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[Study Plan with Paul-san] He successfully improved from N5→N2 level !


Director: Kotaro Muramoto
Principal of Nihongo Online School
In September 2019, he founded "Nihongo Online School". Since then, has been teaching Japanese online lessons, with a total of over 1,000 students.
He has designed an individualized curriculum based on student’s needs and study goal. And is conscious of making the classes speech-centered in order to improve students’ speaking skills.
The school asks students to submit homework assignments worth 2 hours per lesson to improve faster. By supporting students with these features, students are able to efficiently improve Japanese language skills.

Teacher Yuki


Teacher Yuki in charge of lessons 

Completed 420-hour Japanese language teacher training course
I started my career at a Japanese language school in Bolivia and have been teaching at Nihongo online school since 2019.


I myself am interested in foreign cultures and languages, so I find it very stimulating to meet students from different backgrounds and share lesson time with them.
I am always happy when students are able to express themselves well in the Japanese they have just learned, and I feel happy to be teaching.

We reviewed, 1. Trial lesson 2. Feedback about Japanese level  3. Study plan  4. Study approach  5. Improvement for this blog.


Nationality: USA


Male: Male


Reason for learning Japanese: ​​​​​​He likes games and manga, and wanted to go to Japan and study at an animation school in the future. Also, he wanted to enjoy casual conversation in Japanese.

●Trial lesson feedback

【 Level : N5  (Level 2 in our level chart) 】

・Listening & Speaking :Conversation level is 2. Based on the knowledge he had self-studied in advance for both listening and speaking, he was able to understand and speak about 20-25% of the content at the N5 level.

・Reading: He learned to read Hiragana and Katakana by himself. He has also learned N5 level kanji on his own and can read some of them.

・Lessons 1 to 10 of the textbook “Minna no Nihongo” used at the beginning of the course often overlap with knowledge he has already learned on his own, so I went through them quickly, just as a review, and after lesson 10, picked  the pace down to learn more deeply.

●Learning plan

He has repeated the 50 lesson course four times and is currently in the middle of his fifth 50 lesson course. He has been studying Japanese at this school for about two and a half years.

・He completed the first 50 lessons at N5 level and up to lesson 25 of the textbook “Minna no Nihongo.”

・He completed the second 50-lesson course at the N4 level, up to the 50th lesson of the textbook “Minna no Nihongo.”

・In his third 50-lesson course, he reviewed the N4 level content, learned honorific language, and learned up to 17 lessons of the N3 level textbook “Manabou nihongo,” completing 60% of the N3 level content.

・He studied lessons 17 to 36 of the textbook “Manabou nihongo”’ in his fourth 50-lesson course, and completed 85% of the N2 level content.

・In his fifth 50-lesson course, he studied lessons 36 to 40 of the textbook “Let’s Learn Japanese,” and up to 7 lessons of “Manabou nihongo Intermediate and Advanced,’” which is about 30% of the N1 level content. It is planned to complete the course.

●Learning approach

Teaching materials: Original text, Minna no Nihongo, Manabou nihongo

Class frequency: 2 times in a week 

How to proceed with the class:

① Vocabulary and grammar: 

He uses original texts based on Minna no Nihongo for N5 to N4 level learning.

He learns two to three sentence patterns per hour of class, and tries to complete one lesson in two to three hours.

At the N3-N2 level, he reads a long passage at the beginning of a lesson, where he identifies the necessary vocabulary contained in the topic of the lesson. There are three to four sentence patterns in each lesson, and he spends two to three hours learning three to four sentence patterns and related conversational expressions.

At the N1 level, more specialized and complex vocabulary is introduced, but students are asked to look up its meaning during preparation and review outside of class. Learning about sentence patterns is limited to review in class, and time is spent reading and understanding more practical content that uses the sentence patterns.

② Speaking: 

At the beginning of class, we talk about recent events, weekend plans, etc., and have free talk. He would often show me pictures of places he had been to or things he had eaten, so in those cases I would ask more specific questions to deepen the conversation and find other directions. Have him develop the story and practice responding flexibly.

③Listening :

His initial goal when registering was to “enjoy casual conversation,” so in between class content, we talked with a little broken language, just as if we were talking with a Japanese friend. Sometimes we refer to videos on YouTube and other sites and practice listening to sentences that are not based on the textbook.

④Writing :

At his request, he asked for some writing homework, so I submitted some writing homework from “Minna no Nihongo Easy Composition.” Apart from that, sometimes he would spontaneously come up with fantasy/science fiction stories in Japanese and send them to me, so I would correct them, then exchange opinions about it.

⑤Reading :

He improves his reading comprehension by reading the long summary questions in the text “Minna no Nihongo” and the long sentences at the beginning of the text “Manabou nihongo”.


【 Level : N2 (Level 8 in our level chart)】

① Vocabulary and grammar : N2 level. Can understand most of the meanings of words that appear in N2 level texts and can read kanji. Most of the grammar is also used.

② Speaking :N3 level. Although he is still a little short of reaching a business level, he can convey most of what he wants to say in Japanese.

③ Listening : N2 level. He can even understand sentences spoken at the same speed as those spoken by native Japanese speakers.

④Reading :N2 level.He has enough vocabulary and knowledge of kanji, he is able to read N2-level long texts by himself and understand most of the content.


When he started the Japanese course about two and a half years ago, his Japanese level was just at the beginning of N5, but now he has grown to the point where he can challenge and understand content at the N1 level. 

His goal of studying at an anime vocational school in Japan is almost coming true.

Continuation of learning is important, and it is truly amazing that he is able to maintain such high motivation.

He  exemplifies that if you continue to study hard, you can definitely reach the level you want in the future.

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