Elissa – Student Story – Japanese Beginner Intensive Course
What brought you to study Japanese in Japan?
I am half-japanese and grew up in America. I recently moved back to Japan to reconnect with my Japanese roots – I will be attending Waseda University to study literature in January and I have 9 months to improve my Japanese and enjoy living life in Japan.
Right now my Japanese level is really spotty – I know things from growing up speaking with my Mom but I am really incomplete in other areas that that I will need for working and studying here.
How did you learn about Coto Japanese Academy?
Visiting some of the other schools with larger class sizes felt very impersonal – with rows and rows of students buried in textbooks – staring at one teacher in the front of the class.
Coto was different – when we toured Coto the staff and students seemed happy to be there and the walk from the train to the school felt safe and accommodating. Other schools seemed a bit sketchy and uncared for – but at Coto it was clean and accommodating.
Why did you choose to Study at Coto?
How long have you been studying at Coto? Has the school matched your expectations?
I have been studying at Coto for 3 months now. The school has more than matched my expectations. I had taken Japanese courses in both high school and at the college level and all of them seemed to teach things that weren’t necessary for me to learn.
I think that the learning style at Coto really suits my needs – but what was also impressive to me was the genuine appreciation that Coto has for Japanese culture. They do not fetishize the more well known aspects of Japanese culture – focusing solely on Anime or Kawaii characters – they show you a side of Japan and Japanese culture that is unique and authentic.
I will definitely be suggesting Coto to my friends!