Hello, my name is Sebastian from Austria and I’m 21 years old. I stayed in Fukuoka for about 5 months and 2 at WAHAHA?I really enjoyed my time here and I’m already planning on coming back during the summer. Fukuoka itself is a really good city to live in, one could compare it to Munich. The size, restaurants, bars and Izakaya (Japanese Bar) are wonderful. Also the teachers were highly professional and made learning Japanese almost easy. In addition, the school events were affordable and enjoyable.
Today is my last day at WAHAHA. And I’m not happy about leaving. I studied for the period of 5 weeks and really felt like I made progress compared to that of other Japanese language schools. The teachers enabled me to learn at my own pace. We used different materials so it never got boring. And not only the school did the school satisfy me, but I also fell in love with Fukuoka. Every Friday there was a party at school and sometimes we traveled to other prefectures like Miyazaki.
Nadja, 20, Austria
I'm an American student who has tried various methods of mastering the Japanese language. I have self-studied, as well as going to other Japanese language schools. I found the method used at WAHAHA to be the most effective of them all. I felt like I received ample attention, which allowed me to continue my studies not only effectively but also in good time. I would highly reccommend WAHAHA to any kind of Japanese-language students. I found that other schools focused mainly on begginning students, and short-term ones, where as WAHAHA caters to students of all levels and lengths of study. The class sizes are kept small for maximum teacher-student attention, and the staff is more than wonderful. I found every single teacher at WAHAHA to not only be very skilled in teaching the finer points of the Japanese language, but also having the ability to teach in a focused, yet fun way. These people really take learning seriously, you will not find one minute of yours wasted. As I continue my language study beyond that of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test level two, I will definitely continue that study with WAHAHA. The friendships you will make with the teachers as well as the students are ones that you will be able to keep throughout your entire stay in Japan, no matter how long it may be, and you will always be sure that you have friends to come back to in Japan.
Edward Fancher - U.S.A.
I was staying in Fukuoka and at WAHAHA for only a month, but I wished I could have stayed longer. The city is just about the perfect size, obviously being a lot smaller and calmer than Tokyo, but definitely not too small as to become a boring place. You will always find new stuff to explore and alternatively you can simply stick to some favorite places of yours, like some great bars where you can meet friendly Japanese as well as people from all over the world. People seem to be more open than in Tokyo anyway. And don’t get me started on Hakata Ramen and the other places in Kyushu you can visit, like Dazaifu and Yanagawa! But I’m gonna get started on WAHAHA, which really blew my expectations to smithereens. I came there anxiously, not knowing what would await me, but then I soon came to realize that EVERYBODY at WAHAHA including Junko-sensei (the owner) is so nice and caring and willing to take care of your personal learning needs that returning to school every day was like going over to friends or to a third family, which brings me to my second family: The host family. I can only recommend realizing the chance of living in a Japanese family for your stay, as it is obviously perfectly complementing your time at school and as people in Fukuoka tend to be very nice and open once you’ve managed to get in contact.
Classes at Wahaha are kept rather small so you don’t feel like having to consider other students’ needs or skills all the time, but you get to communicate a lot with the various teachers and whenever you have any questions, there is no need whatsoever not to ask them right away…or later – just as you wish. They’re always willing to help out, even if it’s just because you’re as stupid as me, not being able to find the way to school on the second day.
I spent my first summer at WAHAHA Japanese Language School in 2009. I took an intensive beginner course (group and private lessons) which I enjoyed very much. Although I've been in Japan 3 years, I was struggling with Japanese and felt bad about my lack of progress. The classes and teachers were excellent with a nice mix of key grammar points and conversation that have helped me greatly in my everyday life. The atmosphere at WAHAHA was always warm, friendly and helpful and teachers were always willing to answer questions outside of class too...A big plus for me! 'WAHAHA' extra-curricular activities were also lots of fun...eg., day trips, parties in fantastic Fukuoka City and delicious food everywhere. I'm very grateful to WAHAHA for giving me the confidence and the motivation to continue my Japanese study in a more consistent manner. I'm looking forward to returning this summer.
I'm happy to recommend 'WAHAHA' to anyone who seriously wants to improve their Japanese.
When I first heard about WAHAHA, I was excited and ready to further my Japanese language skills while having a good time in Japan. I was impressed with the school's curriculum and the hands-on approach that allows students to work at their own pace. The teachers were all very helpful and I was determined to understand everything I was learning.
It was fun to meet students from around the world and to get to know them outside of the classroom at special events. It was a good break from all the studying and nice to just relax and enjoy my time in Japan.
When our son Kevin surprised us by announcing that he would be taking intensive Japanese language instruction at WAHAHA, we were very pleased and excited that he had chosen to spend his college winter break furthering his knowledge of Japanese surrounded by the people and culture of Japan. We had the usual parents' concerns that our son would be living overseas by himself for the first time: Where would he be be living? How would he get back and forth to the school? Would this be a safe and enjoyable experience for him? We need not have worried at all.
WAHAHA Director Junko Maekawa and the school staff took a personal interest in making sure that we were comfortable with Kevin's decision to study in Fukuoka, meeting with Kevin before the weekend classes were to begin to get him settled in his dorm room and showing him how to navigate the subway system. Soon, Kevin was showing newly arrived students around. We were particularly impressed with the care and attention shown Kevin throughout his stay by everyone associated with WAHAHA. Our trust in Director Maekawa and the WAHAHA staff was well placed. We were also proud to learn that Kevin was chosen to represent the school in a local television program highlighting the many wonderful attributes of Fukuoka. He had a fun and rewarding experience at WAHAHA with the staff and his fellow students. This is a wonderful program offered by caring people who are generous with their time inside and out of the classroom.
Alan & Patti Lowcher, Washington, New Jersey, United States of America
Hi! I'm from Zurich, Switzerland. At 41, I'm a bit older than most of the students (and teachers) ;-) I'm learning Japanese for fun, not for a job or for studies. I've been studying at a different School in twice Fukuoka before and tried WAHAHA last year as an alternative and because I've become friends with the WAHAHA staff on my earlier trips. For me a language school must be two things - it must be a place where I really feel I'm learning something in the time I spent there and it must be fun (coming here is a holiday, not work). WAHAHA is both, and more. Staying with WAHAHA you get learning, events, day trips, friends and you feel like part of the family.
Where other schools offer very strict learning plans according to a set syllabus WAHAHA is extremely flexible. I had some requests on what I wanted to study and we did exactly that - and the teachers came up with related topics that went well with the day's lessons. I had exclusive 1:1 lessons with a number of teachers - in contrast to other schools where you inadvertently end up in classes of 10 or more students. There is no better way of learning than having a good teacher really focus on your personal needs. Where other schools discourage teachers and students to mingle too much, the teachers and staff at WAHAHA encourage activities after school or would show me good restaurants and hidden coffee shops for lunch or take me on the road on the weekends. WAHAHA is a great place for getting to know Japanese people and getting glimpses of the real life in Japan. If you're open for it you can be part of the family and gain good friends.
Fukuoka itself is a great place to stay. It's one of the biggest cities in Japan, but it is still small enough. Laid back, not overrun by tourists like Tokyo or Kyoto. Still there is a lot to see and do in your spare time. WAHAHA can organize great apartments which are 5 minutes away from school right in the center of town where all the small shops, bars and restaurants are. It's a great place for shopping - much cheaper than Tokyo and Kyoto, too - and a good starting point for day trips all over Kyushu.
All in all I can only recommend this school. I miss my friends there and I'm looking forward to my next trip over - if I had the time I'd go right away ;-)
Hello, I am Kat. In the past week, it is very wonderful for me. I enjoyed it very much. WAHAHA is good school for study Japanese Language. Moreover, all staff of WAHAHA are very nice & kindly. Thank you very much. I am really want to go to your school study again when I have holiday. Wun-Yee, Ngai, HongKong
I spent 3 months at WAHAHA. I was in a lost in the beginning, but things turned out to be fine after communicating with school staffs and I started to concentrate on my studies. Classes are conducted with small numbers of students, therefore, we had plenty of opportunities to interact and teachers were able to correct each student’s mistakes and pronunciation. Not only the teachers at WAHAHA are kind, they are also very professional in teaching and letting us to experience the culture. Fukuoka’s environment and living cost are also very suitable for both short term visit and long term residency. School actively organizes events and home parties, so students can experience traditional Japanese cuisines and you won’t feel lonely. So come on and join WAHAHA without any hesitation. Yu Chen Wang ~ Taiwan
I came to WAHAHA to study Japanese during summer vacation. I realized how difficult it was for me to apply the Japanese I had previously learned into daily life after coming to Japan and didn’t feel at ease in the beginning because each teacher teaches in different style and speed and felt that I had a different need from the curriculum school had arranged. I was a little disappointed and wanted to give up. But after communicating with school staffs carefully, school adjusted things according to my needs and things become smooth and I was able to study well. 3 months went by quickly. I can’t tell if 3 months is too long or short, but it certainly gave me a deeper experience on learning Japanese. Fukuoka is a good city to live in, so if you are thinking about doing a short term study in Japan, I recommend you to come to WAHAHA in Fukuoka. If I have another vacation, I definitely want to come and study here again. Kuanchen Chen ~ Taiwan