Testimonial from David san!

We received testimonial from David san!!

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David Marks: UK.

October 2012.

There are many factors which make me very happy to recommend Wahaha:

1. Your student-led approach. Your first question is always: what do you want to get out of your time at Wahaha? You have the needs of the student in mind, rather than say, how do we fit the student into our structure?

2. The quality of your teaching. I found the standard of teaching very high. I was also struck by your efforts to maintain continuity between teachers.

3. Your hospitality. School didn’t stop at 5.30pm. You were always on hand to support your students and I saw how you helped one of my fellow students who was facing some personal difficulties during his stay. You also devote considerable time and effort to events outside of school and think through what could be of specific interest to individual students. I was a particular beneficiary here – your introduction to the Fukuoka art world led to one of the more extraordinary experiences of my stay.

4. People keep coming back. I met a number of your repeat students, some of whom had been at other schools in Fukuoka and who rated yours much higher.

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Thank you so much, David san!!!!!

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Testimonial from Moritz

Thanks Moritz for writing testimonial!! ( the version with photos are coming later….)

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Moritz Horstmann: Berlin, Germany.

September 2011 – January 2012.

After having decided to go to Japan for on year holding a working-holiday-visa, I also had to choose a city. Due to recommendations from friends and on the internet as well, I decided for Fukuoka, which surely was not a mistake. The city has exactly the right size for me, not being as big as Tokyo, but not missing anything. There are a lot of  cultural festivals and events and night life also shall not be condemned. From Tenjin in downtown everything important is accessible by foot. But sometimes in midsummer it is a little bit too hot.

I decided for WAHAHA due to some reports online and because this school having been most flexible with payment and accommodation. What I read online in advance became true: very small classes with mostly one to three students, encouraged teachers and a very delightful almost familial atmosphere. Besides class there often were interesting jointventures such as trips, dinners, cooking lessons, karaoke and so on.

First, I went to school for 4 months, 3 hours a day having Japanese lessons. Class was very pleasant and varied, because various teachers are alternating  every day. Every teacher has a different style of teaching and focuses on different topics. At least for me it resulted in a very good mixture and due to the small class sizes this school is very flexible relating to adaption to learning speed and previous knowledge.

Concerning accommodation I decided for a shared apartment with a Japanese arranged by school. My roommate was incredibly friendly and helpful and showed me all the important things in Fukuoka. With his help I got to know very many people here in Fukuoka and I spent some festivals with his family in the countryside.

Actually, after school I wanted to start working in a Japanese company as an engineer and maybe stay longer than only one year. School majorly helped me writing resumes, job applications and so on, but in the end finding a job became harder than imagined. Here in Fukuoka the companies which interested me, just were not that good adjusted to foreigners who can’t speak Japanese that good yet. When it became short on money, once again school helped me out and arranged a job as a web-designer for me. Though it was not my dream job, but because Japanese was spoken only within the company, it quite positively affected my learning of speech.

In total I felt very comfortable in this year, majorly found many new friends, got to know Japan very closely and school supported me very good in every matter, even after I didn’t join class any longer.

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Nachdem ich mich entschieden hatte fuer ein Jahr mit einem Working-Holiday-Visum nach Japan zu gehen musste ich mir natuerlich noch eine Stadt auswaehlen. Aufgrund von Empfehlungen von Freunden und auch im Internet fiel die Entscheidung dann fuer Fukuoka, und das war sicher kein Fehler. Die Stadt hat fuer mich genau die richtige Groesse, sie ist nicht so riesig wie Tokyo, aber es fehlt auch an nichts. Es gibt einiges an kulturellen Festen und Veranstaltungen, und auch das Nachtleben ist nicht zu verachten. Von Tenjin im Zentrum kann man alles wichtige auch zu Fuss erreichen. Nur manchmal im Hochsmmer ist es etwas zu warm.

Fuer Wahaha entschied ich mich nach einigen Berichten im Internet, und weil die Schule am flexibelsten mit der Zahlung und Unterkunft war. Was ich vorher im Internet las hat sich auch bewahrheitet: sehr kleine Klassen mit meist ein bis drei Schuelern, engagierte Lehrerund eine sehr eine sehr angenehme, eigentlich schon fast familiaere Atmosphaere. Neben dem Unterrich gib es haeufige interessante Unternehmungen wie Ausfluege, Abendessen, Kochkurse, Karaoke usw.

Ich ging zunaechst fuer 4 Monate taeglich drei Stunden zum Japanischunterricht. Der Unterricht war sehr angenehm und abwechslungsreich, da sich taeglich verschiedene Lehrer beim Unterrichten abwechseln. Jeder Lehrer hat eine etwas andere Herangehensweise und konzentriert sich af etwas andere Themen. Fuer mich ergab sich jedenfalls eine sehr gute Mischung, und durch die kleinen Klassengroessen ist die Schule sehr flexibel was Anpassung an die Lerngeschwindigkeit und Vorkenntnisse angeht.

Zur Unterkunft entschied ich mich fuer die Wohngemeinschaft mit einem Japaner, vermittelt durch die Schule. Mein Mitbewohner war unglaublich freundlich und hilfreich und zeigte mir alle wichtigen Dinge in Fukuoka. Durch ihn habe ich auch eine grosse Menge Leute hier in Fukuoka kennengelernt, und einige Feste verbrachte ich auch bei seiner Familie etwas weiter auf dem Land.

Nach den vier Monaten wollte ich eigentlich hier in Fukuoka in einer Japanischen Firma richtig als Ingenieur anfangen zu arbeiten und vielleicht auch laenger bleiben als das Jahr. Die Schule half mir wahnsinnig weiter beim Bewerbungen Schreiben und Lebenslauf Verfassen etc., allerdings war die Arbeitssuche dann doch schwieriger als gedacht. Hier in Fukuoka sind die Firmen die fuer mich interessant waeren dann doch eher nicht auf Auslaender eingestellt die noch nicht so gut Japanisch koennen. Als es dann langsam etwas knapp mit dem Geld wurde half mir wieder die Schule weiter und vermittelte mir einen Job als Webdesigner. Das war zwar nicht mein Traumjob, aber da in der Firma nur Japanisch gesprochen wurde, wirkte sich das recht Positiv auf mein Sprachenlernen aus.

Insgesamt habe ich mich in dem Jahr hier sehr wohl gefuehlt, ich habe wahnsinnig viele neue Freunde gefunden, Japan von ganz Nah kennengelernt, und die Schule hat mich in allen Belangen sehr gut unterstuetzt, selbst nachdem ich dort nicht mehr zum Unterricht ging.

Testimonial from Sam!

Sam sent us his review about Working Holiday Course!

Thank you Sam!

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Samuel Moss: Auckland, New Zealand.
February 2012 – March 2012.

I came to Fukuoka Japan on a working holiday looking to indulge in Japanese culture and enjoy the experiences of living abroad.
Before coming to Japan I thought to myself, part of the experience of living abroad is to learn the language. Furthermore after I did some research I quickly discovered that finding a job in Japan will be tough especially if my Japanese level was next to zero.
So I began to research Japanese language schools in the Fukuoka area. I found WAHAHA language school and decided to study with WAHAHA for several reasons: firstly they were reasonably priced and slightly cheaper than the other schools I researched, secondly they were located in a very convenient location. Being located in Akasaka they were close to both Tenjin (the main shopping district) and my apartment.
Thirdly and probably the most important for me, was that they had a ‘Working Holiday Program’.
I began studying at WAHAHA as soon as I arrived in Fukuoka and was greeted by a very friendly atmosphere, with friendly and helpful teachers.
The classes were very engaging and although sometimes hard, they were always fun.
In the 6 weeks I studied at WAHAHA I learned more Japanese than I ever imagined.
I enjoyed my experience with WAHAHA completely. They often organised social events for us, from traditional cooking classes to going to a bar or restaurant together. I made many new friends at WAHAHA.
Because of WAHAHA’s friendly atmosphere we became like a family I am welcome at school anytime and even now to this day I still see fellow students and teachers outside of school, even though I graduated already.
The best thing about WAHAHA was that when I joined the “working holiday program” they said they would assist with job finding once I graduated and they came through.
WAHAHA helped me find my current job of teaching English at a Eikawa English school.
They also led me to smaller jobs on the side such as proof reading and Bar tending, by introducing me to the right contacts and recommending me.

Overall my experience at WAHAHA was great, I learnt a lot, made new lifetime friends and found my jobs through them under the “working holiday program”

I would recommend WAHAHA to anyone wanting to come to Japan to study Japanese.

Thank you Kyle san!

Kyle san wrote about WAHAHA on his blog, and he’s kindly allowed us to share his blog here.

He is teaching English here in Japan, and joined our school for one week during Golden week.  He wrote from the day he arrived here in Fukuoka to last day at WAHAHA.

Let’s see how he spent his life here in Fukuoka/WAHAHA.

Here is the link : http://okaerikudamatsu.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/%E8%A5%BF%E6%96%B0%E5%88%9D%E6%97%A5-or-day-one-in-nishijin/

Thank you Kyle san. 🙂

Testimonial from Celine!

Celine sent us her review about Fukuoka, School, and life here in Japan!! Thank you Celine!!

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Hello!

My name is Celine. I’m 26 and very happy with my working holiday in Japan!  I’ve been interested in this country for 10 years so my dream was to live here for a while.  The working holiday visa, which allows young people under 30 to reside for one year, made my dream come true.

I started with a 2-month-tour of Honshu and Shikoku islands before settling down in Fukuoka city on Kyushu island.  I fell in love with this well kept city, where people are warm-hearted and often stop you to kindly enquire about your nationality.  It has original architecture, some nice big parks where one can relax and also many local affordable delicacies such as the “Hakata ramen” noodles which sell for as little as 4 euros.

I spent my first 3 months there studying japanese at WAHAHA language school, not only to be able to express myself in Japanese but also to make friends.

Honestly, this was the key to the success of my working holiday!  This school has a family like atmosphere which made me feel nurtured during the whole length of my stay.  It gave me the support I needed to start living in this city new to me.  Every week, the school organised outings for us to get to know Japanese people and make new friends.  The school also took us to ikebana exhibitions, sumo tournaments, local parades, and festivals such as taiko (traditional drums) festivals.

Wahaha school found an apartment for me, which was only 20 minutes on foot from the sea and also close to the city centre, which is an ideal location to be able to fuly appreciate Fukuoka.  But above all, it was the catalyst that enabled me to find a full time job.  Together we wrote my resume in japanese, then the staff helped me to look for suitable jobs in specialized newspapers.  The school acted as a go tween and a reference, which was fortunate because the company I was interested in didn’t wish to hire foreigners.  After training for my job interview, I eventually got hired!  That’s how I started working as a waitress at a 10 day festival.  I then studied again for a while in order to take the Japanese Level Proficiency Test (Level 3).  Thereafter I rapidly found a full time job with a french restaurant.  The director of WAHAHA School introduced me to the manager while dining there.  Although his previous experiences with french employees were poor, the head chef decided to give me a chance and after a one day trial, I was hired for the whole length of my stay.

I am now working 6 days a week from lunch to dinner.  The staff is very kind an the atmosphere is great.  I get to taste their dishes during my lunch break and they also teach me somewhat less formal japanese.  From the restaurant you can see the ocean; it’s a small haven!

I haven’t decided what I’ll do once I get back to France, but for sure I will be happy to have achieved my dream!  Moreover, since I am in a real working environment, and even it it’s in a restaurant, I have been learning a lot about interpersonal human relationships in Japan.  There is far more to them than the usual cliches found on the internet for example and they may even make us reflect on our own way of thinking and doing things.  For now I’m just enjoying my day to day life, but only when I return home to France will I be able to realize the personal growth I’ve been through over this year.  I will have many reasons to feel pround of having taken up this adventure.

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