ditch your textbook and language learning apps,
and stop obsessing about grammar and the writing system.
Conversational or Spoken Japanese functions differently from the official version of Japanese you learn.
It's not a bastardised version, so the existing grammar doesn't help you understand it.
And you need a different approach from the mainstream one-size-fits-all methods.
Learn how to re-programme your brain to understand the logic of Japanese.
Nobumi Kobayashi, PhD, CELTA,
Learning Facilitator & Language Coach
Do you want to be fluent in Japanese?
Do you want to watch Japanese films and anime without subtitles?
I specialise in helping English speakers acquire Japanese.
I am bilingual, but I didn't grow up this way. My mono-lingual life ended when I went to an international school in the USA, aged seventeen. No, I wasn't young enough to become bilingual, but here's the thing. I managed to find a way to operate in English mode to cope with my coursework.
I must say I have had to work on retaining my Japanese, but it's paid off - now I can read and write in both languages equally well. Here are my brief profiles (please see :
I now write and perform standup comedy in English semi -professionally.
I've been a translator, interpreter and writer in Japan and Britain, having worked for The Asahi Shimbun in the UK and The Daily Telegraph's Tokyo Correspondent Bureau (as a researcher).
I've studied Japanese and British societies and cultures academically, culminating in a PhD.
My professional experience and knowledge have informed the Cultural Input Method.
I'll show you how to train your brain to operate in 'Japanese mode'.
Discover the Cultural Input Method and
the Snow Monkey and Bee Way™️!
FREE TALK AND Q&A
YOU CAN TOTALLY LEARN JAPANESE THROUGH YOUTUBE VIDEOS AND ANIME
Learn how Conversational Japanese DIFFERS from School Japanese you learn through conventional methods, including language learning apps
Discover how to turn AUTHENTIC MATERIALS into learning materials using ANIME and YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Pick up TIPS to improve your SPEAKING SKILLS and ISSUES that slow you down.
FAST TRACK TO FUNDAMENTAL JAPANESE LISTENING SKILLS THROUGH ANIME
This highly PRACTICAL course helps you learn HOW TO RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN programmed to process the English language to recognise the AUTHENTIC SOUNDS OF JAPANESE and negotiate its FLEXIBLE WORD ORDER.
The AUTHENTIC MATERIAL will naturally introduce you to COMMON WORDS AND PHRASES in EVERYDAY SITUATIONS.
（To be published in 2024)
Discover a REVOLUTIONARY yet PRACTICAL approach to mastering Conversational/Spoken Japanese that can REWIRE your brain and SLASH
the learning time by FIVE YEARS.
all common sense,
and no hype.
I have studied Japanese since 2005... Since I switched to this approach a couple of years ago, my language skills have significantly improved.
Washington D.C., USA
My Japanese learning and acquisition obviously increased after introducing the methods and techniques, particularly concerning my reading comprehension.
British Columbia, Canada
Nobumi has a PhD in socio/cultural studies and brings that to the table to teach language in a unique way. She teaches Japanese through a way more accessible style, everyday Japanese, through anime.