I Tried Japanese Language School for a Day in Tokyo

Japanese language schools are one of the most popular pathways into Japan. I spend a day in the classroom and try not to make a fool of myself.
► Go! Go! Nihon: bit.ly/GoGoNihonAIJ
*Go! Go! Nihon's service is available in 7 languages*
► WEEKLY Podcast: hyperurl.co/nhgr30
► BEHIND the scenes Patreon: goo.gl/NWEoQm
► Facebook: abroadinjapan/
► Twitter: AbroadInJapan
► Instagram: @abroadinjapan
► MAIN Camera: amzn.to/2HSSdmy
► INDOOR Lens: amzn.to/2jyPOPm
► OUTDOOR Lens: amzn.to/2rnAt7O
► FAVOURITE Lens: amzn.to/2jwqyJm
► BACKUP Camera: amzn.to/2jvhILY
► STABILISED Camera: amzn.to/2HR3ljI
Business Enquiries: talent@tokyocreative.jp


  1. Abroad in Japan

    Abroad in Japan

    5 måneder siden

    Notification Squad: Well guys, I hope you enjoyed watching me make an absolute idiot of myself. I’ve decided my new goal in life is to be able to read Harry Potter in Japanese - it’s the dream I never knew I wanted. As I said at the end, the whole experience reignited my passion for learning Japanese - a passion that’s been replaced by studying filmmaking over the last 2-3 years instead. I’m considering taking JLPT1 (N1) next year though, in which case, I’d better hurry up and get studying. A huge thanks to the five students who opened up about their experiences studying at a Japanese language school and a big thanks to Go! Go! Nihon for getting us access inside to film! Definitely check them out if you’ve ever thought about trying a Japanese language school - you never know where it may lead! Go! Go! Nihon: bit.ly/GoGoNihonAIJ

    • TheLightSilent


      5 dager siden

      is it me or is your skin changing colour?

    • Dark Wolf

      Dark Wolf

      Måned siden

      I'm 15 and I'm from the UK I really want to live and Japan but this video intimidated me a bit because I found it scary that the beginners class was in full Japanese.

    • aljanat5


      2 måneder siden

      @As Word is Told What is awesome Oto Ward in Tokyo or Fukushima?

    • As Word is Told

      As Word is Told

      2 måneder siden

      @aljanat5 LOL THAT'S KINDA AWESOME, ISN'T IT??

    • As Word is Told

      As Word is Told

      2 måneder siden

      Thanks, man.

  2. 山田太郎


    3 timer siden

    wow Chris's Japanese is perfect!!!

  3. Max Stafford

    Max Stafford

    20 timer siden

    How the hell does bro maintain his locs in Japan? That's all I was wondering this whole video

  4. pepe pepito

    pepe pepito

    Dag siden

    tu canal esta genial!

  5. rolfthewaffle


    Dag siden

    Chris this is what you get for going into a beginner class with more knowledge of Japanese 7:45 You were essentially the star pupil

  6. yuta's smile heals me

    yuta's smile heals me

    2 dager siden

    “My advice is to just go for it and get out of your comfort zone” *cries in anxiety*

  7. Chris Harrison

    Chris Harrison

    2 dager siden

    How is this even remotely a beginners class?

  8. Patient


    3 dager siden

    2:53 I have English version of Harry Potter and I thought same thing😂 日本人から見た英語版ハリーポッターもむずいよw

  9. OMGitsSalah


    3 dager siden

    The best hahaha

  10. Jon Manilenio

    Jon Manilenio

    4 dager siden

    Great tip! Thanks for the Go! Go! Nihon link. Just a bit expensive, though.

  11. 宮水初雪


    5 dager siden

    “Remembering all 2200 kanji used in Everyday life” Meanwhile there’s this peasant on this side of the world learning the 2200 kanji on top of Chinese characters :>

  12. Sivert H.

    Sivert H.

    5 dager siden

    your handwriting is amazing

  13. Overhaul CR

    Overhaul CR

    6 dager siden

    I’m gonna be doing this in high school💔in April . I’m scared asf for the introduction

  14. stiimuli


    6 dager siden

    "You'll end up putting it off and putting it off and then you'll end up coming here when you're 30." Me just starting Japanese at 48 (cries)

  15. Lurgutre Nalpak

    Lurgutre Nalpak

    6 dager siden

    1:56 Guy looks like he about to show you its features

  16. Rezzy 1

    Rezzy 1

    6 dager siden

    I would just do this to not read subs again

  17. Kara


    6 dager siden

    After watching this video I did something crazy and actually applied through Go! Go! Nihon. I'm leaving for Japan in about a month. I'm super excited!

  18. Ermhs Parasoidis

    Ermhs Parasoidis

    6 dager siden

    My advise to everyone how want to come to live (and work) in japan is : First get/complete the N5 or N4 level in your country and then you can continue in Japan ! みんなさん がんばれ

    • Patient


      2 dager siden

      @Johnnyspyguy どうも🖐️

    • Johnnyspyguy


      2 dager siden

      Patient ありがとうよ!

    • Patient


      3 dager siden

      @Johnnyspyguy がんばれ and がんばって are both Ok. But みんなさん → みなさん

    • Johnnyspyguy


      3 dager siden

      Isn’t it がんばって?

  19. Ermhs Parasoidis

    Ermhs Parasoidis

    7 dager siden

    4:00 when Chris used N3 japanese to a N4 class ... wow that i felt it too even through the screen ! Nice to hear him for once speaking 日本語

  20. Максим


    7 dager siden

    The ambient in this school is pretty cool. It's nice to be on a place where everyone has the same goals as you

  21. Julius Apollo Ambit

    Julius Apollo Ambit

    7 dager siden

    Hearing Hagrid say "sugoi desu ne" is so bizzare.

  22. Gabe The Babe

    Gabe The Babe

    7 dager siden

    Wait, so the people who do this how to they support them selves??

  23. Xaden vera

    Xaden vera

    7 dager siden

    "or else you'll end up coming here when you're 30" *is almost 28* thanks....

  24. Stevphie Ricardo

    Stevphie Ricardo

    8 dager siden

    They teach Japanese language using Japanese!?...

  25. Gary Hoang

    Gary Hoang

    8 dager siden

    Chris suddenly turns into a Samurai when he speaks Japanese.

  26. sock c

    sock c

    8 dager siden

    Just go to a local community college take Japanese classes it cheaper than going to Japan to learn.

  27. thecoolcowboyfan no

    thecoolcowboyfan no

    8 dager siden

    On Bible my guy, Japanese school bells are so mellow. In America we low key have a industrial emergency siren for a lunch bell, And a monotone extra loud bell for switching classes.

  28. Lunatic Creator

    Lunatic Creator

    8 dager siden

    thething is, I'd love to just go to Japan, go there and learn Japanese. problem is, I'm broke and idk if I could afford it.

  29. Am


    9 dager siden

    the expression on the girl's face from 1:57 to 2:01 explains a lot more than a 30 minute long video

  30. Aaronator 2005

    Aaronator 2005

    9 dager siden

    You look like a drug dealer on the thumbnail

  31. Fabio Pessoa

    Fabio Pessoa

    9 dager siden

    Remember it’s ok to be chubby/fat or overweight

  32. Algamata the 5th

    Algamata the 5th

    9 dager siden

    I can speak Japanese fluently, but the problem is I don't know how to write much.😅😅😅

  33. Mae McSpice

    Mae McSpice

    9 dager siden

    Can someone from Canada's IPP get through there? I understand better and kind of hope it's better what I had as teachers. I was diagnosed with autism, but I'm like everyone else wasn't keeping up with everyone, because people didn't notice that I needed help thoroughly. I knew I could take a challenge, but no one working with me to before being dependent on IPP. I don't have a trade job, but with this 22 is possible.

  34. Zoë Morehead

    Zoë Morehead

    9 dager siden

    I don't know how I didn't realize until now that Abroad is a pun to A Broad because his last name is Broad

    • Rew Rose

      Rew Rose

      9 dager siden

      Good stuff mate

  35. Shaun0n-em-e


    9 dager siden

    i wanna learn how to speak like the old dude from the country side!! Is there such a book like おじいちゃまの日本語

  36. Alangkan Srisuwor

    Alangkan Srisuwor

    9 dager siden

    by the way, Tawapon is a Thai name lol

  37. PythonPlusPlus


    10 dager siden

    Wait! His last name is Broad? So the channel should be called A Broad in Japan.

  38. Konna Bonna

    Konna Bonna

    10 dager siden

    Hello Chris, youtube community, I want to learn japanese language, but I am at 0% level as of right now, never learned japanese before. Where to start then? And how? Can you give me some advices? For a completely beginner?

    • Hobby Harri

      Hobby Harri

      8 dager siden

      @Konna Bonna Haha, that is very kind of you! I'm just a student myself ^_^ I am actually planning on making some video lessons for beginners based on what I've learned so far, both in terms of the language itself and long term solo learning. I should be able to start in April - if you're interested, please subscribe and turn on notifications :)

    • Konna Bonna

      Konna Bonna

      8 dager siden

      @Hobby Harri hello. This is such a honest and nice answer. Arigatou! Can you please be my japanese teacher?

    • Hobby Harri

      Hobby Harri

      8 dager siden

      Hi Konna! I have some suggestions: Start by learning hiragana (ひらがな) and katakana (カタカナ). I recommend Memrise, Anki, or making your own flashcards. If you know these, you can read a lot, including lots of helpful study resources (All the best vocab lists use hiragana)! If you know hiragana, you can read Japanese children's books, and katakana lets you read and learn 'loan words' (words taken from other languages), e.g. 'コーヒー' is pronounced 'kou-hee' and means 'coffee', and 'ペン' is pronounced 'pen' and means 'pen'! Then do what will motivate you best! Learning Japanese takes time, so choosing a method you will enjoy is the most important thing :) I'd recommend learning very basic grammar (e.g. これはぺんです = kore wa pen desu = this, pen is = this is a pen) and then start using Japanese wherever you can. Maybe go for a walk and try to describe everything you see as you go. Maybe talk to yourself in Japanese, however much or little you can ("Mmm, this food is oishii"). I use Jisho.org to find new words - it's a very good website! I like focusing on verbs and describing my actions as I do them: e.g. (while combing my hair) なでる!(naderu = I comb), (before drinking some water) この水を飲む!(kono mizu o nomu = I will drink water) I enjoy learning the Kanji and find it makes learning other vocab much easier. Now I've learned a good amount of Kanji, looking at Japanese texts no longer scare me away from study! e.g. Learning that 魔法 (まほう, 'mahou') means 'magic' is quite hard, but it's easy if I already know that 魔 is usually pronounced 'ma' and means 'witch', and 法 is usually pronounced 'hou' and means 'method' - witch-method = magic! If you want to learn Kanji, I recommend learning based on radicals. This makes kanji-learning easier in the same way that learning kanji makes learning words easier. I found an app called 'Kanji Garden' very helpful for this. e.g. 町 ('town') is made from 田 ('field') and 丁 ('street'), so you can think of it like towns are places where fields are connected by streets. Also, 町's On-reading is the same as 丁's, 'chou', so I now know that words made with 町 will usually include 'chou', e.g. 町民 (choumin, 'townspeople') and 同町 (douchou, 'the same town'). I'd also recommend you look at NativShark. They have a lot of free resources that you can learn with but also might help you figure out what kind of study will work best for you, whether that's Kanji-focused, flashcards, conversation practice, etc. Lastly, don't be afraid to do it wrong. It can seem complicated, so you might feel like you have to figure out how to do it all properly from the start, but this can get in the way of you making progress and enjoying learning. It is much easier to correct bad language habits than it is to research and learn 100% proper Japanese! Relax, practice, refine later :) Good luck, and remember to have fun! ^_^

  39. auggie1980tillend


    10 dager siden

    Sendai favorite dish is lengua (spanish for cow tongue)? Thats my kind of place.

  40. Mitchell Winn

    Mitchell Winn

    10 dager siden


  41. Monika Ambroziak

    Monika Ambroziak

    10 dager siden

    Lol, I am watching it while writing down the words I dont understand from "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in Japanese(the pink one on the bookshelf)

  42. kuroakikitsune kuro

    kuroakikitsune kuro

    10 dager siden

    Almost at the end of the video, and I finally realise that Chris is left handed...

  43. Stalemate IB

    Stalemate IB

    10 dager siden

    Detective Conan is one of my favorites...

  44. Super Comet

    Super Comet

    10 dager siden

    I was only in one of these for a week as part of a larger internship program I participated in. It’s definitely a challenge but at least you progress quickly. I would definitely consider going to a language school again to better my Japanese if I got a job working there.

  45. A. Mermaid

    A. Mermaid

    11 dager siden

    Yay, my Aussie in Japan!

  46. Akash7713


    11 dager siden


  47. Jordan Bedford

    Jordan Bedford

    11 dager siden

    Hey I know this is an old video Chris but, I would love to know how the afford the trip/tuition? I'm in Tokyo right now, and I just this short 4 week trip I've taken (going home tomorrow) has not been cheap, does the school provide accommodation, or are they all working part time jobs, or staying in a dorm? I would love to know more as I love this country so much and would love to learn the language at a language school. Thanks Jordan.

  48. A Friendly Hobo

    A Friendly Hobo

    11 dager siden

    *introduction speechs begin* My brain: I've never met this man in my life.

    • Leo Leo

      Leo Leo

      5 dager siden


    • Izayoi


      9 dager siden

      This...This is true

    • Bloodlust Paradox

      Bloodlust Paradox

      9 dager siden


  49. TMO


    11 dager siden

    You look like a young Robert downy jr

  50. Sanskar Singh

    Sanskar Singh

    11 dager siden

    9:32 your writing is so damn good

  51. kasumikat


    11 dager siden

    ah, this is what I love about studying in Japan, the first year I study Japanese in the UK the teacher would mainly talk to us in English however when I went to a Japanese summer school and I was put in the beginners' class the teacher spoke nothing but Japanese. I actually thought at first if she can't speak any English at all but when she spoke English she sounded American, it was crazy!!

  52. Alone


    12 dager siden

    tony stark?

  53. Elmo The Fried Waffle King

    Elmo The Fried Waffle King

    13 dager siden

    I feel like this class is more early intermediate. It seems like everyone can hold a conversation in Japanese here, when you're able to do that, you're intermediate

    • nico !

      nico !

      8 dager siden

      a lot of schools require you to have studied a bit and be able to hold a conversation a bit

  54. プロシュート


    14 dager siden


  55. Rocker Baby

    Rocker Baby

    14 dager siden

    Goes to introduce himself. -Chris:- "I do this and that, I live here and there and stuff. Nice to meet you all." Fin... Instructor: *"What's your name?"*

  56. TheFancifulFish


    15 dager siden

    Well this Japanese language school looks better than most of the English language schools in Japan

  57. Michael boiii

    Michael boiii

    16 dager siden

    THANK YOU CHRIS FOR THE INFORMATION ON THIS SCHOOL! Thought I was about to spend millions of yen on a school but this one for the program I want is only 2 million yen! 🤯

  58. Leo Meo

    Leo Meo

    16 dager siden

    I also want to learn japanese. But i don't have any money 😢😟

  59. Sully The Monster

    Sully The Monster

    19 dager siden

    I can’t even read their symbols, is there a class for that too?

    • Sully The Monster

      Sully The Monster

      16 dager siden

      ドラコス thanks, i downloaded it, gonna try it out.

    • ドラコス


      16 dager siden

      Sully The Monster You should download « Kana Dojo » to learn Hiragana and Katakana

  60. ToontownAndCpenguin


    19 dager siden

    The moment you picked up Detective Conan, I just had to see a tiny bit & knew what it was right away. I wasn't able to tell the volume seeing as I don't read the manga, I think the US print is around 10 years behind the Japanese print or something like that, I watched the anime & we're so far behind in the manga than the anime, it's not even funny, I had to stay quiet on spoilers for people I met at cons who are fans that just read the manga. So yeah, not able to identify the issue but knew it right away seeing as it's one of my favorite anime.