And another JLPT gone…

Hello everyone,

I hope you succeeded with the JLPT yesterday! Only two months before we get the results, it is going to be hard! The jury is still out on its difficulty, but it seems the N2 and N3 were  harder, whereas the N1 was easier than usual.

Maybe they are trying to balance all the levels with each other? Who knows!

But it is surprising to have 相場 as a question in N1 and 慰める in the N3!

Another 7 months before the next JLPT. Like always, we will do our best to prepare our students for it. More news soon!

Wahaha’s New Year Course

The New Year (お正月) is probably the most important period in Japan.

Before the Meiji restoration, it used to follow the Chinese Lunar Calendar and fall on the same day than the Chinese New Year, until 1873, when in their dash to modernity Meiji officials decided to follow the West’s example and had it celebrated on January 1.

There are so many things to write about the New Year I could just spend weeks on it, but we at Wahaha think it would be even better to make YOU experience it, and this is why we organize a New Year Course from December 18 to January 7.

More infos on our site!

Only one month left before the JLPT!

Hello, how are your JLPT preparations going?

The December JLPT is the hardest to prepare properly for, as it comes right after summer (or so it seems anyway), and there is so much to prepare for! Studying Japanese is like climbing hills, as soon as you reach the top of one you can see a bigger one right in front of you.

I have often met people who assume that having the N1 means that your Japanese is perfect, or at least as close as bilinguism as it can be. But… no. Far from it actually. Probably though, you can just get a glimpse as how big the mountain actually is.

This for me is actually the main point of the JLPT. Just like stations on the Fujisan climbing route, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and a goal that can be achieved in the short-medium term. But do not assume that you will reach the top because you reached the last station!

Right now, we have many students preparing for the JLPT, be it N4 or N1. みんな、頑張ってください!

Roses and Monkeys

Have you been to the Botanical and zoological garden of Fukuoka already? We took advantage of yesterday being a national holiday to go with some students, teachers and volunteers!

It was a bit too early for the roses, who are 2 or 3 weeks away from full bloom, but it was a nice change of setting, and for many of us, the first opportunity to see pineapples and Japanese monkeys. All in all, a very nice day, especially since we were blessed by a wonderful weather!

Cooking Meet-up

Wahaha has changed our meet-up format, we know are doing cooking meet-up, as it gives an even better possibility of exchanging, even for people who are not really talkative!

We started with something simple but very good: okonomiyaki, takoyaki and salada.

We are hoping to up the level next time with Sayuri-sensei, more news soon!