saito: Thank you for always studying hard!

 

Q&A with Ms. Nakashima

Hello, everyone :)
Hello, everyone :)

こんにちは、みなさん!

How many if you are Ms Nakashima’s students? This week, it’s her turn for our Q&A 😀 Read on!


Why did you choose to work at Bunka?

I saw the advertisement in a recruiting website. After doing a little research on Bunka, I decided to work here.

What do you do on your day off?

I sleep until noon (haha~). Sometimes I listen to music and surf the web.  I prepare for lessons too.

Time to take a break ~
Time to take a break ~

What do you miss about Japan?

Hot spring (onsen)! And also Japanese shows, like dramas, comedy (Manzai), variety shows, etc. I don’t really watch TV in Singapore…

Where is your current favourite hangout? 

Marina Bay Sands. It’s a beautiful place. I seldom go but the scenery around the place is really beautiful :)

What “Singlish” words have you learnt so far?

“Can? Can!”, and, “Ok lah!” 

Subway for lunch ^^
Subway for lunch ^^

What is your favourite local food?

Chilli Crab, Char Kway Teow, and Chicken Rice.

How about your least favourite food?

Durian cake, but I’m okay with pure durian. Is that weird? (hehe)

What is/are your hobby(ies)?

Eating delicious food… In Japan, I did flower arrangement – the Western style, not Ikebana.

What will you recommend to people who are planning a visit to Kumamoto?

Kumamoto castle and Mount Aso. Whenever I go back to my hometown, I will definitely visit Kokutei Ramen. It’s near Kumamoto Station.

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Tell us about one interesting incident during your stay in Singapore.

I saw someone talking hands-free over the phone, and I was confused whether the person was talking to himself or to me. That was when I first came to Singapore. In Kumamoto, I have never experienced that.

What message would you like to leave to students who are currently learning the Japanese language?

Please enjoy learning the language! Keep learning and don’t give up :)

Thank you for your support! ^^
Thank you for your support! ^^

 

Ms Nakashima: これからもよろしくお願いいたします。

Q&A with Ms. Shinada

Hello! ^^
Hello! ^^

こんにちは、みなさん!

As some of you may have already known, a new teacher has joined Bunka!

Ms Shinada is from Osaka. We had a Q&A session with her – check it out below :)


Why did you choose to work at Bunka?

When I was at Bunka’s website, I found out that Bunka not only teaches the Japanese language, but also holds Japanese cultural events. That fascinated me.

What do you do on your day off?

Cleaning my room, washing clothes and simple cooking. I also prepare for lessons. Yesterday, I went to a book cafe at Clarke Quay. I really liked it!

What should I buy...
What should I buy…

 

What do you miss about Japan?

The four seasons, especially the changing of seasons. I feel that Singapore’s weather is too warm for me.

I also miss the stars in Japan’s skies. In Singapore, you can’t see any stars at night :(

Where is your current favourite hangout?

I don’t have one yet…

What “Singlish” words have you learnt so far?

“Can?” “Can!” “Can~” I have learnt how to use them quite well ^^  

Can I have a tall Iced Vanilla latte please?
Can I have a tall Iced Latte please?

 

What is your favourite local food?

I love both the white and black versions of Hokkien Mee.

How about your least favourite food?

I don’t have one (yet)… I usually bring food to work – steamed rice and ready-made food from supermarkets – and warm them up. Once a week, I buy Dumpling Noodle from Orchard Towers.

Do you have any hobby(ies)?

I love Anime, Manga, J-pop and star-gazing! I really like One Piece, and my favourite character is Sanji ^^

What will you recommend to people who are planning a visit to Osaka?

Universal Studios Japan! Every Summer, there is a One Piece stage show and Sanji’s restaurant. In Autumn, the theme is Halloween, and zombies will walk around scaring people. In Winter, there are Christmas parades and a biiiiig Christmas tree. This Spring, the theme was Shingeki No Kyoujin. I really like Universal Studios! I even have a yearly pass 😀

へへへ~
へへへ~

 

Tell us about one interesting incident during your stay in Singapore.

At Orchard Towers, I wanted to order Dumpling Noodle, but for 3 times, I didn’t get what I ordered. I wanted Dumpling Noodle with soup and chilli. In the end, for 2 times, I got dry noodles with chilli, and 1 time I got soup but without chilli :( I will try again next week.

What message would you like to leave to students who are currently learning the Japanese language?

Please have fun learning the Japanese language with Bunka! がんばりましょう! 

コーヒーを買いました! (I got coffee!) ^^
コーヒーをかいました!
(I got coffee!) ^^

 

Ms Shinada:  よろしくおねがいします。