Blog about studying Japanese, travel in Japan and Japanese-related events in Brighton
This post is about my first 2 years teaching in Japan and its challenges and rewards. In March 2002, I went to Japan to teach English. At the time, I knew nothing about Japan or teaching. I was heading for a series of shocks. Everyday things that came naturally to Japanese people seemed immensely difficult. … Continue reading To Japan and Back (Part 2)
In this post I would like to explain what Shimaguni is and what we do. Shimaguni is a language school teaching private and group Japanese lessons. We have been teaching classes with in Brighton since 2014. Our group lessons are run as 6 week courses that begin throughout the year. Private lessons can be booked … Continue reading What is Shimaguni?
We recommend the Genki textbook to our students at Shimaguni. Here, I will explain why I think it is a great resource for serious beginners. I will also explain how and when we use Genki for our private and group lessons at Shimaguni. What are the Genki books? The Genki books form a course in … Continue reading Genki: The Best Textbook?
Who I (Tom Orsman) am, how I ended up in Japan, and why I started Shimaguni school teaching Japanese in Brighton.