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Let's eat fried shrimp today!
- Nice! Eh? What's that red button for?!
- Just give me 3!
- Wait, 3 WHAT?!
- SECONDS.
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In most Japanese schools "...lunch period is considered as an educational period...". Isn't a great mindset? Learn more about Japanese school's culture!
- "Do you like school lunch?"
- "We love it!"
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The Spring Equinox Day is known as Shunbun no Hi! This is the point where we can finally say goodbye to winter and hello to spring! No more cold days and very soon, we will be able to witness the blossom of Sakura! Do read up our latest blog post to know what Japanese families do on this day!
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In a Japanese open space, somewhere in Tokyo, a foreigner is about to go home. He does not know that he is about to make a mistake...
- I am going home! Bye bye! (ノ≧∀≦)ノ
- ... (´・_・`)
- ... (๑•̌.•̑๑)ˀ̣ˀ̣
- ... ( •̀ω•́ )
Are you working in a Japanese company? Better know the proper greetings to get along with everyone! How do you say goodbye to your colleagues?
Follow us for more Japanese tips at @cotoacademy
Day by day, learn useful Japanese expressions for work. When leaving the office you say "osaki ni shitsureishimasu" in place of "goodbye". Learn more!
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 In order to fully learn a language, it is important to understand native speakers' manners and culture. The Japanese language is no exception and you have probably already learnt a lot about bows or greetings. Do you know what is the polite thing to say when you are in an elevator with Japanese people? Learn more about Japan's etiquette!

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Let's learn about Japanese etiquette! What is "After you" in Japanese? Douzo, o sakini... Master Japanese etiquette and surprise your Japanese friends!
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Have you ever been handed a warm towel when entering a Japanese restaurant? Do you know how to call it in Japanese?







Good job! Called "oshibori", this warm towel is such a good example of Japanese strong sense of hospitality, called "omotenashi".
If you have been to a Japanese restaurant, you might wonder how is called the towel given to you? Oshibori! Learn more about oshibori on our blog!
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At the bank:
- Please apply your hanko here. 
- My... hanko? But, I do not have one...
- Aaah... Well... Goodbye.
In Japan (and other Asian countries), it is traditional practice to use a personal seal called "inkan" or "hanko" instead of a signature for signing documents.
Until recently, even foreigners were asked to do so! You can buy a hanko everywhere... But isn't it cool to make your own?! Would you chose a kanji or would write your name in katakana?
Tips: you will find a Seal Vending Machine at the "don quijote" in Takadanobaba!
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Check our guide on how to say sorry in Japanese and master useful expressions for your everyday life in Japan!
Sumimasen: I'm sorry! In Japanese culture apologies are a very important virtue and one should always be resp...
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Japan 〒102-0072 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Iidabashi, 4 Chome−9 飯田橋4丁目9−4
飯田橋4丁目9−4JPTokyoChiyoda102-0072
+81 3-6261-4515cotoacademy.com
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Saurabh Saharan
in the last week
I joined this school on January 17, but felt on January 19 (2 days later) that it is a bit too far from my home to travel. I thought I could handle the two hour train ride back and forth, but decided that I can't handle it. I asked them I want to cancel my membership. I thought that since I had only joined 2 days ago, they will be understanding and will refund me the fees. However, they were very difficult about it and said I cannot cancel. I In the end they deducted close to 17,000 Yen, out of the 45,000 Yen I had paid them. Be careful with this school. If you signup for a package, be very sure that you want to complete it, as they make it very hard to cancel. I am so disappointed. Everyone has been so nice in Japan so far, and this has left a bad taste. They should have more flexible cancellation policy. I will not recommend them to anyone.
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Quentin Pellerin
4 months ago
Great school! Lessons are really nice in intensive course, no one is left behind. If you're more confortable learning one on one or if you simply don't have time to do 3hrs a day, you can choose the private lessons format. During those you go at your own pace and you choose your schedule. Everyone is really super nice and friendly, while still being professional on the job. Every month the school organizes events where you can meet some new people and have fun, which is awesome! It can be a bit pricy depending on your situation, but it's totally worth it. Loved every minute of my time there and I look forward to going again!
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Abraham Grove
2 months ago
The initial intake interview was efficient. We interviewed each other and I told them what my language goals were. Then we discussed their pricing model which l found reasonable. Afterwards, I took a placement test that covered writing, speech, listening, reading and comprehension. Once the interview and placement tests were completed, we moved forward with developing an action plan. I completed their one month intensive course at the end of September. Throughout the month, the school scheduled various cultural activities which allowed me to be immersed further in the culture while practicing my language skills outside of class. Classes are small (8 students max per class. My class had 7 students) and focused on: 1. Writing (Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana) 2. Speech 3. Listening 4. Reading 5. Comprehension We were tested in each of these categories weekly. Homework was assigned daily with feedback given within the hour after homework was turned in. Once a week the class was divided into smaller teams and assigned hands-on projects that required us to explore the surrounding community in search of items or locations. Because I had to travel for work, I was unable to join the October intensive course. So in place of the October intensive course I enrolled in their online classes. Additional Pros: 1. The staff made an incredible team that was quick to help in anyway possible. 2. Teachers were engaged and well-prepared. They didn't go easy on me or my colleagues. 3. Their location was convenient for me because they were a few blocks away from nightlife, and a block away from the JR line, a grocery store and most importantly a gym. This made it easy for me to get to class, study, eat, work out and meet new people all within the same area. It felt like I was in college again.
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jenetedonneraipas monnom
4 months ago
too expensive for what is it. intensive class is not interesting after one month and too slow. you learn with genki book, but the book can be used alone. in nihongo plus, they give me 3 times , lessons i already did, (6 hour lost) All teacher are not good, and i was lucky , they give me the worst teacher in private lessons for most parts of it. And if you forget a lessons , don t worry , it will be count as used. If you re rich and have lot of money to loose. good adress. for short time, is ok. but not for long time.
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
We're sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience with us. It's our goal to help our students succeed at any level of Japanese, so we work with our students to figure out the best class style and teacher to fit their individual needs. We would be happy to discuss your issues in more detail if you would be willing to contact us offline. You can email us at info@cotoacademy.com and we can talk about some options if you'd like. We value all feedback as it helps us evolve the school for future students. - Coto Language Academy Staff
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Michael Khoo
2 months ago
My experience at Coto Language Academy was simply wonderful. At my age of 67 years old, I was apprehensive in starting school again after so many years out of it, and least of all, a foreign language course. To my pleasant surprise, I was able to assimilate and have fun as well. The motivation was the teaching and administrative staff of Coto. The teachers are extremely well trained and professional. They are very understanding and tolerant. The administrative staff, too, are very warm and helpful. I have made many friends there. After two months of intensive course followed up with some private lessons, I am now able to engage in basic Japanese conversation and finding my away around Japan. Studying at Coto has made my stay in Tokyo very enjoyable, at the same time, very fulfilling. Coto has provided me a constructive reason to come back and continue my study, in addition to enjoying the beautiful country and her culture. Keep up the good work Coto!!
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Fabrice Mongkhoune
4 months ago
After studying 6 months in intensive classes, I could manage to level up from a JLPT N4 level with lot of troubles to express myself during conversation to a N3 level where I could manage to have everyday conversation with my Japanese friends. The focus on conversation and having small classes is great. I could also meet a lot of friends here and I have now a work here in Japan thanks to one of them. I have decided to live in Japan for the time being and giving me capacity to communicate with Japanese people is one thing I will always be thankful for.
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Ghazi Ahmad
2 months ago
When I first came to Japan, I was fortunate enough to have found a Japanese language school that is as great as COTO language academy. They have ticketed all the right boxes, which made it a great school, such as:- 1- a nice, kind and welcoming staff that help new comer to Japan in deciding what they should do before signing up for any of the classes. 2-an excellent collection of textbooks & notes that are given when the student has signed up for any of the classes. These textbooks are perfectly detailed to make it easier for any student to understand. 3- The teachers are very professional and they know exactly how to deliver some course materials depending on each student's ability. And the reason for that is the small classroom of no more than 8 students (which gives it more of a 1 on 1 feel. 4-COTO language academy also has a wide range of events almost every 2 weeks, which teaches students and also non-students about the Japanese culture, from Calligraphy, Sumo, Hanami , Hanabi and so on and on. 5-COTO language academy is located in the centre of where most things happen (e.g. shopping malls, temples. Nice Restaurant etc.) 6- COTO language academy has a work program that allows those who want to work in Japan in whatever major they wish to work in. And with that, they also give free sessions/ seminars that help job seekers in how to make a Japanese resume, what you should do in an interview, and also the work place culture that includes the DOs & DON'Ts. In fact, I am one the first students that have found a job through the COTO work program (I am currently still working there) Of course there are other reasons why I chose COTO over any other schools, however; these are some and NOT all reasons to why I recommend COTO language academy. My experiences have been wonderful, because I get to learn a new language/cultural while also having so much fun doing it.
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Jean Mason
a year ago
I have completed four monthly classes at Coto. After trying every other school in Tokyo I can't recommend Coto enough. My classes were fun, the homework was consistent and my Japanese skills grew before I knew it. The staff are eager to help in any way they can. I enjoyed all the school had to offer for example cooking lessons, nights out, and lunches with the other students. After being at Coto a short time I have introduced many of my friends (and friends kids) to the school and everyone has had a very good experience. Don't waste your time and money on other schools. Coto has the perfect balance of speaking, grammar, vocabulary, and not to mention fun. The 3 hour classes went by very fast.
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