I moved to Japan in 2008. After trying to learn Japanese on my own for a year, I wasn’t making much progress, so I looked around for a school. I absolutely hated school when I was a kid so I wanted to avoid the typical classroom situation: buzzing fluorescent light, rows of desks, dusty chalkboards and endless boredom.
These teachers are really skilled at, not only explaining the mechanics of language, but helping you get a feel for it. That’s something that you can’t really get from a book or app.
After looking around, I found a small, friendly school that looked like the kind of place where I could get more personalized lessons that didn’t make me feel like I was in school, if you know what I mean. I had already studied some hiragana, katakana and a little kanji so we were able to skip ahead in the textbook a little bit. These teachers are really skilled at, not only explaining the mechanics of language, but helping you get a feel for it. That’s something that you can’t really get from a book or app.
I took a trial private lesson, and I was hooked. I’ve been attending private classes weekly for a few years now. It’s almost the same price for private vs. classroom lessons so I never felt like I needed to switch to a classroom situation. At some competing schools, the classroom lessons are priced quite a bit higher . . . not that it was a big factor in choosing IPE but it makes private lessons affordable and some weeks I even take an extra lesson. All their teachers are very good at what they do. I never feel like I’m just getting an out-of-the-book lesson. They always manage to make lessons fun. I think when you’re laughing, learning doesn’t feel like work. If you live in Nagoya and the thought of heading back to the classroom fills you with dread, you can’t go wrong with IPE Academy.
I was referred to IPE by a coworker who spoke highly of the teachers here in September 2017. I am working full-time so it was difficult to find a school that had evening classes and could work around your schedule. The flexibility, friendliness and language expertise make IPE one of the best places to learn Japanese in my experience!
IPE is great! My teachers are fun, encouraging and professional. As a result, I want to do well for them. I’m pushed, but not too much. It’s hard work with a good mix of activities and it pays off.
I have been extremely satisfied with my experience at IPE.
The teachers know the grammar, and can explain it simply; they listen attentively, and are patient; they smile a lot, and give encouragement. There is pronunciation, practice-time, and repetition. If you want excellent teachers with a friendly systematic approach, I highly recommend it.