A Look Back At 2017

2017 is coming to an end in a couple of days. Let’s take a look back on what Bunka has done this year.

Friends of Bunka Night (FOBN)
FOBN is a social event where we connect Bunka students to our Japanese friends. Usually, it takes place twice a year. This year, however, we held it three times instead. When you learn a language, it is important that you make friends with native speakers so that you have more opportunities to practise the language.

The first event was in collaboration with Solo Group LLC from Japan. Bunka students had dinner with a group of Japanese university students who were on a study trip to both Singapore and Malaysia. We arranged some time to eat and interact with them.

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The second event was in collaboration with Single Point Pte Ltd, a Japanese company which places Japanese interns in Singapore-based companies. We held the event at Bari-Uma Ramen restaurant. It is located at Tanglin Shopping Centre, a mere 5-minute walk from Delfi Orchard. For your information, Bari-Uma gives Bunka students up to 30% discount a couple of times in a year. Check the noticeboard in your classroom for updates on their promotions.

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The third event was in collaboration with Intelligence, one the the biggest recruitment companies in Singapore. We were fortunate to have a team of seven recruitment consultants and two of their Japanese friends to join us for the event.

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Career Seminar
Local Japanese speakers are in hot demand now! Also, they can typically earn between $500 to $1000 more depending on their language proficiency. Thus, Bunka collaborated with Intelligence and held two career seminars to let Bunka students know about the job market and hiring trends, dispel some myths about working in Japanese companies and learn how to write proper resumes (both Japanese and English).

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Online Payment Method
Previously, only Elementary 1 students could pay via PayPal or credit card. Since April 2017, this initiative has been extended to all levels. Simply register and pay online so that you do not need to carry too much cash, or make an additional trip to pay over the counter.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Since January 2017, Bunka has been providing free Japanese lessons twice a week to Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped. This is part of Bunka’s CSR to give back to the society. We would like to thank Kato-sensei and Toguchi-sensei who are part of the team to support this effort.





Cultural Events: Behind The Scenes
Bunka is probably the only Japanese language school in Singapore which holds cultural events once every seven weeks. Our teachers worked very hard in ensuring the success of each cultural event. Take a look at how they have prepared for the event.





SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)
Since 2016, all Singaporeans aged 25 and above are given an opening credit of $500 from the Singapore government to learn new skills. All of Bunka’s courses are eligible for SFC.

These are two very important points to take note of:
1. SkillsFuture changed the claim process in May 2017. Funds can only be disbursed to Bunka instead of the individual.
2. Individuals who use SFC should ensure that they attain at least 75% attendance. If not, the credit may be recovered by SkillsFuture.

Do take note of these points if you are using your SkillsFuture credit to pay for classes.

Final Note
Bunka could not have done all these without the support of our students.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt appreciation to our students, past and present, for choosing Bunka. Most importantly, we could not have done it without the hard work and effort put in by our teachers and staff. We would also like to thank all our vendors, partners and friends for their invaluable support.

We hope that more will continue to enjoy learning the Japanese language in 2018. Happy New Year!

The Bunka Team
29th December 2017

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 

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!


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!


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!

Step 1 : Login to your account
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Step 2 : Select the next level
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Step 3 : Select the schedule 
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Step 4 : Register (Please read the T&C first)
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Step 5 : Payment
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Free free to call us at 67373601 if you have any questions.

The Bunka Team
26 April 2017

Intermediate 1 to 4 now available for SkillsFuture Credit funding!


With effect from today, you can use your SkillsFuture Credit for Intermediate 1 to 4 classes. Talk to our Admin team for more information!


For students in Pre-advanced 1 and above, we will be applying for the funding. Let’s hope that it can be approved as well.

The Bunka Team
26th July 2016

What interests you?

Many of our students started to learn the Japanese language for various reasons such as travel, culture, food, job, anime and manga.

Some questions that are always on our minds are as follows: How can we sustain your interest in learning the language? Is there a magic formula? How can we better support your learning needs? Besides classroom lessons, is there anything else that we can do?

Can Bunka be a one-stop information centre for all the questions you might have on Japan? Should we start a student portal where all our students can exchange notes on anything related to Japanese?

Do you have any suggestions? Let us know!


The Bunka Team
29th June 2016

50% Off Gakken Science Kits for Adults (For Bunka Students Only)

For a limited period, Bunka students can get to purchase Gakken Science Kits for Adults at 50% off. Pre-order now! (Stock will arrive in mid-July)

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The Bunka Team
23 June 2016

What you need to know about using SkillsFuture Credit

Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and SkillsFuture conducted an audit check in Bunka recently. For those of you who have been with Bunka long enough, you might notice that there are changes to the attendance marking system. Previously, attendance marking was done by teachers. Right now, students have to sign their attendance when they come for class. This is one major requirement from the audit committee.

In addition, if students were to miss lessons, it is a “MUST” to give us the reason because this is what the audit committee would want to know. Every lesson must be accounted for. Students who do not attain 75% of the total attendance may risk their funding to be recovered by WDA.

In the SkillsFuture portal (http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit), there is a banner highlighting the conduct of audit checks on individuals, training providers and companies. Those who flout the rules will have to face the music. It is important that everyone uses public funds responsibly.

To all our students who are using Skills Connect or Skillsfuture Credit, please remember to sign your attendance and inform your teacher if you are unable to attend the lessons. We appreciate your help in this matter. Thank you for your cooperation.


The Bunka Team
23rd May 2016