Frequently Asked Questions
Q Who created the Akamonkai Beginner courses?
A: The 12-week beginner course were created by Go! Go! Nihon and Akamonkai Japanese Language School as an introduction to the Japanese language and to help students get ready for studying full time in Japan.
Q: How do the online classes work?
A: There are 100s of lessons using video, text files, audio files and more to help you learn easily. For some lessons you could be shown a conversation video, back up grammar slides and a repetition video for you to practice with, other times it might be with an audio file or a downloadable vocabulary sheet. You will see the best materials to help you understand new topics quickly. There are also opportunities for you to create your own videos to share with us so we can check your understanding and progress. We also have a community where you can engage with other students on the same journey as you, ask questions, compare notes and even engage with the course leaders.
Q: How are the beginner classes scheduled?
A: The 12-week beginner course begins when you enroll, with 5 days of lessons being released each week until all the course days are live. We advise you to complete the lessons chronologically but don’t worry if you can not complete them as they are released as once you have bought the course the lessons are available for six months.
Q: Do I need to know some Japanese beforehand?
A: You dont need to know any Japanese before you start the 12-week beginner course. You can start lessons from zero and learn the basics from Hiragana and Katakana. If you already know these then these sections in the course will act as a refresher.
Q: Can anyone take these classes?
A: The courses were designed to help get students ready for full-time studies in Japan, but anyone who would like to learn how to speak in Japanese is welcome to take the courses and will find them a very useful introduction to the language. For those more serious about learning Japanese, the 12-week course will prepare you to take the JLPT N5 exam. Currently, the course is only available in English.
Q: Do I have to show my face when sending video?
A: Whilst it is very important for students to upload videos for us to check their pronunciation, understanding and progress, please note that you don't have to show your face if you don't want to. You can cover it with an emoji, when you record your video, use "pixel mode" or just hide it!
Q: Will I get a certificate for finishing a course?
A: You will get a certificate from the school if you complete either course, but you need to complete 100% of the course in order to receive it.
Q: Do I have to finish the courses in a specific amount of time or keep an attendance rate?
You can only get your course certificate if you complete every lesson, however you have six months to finish the courses.
Q: How do we register?
A: Visit https://japaneseonline.gogonihon.com/pages/akamonkai-beginner-courses and click on the find out more button, here you will see the curriculum and have an option to select buy now, once you click on that button and follow the steps at the checkout.
Q) Will I be able to ask questions to the teachers
A) Yes, you will be able to ask questions and get support from the teachers and the Go! Go! Nihon staff writing in the community.
Q) Will I be able to talk to the teachers live. Will there be a live class?
A) Although you will be able to interact with teachers, Go! Go! Nihon staff and other students through the community, you will not have live classes. The lessons are pre recorded and created to help you learn as quickly as possible using our online platform and allows you to complete lessons at your own pace.
Q) Will I improve also my spoken Japanese?
A) You will have plenty of chances to practice your spoken Japanese. You will listen to video and audio, and be able to practice repeating what is said in the lessons. You will also making your own video to upload which will then be checked by the teachers.
Q: How much do the courses cost?
A: The 12-week course costs ¥99,225, which is about ¥8,279 per week.