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Teachers

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Head teacher

Kumiko Ono

・Associate degree in Spanish The Dept of Foreign Languages

・Completed all the requirements of Japanese Language Teacher Training Course (above 420 hours)

・The Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test

・Certified Japanese language teacher - Japanese teacher training cooperation

My story

I have been teaching Japanese for over 20 years.
I have taught over 1,300 people. I have taught technical interns, NHK basic English presenters, securities analysts, bankers, business owners, advertising company employees, university faculty and staff members, housewives, etc.

My aim for class

As a Japanese teacher, firstly I try to have fun in our lessons! My lesson plans are designed to reach your desired target, based on your level and lifestyle.
I want to increase your communication.
I would like to continue learning whilst educating and growing as a teacher.

-Biography-

2001-2007 Engaged as a part-time teacher at schools, including a vocational school specializing in foreign technical interns and a Japanese language school mainly for businesspersons from Europe and America.
2008-2009 Established a Japanese language school with a business partner in Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
2013- Established Beppu Language School (BSL) in Beppu, Oita
2015- Started teaching Japanese to faculties at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Oita
2018- Started teaching Japanese to Syrian graduate students under a contract from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
2020- Commissioned by the ASHINAGA Africa Division, currently, in addition to Japanese language education:
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Courses

We provide In person lessons and On line lessons.
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◆ Private lesson ◆

Learn at a pace that suits you.
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3 Benefits of private lessons

① Learn at your own pace(one to one).
② We can clarify your needs then prepare an offer for you.
③ Tailor-made courses for exploring daily life, JLPT or job interview.


◆ Group lesson ◆

Face-to-face / Online 3 to 4 people per class.
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3 Benefits of Group lessons

① You get a variety of perspectives.
② Be motivated toward a common goal.
③ Work together to support each other's learning.


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Conversation courses

Speaking course - what you want to say
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(1)Focus on daily conversation, often useful expressions and grammar.
(2)Learning with an emphasis on speaking and listening.

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1.Starter(N5)

You will start learning greetings, time and simple conversational Japanese for everyday use. You will learn basic grammar in order to make simple sentences in Japanese.


2.Beginner(N4)

You'll be able to say your hopes, ask for permission. Also you can explain about your feelings in depth. The course also touches on some simple keigo (polite expressions).


3.Intermediate(N3)

The goal of this course is to acquire a broad spectrum of vocabulary.
So that you are able to freely use it in copious sentence patterns during conversations. You'll be able to speak about things in general, purely in Japanese.


4.Advanced(N2)

You will be able to understand to some extent newspaper and magazine articles. You will also learn to understand conversations regarding the news. You will learn to discuss articles, on a wide range of topics.


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Schedule

・Starts from: The first week of every month
・Twice a week / 50 min
・24 lessons(3months)

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Text book

・げんき
・まるごと
・文法から学ぶ etc.


2.

Business course

Japanese required for business
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A concentrated course targeted for people who want to work in business in Japan. Learn the etiquette and vernacular of doing business in Japan. You will learn basic formal expressions (basic keigo), setting-specific expressions, in business situations in Japan.

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5.Upper elementary to Intermediate

Learn the minimum communication level and skills required for employment.
Course covers 4 Skills, Speaking - Listening - Reading - Writing.


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Schedule

・Starts from: Feb/April/June/Aug/Oct
・Twice a week / 80min
・8 lessons(a month)

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Text book

・ビジネスのための日本語

etc.


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JLPT Preparation

JLPT Preparation course
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Pass the JLPT and improve your career prospects.
These prep courses are designed to prepare you for everything you encounter on the JLPT. You could achieve a high score in the N2 and N3 test and you can also improve practical skills of Japanese grammar and listening.

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6.N3

JLPT Level: N3 < Kanji: 650 / Vocabulary: 3,750 >
The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree.

Able to read and understand most written materials concerning everyday topics.


7.N2

JLPT Level: N2 < Kanji: 1,000 / Vocabulary: 6,000>
The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree.

Able to read and understand complex written materials in newspapers and magazines.


8.N1

JLPT Level: N1 < Kanji: 2,000 / Vocabulary: 10,000>
The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances.

Able to read writings with logical complexity and/or abstract writings on a variety of topics, such as newspaper editorials and critiques, and comprehend both their structures and contents.
Able to read written materials with profound contents on various topics and follow their narratives as well as understand the intent of the writers comprehensively.


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Schedule

・Starts from: March/August
・Once a week, plus remove learning / 90min
・24 lessons(3months)

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Text book

・日本語総まとめ
・新完全マスター etc.


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Foreign technical interns

Intensive course
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This is a program for technical intern trainees who work in various places.
You will study a course that suits your purpose for as long as you need.

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9. For any level

On your request, we will create a course that suits your purpose.
Please feel free to contact us.


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Schedule

Example
・5days a week, 3hours a day,4weeks
・10days a week, 6 hours a day

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Text book

・まるごと
・いろどり etc.


* If you have any requests , please don't hesitate to get in touch.

ー JLPT N4 preparation

ー Online Intensive Japanese Language Course【Spring and Summer】

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● Small high impact group lessons of 3-4.

● Content focussed on useful day to day conversation.

● Once a month, Meet up with Japanese people.

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Flow to lesson start

We can only accept students who are already in possession of a valid Visa.
We are unfortunately unable to help with visa related issues including issuing, extending, changing or appealing visa decisions. Thank you for your understanding.

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Step1: InquiryPlease contact us with an inquiry form or by email. We will then schedule a time for a interview.

Step2: Interview/Trial lessonIntervew and free trial lesson, around 20 minutes each.

Step3: ApplicationPayment needs to be made by a set date either by bank transfer or in cash.

Step4: StartLessons start.

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Fee

We accept bank transfers or credit card payments.

Private lesson

※Overhead not included / Tax included

※Online lesson 16% off

Valid period In person On line
8 Lessons ・3 months
・60min
54,400 yen
(¥6,800/Unit)
45,600 yen
(¥5,700/Unit)
12 Lessons ・4 months
・60min
79,200 yen
(¥6,600/Unit)
66,000 yen
(¥5,500/Unit)
16 Lessons ・5 months
・60min
104,000 yen
(¥6,500/Unit)
86,400 yen
(¥5,400/Unit)
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Group lesson

Schedule In person On line
Conversation course

what you want to say

・Starts from: The first week of every month
・Twice a week 50 min
・24 lessons(3 months)
61,000 yen
(¥2,500/Unit)
52,800 yen
(¥2,200/Unit)
Business course

Japanese required for business

・Start from: Feb/April/June/Aug/Oct
・Twice a week/ 80 min
・8 lessons (a month)
50,000 yen
(¥6,250/Unit)
42,000 yen
(¥5,250/Unit)
JLPT Preparation

JLPT Preparation course

・Starts from: March/Aug
・Once a week, plus remove learning/90min
・24 lessons(3 months)
72,000 yen
(¥3,000/Unit)
60,000 yen
(¥2,500/Unit)
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The fee will be calculated after the course details have been agreed.

Foreign technical interns

Intensive course

[EXAMPLE]
The fee will be calculated after the course details have been agreed.
・5 days a week, 3 hours a day, 4 weeks
・10 days a week, 6 hours a day
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Schedule

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*You can choose in-person class or online class.

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Classroom

*Free Wi-Fi is available here.

*We are taking thorough counter measures against COVID-19.

*Our classroom has a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

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Students
recommendations

Name:Meg

Nationality:America

Learning Japanese with Kumi is one of my best memories from Japan! I took group and private lessons, and both were beneficial and highly customized to my learning needs. Kumi not only helped me choose textbooks and other study materials but also regularly provided handouts relevant to daily life. I felt like I could bring any question to class to get Kumi’s help; she’ s really personable and so fun.Without Kumi, I would’ve been pretty lost -thank you for everything,Kumi!

Name:Ana

Nationality:Portugal

Passed the N2

Thanks to a recommendation from a friend. Kumi-sensei is friendly and she knows how to choose appropriate textbooks and set appropriate goals for her students. To BLS my learning goals are very important, so thanks to Kumi-sensei I was able to make fast progress while working and even when I had just had a baby. My current goals are to become even more fluent in Japanese.

Name:Mina

Nationality:Egypt

Beppu Language School was a great Japanese learning experience! I would highly recommend this school to any foreigner struggling to learn Japanese, or isn’t too enthusiastic about studying a new language. Kumi san is a great teacher, she knows how to make studying fun. She always modified her teaching strategies according to the particular student, subject matter and learning environment. She isn’t just teaching, but friendly and personal. My target was to learn enough to start a part-time job, and within 3 months, I already got a job. Thanks to BLS I was well prepared for the interview. Don’t hesitate to go, you won’t regret.

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About us

Founded in July 2013, we offer Japanese lessons in small groups, focusing on interactive communication among students.
We have taught over 1,300 students from 46 different countries. From 2015 to 2019, we taught Japanese to foreign lecturers at APU.
In 2018 we were asked by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to teach Japanese to Siriaian PHD students at APU. We have had a contract with Ashinaga Africa initiative to support African students studying in Japan, since 2020.
In 2021, in order to help foreigners integrate into Beppu society, we started teaching simplified Japanese to Japanese people to ease communication between the two groups. To acknowledge this additional aim we have re-established the company and have become, Japanese Compass.
We support you to learn and practice the language, and guide you through every step to reach to the point where you could naturally express yourself in Japanese and enrich your life with it!

Our clients

◆ Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University(APU)
◆ Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA)
◆ Ashinaga Foundation・Ashinaga Africa Initiative

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Japanese
Education

Japanese language education, tailor made for each individual. We will guide learners to convey in their own words, in their own way.

Simplified
Japanese
language

Using different techniques to spread "Easy Japanese" to governments, council administrations, and companies to enable interactions with foreigners that will lead to improved communication.

Supporting
refugees

To teach Japanese language to people who are called refugees in Japan. To educate and support novis (Kakedashi) Japanese language teachers in order to carry on this good work.
Since 2002, we have been involved in technical intern training, and since 2018, we have been involved with people called refugees from Syria and South Sudan.
We were empowered by their positive and strong attitude. Through this project we promote their independence and the independence of new Japanese teachers.

Location

Address

Beppu Bld. 4F
19-10 Motomachi Beppu Oita
874-0944

Business hours

ONLINE9am-10pm

IN PERSON9am-6pm

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*We do not provide support for student visa

Closures

Sun and National holiday

E-mail

For more details, please send us an e-mail

info@nihongocompass.com
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How to get here

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Nearest Station:

Beppu station

10 minutes on foot from Beppu station.

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Nearest bus stop:

Nagarekawa YouMe Town mae

1 minutes on foot from Nagarekawa YouMe Town mae bus stop.

Location

Nihongo Compass is right across YouMe Town

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Contacts

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