We teach your JapaNEEDS®

In the heart of one of the most metropolitan parts of Tokyo and worldwide online environment, we facilitate opportunities for diverse and valuable encounters.

Student’s Nationality

The students at ‘We’ are from all around the world. Although the numbers change every year, a large portion of the students come from the United States and Canada. We also have students from European nations such as France, the United Kingdom, and Germany; students from Asia-Pacific countries such as Australia; and students from a number of Asian countries. ‘We’ responds to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, and supports their acculturation through Japanese education, and strives to contribute to a multicultural society.

Student’s Occupation

Students at ‘We’ have a wide range of occupations, and many take time out of their busy work schedules to learn Japanese. With the flexible study system at ‘We,’ students are able to shape their studying around their busy schedules and continue to study at their own pace. Our well-planned curriculum guarantees the achievement of your goals, no matter how busy you are. For students who have finished the intermediate level classes, the Business Course offers the opportunity to learn practical Japanese that can be used in the workplace.

  • Business Person 34%
  • Embassy Staff 20%
  • Homemaker 18%
  • Engineer 12%
  • Teacher 8%
  • Student 3%
  • Other 5%(Doctor, Lawyer, Working Holiday, Child, etc.)

Student’s Language Level

‘We’ caters to students of diverse language levels, from beginners to advanced. With recent trends in Japanese language education, there is an increasing number of students who are intermediate level and above. The number of advanced-level students is increasing too, and many of them opt to study business Japanese so they can learn advanced Japanese that can be applied to their work situations.

Corporate Clients

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Business People

We provide a customized learning approach to fulfill business people’s needs and lessen the barrier of the Japanese language while pursuing their career in Japan.

Mr. Hendrik Aschermann (Germany)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. I started learning Japanese because I felt that some Japanese knowledge would make daily life in Tokyo a lot easier.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. The system of lesson points plus the location in Shibuya.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. I am joining Group, plus private classes.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. Usually in daily life and while traveling in Japan. It’s very useful at restaurants, hotels, and car rental agencies.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. Learning Japanese is hard but rewarding. Keep going!

Ms. Chris Rowley (United States of America)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. Being on a three-year assignment here in Japan, it is important to me to be able to work effectively with my work colleagues, as well as live a full life here. When people don’t speak the same language, it can be an immense barrier to being able to fully contribute to life and work. Even if I can’t speak or communicate perfectly, learning as much as I can about the way Japanese view the world and interpret information helps me be effective with my work and the recommendations that I make.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. To me, flexibility was an important factor and a need for a more customized learning approach. I have been learning Japanese for about 15 years now, and standard classes are no longer very practical. Combine that with having a demanding work schedule, and the We point system approach made sense for me.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. Twice a week, I have lessons with instructors on a 1:1 basis. One instructor focused on reading comprehension and grammar, and the other on listening comprehension. The end goal was to take the Level 1 BJT exam, so questions and lessons were focused on the kinds of questions that would appear in that exam.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. I use Japanese every day – some days more than others, but I use it both privately and professionally. Keigo has always been a weakness for me, so I always try to implement the lessons on using Keigo right away in my daily communication and make sure that I use it regularly. Sometimes my level of Keigo might be a bit off, but the important thing is that I keep it fresh and use it until it becomes a habit.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. Don’t be afraid to try and make mistakes, and most of all, don’t be impatient with yourself! I make thousands of mistakes – with grammar, word choice, clarity, etc. Every day, but the important thing is that I keep trying to communicate and learn and grow along the way. There have been many times over the past year or so where I felt as though I hadn’t made any progress, but I realized that I had improved a lot before I knew it. If I hadn’t kept trying, I never would have made it this far despite my frustrations. And I know that every day, little by little, I will continue to get better because I keep trying, listening carefully to those around me, and pushing myself to try to communicate new and different things.

Mr. Fabio Tanaka (Brazil)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. I have been working in Japan for over two years and started studying Japanese in order to be able to communicate with my customers. Since I work in Sales and Japan is one of our main markets in the Asia Pacific, I have to understand their needs, expectations towards our products and how we can deliver the best solutions to them. Since my grandparents were Japanese, I also wanted to learn more about the culture, history, and habits that defined my family’s values – and consequently, my own values.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. I chose We because We offer the option of private classes customized to my own needs. In my case, first, I study Japanese business and email writing skills and techniques. After that, I decided to take the N2, and now I am studying to take the N1. I only succeeded because the classes could focus on my own needs (increasing vocabulary and emphasis on grammar rules).

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. Nowadays, my classes are basically divided into two sessions: the first one with an emphasis on grammar and the second one on vocabulary. I learn new vocabulary forms every class, and then I practice at home writing small sentences using the forms learned that week. For the vocabulary class, I prestudy some chapters and check the meaning and utilization form of new words with my teacher. I also read news articles indicated by the teacher before every class, and discuss the topic with her, learning new words in order to express my own opinion about the topic.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. Thanks to my Japanese’s improvement, I can currently participate in meetings with my customers and colleagues without using any words in English. Since my business partners can speak in their native language, they are usually more comfortable and open to discussing their business with me, so I have access to more important information than when I arrived in Japan.

It also helps me in my daily life in Japan, clearly understanding the news on the TV, on the internet, and whenever I need to use a service by phone in Japanese.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

As with any other language, your progress will depend 70% on the activities you do outside the class. It would be best if you practiced as often as possible and every day. Watching the news, reading mangas (since the kanjis have hiraganas), talking to your colleagues about your home country, you must find opportunities to practice it. The advertisements inside the trains during your commute to work, the kanjis written in your utility bills, the labels of the products you shop for, anything can be an opportunity to practice your Japanese if you want to.

Choosing the right School

Choosing the right School that understands your needs accelerates the process. We teachers always try to understand your needs and develop a study plan that suits your needs and preferences. The School’s teachers, student partners, and staff also have a strong international background, so they understand how challenging living in Japan could be due to the cultural differences and are very supportive since day one.

Mr. Derek O’Neil (Australia)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. My end intent is to be able to function in society without any language barrier and be comfortable using Japanese both at work and in social settings.

Ultimately, I would like to become as fluent as best I can. Japanese is a great language. It’s such a sophisticated, intricate, and complex language, making it a pleasure to study, so there is also an academic self-indulgence element to learning it.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. Initially, I was first drawn to We due to the Shibuya location, convenient to both my work and home. After the trial lesson, I decided I like the We Team as well, which made it an easy decision to start studying at We.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. I take two classes a week in private tuition. The classes’ focus is a mixture of free format conversation and some structured review of vocabulary and grammar. The intent of the unstructured conversation practice, where we are talking about whatever seems a good topic for the day, is to help me to speak in Japanese, which is what I find to be the most challenging part of learning Japanese.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. I am using Japanese more and more, every day, in work and around town, both to communicate on my own, and – even better – I understand what is going on around me! Japanese has changed from being a series of sounds I could not understand to being able to comprehend the meaning of what people are saying to me, and then being able to talk back! That progress with the language is very satisfying.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. Japanese is a fantastic language to learn. Learning Japanese can seem daunting at first, but with practice and effort, and the rewards of succeeding, it becomes less daunting and a lot of fun. The team at We School has been fantastic in its efforts towards my Japanese study. They have helped me improve from an elementary level of being comfortable in Japanese.

Ms. Poppy Calvert (United Kingdom)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. I eventually want to take the JLPT level 1 and further my career in Japan.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. Initially, I chose We for its convenient central Tokyo location. Still, its excellent and diverse choice of teachers, tailored lesson plans, and friendly atmosphere has kept me there for three years.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. The teachers have consistently worked hard to ensure that I have steadily improved through a mixture of private lessons and group language exchanges.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. With thanks to my teachers at We, I passed the JLPT level 3 in 2014, they are preparing me to take level 2. My teachers have given me the confidence to apply my language skills at work and in Japan’s personal life.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. Learning Japanese has been the best thing I’ve ever done. It has given me valuable insight into a different culture and has revealed new things about my own culture. Have fun with it, practice using it as much as possible, and don’t be scared to make mistakes.

Mr. Andrew Walsh (United States of America)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. My aims to learn Japanese are to become independent as possible and avoid preferential and differential treatment. I want to be treated like anyone else in Japan. To do so, I need to speak appropriately and choose the right words, register, etc.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. My answer to this question is somewhat connected to the first question. When in the first contact with the school staff, I asked them to respond in Japanese, and they did. Based on this, I made my decision to become a student here.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. I take about two classes a week. I would say that about 80 percent of what I bring to the classroom comes from what I do outside the classroom. Along with the other students, I share these experiences in class and learn strategies on how to deal with these situations in Japanese.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. I can’t say how, but nowadays, I seem to have an easier time expressing myself and getting the things I want without offending people. I don’t work for a Japanese company, so I have fewer speaking opportunities than someone who does. Therefore, I try to get into as many “adventures” as possible. The classroom prepares me for these adventures. And vice versa.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. If you decide to take a class, make sure you are ready for that class. This involves having a life outside of the classroom. It would be best if you came to the School with questions and experiences in hand. Also, be prepared to feel foolish. You will make mistakes and say silly things. Make sure you correct these. This is the learning process.

Homemakers

We smoothly transition their lives from their homes to Japan by getting them involved to acquire the Japanese language and culture, truly connecting them with Japan.

Mrs. Leah Cassidy (United Kingdom)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. I moved to Tokyo, having no Japanese at all. I didn’t feel comfortable living here without making an effort to learn the language. I wanted to understand some Japanese and be able to do the basics in everyday life without trying to say it louder, but still in English!

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. I trialed a couple of different companies before deciding on We. I liked the learning format they used and the flexibility that I could have to juggle school holidays and work! Also, the staff is accommodating and patient!

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. I attend a small group session with people in a similar position. I try to review the work I have done before my next session to improve my next class participation.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. I use it most days in the supermarket, to have brief conversations with the cashier, even about the weather! I can direct taxi’s which I was so excited about! I make reservations in restaurants and can sometimes read the menus if there’s not too much kanji!

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. Don’t be scared! It is very rewarding once you learn a few basic things (which will happen in your first lesson at We!!). Learn your hiragana and katakana as soon as you can. It will surprise you how helpful it is in everyday life as well as the classes. Japanese people appreciate that you are making an effort to learn their language.

Mrs. Caroline Ruck  (Germany)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A., generally, I wouldn’t say I like the idea of living in a different country and not making the effort of learning the language. It is key to understand the culture, the people, and to get around. Anyone who has the opportunity to study a new language should use it. Since I grew up in Europe, it always made sense to know a few other languages more than my mother tongue.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. “We” was recommended to me and after searching for language schools online, this one made the best effort. Also I liked the very warm and welcoming atmosphere of the school facilities.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. After finishing a 10-week intensive course, I am now polishing key topics with private lessons.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. Pretty much every day, whether for shopping, in restaurants, getting around, or talking to locals.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. Don’t be tricked by the idea of speaking and reading Japanese within a couple of months. Surely you will learn a lot, especially the most needed things, but it won’t come so naturally to you since it is not related to any European language. Still worth a try! ‘Ganbatte!’

Mrs. Afag Aslanowa (Azerbaijan Republic)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. My goal in learning Japanese was to be able to speak good/proper Japanese, to be able to read in Japanese, and, most importantly, to be able to find a job, as most of the hiring companies require Japanese.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. Before coming to We, I’ve spent a good few weeks researching online and visiting schools I’ve chosen (based on things they offer). After a few long and tiring interviews, I decided We because the atmosphere of the School was nothing like others, including the councilors and teachers.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. I’ve found out about We from the Internet.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. I’m lucky enough to speak Japanese with my family and friends, yet now after a few months in We, I finally understand more Japanese, be it TV, radio or books. I would never imagine myself being able to read, which makes me happy.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. I think for a person to be successful in learning the language, he/she should first fall in love with the language, culture, and country as its whole. The more Japanese you speak, the more you can enjoy your life in Japan, no matter if you’ll use it for a job or making friends. Japan is a wonderful country, and its people love to share their exciting stories, so try to look at it as a passion. In my country, there’s a saying which means ‘one language – one person,’ thus the more languages you speak, the more people you can talk to and learn from. Every country has its philosophy and beauty, and you’ll never get to the depth of it as long as you don’t know the language. Don’t forget to enjoy your path and always speak to people, no matter how good or bad your Japanese is.

Kids & Young Adults

We boost their confidence in communication and enlighten them to grasp the idea of learning Japanese and their identity while living with their family in Japan.

Ms. Nalanda Pant Joshi (Republic of India)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. As a fashion student back in my country, I had always admired Tokyo for its unusual and exciting fashion trends, which triggered my interest to complete my further studies in Japan. My main reason for studying Japanese is to make a place in the university and make a meaningful career in Japan, for this Japanese language is the first milestone to be achieved.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. ‘We’ provides its students the appropriate guidance through time to time counseling. ‘We’ has built my confidence in speaking Japanese not only inside but outside School. Constant support and hard work by the staff members is a unique feature of ‘We.’

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. At ‘We,’ I am given a periodic mini test which judges my Japanese level, and accordingly, my study plan is made. Also, I am being made to take listening tests, which helps a lot.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. Being able to communicate in Japanese has made my life easier. I can convey my ideas to people, make reservations on the phone, and make conversations at the time of shopping.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. My advice would be to put more emphasis on listening in terms of conversations made by the Japanese people, announcements made on the train and of course watching short Japanese serials with English subtitles, doing so will make you familiar with the words and when you study them it becomes easier to grasp. Lastly, try to use Japanese whenever you get the opportunity.

Ms. Lin Yi-yan & Mr. Lee Ming-Wei (Taiwan)

Q. What is your aim to learn Japanese?

A. we aim to enable Grace and Stanley to communicate in Japanese with confidence.

Q. Which aspect drove you to choose ‘We?’

A. The fact that We have classes aimed at kids drove us to choose this School.

Q. How do you learn Japanese at (with) ‘We?’

A. Stanley learned Japanese in a two hours one-on-one class. Grace learned it in a two and a half hour intensive group class. Both of their Japanese improved rapidly through interaction with We Japanese teachers and staff.

Q. How do you make use of the Japanese that you have learned with us?

A. They stayed in Tokyo for a month during summer and effectively used the Japanese they learned in day to day situations immediately.

Q. What is your message to those who plan to start learning Japanese?

A. Japanese isn’t the easiest language, but it isn’t the hardest either. Hold onto your faith in language skills, and you’d like success!

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