If you are thinking of going to FFLC, I would first off ask you if you like packed classes, strict rules, a stinky old school and a school where teachers will treat you like garbage and look forward to breaks more so than the students? Also if you even THINK you might be a bit slow on picking up the language… THIS IS NOT THE SCHOOL FOR YOU. If you’re looking to get your degree here, keep reading chances are you will NOT receive it!
But more importantly, ask yourself if you like to be extorted, because there could be a higher than normal chance of that happening at this specific school. ALSO for those people looking to get their “degree” from FFLC please turn your attention to the following comment on reddit from a past student:
Here is a comment from their Go Go Nihon YouTube video (first one), I’m not going to link to it, because I’m not interested in giving them even a no-follow, just look for the video you’ll find it (FFLC Go Go Nihon – Youtube, you can’t miss it):
NOT RECOMMENDED, I studied there 1 year and half. The moment I (and other friends) decided to leave the school they asked (the school) us to pay money we were not supposed to pay ( a lot of money). Their answer is always the same: “we made a mistake”. The dormitory also is very expensive compared to fukuoka prices, the same room the school give you for 50.000 yen can be rent for just 20.000 yen contacting real estate agencies. The dormitory also try to increase the electricity bill.
My wife and I simply were extorted (and from the comment above does it seem reasonable to say were not kidding??) when we tried to leave the school to go to another school in the area… which I’m much much happier with. They tried to tell us that we couldn’t get the transfer to the new school unless they “agreed” to it and what “agreed” meant was we needed to pay them 6 more months of school. They tried giving us documentation where it said this…. but there was NOTHING in writing nor anything signed saying that this specific “policy” was enacted through our contract with the school. So they extorted us for a recommendation to change schools even when my personal mental health was on the line, they didn’t care.
Please view the “proof” they sent us as to WHY we needed to pay them to leave below. I’ve decided instead of involved a Japanese lawyer (which all of them seem SOO understanding I don’t want to risk the money to have them go to bat for me), that I would just continue to call this horrible school out on their bullshit, at this point I rank for FFLC review, and many other goodies like that. I also tried to leave a review on their Facebook business page and then all their skeksis students that are “loyal” to them started to threaten me physically and verbally abuse me. It got SO bad, they deleted their Facebook review page, which was ranking #1 in Google… but they had to because it’s a BIG RED FLAG to stay away from them. I will be reaching out to past students and creating Youtube videos about these folks. They are not a good school, they are dangerous to trust coming over here, don’t risk your dreams with FFLC, stay away from them if you know what’s good.
UPDATE: They since got their Facebook review page back up and requested those who verbally harassed me (some with physical violence threats) to remove it. Now it’s pretty much just my review of FFLC now.
I’ve always been a bit behind the 8 ball when it comes to languages, I actually had medical PROOF of when I was in school that I need extra help. They told me… and I quote (and I’m serious they said this)… “You can always just come to class for the next 4 months and the course will restart from the beginning”…. OH, great! Yeah because every day I was there I wanted to jump out their windows on the top floor, I was the most depressed and I had the most self hatred I’ve ever had in my life because they made me feel like a low life piece of shit. I’m someone who is very active in staying positive, but if you have ANY issues picking up a language, don’t come here! You’ll be run over, I tried for 2 months telling them I needed extra help, then in the end, my home room teacher decided to give me 15 minutes a day of her time. That’s when I knew I’d never catch up and I needed more help like that on a daily basis thusly why I moved to another school in the area that is MUCH MORE helpful. (I can share who they are privately).
Below you will see the “Proof” of “Why” I needed to pay them another 6 months for my wife and I to leave. You’ll notice the first one says NOTHING about anything related to HAVING to pay them anything else and the 2nd one is a SCREEN SHOT from Go Go Nihon.. Which WOULD NOT hold up in court, it’s not an agreement, you’ll see NO signatures agreeing to ANYTHING of what they say.
FFLC is a bunch of thieves and jokers honestly…. I would love to see them go out of business and stop meddling in peoples dreams. I may be slow with learning a language but I’m a genius on many other fronts, they didn’t care about my well-being, all they care about is money! Shame on them and I will continue throughout the rest of their sad pathetic life as a language school be here to expose them and keep finding others who had the same ill treatment from them.
UPDATE OCT 2019: Since this page has gone up I’ve helped around 6 different people FROM FFLC try to leave without geting ripped off. But have also helped 50+ people now steer away from FFLC by contacting me (probably hundreds more silently helped), it’s not a pat on the back, I’m just very very serious you don’t want to throw your Dream of Japan out the window because of these punks! I have much better suggestions for you all over Japan for schools to go to. In FACT, Nihon Scope has gone from an experiential blog to a Travel Agency that is now registered in Japan through a friend/partner that just got their Travel Agents license. We are helping people find better schools that will suit with their personality, FFLC has a VERY strict personality and those who make it through honestly either like or need that type of treatment, most people find it to be dehumanizing and stressful to work with their staff and teachers and overall way of doing things (mostly ripping people off).
I really think it’s funny to reference a 3rd party affiliate website to show PROOF that we needed to pay them this extra amount of money! No signatures, no NOTHING! Just frauds and scammers that should be put out of business. Please stay away from FFLC, if you need a good school to go to in Fukuoka/Hakata area let me know and I’ll in private let you know or work with finding you one that will work for what you need.
YouTube Transcripts with GoGoNihon: Sep 26 2018 -just in case they delete comments-
PS: Don’t believe Go! Go! Nihon about anything when it comes to this school, they’re affiliate marketers and they make money selling and they only work with schools that will pay the biggest commission which means A LOT of good schools are not even offered to you (contact us we’re not like that). They flat out don’t tell the truth about this school and make it look like a fun exciting experience… But everyone besides again a small percentage that go to this school looks like they’re being drug through high school again.
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So, I really like duplicating information into different formats. One of my favorite duplications is taking text from a book (especially lists, but sometimes chunks of information as long as it is broken up into fairly small groups and is very interesting information that deserves to be classified and organized) and typing into digital lists and different forms of study. One of my favorite websites to publish my digital lists of information onto is memrise.com which is a site with a wonderful program to review and study and learn such digital lists. Memrise is specially created for the purpose of studying languages. I have made many different courses on Memrise to help me study Japanese, you can see all of my courses here. But I mostly wanted to write this article to share my newest courses with my fellow classmates at FFLC.
First, I would like to share my course with all of the vocabulary words for みんんなのにほんごI. They are categorized by chapter, so you can easily ignore all other words and focus on learning and reviewing only the vocabulary words for the particular chapter you want to focus on. You simply have to go to each individual chapter page and click the ignore button and select the all box and scroll to the bottom and save.
Once you are done reviewing a certain chapter and want to move onto the next chapter, you can ignore all of the vocab in the previous chapter and unselect (or select none to ignore) on the next chapter and save after selecting/deselecting words from each chapter. Once you have learned a word, you will never have to relearn it unless you want to and you clear the data you have accumulated for each individual course. So you can ignore words and once you unignore them it will be like you never ignored them in the first place. Also, if there is one word or a couple words that you still want to focus on learning and remembering, you can choose to unignore (not ignore) any words you wish and you will continue to review them every time you choose to review words you have learned.
Secondly, I am working on typing up all of the Kanji vocabulary words from Kanji Through Stories. I have one course with the Kanji as the main focus that can be used to study the meaning of the kanji as well as pair the hiragana with the correct kanji. I also made another course to practice the correct spelling of each kanji vocabulary word by being able to type the correct pronunciation.
Please contribute a Meme if you think of a good way to help yourself and others remember a Japanese vocabulary word. You can even create Mems with videos to help you remember a word with a certain video. Simply type: embed:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SZaryV1PLo followed by any text you wish to see below the video. Here are some examples of some Memes I have created.
In light of the Easter holiday I find this lesson to be very interesting, because the day I finally decide to get these three words straightened in my mind it falls on Easter, and what’s more appropriate then words revolving around birth?
So I’ve been getting these words on WaniKani.com for awhile now and I’ll start to understand them then… NOPE, I’ll see one and think it’s the other and since I’ve not had any real reason to use these words with anyone or even myself or my wife they quickly get mixed up, so here is an attempt to make sure that they can be remembered moving into the future. Perhaps I’ll have more opportunities to use these words since I now live in Japan, but I got to know them first :).
So the best way to remember UMU is by adding a bit more to it to remember it.
By the time you are going to give birth, it’s too late to turn back, U MUst be ready to give birth, you don’t have a choice.
To remember UMARE is by changing it a bit to be pronounce in English U-MAR-E
Your birthplace will usually dictate where YOU get (U) MARRIED (MA-RE) at.
UMARERU is a fun one to remember, but you got to break it up a bit. Think of the famous giraffe that was pregnant forever and what the mother was constantly thinking.
UM…? ARE YOU (UM… ARE (/R) U) ever going to be born?
Perhaps these are not the very best ways for you to remember how to think of these. If these don’t sit, then take a couple minutes and think of some ways to remember these on your own. The best way to remember anything in a new language is to do space repetition and to create stories around the words. They work even if you have to break the rules of the language at times just to remember the spelling/word. Click here to check out my favorite programs online for free.