Bunka Language School

Specializes In Teaching Japanese Language Since 1985
 

 

Elementary 1 Mailing ListWhat Are Our Classes Like?

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Why Bunka?

Why Bunka? Because…

  • Our teachers are all native speakers of Japanese and registered with the Ministry of Education.
  • We have our very own textbook created by our team of teachers with over 35 years of teaching experience condensed into an interractive and contextualized curriculum that is most suited for Singaporeans.
  • The present polite form is introduced together with dictionary form.
  • Explanations of the grammar are in English
  • We have a small class size, with a maximum of 12 people in each class.
  • Hiragana is introduced in Elementary.
  • Students are engaged in role-playing real-life situations as the main character such that speaking, listening writing and reading are all covered.
  • Many visually attractive illustrations make the content easier to remember.
  • The language used closely adheres to daily life.

Hybrid Classroom Format

Ever since COVID-19 happened, the world has changed drastically and Bunka has adapted as well. We have adopted the use of ZOOM to conduct our classes both online and In-Person. This allows you to choose where and how you wish to study – Online or In-person!

Hear What Our Students Think

Mizusaki Sensei

"Sensei injects fun and laughter during lesson, at the same time she is strict to check and ensure we all speak grammatically correct Japanese. Sensei also makes sure we learn the right expressions and mannerism to avoid getting misunderstood by native Japanese.

Sensei’s emphasis to converse naturally well in Japanese is equally important. Enable to write and read Japanese is inadequate indeed.

A very dedicated Sensei with passion. 😘"
- Rosalind LIM

 

I like her cheerfulness n also her teaching. She is a delicated teacher and is very informative. She knows her students strength and weaknesses. She makes the class interesting and I look forward to attend her physical class every week. Thank you.
- Cathy Low

Being in Mizusaki sensei’s world, her explanation and delivery of Japanese language is perfect. She brings her culture as a japanese, plus add on of Singapore “style” which makes it easy and enjoyable to learn/understand.
- Sheryl lee

Sensei is engaging in terms of delivery, challenges us to think on our feet (constantly) and plans the lessons content to help strengthen the areas that we are weak in.
- Cheryl Phua

She's very knowlegeable and explains concepts well with good examples. I enjoy her lessons because I can practice expressing my thoughts in Japanese.
- Karen Lam

Toguchi Sensei

I really like how Toguchi sensei constantly pushes the class to speak Japanese through small conversation about our daily life. And while it's easy to put the same level of expectation on the whole class, I appreciate how she takes into account our comfort and skill level, and pushes each one just a little beyond their comfort zone. She's really bubbly and shares a lot about japanese culture if something comes up in the class' conversation, and also takes a lot of interest in the local Singapore things we mention. That makes classes feel like a very warm place, with laughter and learning about each other, on top of the language.
- Foo Peiying

 

Toguchi Sensei is very friendly and is crystal clear when teaching and explaining things to us during the lesson. She lightens the mood of the class with some jokes making lessons more enjoyable. She also puts enough focus on each and everyone of us, even those joining online, which helps us progress together as a class.
- Hasheer Aslam

 

Toguchi Sensei is very perceptive and understands the strenghts and weaknesses of her students. She encourages interactions which also brightens the mood during lesson and makes the effort to include everyone whenever a question or new learning discovery is raised.
- Lee Yao Hui

Sensei recaps what was taught the previous lesson at the start of every class. She also works on our area of improvement and constantly monitors your progress. Sensei is also friendly and I feel safe and comfortable in her class. 
- Angela

 

Toguchi-sensei has been my sensei since Intermediate level. I always enjoy her bubbly personality and the energy she brings to her classes. She is also very perceptive and always tries to make sure students in the class follow the conversations. 
- Jun Song

S.Suzuki Sensei

Always enthusiastic, makes the learning such a joy and can challenge us without it ever being too much pressure! Both Toguchi Sensei and Suzuki sensei have been fantastic teachers and I’m really excited to keep going with Bunka! Such high quality teachers!
- Joe

 

Very encouraging and full of praises (which is important because there are times we may not give correct answers even though we have learnt it for one year), proactive in coming up with exercises and activities to let us practice the usage
- Michael Lee

S. Suzuki sensei is energetic, fun and engaging. She uses examples which are very easy to understand. She sometimes draws and act so that we can better relate to the differences in certain functions/words/sentence structure that we learned.
- Desmond Kwang

She is cheerful & encouraging during lessons. It is also beneficial that she understand the local culture, colloquial etc to help us understand certain Jap terms which helps us to understand further.
- Tan Yoke Choo

I have been learning from S.Suzuki Sensei from Beginner 1 until current Intermediate 3 and I have so far enjoyed every single lesson with her. A thoughtful teacher who puts thought, fun and humor into how she clarifies our queries and presents examples to us. Her lessons are engaging and she is very patient with everyone in class, always encouraging us to try.
Yen Ling Tan

Yamaguchi Sensei

Sensei is very patient with the students and is very tech savvy. His classes are easy to understand and the way he delivers his classes are excellent as well.
- Melvan

 

His explanation very clear and easy to understand. He also quite a humourous person and he makes the class more lively.
- Catherine Tang

Yamaguchi sensei is a very patient and encouraging teacher. The classes are interesting and engaging 👍🏻
- Anne Quek

Great delivery! Clear, friendly and approachable. Would love to have him as a teacher again 🙂
- Daim Zainudin

He is clear in explanation. Patient and humorous. Not intimidating and approachable
- viola tang

Hatano Sensei

She is very patient with students and make sure we understand every steps in the E1 course. She is funny and keeps the entire 3 hours lively. It was my sincere pleasure to have her as my first Japanese teacher.
- Jihoon

 

She is very friendly and engaging, which helps me understand the language better. Great teacher.
- Berji

Friendly, clear in her teaching. Explains concepts well and ready to answer our questions
- Ooi Hui Ying Sylvia

Teramoto Sensei

She is patient and approachable. I feel at ease in the classroom and look forward to attending class. She makes lessons interesting through pair work and answers our questions readily.
- Sally Poh

She’s very vibrant and warm! very easy to talk to and to ask questions
- nayli rajinah

 

She is very patient in answering our questions during class
- Haslinda

Nakajima Sensei

"Nakajima Sensei is humorous and engages the class well with conversational practise. Everyone gets a chance to speak up and no one is left out. I like that we learn how to apply the words and phrases we learnt in the context of realistic real-life settings. Instead of just marking our homework and returning it back to us, our homework is gone through in class and our mistakes can be corrected on the spot with proper explanations. She speaks really quickly and doesn't really use English to explain, so I had a difficult time at first, but I've adjusted and am now really enjoying my lessons 🙂
- Rachel Yohannan

 

She uses realistic scenarios to provide a better understanding of how we should use Japanese in a conversational manner which I find extremely helpful. She's also very patient in explaining to us key terms which we're unsure about and also throws in very interesting facts about Japan which I've never known about.
- Nicole Yue

I've been taking Nakajima Sensei's lessons since Elementary 1, and I really love her teaching style. Aside from covering the textbook content, she creates opportunities for us to practice speaking on fun topics, and carefully answers any questions we have. She also shares about Japanese culture and makes an effort to remember small things about us (our favourite food, hobbies etc.).
- Lim Qing

Nakajima Sensei makes class a ton of fun. She speaks fast which helps improve our listening comprehension and is patient with us when it takes some time to understand. She cracks a lot of jokes and always makes us laugh. I always enjoy going to class!
- Jordan Hamada

She answers all our questions with enthusiasm, likes to laugh together with students, and is of course extremely proficient in Japanese . She is also very committed to helping us learn and improve our Japanese.
- Eric quek

Takatsuka Sensei

He is effective in teaching grammar points, also humorous and his classes are enjoyable. His video quality and voice quality is good.
- Roger Teo

 

He is receptive to questions, anytime we have questions we won't hesitate to ask. He also include jokes sometimes which makes the class less boring.
- Godwin Choo

"Takatsuka sensei has been a great teacher since elementary 1. He customises his questions to the students so they learn at an appropriate pace and is always patient with us when we don't understand.

He is able to explain the lessons very clearly and gives us appropriate opportunities to practice and ask questions.

He is also funny and makes learning and having classes with him very enjoyable. "
- Yap Jing Yi

Takatsuka sensei is always very patient in answering questions. He makes effort to engage all students in class and also tries to accommodate different skills.
- Wang Bin

Ashida Sensei

Ms Ashida is very sweet, kind, understanding and really really friendly. Super Kawaii! She has gentle vibes which really help me feel confident enough to speak in a language that i am not yet fluent in, though im very concious of my wrong pronounciations etc. her lessons are always very fun and i look forward to them! Also find it very nice of her to share more about herself eg, where she is from and such 😀
- Shafaq Rizwan Khan

 

Ashida Sensei has been very patient and helpful in my Japanese learning journey. There would be times where she wouldn't mind repeating an explanation so that we may get a proper understanding of it and she also tries her best to explain the english equivalent of a Japanese phrase or word for our ease of understanding. She would answer emails regarding my quarries if I were to have any. Overall, I enjoyed my lessons with her as she provides a fun and interactive environment despite it being an online class.
- Jauzan Darwisy Bin Adan

Very kind and patient!
- Lin Yi Xuan Jean

She has a lot of patience in giving examples and explaining to our questions. She is also very creative and professional in her teaching.
- Cindy Lau

Takeuchi Sensei

Sensei Miyoko san is a engaging teacher and I like that she explains the origins of certain words. She also shares with us recommendations, history and culture facts of Japan, making her lessons very interesting and I look forward to it every week.
- Rachel Thong

 

Patience in teaching and making sure we understand. She also does revision for previous Topic to refresh us in the content.
- Yap Chin Hong

Takeuchi Sensei is patient and shares great stories related to class. Love her friendly teaching style and am waiting for her next E3 online class! 🙂
- Teo Danlin

Clear teaching, good pace, fun, very patient and encouraging, obviously care for her students 🙂
- Esther Ng Eet Ming

Detailed and explains well to help us understand the grammer concepts.
- Claris Chong

Isomura Sensei

Isomura Sensei is patient and approachable. She creates a friendly learning environment, making online learning easy and interesting. She also encourages conversation in Japanese and takes time to correct where necessary.
- Jena Tan

 

Ms Isomura is very patient and is willing to answer all questions and explain things in details.
- Xueqi

Kojima Sensei

Kojima Sensei is very patient and nurturing. She explains things very clearly and takes extra effort to guide us without giving us the right answer right away. I really enjoy E1 & E2 classes with her.
- Melanie Lim

 

She is very experienced in both English and Japanese. Especially bunpo explanation in English. We are perfectly understand what she taught. I would say she is the best Sensei I ever had. Thank you so much for teaching us.
- Chui Tack Yin

Sensei emphasizes more on communication skill that makes the class becomes interactive.
- Nur Ain Binti Ismail

Friendly and personable. Also patient when answering the class' doubts.
- Gan Ying Cheng

In the beginning, I thought the online class would not be effective for me. So I thought I would only give it a try. However, as the class progress into the succeeding sessions, I feel that I am learning more and more. I was part of an actual classroom session before the Circuit Breaker and just left with about 4 classes to go because classes got suspended after the 6th class. So I tried to attend from the 1st sessions and I am surprised that I have learned more that what I learned during the classroom session. I can see sensei's writing better using my PC monitor (previously in the classroom, it was difficult to see the whiteboard notes if you are sitting at a bad angle from the whiteboard), I can also ask question to sensei impromptu and easier to hear each other too. On top of all these, I am at the comfort of my own home so I don't really need to travel. This also makes the lesson less stressful because you are not in the actual classroom. I am really interested to enrol in the Elementary 2 class (if you will offer online classes, I will take it as I am still not comfortable being in a group even if CB is lifted). The only feedback I have is that the sessions seem to be too compressed in 1 week -- 3 lessons (3 hours each) in 1 week seem a bit too much. Perhaps maximum of 2 sessions per week will work better. This will give students more time to study and do homework and really digest all the information. Overall, I have a very pleasant experience with our Elem 1 online class. Shinada sensei is also very patient and she makes sure that all her students understand the lesson. I appreciate having her as our sensei and would love to be in her class again for the next level.
Maria Evangeline Aguirre

Very good. Save time on travelling and I prefer to learn at the comfort of my home. Hope there will be online lessons for elementary 2 soon.
Karen Chua

16週間の授業は楽しいです。たかつか先生は親切で面白いです。始めは難しいですが、たくさん学びました。本当にありがとうございましたね、先生!

16 fruitful weeks with Takatsuka-sensei. The PA1 class might have seemed difficult and intimidating at the beginning. Sometimes we did not even understand what sensei was asking. For example, he asked, “I am asking a question and you are…?”After quite a while then only we knew he wanted us to use the passive form and say “I am being asked a question.” But after a few weeks, we found ourselves on track and making progress. Sometimes when we could not answer a question sensei will use his method to help or “push” us while minimising the use of English. I would say a regular revision of intermediate-level grammar would be helpful. Overall, it was a great class!

Also, thank Ms Angelica and admin team. They are informative, helpful and efficient (much better than my previous school’s admin).

Devon Lu

I’ve been studying with Bunka for 2 years now and every lesson has always been fun for me. Japanese is not an easy language to learn but my 先生s never fail to make learning Japanese fun for me and evidently, my classmates too.

Recently, I’ve just joined Mizusaki 先生’s pre-advanced class and although I was intimidated at the start, the following lessons became much more enjoyable as I got used to her teaching style that was geared towards thinking out of the box and being transported to “Mizusaki World”, which I feel is a creative way to learn Japanese.

If you’re pondering over which school to choose out of several Japanese language schools in Singapore, Bunka focuses on conversational Japanese so if you’re seeking to use/ hope to improve your Japanese for communication purposes, Bunka’s the one for you!

Judging from past reviews, everyone has different experiences during their time with Bunka but one advice is to experience it yourself before basing your conclusion on those reviews 

Samantha Toh

I totally enjoyed and learned (although I need more practice 🙂 ongoing online class for elementary 1. Umeda san is a very patient teacher and helpful to students. We hope to have more online classes on weekdays but maybe you put an option of 5 pm onwards as some of us are working from home.
Grace Flores

I really enjoyed the class a lot and Umeda Sensei is a very good teacher. I can't wait to learn from him again.
Shanice Elizabeth Kwok

I wanted to start to learn Japanese as we love everything about Japan and travel there often. As I work from home I preferred a mid week day time course and it took a while for me to find one available.

I started with Elementary 1 in August 2017 and was very fortunate to get Mizusaki Sensei as the teacher. Usually, she only teaches much higher levels but was training some of the newer teachers at a lower level.

I was quite worried about going back to the classroom but I shouldn’t have been. Mizusaki Sensei has a wonderful teaching style, making the whole learning process so relaxed. I never once felt stupid even though at times I struggled and I love the way she cracks jokes which makes you feel so relaxed.

I was lucky that our classmates continued through and got to the end of Intermediary one with the same classmates which made the learning process much easier too.

Unfortunately, I had to leave Singapore at the end of Intermediary 1 but that’s in order to take a year travelling around Japan. With all of the knowledge I’ve learned from Bunka and Mizusaki Sensei, I will go to Japan with basic knowledge and much more confidence to help when I arrive.

I’ll forever be grateful to Bunka and Mizusaki Sensei for this great experience!

Natalie Hodgson

So far I’ve completed Elementary 1. I’m continuing till advanced. I feel the course pace is quite fast, you’ll need to study after every lesson. Also, their method used is highly effective. I can see the patterns in Japanese (especially grammar).

仲村勝郎

Bunka is a good school for people who focus on learning conversation which is really what I am looking for.

It does not have homework which is a pro and cons depending on people. I do not think we can really rely on once a week class to master a language which the school can give tips on how to study outside class.

Telly H Santika

Defo LEGIT as heck. The teachers BLEED Japan!

Winnie Song

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